2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Have travelled on Sirena once before and also on Oceania's Riviera. Service on board apart from the drinks service was excellent. Food sadly was a let down. We sent back a total of five main courses. The menu at the Grand Dining Room ... Read More
Have travelled on Sirena once before and also on Oceania's Riviera. Service on board apart from the drinks service was excellent. Food sadly was a let down. We sent back a total of five main courses. The menu at the Grand Dining Room had shrunk considerably from our last cruises. Red Ginger and Tuscan Steak House menu's haven't changed in the past four years. Ports of call were handled well as was embarking and disembarking. We had the beverage package which is clumsily handled. Firstly you cannot buy prior to cruising, you have to buy on board which means queuing to request then the re issue of your cabin key card. Stupid. The staff have to retrieve your card and swipe it after you order your drink. It is hard enough finding a wine waiter in the first place and even harder to get one to swipe your card. Viking do it so much better were each staff member carries a hand held device that has your picture, room no, any packages etc. Once they confirm your room number that's it. Far, far better. Please look at my cabin review. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We are seasoned cruisers and chose this cruise for a convenient way to travel home from Rome after attending a wedding in Malta. Past Transatlantic experiences have been exemplary on Cunard. We cruised on the Marina last year and ... Read More
We are seasoned cruisers and chose this cruise for a convenient way to travel home from Rome after attending a wedding in Malta. Past Transatlantic experiences have been exemplary on Cunard. We cruised on the Marina last year and anticipated a similar positive experience on the Sirena. The ship is tired at best and in need of updates. Tiles surrounding the pool were missing and cracked. Oceania makes a very bold claim to have the finest cuisine at sea. Only Red Ginger was able to live up to that expectation. The other venues were just average at best with most food too salty. Booked a Concierge level room with no advantage over a standard room except for the laundry service. There was significant vibration at the rear of the ship. There seemed to be no plan for a change in itinerary due to hurricane Florence and 8 straight days at sea. The layout of the theater means that only the front row gets a clear view of the stage. All other seating is obscured. The Horizons lounge offered afternoon tea, and karoke and dancing later in the evening. It is unlikely I would cruise Oceania again. I'll continue cruising Transatlantic itineraries on Cunard and favor other premium cruise lines for other cruise vacations. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our second cruise on Oceania. We chose it because of the food. While others may have had a different experience, on both of the Oceania cruises we took, the food was superior to Crystal and Silverseas. I have nothing against ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Oceania. We chose it because of the food. While others may have had a different experience, on both of the Oceania cruises we took, the food was superior to Crystal and Silverseas. I have nothing against either of these cruise lines and in some respects, they are superior to Oceania, but not when it comes to food. So, let me start with the food. There is an abundance of lobster, steaks, sushi, lamb chops, shrimp and tuna on Oceania. I found these expensive items lacking on Silverseas and Crystal. Every night you can order these items, in addition to a choice of dinner at a restaurant, buffet (where these items are cooked), and two other specialty restaurants. Similarly, the daily 4 pm High Tea has a selection of sweets and desserts not found on the other two cruise lines that I mentioned. Let me talk about where Oceania could improve. And other guests also felt the same about the following: 1. When we boarded the ship no one greeted us. The staff was very helpful in telling us what venues were available, but no official “ Welcome,” or glass of champagne—this seemed odd for such a high end cruiseline. There was a bottle in the room, however. 2. No choice of pillows. I’m sure this was available on request, but on Silverseas it was part of the registration process. 3. And this is the main (and only real, in my eyes) criticism of Oceania: a lack of activities onboard. Aside from Trivia at 5 pm, and of course the nightly shows, no cooking lessons, computer lessons, etc., during the day. Very disappointing. We found more to do onboard Seabourne. 4. Internet. It was hit or miss. For an extra fee, you can access YouTube and Netflix, but this does not increase the speed of other websites. I paid for high speed internet on Royal Caribbean and it was like being at home. Certainly a luxury cruiseline such as Oceania can offer the same thing, and the guests can easily afford it. 5. Swimming pool on this ship was comically small. Crowded if more than 12 people in the pool—seriously. 6. No real “ sail away “ parties. There was one, but they only cooked two dishes! I remember on Silverseas and Seabourne, the sail away parties were huge. 7. Very small shower—many guests commented on this— and TV. The TV in our room was maybe 20” diagonally . And a lack of movies to watch. I do think that DVD’s were available, however. 8. We never met the “ concierge” that we paid for. We don’t even know why we paid for this service and what we SHOULD have gotten. Another guest had the same experience and was told that many of what they were promised did not apply to this ship. This guest did meet their concierge but was not happy with the service that was provided. I admit that we should have followed up on this with the staff, but the fact that we had to, and that they did not offer the service we paid for was inexcusable and surprising. Bear in mind that Oceania does cater to an older clientele. We did not pay for any excursions this time, so I can’t comment on them. The entertainment did include a magician and comedian in addition to the standard musical productions found on all cruise lines. This was a nice change from other cruises which only featured musical productions. Staff is genuinely friendly and helpful. Very well equipped gym including spinning bikes and a variety of weight lifting machines. I think the ship was refurbished in 2016 and no complaints about the condition of our room, carpets, etc. Hope this review helps you. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We recently returned from an eleven day cruise from Rome to Venice on the Oceania's Sirena. We picked this cruise because of the itinerary. The Oceania did an excellent job of getting to every port as scheduled so we had ample time ... Read More
We recently returned from an eleven day cruise from Rome to Venice on the Oceania's Sirena. We picked this cruise because of the itinerary. The Oceania did an excellent job of getting to every port as scheduled so we had ample time at each port to explore. My only complaint is that we tendered twice, and the tender boats were very uncomfortable with no fans and very hot. We have been on four cruises, twice with the Princess, once with the Azamara and now the Oceania. In comparing the cruise lines, we found the rooms very similar. We did not have a balcony on the Oceania since the additional cost seemed very high but the porthole was a very nice size. The Princess does not charge nearly as much for a balcony. I think the bathroom/shower was best planned on the Oceania and the staff cleaned the room promptly. The Oceania advertises that they are famous for their food. I actually found the food disappointing. Buffet breakfast was fine although I did not like their orange juice. We did not have lunch since we were touring. However, based upon our room status we were only entitled to make reservations for two nights at the specialty restaurants. Red Ginger is indeed special. From the moment we were seated, we were treated royally. The menu was quite interesting, and it was truly a delightful dinner. We also enjoyed the Tuscan Grill but the overall experience was just not as special as Red Ginger. We were lucky to be seated at the front of the ship in that restaurant and had a stunning view as we left the port. My disappointment was with the main dining room. I found the portions very small, and I did not find the overall quality exceptional. Once I ordered sea bass and it was not very good. Another night I ordered steak which was not a good cut. You could order as many sides as you wanted but I would have preferred a better overall meal. On the Azamara they would serve free interesting wines with dinner and that certainly helped the overall atmosphere. I just did not find the staff all that engaging on the Oceania. The Sirena offered less entertainment than the other cruise lines. There was an evening show but the problem was it was a small stage without any slope in the theater so unless you were up front viewing was difficult. We had a singer twice(he was fine), a comedian twice(better the first night) and a mime /magician (poor). The troupe of eight also performed and they were enjoyable. The Princess being a larger boat had a much more professional theater and show. The only sports offered was one outdoor ping pong table, a shuffleboard court on a rubber surface making it unplayable, and a small putting green. There was also a small running/walking track. The pool was tiny but there were two Jacuzzis. Since every day was sunny and over 90 degrees the pool was used. The card room was very small and there were no organized games. The Sirena did have an excellent lending library. I found the gym to up to date modern equipment. Children are not encouraged on the Oceania and there were no organized activities for them. Some of the other cruise lines hire guest lecturers to talk about the upcoming ports. I think the Sirena was very weak in this area. There was trivia every afternoon and this was popular. I probably would not go on the Oceania again unless the itinerary was one I could not find elsewhere. I think other lines give you more value for less money. Finally, since I prefer modern , I found the décor of the Sirena not that attractive and tired looking. However, since I picked this line for the itinerary of the cruise I was not disappointed by the cruise since I enjoyed our ports of call. I find that part of the fun of travelling is planning the trip so I do a lot of research. I never sign up for excursions provided by the cruise line since they are over-priced. My travel agent suggested using Shore excursions but I also found this company to be too expensive. A third alternative is to use Viator which partners with local tour companies and offers more value for your dollar and more variety of tours. However, we made the decision to find private tour guides where possible. This can be expensive if it is just one couple because usually the cost of adding two more people is nominal. We mentioned our planned tours on our cruise line blog and were lucky to find another couple to join us and the four of us thoroughly enjoyed the tours. Day 1 Amalfi- I had always wanted to visit Pompeii. Unfortunately, I did not find any tours leaving from Amalfi going there. I found a company called Benvenutolimos.com that would arrange to give us a driver for eight hours who would take us to Pompeii and Positano and tour the Amalfi Coast. They arranged for a private tour guide inside Pompeii. Giovanni was an excellent driver. He first took us to the scenic town of Rafello for a short stop. His English was excellent and we learned about the Amalfi Coast and its history and culture as he made hairpin turns through breathtaking terrain. He then took us to Pompeii where we met our tour guide Salvatore. As we strolled along ancient Roman streets, Salvatore described what is was like to live in Pompeii 2000 years ago. Pompeii is amazingly preserved. After this tour, we drove to Positano to get a brief glimpse of this upscale beach town. It was a full 8 hours of touring, and I compliment Benvenuto tours for planning a very enjoyable day. Day 2-Sicily- we docked in Taormina for our tour of Sicily. We arranged to be met by Luca from info@sicilylife.com. and again our driver was very professional. We first stopped at a local honey farm, and then we drove to Mt. Etna. Cars are limited to about 7000 feet and from there you can plan hiking excursions. We took a small hike and admired the incredible landscape where gorges were cut into the mountain from lava flows. After Etna, Luca took us to a local winery where we spent a very pleasant afternoon tasting local dishes and sampling wine. We enjoyed our day with Luca and would recommend his company. Day 3-Malta- we docked in Valletta, Malta and were met by Karl from Karlito's Way, and by the end of the day we felt we had a great understanding of Malta. Karl wanted to show us traditional Malta whether it was taking us to traditional neighborhoods, restaurants, or vistas. During the course of the day we circled the entire island seeing all of its most beautiful areas while we talked politics and philosophy. By the end of the day we felt Karl had become a friend as well as a tour guide. We consider our time in Malta very special and would highly recommend using Karl. Day 4-at sea. Day 5 Argostoli-Greece-we could not find a private tour guide so opted to use Viator. Although we were in a bus and the tour was not nearly as personal, the tour was a successful. We visited a monastery, a cave which was actually used for concerts, a fishing village, and the most impressive stop was a rowboat ride in an underground lake/cave. The island was quite picturesque so this port was well worth a visit. Day 6 Durres, Albania. We used a Hong Kong company called tour HQ which has a lot of host tour guides throughout the world. Basically, HQ gives you a list of potential local guides and their biography and then you select one. Although I selected a guide months before and had the trip confirmed, he cancelled just prior to my trip. Luckily, HQ did assist in finding me a replacement guide. Durres was probably the only port we visited which was not scenic especially where we docked. Since I knew very little about Albania I was hoping to get a well planned itinerary from our guide. We went to Kruje which was an interesting medieval city. There, we visited an historical museum. We also visited a bazaar. Then, we had a terrible lunch. The countryside we saw was not that pretty and our guide Marjen was quiet so the touring was not as interesting as our other stops. After Kruja we went back to Durres to see some Roman ruins and a Venetian tower. This did not take too long to view. We ended the tour early, because there did not seem to be much to see or do. I would suggest that our guide should revise the tour to see more sights in the future. Day 7- Kotor, Montenegro. We used a company called M Tours which was highly rated on Trip Advisor. We had met another couple on the cruise who joined us so that Aleksander our tour guide led 6 of us through the enchanting countryside of Montenegro. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of Montenegro history and culture. It was a full day of touring-we went to Budva, then drove to Cetinje, and then went to Njegusi village for lunch at an old, local and a tour of their smokehouse. All of these places had both religious and historical significance. I never realized what a beautiful country Montenegro is, and it certainly is a country I would love to see again. I would highly recommend using M Tours. Day 8-Split Croatia. We used Viator and were lucky because only the four of us signed up for the tour so we had a private tour. We were very happy to have Sandra as our tour guide. She was vivacious and loved showing us Trogir, a medieval city. After Trogir, Sandra led us on a walking tour of Split where we marveled at the ancient Roman Palace. Sandra made the day enjoyable and I would recommend her company Croatian Trails. Day 9 and 10-Venice. We decided to do Venice on our own. In the morning we walked the whole city until we reached St. Marks Square. We then took a water taxi to Murano to do shopping. We really enjoyed Murano since it was much less crowded and the shops had beautiful glass items perfect for gifts. We also found a terrific place for lunch called Cicchetteria Pizzeria with a large courtyard where we had a delicious pizza and prosecco. Afterwards, we returned to Venice to take a 45 minute gondola ride. If you do not mind sharing, the cost is reasonable since you are paying for the ride which seats up to six. Although touristy, we enjoyed it. All in all it was a great trip with many memories. One final note, we had arranged our transfers prior to the trip and they worked out and were much more reasonable than cruise rates. I recommend both venutoinside.com(Venice Port to airport) and civitavecchiatoroma@gmail.com(Rome airport to Port). Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We LOVE Oceania and this was our tenth cruise with them. They treat you like royalty! Service, food, cleanliness, hospitality, are all excellent. I cannot think of anything negative to say. Embarkation went smoothly and so did ... Read More
We LOVE Oceania and this was our tenth cruise with them. They treat you like royalty! Service, food, cleanliness, hospitality, are all excellent. I cannot think of anything negative to say. Embarkation went smoothly and so did disembarkation. All the staff were friendly, polite, and efficient. The beds in the cabin are excellent and so comfortable. Oceania is known for their comfortable beds. Food, in all venues was excellent. Meats, fish, fruit, desserts, etc. were all of a very high quality. So was the presentation. I suggest you lose weight before the cruise because the food is so good, you can't stop eating. But, you can then go to the gym and exercise. We do not use the ship's excursions. Rather, we have a private tour guide at each port. If you share the tour with just one other couple, it usually cost less than the ship's excursions. This way, you only have four people on the tour and not 25-30 and can decide on the pace. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Sirena is not the quality of other Oceania ships. Still good but not as good. The quality of the ship is not the same. A lot of broken things, the lights in Red Ginger would not dim correctly - bright or very dim, ice cream machine in ... Read More
Sirena is not the quality of other Oceania ships. Still good but not as good. The quality of the ship is not the same. A lot of broken things, the lights in Red Ginger would not dim correctly - bright or very dim, ice cream machine in buffet was broken, two washer/dryer machines were not working, etc. Still very good compared to other cruise lines but not up to the Oceania standard. Several shore excursions were cancelled - one's we went on were good. We were not as satisfied with our cabin as in the past as it did not seem the same quality. TV when we used it was pitiful. As for the cruise, Albania is an absolutely wasted stop. It is poor and there is very little to see. The captain said that they focused on food, service and their staff. I agree with this as the service was excellent as usual and for the most part the food was superb. Looking at what is happening with Oceania, it feels like the company management is trying to have their staff make up for poor bean counter decisions at corporate headquarters. This needs to stop if Oceania is going to continue to be an excellent cruise line. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We have been on over fifty cruises, and oceania has by far the best food. In the Terrace Cafe grilled lobster, jumbo shrimp, and lamb chops are served nightly. Dining is even available outdoors on the stern of the ship. Some other ... Read More
We have been on over fifty cruises, and oceania has by far the best food. In the Terrace Cafe grilled lobster, jumbo shrimp, and lamb chops are served nightly. Dining is even available outdoors on the stern of the ship. Some other passenger reviews are not as complimentary, but everyone we spoke to enjoyed the food. The service staff are most efficient and polite. The ship entertainers are excellent considering the ships capacity is just 680 passengers. The featured star entertainers brought onto the ship are broadway quality, and the ship has a guest lecturer who is an expert on the ports visited. At each port we researched the tours we were interested in. In Durres we drove to Barrat, a 2,000 year old town. In Kotor we took a tour to Budva, a pretty seaside resort town. In Split we visited Trogar, and Ravenna we visited Ferara a medieval walled city. In Koper we visited a fairy tale village named Lake Bled which looked like Swiss alps villages, and Lubliana a beautiful medieval city with many shops and canals. In Venice we took a train to Verona, a walled medieval town home of Romeo and Juliet. In Venice we spent the day on the hop on hop off water taxi which has a stop right next to where the ship docks. We met many interesting passengers. One was a famous archeologist knighted by the Italian Government for his excavations in Italy. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This cruise was recommended to us by our travel agent. It was touted as a luxurious venue with superior services. We were disappointed with the ship overall. We met wonderful people onboard. The pool deck area is lovely as is the spa ... Read More
This cruise was recommended to us by our travel agent. It was touted as a luxurious venue with superior services. We were disappointed with the ship overall. We met wonderful people onboard. The pool deck area is lovely as is the spa and fitness area The outdoor dining deck is also charming. The food in the specialty restaurants was good. The entertainment was quite weak. It was disappointing to not be able to sit for a cup of coffee and a sweet treat with friends, after the evening entertainment. The "2 for 1" drink hour was most inconvenient when still relaxing at the pool. The excursions offered were disappointing. Our first excursion was fabulous. The subsequent trips were not. We canceled our ship arranged excursions after the second trip and explored on our own. The flow of the ship and its public areas are disconnected. Of course, the measure of a trip is by the friends you have and the ones you make along the way. The guests onboard this ship were wonderful, friendly and a pleasure. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Selected for its ports of call and the fact it was selling itself as a luxury cruise line. Well the ports didn't let us down but not over impressed by the ship. What can we say but it's boring! Thankfully we had a port stop ... Read More
Selected for its ports of call and the fact it was selling itself as a luxury cruise line. Well the ports didn't let us down but not over impressed by the ship. What can we say but it's boring! Thankfully we had a port stop every day so could escape! Entertainment at 9.30pm was hit and miss, that's if you made there in time to watch it, as the service in the MDR was so slow. Tables for two went very quickly so we would often share a table with others, something we like but why do we have to sit there while our fellow cruisers munch their way through 3 starters to our one before we can have our main course!! Food was normally ok nothing too special, the buffet selection is very limited. Service again was hit and miss. The jacuzzis were hard to get into (remember this cruise attracts the 60plus age group) handrail needed. Drinks are over priced. Room was small, just a small stool for one, drawers sticking, shower curtain ugh! Hand gel machines were outside of restaurants but very few people used them, while I know the food is usually served even in the buffet I think they should of been encouraging people to use them! Last night no entertainment, taped music up in Horizons, shop and casino closed! Is this what we paid for? Return never! Celebrity we are coming back!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2016
Chose Oceania as been on them 4 times previously. Have noticed some things have changed. Most concerning is that children are now cruising on Oceania. Where parents are inclined to leave children to do their own thing and allow them to ... Read More
Chose Oceania as been on them 4 times previously. Have noticed some things have changed. Most concerning is that children are now cruising on Oceania. Where parents are inclined to leave children to do their own thing and allow them to dine in Terraces Cafe on their own while parents go off and dine in other places. Children are let to roam freely on the ship without a parent in attendance. Meals are still excellent including Red Ginger and Tuscan. There is less attention to detail now and maintenance is below par. On this cruise there were more anchors at sea than docking at port. This takes up more of your free time getting to and from shore. On board entertainment by the production company is excellent, but visiting entertainers have not been the best choice. Entertainment now starts at 9.45 pm at night, would prefer an earlier start. On shore tours are quite expensive and do not offer a lot. Be aware which drinks package you choose if going that way as some guests were caught out. Think there are 3 choices, read what each one includes carefully. Staff on board are friendly and accommodating. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We've sailed on Oceania several times before, and we knew what to expect. A very comfortable, relaxed and intimate ambiance with great food and company. Our little cabin was perfectly formed, with brand new fittings and furnishings. ... Read More
We've sailed on Oceania several times before, and we knew what to expect. A very comfortable, relaxed and intimate ambiance with great food and company. Our little cabin was perfectly formed, with brand new fittings and furnishings. The entertainers were (in most cases) better than on previous Oceania cruises. The food throughout the voyage was fantastic.The menu in Red Ginger has improved massively since previous experiences (on Riviera), and the format works better on this ship. The Tuscan Steak restaurant format is a dilution of the Toscana / Polo formats found on other Oceania ships, which were previously our favourites, but no longer. We didn't try Jacques as this was lunchtime-only and we prefer the open air terrace for lunch in good weather. Housekeeping, as always, was excellent. The only general negative point was that the ship seemed to be a little short on serving staff in the restaurant and bars compared to previous trips. Often the bars only had one person serving. The sommeliers and waiters were all lovely people, but there were not enough of them to cope with peak demand. We twice waited more than 30 minutes for a dining table in the evening. Overall, this cruise did not disappoint, and we look forward to the next time. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Overall great cruise. We went at the end of May and the weather was perfect -- hot during the day, sunny, and pleasant at night. Food is fantastic on the Sirena and there's a good choice of on-board restaurants and dining venues. ... Read More
Overall great cruise. We went at the end of May and the weather was perfect -- hot during the day, sunny, and pleasant at night. Food is fantastic on the Sirena and there's a good choice of on-board restaurants and dining venues. Highly recommend both Tuscan Steak and Red Ginger especially. Jacques Bistro for lunch was very nice too. Drinks are expensive but there are 2/1 priced happy hours daily and one reception with an open bar. Drink package only covers lunch and dinner... Nighttime entertainment was good and got better as we went along, but I still don't think it compares with larger ships. Dancing at night was encouraged, but never seemed to get much interest in the Horizons lounge. Staff very friendly and accommodating. We met really nice people, and there are advantages/disadvantages with open seating. You don't get to know your waitstaff as well as with same table seating. We got to meet lots of nice people, so if you don't hit it off with those at your table one night, you'll meet more the next night. We met people mainly at dinner and sometimes on excursions. Most passengers were friendly and nice, but they are on average an older age clientele. We did have 2 honeymooning couples, so there are younger people on board, but the entertainment isn't suited to them. We paid extra to fly in a day early and it was VERY expensive to book it through Oceania. I'd recommend getting a good travel agent who specializes in Oceania (people we met told us to Google it) and they can get you a good price and make all your arrangements so you don't have to go through Oceania for everything. One travel agent even gave their client a nice on-board credit. Ours didn't! We got a generic fruit plate! :-( Read Less
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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