4 Oceania Sirena Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

Having cruised once before with Oceania, we were thrilled to cruise with them again. We chose the three day paid pre-cruise on land in Athens including tours, hotels, and food to begin with. The cruise entitled Cradle of History, would ... Read More
Having cruised once before with Oceania, we were thrilled to cruise with them again. We chose the three day paid pre-cruise on land in Athens including tours, hotels, and food to begin with. The cruise entitled Cradle of History, would start on the third day on the renovated Sirena ship in port in Athens. This cruise included ports in Greece, Italy, Israel, and Cairo.. After arriving in the hotel in Athens, we waited hours for our tour of Athens and dinner to begin. The tour guide didn't show up. We and another abandoned couple had to use the couple's SKYPE to contact Oceania to get them to send a tour guide. The people at the 5 star hotel in Athens were not helpful. Luckily the tour guide Oceania found last minute was wonderful. Our beds were uncomfortable and my husband got food poisoning at the second 5 star hotel on the land tour. When we arrived on the ship, we found Patmos, Cairo, and Alexandria were cancelled. We were never told anything before that. A letter said Patmos had bad weather. It was 82 degrees and sunny. Greek cab drivers said there was no trouble in Egypt on the news. Nothing was on the Internet. If there was, why weren't we told about it earlier? The captain never addressed the port changes. Why was Oceania offering people $3,000 and more to go home when they arrived because of overbooking? Maybe the ship wasn't ready. We found toilets that took three glasses of water to flush, unremodeled bathrooms with showers so small that the shower curtain clung to you while you showered, broken drawers, broken air vents, etc. This ship was supposed to be remodeled! The concierge upgrade wasn't worth it. There was no extra concierge room or help. Tour guides were frantically rebooking tours as Oceania changed three ports the day before sailing! We stood in lines trying to find a tour. The entertainment was unexciting and lackluster. The food was good in the buffet and sparse in the dining room. Most of the tours were wonderful with the tour people very friendly. In Limosol, we were told Oceania didn't pay enough for all of us to go inside the castle and Apollo gardens so we had to "hang" over the fences. The staff was very helpful on board the ship. They were trying to make the best of a difficult situation. Many, many, people complained to the concierge and others about the situation, but to no avail. We were promised that Oceania would get back to us about the land tour pre-cruise situation, last minute cancelled ports, and problems on the ship. After frequent letters and cruise surveys filled out, we have heard nothing! Our bucket list tour that we saved and saved for was a huge disappointment. It would be nice if Oceania started caring about their passengers. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
The Sirena is a mid-sized ship so I was delighted not to see so many people in line during check in. It was smooth and easy. We were extremely disappointed when at check-in they told us that our stop in Egypt was cancelled and provided ... Read More
The Sirena is a mid-sized ship so I was delighted not to see so many people in line during check in. It was smooth and easy. We were extremely disappointed when at check-in they told us that our stop in Egypt was cancelled and provided no explanation for this decision only saying it was foe security reasons. Many of the people booked this trip because we were stopping in Egypt for two days and the cruise line did not offer any compensation. Needless to say there were many irritated passengers. This was our first trip on Oceania and I was impressed with the Sirena. Some other comments claim that the ship was released to soon before renovations were completed but we saw none of that. Clearly they do have the best food at sea and we were impressed with the service and selection of food to choose from. The staff was constantly filling our glasses with water coffee or whatever without the need to ask. We preferred to eat breakfast outside on the nice sun deck at the rear of the ship. I learned that on a midsize ship there are not the long lines for service like you would see on other cruise lines. They also have their upgraded Tuscan Steakhouse and Red Ginger. Both were nice but I thought the Red Ginger was over rated. I love Asian food and we ate there during ruff seas which detracted from the experience but overall I would have preferred a Hibachi style experience. Our room on level 6 mid ship was superb and I compliment the staff for making sure our room was always refreshed and clean. They worked hard to make our experience a great one. You will love the tranquility beds Oceania puts in their rooms along with the pillow selection. They even sell these beds online if you like them and they are imported from Italy. The entertainment was OK. The Sirena does not have a huge stage and from what I hear the entertainment has improved. Frankly we did not go to the entertainment every night so I might give what we saw a 6.7 rating. Clearly Oceania appeals to a more mature group. We brought our 18 year old son and there was not much for him to do but we knew that booking the ship. The ports of call were the main reason we booked as the offered a fantastic selection. It was nice not having a lot of kids running around so I appreciated the age group of 50 + that they market to. The décor of the ship gives passengers a luxury feel like you are in someone's elegant home. The seating make you feel like you are in a living room. The smaller number of passengers gave a more intimate feel and a chance to meet some really nice people. The cruise excursions are expensive and I found you are much better going to Trip advisor and finding your own to book. We saved probably $2000 doing this and avoided the huge bus loads of other people and had a much more private experience. The nice thing about Oceania is you can bring your own adult beverages on board. Only if you have it served with your meal will the charge a corking fee. The internet service was very good for a cruise. Of course it will not allow you quick speeds for video downloads but it was adequate for email and surfing the net, Overall I was really impressed with the staff on Oceania. Rest Rooms ere maintained constantly throughout the day and were clean.They all were professional, friendly and hard-working. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This is my 4th time with Oceania in 4 years. Booked Sirena because of the supposedly upgrade to be completed by May 2016. Have previously cruised with Regatta, Insignia and Nautica. Very disappointed with the overall look of Sirena. No ... Read More
This is my 4th time with Oceania in 4 years. Booked Sirena because of the supposedly upgrade to be completed by May 2016. Have previously cruised with Regatta, Insignia and Nautica. Very disappointed with the overall look of Sirena. No where near as classy as other ships. we had an A1 class cabin. Bathrooms appear smaller than had before. No renovations to bathrooms, cannot get cold water in the bathroom either. Water filter is also poor, as not filtered enough. Face cloths become yellow when switch tap on over the cloth because of poor water filter. Staff are obliging but are lacking in service skills plus notice the decreased number of staff on the floor in all areas of food and service. Could not fault the meals, in choice or quality, hope this does not change because of ownership of Oceania in general. Horizons is lacking in quantity of furniture and overall look. Sirena lounge is also not adequately furnished for guests to see nightly shows. Poor lay out of seating as unable to see the show floor. No elevation of seats. Ship is smaller than others as missing proper barista lounge, executive lounge, 2 restaurants combined in one. All these things make a difference to your voyage. Will be avoiding Sirena in the future and chose one of the other ships. Much more pleasant ships. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go in a less crowded ship. Before, we've sailed in larger ships of about 2500 passengers. We really enjoyed less people aboard, more tranquility. Athens is really a very interesting place ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go in a less crowded ship. Before, we've sailed in larger ships of about 2500 passengers. We really enjoyed less people aboard, more tranquility. Athens is really a very interesting place to visit, Achropolis is incredible and its musueum. The embarkation and disembarkation process went really smoothly. Is a very nice refurbished ship, with a nice and well distribuited cabin, alll very clean and a very comfortable bed. Dining was superb. The patisserie just delicious. Red Ginger is a must. We were looking for a silent ship and we found it. Shows were good, a very good pianist (with an incredible memory) and the young singers and dancers were also fine. Dedicated service. Fantastic all the ports we visited. We did all the excursions by our own, and we really had a very good time. In five ports we rented a car (Santorini, Katakolon, Corfú, Kotor and Bari). We want to go again next year to other ports in the mediterranean in another similar ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Sirena Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.8
Dining 5.0 4.2
Entertainment 3.5 3.3
Public Rooms 5.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 1.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.1
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.4

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