11 Oceania Sirena Cruise Reviews for Luxury Cruises to Transatlantic

Background information: We are veteran cruisers with many years of cruising in different parts of the world on different cruise lines (includes Oceania, Disney, RCI, Celebrity, Princess, Holland America, Cunard). This was our 30th cruise, ... Read More
Background information: We are veteran cruisers with many years of cruising in different parts of the world on different cruise lines (includes Oceania, Disney, RCI, Celebrity, Princess, Holland America, Cunard). This was our 30th cruise, our longest cruise to date, our eighth on Oceania and our first on Sirena. I have done several other cruise reviews on Cruise Critic. This cruise was entitled “Voyage of Discovery” and was 28 days long, with embarkation in Athens, Greece and disembarkation in Miami, Florida. We booked this as a single Grand Voyage and not as two separate back-to-back Cruises. Sirena is one of the four R-ships currently owned by Oceania Cruises (along with 2 larger, newer O-class ships) and it has passenger capacity of 650-700 passengers and an international crew of nearly 400. The R-ships are scheduled for major renovations over the next few years. Oceania is a cruise company under NCL Holdings. Our trip began with flights on Delta Airlines from our home city through JFK to Athens, Greece. We purchased our own air. We also purchased transfers and a three-night Athens hotel package from Oceania. The hotel selected by Oceania was the Grande Bretagne, a beautiful five-star Marriott/SPG property located on Syntagma Square in the heart of the city. We thoroughly enjoyed the service and amenities at this hotel and its wonderful rooftop bar and restaurant with views of the Acropolis and other sites in Athens. Our pre-cruise activities in the city included visits to the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum and to the expansive Christian and Byzantine Museum, and we had a very enjoyable Greek cooking class in a Taverna, which we booked in advance through Trip Advisor/Viator. This was our first time staying in Athens and our second visit to the city. Embarkation: On the way to our ship, we selected an excursion from the Oceania representative at the hotel that included a bus trip to Cape Sounion and the Poseidon Temple, located south of Athens before heading to the port. It took mere minutes to be processed at the Piraeus cruise terminal and we were on-board Sirena having lunch. Our cabin was ready around 1:30 pm and our luggage arrived shortly after that time. Cabin: For this cruise, we selected an A3 category concierge veranda (cabin 7020, located on deck 7 forward on the port side). We are very familiar with this type of cabin, which has a total area of 216 square feet, including the veranda. The room was quiet and cozy, the bathroom is small but manageable, and the bed is heavenly (very, very comfortable). We did use our Veranda quite often on this cruise, with the hot weather. Our stateroom was maintained impeccably by our Room Stewardess and her assistant. The Concierge Veranda level comes with a new and very useful perk of three complimentary laundry services per sailing; since our cruise was composed of back-to-back sailings, we got six of these laundry services (maximum of 20 pieces per service). Public areas: The small size of Sirena limits the public spaces to a few areas - Library (popular with many folks but a complete waste of space in my opinion as I usually bring an electronic book reader), Deck 11 sports area, Pool Deck, Baristas/GDR bar (did not use), the Upper Hall (home of the string quartet concerts), Martini’s bar (strangely, a big favorite for us in the past but we only visited a couple of times on this cruise), a tiny casino, the ample Sirena Lounge (entertainment, lectures, trivia, and meeting place for excursions), and the beautiful and expansive Horizons Lounge on deck 10 forward (the Room with a View). There are two tiny boutique stores on deck 5 and a card room on deck 9. There is also a decent-sized gym/workout facility and the Canyon Ranch Spa area on deck 9 forward. The public areas are nicely decorated but the OceaniaNEXT project will certainly be welcome. Dining: Oceania is renowned for their cuisine and our experience ranged from good to excellent, with a couple of exceptions. We had most of our evening meals in the Terrace Cafe because of its convenience and outdoor seating, and the wide variety of offerings, including salads, pastas, grilled meats, specialty dishes, good side dishes, sushi, charcuterie, fresh breads, and desserts were superb. There were several special lunches or dinners in the Terrace, including Greek, Italian, Spanish, Mexican and Indian cuisine. Our breakfasts were divided between the Terrace Cafe (full breakfasts and cooked to order) and Waves Grill, which offers a continental style buffet. Waves Grill is also a great place for lunch (huge cooked-to-order burgers and sandwiches) and they have a salad bar, plus delicious ice cream and milkshakes. We ate a few times in the Grand Dining Room and enjoyed the selections, but preferred the more casual ambience of the Terrace Cafe and the ability to control portion sizes. The specialty restaurants on Sirena are Red Ginger and Tuscan Steak. We ate at Red Ginger once and Tuscan Steak twice. Red Ginger, specializing in Asian fusion cuisine, is not one of our favorites, but it was good. Unfortunately, my dinner at Tuscan Steak the first time we ate there was nearly ruined by an inedible ribeye steak. The first grey, over-salted, overcooked and tasteless steak I received was whisked away and replaced by another steak almost as bad. Apparently, the filet is a more “sure” thing; being from the western US, I am more of a fan of strip and ribeye cuts, but will not try most steaks again on Oceania. Everything else at that meal was excellent. Needless to say, my second meal at Tuscan Steak concentrated on the pasta selections, which were delicious. Another miss was the horrid lobster bisque in the GDR. Many folks complained about this over-salted and very fishy (in a bad way) soup selection. The service in the dining areas ranged from good to excellent; some minor issues with lack of service (set up, clearing of dishes) at the beginning of the cruise were rectified. Bar offerings, wine selection, and service: We did not buy a beverage package on this cruise. We tried to go to happy hour every evening to help with the costs. The drinks are very expensive, especially wines by the glass, and that cost is exacerbated by an 18% service charge. The wine selections were quite good, however, and we did buy a few bottles that can be stored on-board for more than one meal. Beer selections are somewhat limited (a negative with hubby, who is a craft beer aficionado). Mixed drinks are good to excellent. Service is very good to excellent from the bar staff and sommeliers. Most of our bar service experiences were in Horizons lounge or Waves Grill/Bar. Activities and Entertainment: We do not go on Oceania for their entertainment. The small entertainment staff is young and enthusiastic and the shows are fairly short and limited to one every evening at 9:30 pm, with a few guest performers in some shows. We usually head back to cabin to relax and read after dinner so we did not see most of the productions. The Sirena Show Band on our cruise was excellent and we heard them most often in Horizons before dinner. Other entertainment and activity options included enrichment lectures (did not attend most of them), trivia, bingo, sports activity contests, cooking demonstrations, and some pool deck contests (build a ship, country fair, crew contests). Our CD was Leslie Jon, who is very personable and an excellent announcer. Service: As noted in the other paragraphs, service ranged from very good to excellent and minor concerns were corrected immediately. This cruise also featured the best and most competent Destination Services staff we have dealt with yet on Oceania, a wonderful and helpful Oceania Club Ambassador (yes, we are going again), and very friendly staff at Reception and in Security. Officers are business-like, but approachable. Captain Vitaliy Silvachynsky was very professional and trustworthy. We called him Captain “Early” because he would often leave ports ahead of the departure time if everyone was on board. He also made the right calls on avoiding Hurricane Florence and other tropical storms that were brewing in the Atlantic; our 8-day crossing was very smooth. Ports and excursions: Separate port write-ups are included. This cruise was attractive because of its ports and the transatlantic crossing. We did ship excursions in almost every port and most were good to excellent. Sadly, two premium excursions we booked prior to the cruise that included gourmet experiences were canceled due to lack of participation. Our ports of call included Patmos, Rhodes and Crete in Greece; Limassol, Cyprus; Haifa, Israel (overnight); Valletta, Malta; Messina, Sorrento and Rome (Civitavechhia), Italy; St. Tropez, France; Barcelona, Cartagena, and Malaga, Spain; Funchal, Madeira; and Nassau, Bahamas. A planned overnight in Bermuda was replaced by a day in Nassau due to Hurricane Florence. We did not have any planned activities in Civitavecchia (Rome) as there were limited excursions on this cruise transition day and our choice of excursions was canceled, unfortunately. The top ports we visited were Haifa, Israel (two amazing and unforgettable journeys to Jerusalem on the first day and to Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee on the second); Patmos (beautiful island and fascinating history of St. John); Valleta, Malta (loved this unique and scenic small country); Messina, Sicily (we did a great excursion to Taormina, a lovely town south of Messina, and to a nice winery); Cartagena, Spain (a fantastic excursion to a Spanish horse ranch); and Funchal, Madeira (a gorgeous island with dramatic scenery and a fun city market). We also enjoyed all of the other ports and have good memories from each place we visited. Disembarkation: We disembarked very quickly in Miami and had a private transfer to Fort Lauderdale for our non-stop United flight home. Summary: Our overall experience on Sirena was excellent, with a few minor issues as noted in the details above. Usually, we are ready to go home, but we were reluctant to leave on our last day. We have already booked our next experience, a cruise on Nautica from Venice to Dubai in late 2019! We look forward to the renovated R-ships. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Absolutely incredible!!!! The room size was great as was the size of the bathroom. The Bulgari amenities are a lovely touch. You event have a choice of the scent that is placed in your room. Sirena is a lovely ship and her crew ... Read More
Absolutely incredible!!!! The room size was great as was the size of the bathroom. The Bulgari amenities are a lovely touch. You event have a choice of the scent that is placed in your room. Sirena is a lovely ship and her crew ensured that we had a perfect experience!!! We are so happy with our sailing we have rebooked with Oceania on the Marina for 2019. The ports were wonderful on this sailing except for Nassau. It would be so much nicer if we had an overnight in one of the Spanish ports or Madeira and skipped that port all together. There were 6 other ships in dock that day (4 Carnival, 1 Disney, 1 Royal Caribbean). The enrichment sessions were wonderful and we went to almost every one! Entertainment was intimate and very good. Dining is excellent. We found the food in the Terrace Cafe and Grand Dining room to be excellent. Such attention to detail by Razvan and his dining room staff as well as Chef and his team!. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I am a travel agent and frequent traveler. We have cruised Oceana many times but now it appears the ”bean-counters” are in control. There were noticeable differences in overall food and services from previous cruises. This was a ... Read More
I am a travel agent and frequent traveler. We have cruised Oceana many times but now it appears the ”bean-counters” are in control. There were noticeable differences in overall food and services from previous cruises. This was a 27 day cruise and offered $1600 in shipboard credit for our basic balcony cabin. It’s easy to offer lots of OBC when everything is already overpriced to start with. (Nickels and Dimes) For the food service, there was little change in selections, but the food quality was noticeably reduced, especially in the Specialty Restaurants where the service was still great, but the food was not nearly as good. On arrival home, we had a steak that was far superior in taste and tenderness than any we had in 4 visits to the Tuscan Grill. Oceana is no longer the leader in shipboard Cuisine. Meals are now average at best. The cost of the land tours is outrageous. In Corfu we docked next to a Holland America Ship, and much to my surprise I was logged on to their shipboard WIFI. I found the Holland America tours almost identical to Oceana in description, hours, and group size, except every Oceana tour was a minimum of 45% and up to 55% (actually $55 to $180) more expensive per person. That’s about $225 more per port for a couple. (Nickels and Dimes). Martini's Bar had excellent service, but drinks were short, and expensive. Standard pre-dinner drinks for two were about $25, not appropriate for captive customers on a ship. (Nickels and Dimes) I’ll probably start suggesting Azamara or Viking Sea to my customers. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I had sailed on Oceania 3 times on the Marina & Riviera the disappointment was not about the size of the ship it was the decline of Oceania in general. Embarkation: Process went well, fast and easy. Walked aboard, instead of a ... Read More
I had sailed on Oceania 3 times on the Marina & Riviera the disappointment was not about the size of the ship it was the decline of Oceania in general. Embarkation: Process went well, fast and easy. Walked aboard, instead of a glass of champagne and staff with smiles, we received this comment, "Need to see your sea pass card. After giving it to him, he said, "your cabin won't be ready until 3 p.m.." This was now 12:30 and we were dismissed. We spent our time in the library, which was fantastic, actually authors you have heard about. After a horrible, cereal laden hamburger at the grill and a smoothie that was like water flavored juice the announcement was made--cabins ready. Food: Now this is where Oceania used to be the top of the line, well that ship has sailed so to speak. As previously noted, the burgers were preformed tasteless and smoothies/milkshakes were made with ice chips and sugar water turning out to be tasteless and thin. Speaking of tasteless, all the food was bland and tasteless. Several times I had "Jacques Pepin's signature dishes" for dinner and at the Bistro--hugely disappointing. Food looks beautiful but tastes like nothing. I can recall only one dish that was fabulous, a Risotto with Smoked Ricotta. Portions were inconsistent as well, some large and others tiny, for example my Chicken and wine dish--large, table mate ordered scallops, she receive 3 tiny scallops sitting on 3 equally tiny potatoes--that's it. Do not order the Rack of Lamb it was horrible. Pad Thai noodle dish made with fettuccine noodles. My table mate and I ordered a shrimp dish. When we complained about the lack of taste, that it could use something, even garlic, the waiter offered to get us some garlic ??? I never finished any entree, due to non flavor or just plain bad tasting. The Terrace Cafe seemed a little better, but still not up to previous standards Tuscan Grill: We ate in the Tuscan grill to celebrate my husband's birthday he was really looking forward to great meal--again the disappointment. Crab cakes good, my Dover sole good, very small portion along with a small portion of Lobster Risotto--which tasted ok. My husband's steak was mediocre at best, he also ordered a martini, which came without olives, since they didn't ask I am assuming they actually knew how to make one. I ordered coffee with cream, it was not cream, probably skim milk--really? Coffee tasted as if it was made in the morning and reheated all day. They did provide an approximately 6 inch square birthday cake and the staff sang "Happy Birthday" . After serving us each a 2 inch portion with ice cream, we never saw the cake again. Normally, they ask if you want it sent to your cabin or take it with you. Maybe they re-used the Happy Birthday portion. Red Ginger: Generally very nice, however portions have reduced considerably and the rice was very dry. Happy Hour: From 5-6 each night, must be the same drink. Take note, happy hour martini's are served in very small glasses. To get the standard drink, you must order a double--so much for happy hour. Tea: The 4 o'clock tea on the Oceania, used to be quite the event. Crowded with passengers, being served wonderful selections by white gloved waiters. Well, the waiters are still white gloved, but the selection is dismal and it's no longer crowded. The one time we attended, we had to dodge repairmen who were working on the lights in the venue. Entertainment: Didn't expect very much, so not disappointed. The house band and performers were great. One comedian was very good, and one ventriloquist very bad, walked out on that one and another one. Nothing else to do right after dinner. We had eight sea days, thank God for the gym and pool, it saved our sanity. They had two speakers mostly about fish or ships. Did attend two lectures one climate change and one about Antoni Gaudi--very informative. Otherwise, nothing but Bridge and Trivia, if that's your thing you will be happy. Crew: One thing that has remained constant on Oceania, is the wonderful staff. Always very friendly and attentive. I do believe our cabin stewards were over worked as evidenced by our wait to enter our staterooms on embarkation and that our cabin was never done before 12 noon on the majority of days. They told us they had 21 cabins--way too much. Destination/Tours: The destination staff is really a sales staff, so don't expect any useful or correct information from them. One port we all had to return to our rooms for our passport "since they will check them" no one ever did. Oceania also held on to passports for 8 days, any country who needed to see them, could have obtained that information. They also provided a sheet of "information" on the next day's port in your cabin. It would be extremely helpful if they also provided a small walking map of the port city on the back. They never provided any maps, blaming the port's representative for not providing enough. We all had to find the information center in each port. We try not to take ship's tours, especially on Oceania. However they did give us 5 free excursions--no complaints except the one in Cartagena which spent too long showing us, golf courses, and too little time showing us the ruins of the old town. Gym: Small, however great equipment. One complaint is the sales staff used space that people generally did floor exercise and free weights to put on his sales seminar's-- to about 1-3 people. He needs to find another venue, not inconvenience the paying guests. Pool: Great pool area, lounge chairs plentiful on this trip, despite the great weather all covered in terry cloth covers. Hot tubs, nice. Internet: We also got free internet service, so no complaints there. The internet manager was very helpful and patient with everyone. Service was generally good. Conclusion: I am very saddened to see the erosion of this once great cruise line. You can see this in the little details, skimping on food quality. condition of the ship such as cleanliness and maintenance, lack of variety of activities. It is evident by those of us with cruising experience and detail oriented minds that since NCL's acquisition of Oceania we are no longer having that luxury experience. Were it not for the wonderful staff, there is really no point in spending a higher fare on this ship line. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This is my second cruise on the Sienna and I recommend this smaller ship. It is elegant and the friendly staff will treat you like royalty. The cabin is comfortable, clean and roomy. Oceania is known for their luxury dining and they ... Read More
This is my second cruise on the Sienna and I recommend this smaller ship. It is elegant and the friendly staff will treat you like royalty. The cabin is comfortable, clean and roomy. Oceania is known for their luxury dining and they won't disappoint you. Even in the Café, they will grill your lobster tails, lamp chops, or steaks to perfection. We weren't sure if we would be bored on an 8 day crossing but found plenty of things to do. As a smaller ship, it can dock in town so you can just get off and explore. They will also provide a free shuttle bus to the center of town, as needed. I've been on the "popular" huge ships with lots of restaurants and activities but there won't be a “sexy" legs contest on Oceania. It is not a party boat for college students and does not cater to children. No photographers snapping away at every opportunity. No long lines to get on and off the ship. Perfect for my taste. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Cruise could not have been better, only glitch was arriving in Granada 4 hours late, so we missed out excursion to Alhambra, which was the site we had most looked forward to visiting. I suggest the itenary be tweeked in future to allow ... Read More
Cruise could not have been better, only glitch was arriving in Granada 4 hours late, so we missed out excursion to Alhambra, which was the site we had most looked forward to visiting. I suggest the itenary be tweeked in future to allow more time in this port, perhaps an overnight. Shore excursions were lacking the audio sets we are accustom to on other ships. It was difficult to hear the guide and keep up with the group. Dining was lovely, I have a food allergy and they had me premark a menu a day ahead and prepared it so I could eat. This is a huge improvement from other cruises we've been on where I am just told what it is "safe" to order. Beginner bridge lessons were great, as were the enrichment lectures. String quartet was lovely. Fitness center was ok, wish there had been more stretch type classes, the schedule conflicted with other options. Of course much of the space was devoted to "lectures" which overhearing while I exercised sounded like snake oil sales. (I am a medical professional). Spa services vastly overpriced so I did not use. The air arrangements were horrible. We paid to upgrade to business class through Oceania. Despite there being many flights from Rome to Nashville with one stop, we were booked with 2 changes and inadequate time to clear customs, resulting in a missed flight. The return trip took 24 hours , we have done in 12. I will book my own flights in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We initially were made aware of this cruise by Go Next which was actively promoting this cruise last year, however we ended up booking it through our own travel agent for a slightly better deal. As others have mentioned, French ... Read More
We initially were made aware of this cruise by Go Next which was actively promoting this cruise last year, however we ended up booking it through our own travel agent for a slightly better deal. As others have mentioned, French Polynesia is beautiful, remote, and quiet. It was extremely hot and humid when we visited, but we enjoyed it immensely. Oceania did promote this accurately as not for children, and in fact only 1 lonesome child was on the ship, which was nice for those of us who need a break from grandchildren. We had never cruised Oceania before, so my remarks will compare it and the smaller ship adventure to our previous cruises with larger ships and other cruise lines. Our package included the cruise, flights, WiFi, gratuities, and 4 excursions, which made it so much easier when it came to the final bill. Soft drinks and bottled water were included, the bar fridge was stocked with soft drinks, and bottled water was included as we disembarked each day. drinks were very expensive at over $11 for a mixed drink, and $7 for beer, so if you are a big drinker, you might look into the drinks package. The gift shops had only high end items, one of the two shops was dedicated to a brand of high end jewelry and the other had minimal, but high end clothing. Embarking the ship was easy and smooth. Tendering was easy with only 600+ passengers, also no photographers, no art auctions. On the negative side, the buffet was small and limited, but very good. Entertainment was limited with a large lounge instead of a theatre without tiered seating. The ship also seemed to ride a bit rougher with its small size, even though the seas were calm, more of a bounce in the fore and aft where the dining room and entertainment were located. It was a real bonus that the specialty restaurants were no extra charge. The Tuscan Grill was so so, but we loved Red Ginger with excellent food and service and a great maitre d'. As on many cruise ships lately the food, service and staff were excellent. The cabins were slightly smaller than we have had, with the bathroom noticeably smaller, but they were well appointed with a super comfortable beds and bedding. Our Oceania experience was great, but not better than we have had on other cruise lines. The small ship experience was good for this itinerary, but we probably prefer ships with 1000-1800 passengers. This itinerary was wonderful and relaxing, just what we were looking for; however we could have missed the 3 days that it took to get up to Nuka Hiva, as on a small ship there isn't a lot to do on sea days. We would recommend this cruise for the quiet adventure, and the ship to those who prefer to do without all the hype and hassle of the huge ships. Passengers on this cruise were mainly American and well travelled. We enjoyed sharing a table at meals and hearing new travel stories. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was our first cruise on Oceania, the 12 day ‘Pure Polynesia’ on Sirena. We tend to be land based travellers, but some places are just better by ship. Sirena is a smaller ship, which we prefer. The ship, refurbished in 2016, is ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Oceania, the 12 day ‘Pure Polynesia’ on Sirena. We tend to be land based travellers, but some places are just better by ship. Sirena is a smaller ship, which we prefer. The ship, refurbished in 2016, is beautifully decorated and maintained, with lots of dark wood and brass, immaculately clean. Being a smaller ship there is not that much room for guests to spread out, and it started to feel a bit smal toward the end of the cruise. The pool area is especially small, and people wanted shade as it was so hot. The lounges were coveted real estate, and just like resorts, the lounge hogs reserve early in the day, and keep them all day. Sirena discouraged this, but did nothing to correct it. There are other areas on the upper decks where pool staff can place lounges, but this is done only at your request. Embarkation and dis-embarkation were seamless. We actually arrived before our appointed time, due to hotel check out. We were checked in without any hesitation. Dis-embarkation was also smooth. Our luggage was picked up the night before & we left the ship after breakfast. We did all of our own planning, including flights, hotels before and after the cruise. We heard grumbling from passengers who had Oceania do the planning. Part of it was expense, but can’t comment further as this was not my experience. There are three dining rooms, plus the buffet and pool-side grill. The grand dining room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as does the buffet. Specialty restaurants include Red Ginger, serving Asian cuisine, while Tuscan Steak is a steak-house with Italian flavor. Both are beautifully decorated, and at no additional charge. Given our status on the ship, we were entitled to pre-book one meal at each specialty restaurant. You can book additional dinners, based on availability during the cruise. Red Ginger was our favorite, but only by a bit! The food was incredible at both! The grill by the pool serves good burgers and sandwiches for lunch. Breakfast at the buffet served a varied selection, which became a bit routine by the end of the cruise. There are occasionally flow problems as the main walkway is narrow. The buffet offered a special breakfast, Eggs Benedict, or some variation daily. This was offered in the center of the buffet. It took 4-9 minutes to prepare your selection. Either you waited there, causing a bit of a log jam in the area, or the server could bring it to your table. But they had no organized way of identifying you, so the servers often wandered around trying to find you. A smarter method of doing this is needed. Lunch and dinner at the grand dining room were excellent. There were many (too many!) choices for dinner. The Jacques Pepin signature dishes were delicious. All was beautifully presented. Food is a big highlight of Oceania, so prepare to be fed! The ports of call were excellent on this cruise. We were at sea for a few days in the early part of the cruise heading to the Marquesas Islands. It was a bit rough and unbelievably hot at sea. The Captain reported the sea and air temperature as 89 degrees one day! There was no relief even in the wind! We enjoyed experiencing the remoteness of Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas. I picked up some amazing craft jewelry from the co-op by the dock. Wish I bought more! Sirena invited local dancers from the island to perform on the ship in the evening. It was an amazing show! We don’t usually attend the shows, so can’t comment much here…except the theatre is not tiered and can be hard to see for those of short stature! We found the excursions to be expensive, but wanted to experience as much of the islands as we could. We decided to book the unlimited passport package for $989 (each). A few excursions had an extra charge on top. Overall we were quite pleased with the excursions. Our focus was being on the water and snorkelling as much as we could. We swam with the stingrays and sharks, snorkelled beautiful coral gardens and did a sunset cruise in Bora Bora! Some passengers negotiated with locals for less expensive adventures when they came ashore. It seemed to work for them. But the ship will wait for you if you are back late from one of their excursions! The staff on the ship varied from young to very experienced. All of the staff worked extremely hard on Sirena, and did an amazing job to make sure the guests were happy. A few who really stood out include: Maitre’d Leandro, Susan (Red Ginger), Sara (Tuscan Grill); Bartenders Igor & ‘Joe’; sommelier Nicola; our cabin attendant, Vanessa. But there were so many who worked behind the scenes, or whose name I missed, that kudos go to the entire crew. We chose the premium drinks package. It was an extra $480 + gratuities. This gave us the option to drink anything they offered, with the exception of full bottles of wine. (Other cruise ships give a discount on full bottles with this package.) Overall we were quite satisfied with the package. All of the bartenders made excellent mixed drinks. The wine sommelier/stewards are in the dining rooms helping guests match wine with their meal. There are not enough wine stewards for the grand dining room and the wine sometimes arrived after the course it was meant for. These individuals are literally run off their feet doing their best to keep up, but there simply aren’t enough of them! We were absolutely not impressed when the ship ‘ran out of’ most wines we wanted the last dinner of the cruise…and the list was long! We requested a discount to purchase a full bottle of wine, and miraculously the wine we wanted was found. This did not end the cruise on a positive note. I would cruise with Oceania again. It was a notch above other cruises I’ve taken, but just a notch. Some passengers continued on to Australia. While the itinerary sounded great, I was ready to get off the ship! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I chose this ship and this cruise for the following reasons; a) My partner and I are pass cruisers with this line. b) we had completed six weeks in Europe and this was the perfect way to return to US. c) ship newly ... Read More
I chose this ship and this cruise for the following reasons; a) My partner and I are pass cruisers with this line. b) we had completed six weeks in Europe and this was the perfect way to return to US. c) ship newly refurbished. Embarkation for us was early and wonderful. Cabin was ready before expected. Cabin, Category A1 was nothing special. It was clean and well finished off. Our outside veranda was roomy, however the floor drain was clogged for the entire trip. This rendered the deck not so usable. The food was beautiful and not anything to complain about in both the specialty restaurants and main dining room. The Terrace Cafe however was disappointing and congested. Tables were too close, isles were too small, servers were not helpful and spook and understood limited English. We had the unfortunate event to go to Hospital which was the most expensive thing I did while on the ship. Two batches of pills, for 10 days, were over $550.00USD which was not disclosed prior. My efforts to speak with ship officers about the high price went no where. Having had just completed a 30 day cruise on Sirena's sister-ship, Nautica, We also sailed on a 30 day cruise on Marina and thought that Sirena's refurbishment was short changed and not worthy of a repeat visit. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We read so many negative comments on Cruise Critic about the Sirena, we were worried about this experience ! Well, not to worry.... the cruise was wonderful ! Sirena is absolutely beautiful!!! Well appointed in every area! Horizons ... Read More
We read so many negative comments on Cruise Critic about the Sirena, we were worried about this experience ! Well, not to worry.... the cruise was wonderful ! Sirena is absolutely beautiful!!! Well appointed in every area! Horizons has been much improved and is lovely, even adding bathrooms! Contrary to many complaints I read, the food is still 5 star! Jacques Bistro at lunch in the GDR is a nice addition with yummy daily specials! Speciality restuants equally yum, especially Tuscan Steak House! The Terrace Cafe and new grill, the best!!!! STAFF is beyond compare!!! From first greeting to disembarkation goodbyes....the staff exceeded expectations! Shout outs to Veni. Waylon. Maria. Ariel Glen(room service was awesome). Angeline, Clifford, Lucy...... the list goes on and on Entertainment....diverse and enjoyable. Especially the Production Show company! They sang their hearts out for us!!! Guest lecturer....fascinating!!! A + Sirena and staff!!!! We did excursions on our own.... mostly hop on hop off buses. In Bermuda, we were right downtown Hamilton !!! That was awesome ! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Smaller ship for us which we enjoyed, clean, recently refurbished, no loud music, no kids on this cruise, many areas to read and relax, easy access around the ship, no lines, superb food, good selection of wine, smaller cabins and ... Read More
Smaller ship for us which we enjoyed, clean, recently refurbished, no loud music, no kids on this cruise, many areas to read and relax, easy access around the ship, no lines, superb food, good selection of wine, smaller cabins and particularly small shower area, plenty of storage. Excellent large library. Good fitness center not busy. Very nice large steam/shower room and the private hot tub, and rarely any other passengers on my many visits. We were a party of 10 sometimes eating dinner together and enjoyed the round tables for easier conversation. Particularly enjoyed the grilled lobster tails/jumbo very fresh tasting shrimp and sushi in the Terrace Cafe almost every evening. The illy coffee in the barista was outstanding. Non alcoholic drinks are all included. Entertainment/shows were ok for a small ship. Several movies. Nice laundry room normally not crowded takes tokens for nominal charge at reception desk. We would usually meet at Martini bar or Horizon lounge up top for pre dinner drinks. Our onboard credits more than covered all on board expenses including gratuities,alcohol and even some clothes purchased in the shop.We had read the many negative reviews prior to our cruise so we were pleasantly surprised as we certainly enjoyed the ship and the overall cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Sirena Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.8
Dining 5.0 4.3
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 3.5
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.5

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