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: July 2019
Our first Oceania Cruise was on the Marina and we were so “wowed” we booked the Sirena to sail 5 months later. We did not come back from this one overwhelmed with a sense to book the next one ASAP. First, the things that were a ... Read More
Our first Oceania Cruise was on the Marina and we were so “wowed” we booked the Sirena to sail 5 months later. We did not come back from this one overwhelmed with a sense to book the next one ASAP. First, the things that were a little less than fantastic The spa deck was very small and hard to find a seat on some days. So, the concierge upgrade was not really worth the money. The bathrooms were very tiny and, we knew going in it was a smaller ship but, if you are on the toilet with the door closed it was sideways sitting. The room stewards were not as intuitive as to what we needed. For example- on day one we had champagne in a bucket that we didn’t drink on boarding as in it was more fun after sail away. When we came back to the room to drink- the bucket was gone and the champagne on the counter. We had to call to get the bucket back. The buffet restaurant was not quick with water, tea or coffee. Most breakfasts we had to flag someone down to get us more. There was link flexibility in changing restaurant dinner times even with empty tables. The good- heck it is still a fantastic line! The food is fantastic and who doesn’t like grilled lobsters. Honestly, the best food you can have at sea. The main dining room and speciality restaurants had great service. The ship is very clean. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We selected Sirena and Oceania because the schedule was good for us and the itinerary just what we wanted. Sirena is a smaller cruise ship than previously booked and we wanted to see if size and quality of ship, as advertised, were ... Read More
We selected Sirena and Oceania because the schedule was good for us and the itinerary just what we wanted. Sirena is a smaller cruise ship than previously booked and we wanted to see if size and quality of ship, as advertised, were true. Sirena did not disappoint on either account. With only some 680 passengers the ship was well proportioned for this capacity and certainly there was never an issue with numbers or access to restaurants or facilities. We booked a Concierge Stateroom which was certainly big enough for us although the ensuite was compact, This is an older ship that doesn’t show its age yet has all the features of a stately ship. The ship was immaculately clean and the internal passageways and staircases were equally fastidiously maintained. Ship’s staff were excellent, attentive and ever-present to meet your every need. Food standards were exceptional! Day to day organisation was discrete-with brief rundown of events/activities broadcast once and then you went and did your thing. Everything was included in the cost except alcohol and shore excursions. There was no hassle Re photos or any other big ship pressures eg art sales etc. Perhaps the only - and often mentioned criticism- was the cost of shore tours. They were very expensive. We did our own research and booked tours independently ourselves. We selected the OLife option when booking to cover off internet and gratuities. All in all a very well presented ship with outstanding staff and exquisite food. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
The itinerary. We have traveled a lot & truly enjoy venturing to different countries. We like to engage with the locals wherever we visit to find out what the heartbeat of the community is & what makes it tick, On this ... Read More
The itinerary. We have traveled a lot & truly enjoy venturing to different countries. We like to engage with the locals wherever we visit to find out what the heartbeat of the community is & what makes it tick, On this particular trip we met people who were aghast at some of the ports & extremely poor communities we visited. We found the mindset of these people had expectations that it was just like home & could not believe that Oceania would take them to such places. The reason to travel is to broaden ones horizons & see how the rest of the world lives & copes with their lot in life. Everyone has a story & it is so important to listen??? The naysayers complaints were 1st. world country & I truly hope that when they returned to their homes that they would take a few minutes to reflect on the hardships of others. The Sirena crew were wonderful---they would do anything to please their guests & from the captain right down to a deck hand they fostered a wonderful ambience that felt like one big family. My hat is of to each & everyone who were part of our wonderful journey---thank you from the bottom of our hearts & we look forward to joining you again in the near future. The only thing that we would fault Oceania on were our flights. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We've just returned from a 12 day cruise from Rio to Buenos Aires. We met a great crowd of people and made several new friends. The food was generally of a very high standard although the portions were small like nouvelle cuisine - a ... Read More
We've just returned from a 12 day cruise from Rio to Buenos Aires. We met a great crowd of people and made several new friends. The food was generally of a very high standard although the portions were small like nouvelle cuisine - a started portion of 3 Tiger prawns is hardly going to satisfy most people. The website stated that the Sirena was refitted in 2016. This is misleading - the speciality restaurants may have been but the common areas were very dated rather like a 3 star hotel. Very disappointing as we had only previously sailed with Celebrity and we were told that Oceania was a step up. I would strongly disagree. The Staterooms (I prefer to call them Boxrooms) were minuscule and the shower rooms were like telephone kiosks and fitted to a standard that reminded me of an NHS hospital. In summary I would say that the Sirena is past its "Sail by" date. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I love Oceania Cruises but, not sure I like European beef. We sailed from Barcelona, Spain to Miami, Florida. While the cruise was good...the beef on board was way below standard. Being a meat manager...I believe the beef was either ... Read More
I love Oceania Cruises but, not sure I like European beef. We sailed from Barcelona, Spain to Miami, Florida. While the cruise was good...the beef on board was way below standard. Being a meat manager...I believe the beef was either European or US Select grade. This was based on two steak meals in the Tuscan Steakhouse and multiple occasions in the Main Dining Room and the Terrace Café. Service was great...entertainment left something to enjoy. The six Oceania singers/dancers were OK...still tailor there shows to 70s/80s folks (I am early 70s). This could be Improved...the accompanying band was great. With this said, Oceania is a good/great cruise line...but, as with other cruise lines they do over charge for beer/wine/mixed drinks. For example, if you don't buy one of there two beverages packages...there cheapest beer is $6.50 and they add an 18% gratuity on top of it. Same as they do for wine and mixed drinks...it gets expensive knowing what they have to pay for alcohol. Finally, tours and transit fees to/from the boat are way over-priced...try some web site like Viator. With all this said...I will return to Oceania. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our third Oceania cruise, and although we rated this “very good”, we did pass along to Oceania several criticisms, which we hope will be considered “constructive”. The good – Sirena is nicely restored, well maintained ... Read More
This was our third Oceania cruise, and although we rated this “very good”, we did pass along to Oceania several criticisms, which we hope will be considered “constructive”. The good – Sirena is nicely restored, well maintained and the staff is very good. There were some instances of poor service, but these are rare. The not good - bathrooms in cabins below penthouse level are too small. Dining - Grand Dining Room was most consistent (selections & preparations) and service was excellent. But the Terrace restaurant was just mediocre; okay for breakfast but other meals were inconsistent. It is too informal; cafeteria style for dinner. Compared to the outstanding dining on Marina last year, Sirena’s is a bit short on preparation and diversity. Primary dissatisfaction - severe overcharges for excursions and alcohol. A reasonable price might actually generate more sales and profit as well as sending customers a better message. Example: Alhambra & Granada private tour (16 people) ran $110 pp; the ship’s tour was $319 pp. This type of overcharge causes cruisers to spend lots of personal time to research and book private tours, and is a great inconvenience. For alcohol, two martinis cost $26+ with an included 18% service charge, and that's at Happy Hour! Overall, we would probably sail Oceania in the future, especially with certain policy and/or pricing changes. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Days at sea were restful and wonderful. Food was bland and had little flavor. I found food on Riviera to be delicious last June. For example, the steak at Tuscan steakhouse was flavorful, like it was dry aged and came with gorngonzola ... Read More
Days at sea were restful and wonderful. Food was bland and had little flavor. I found food on Riviera to be delicious last June. For example, the steak at Tuscan steakhouse was flavorful, like it was dry aged and came with gorngonzola butter. Steak on Sirena had very little flavor and no butter was offered. Food offered on buffet at dinner largely mimicked dining room food. If I don't like what's in the dinning room I want to go to buffet for additional options. Room was a PH2 and was comfortable, 8006 on the port side. Butler was amazing but Joel the housekeeper we didn't see much of him. One night at 7:00 as we dressed for dinner, he knocked and mentioned there was a drawer needing fixing. It was news to me and I was surprised by his appearance and dismayed he pushed his way in with the handyman and proceeded to tell me the cabinet door was driving him crazy when cleaning in the room. Due to his impolite and inconvenient repair call, we had to stop preparing for dinner and thus it delayed us 30 minutes. Joel was terse and demanding when he said the door drove him crazy and needed to be fixed. He was reported to the head housekeeper and apologies made but what the heck! I never experienced behavior on Riviera. Joel then hung out around staterooms the night before we disembarked and the morning of, like he was scoping the situation out and making his presence known. This is appalling behavior. Further more, I was a few days into the cruise and asked for different scented lotions as they were advertised as being available. I left a note two nights in a row and never received any product or explanation. The morning of the third day the butler said they were working on it. Not another word was mentioned. I then said something in the mid cruise survey and Joel knocked on the door and mentioned my request and that I had said something about it in the survey. He then said to me That he had told me on the first day that if I needed anything yo call him, and I didn't notify him. He was stern with me in his tone. I said I had waited two nights upon leaving a note and the butler said it was being worked, so when I still hadn't received anything or any further word I decided to say something. And that I presumed the butler had shared the latest updates and requests with the entire team. It is ridiculous that paying what I paid to stay in this level of stateroom that I had to ask numerous times and be talked to the way I was. I never mentioned that six days went by and no qtips were replaced in the bathroom. Not sure why the services were lacking as it appreared the staff were just in a hurry to d their job and go about their way. It's one thing to forget a day or two to replace items like this but that clearly wasn't the case here. The staff were super reactive to the mid cruise complaints made so I commend them on this, at least my comments were taken seriously. However, the staff feel all over themselves to come see us in the restaurants and everyone referred to us by name when they had not talked to us previously. I wish input was looked at as constructive criticism and the staff didn't make my husband and I feel odd and made me wish I had never filled out the survey. Others I talked to who had done the mid cruise survey previously said they suffered the same treatment and would never complete one again. I now feel the same way. I don't understand why certain exercise classes incur an $11 per class fee. Things like circuit trains and stretching and relaxing are free but yoga, Pilates, and spin are not. How about offering certain classes of staterooms free classes or x number for free and then a charge is accessed. He stretching class was a lot like a yoga class thankfully but for those who paid for yoga I felt bad fro them. The spa is run by canyon ranch. The massage I had was $99 during the last four days of the cruise but was $135 normally. A great deal unless you paid full price earlier in the voyage. A point I would be upset about had I paid full price. Massage was good but not sure I would do it again. Entertainment was not that great. Magician was good but get seats in front and not on the side as his props block your view of seeing his tricks. Comedians were okay, string quartet was wonderful, and production show performers were not good. It was as if they were trying to do something professional and it just wasn't at that level. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Excellent cruise, super food, great bridge instructor and games, superior service by cabin attendants (Mia and Liane), and a great opportunity to meet like-minded travelers. The size of the ship (~600 guests) makes for pleasant ... Read More
Excellent cruise, super food, great bridge instructor and games, superior service by cabin attendants (Mia and Liane), and a great opportunity to meet like-minded travelers. The size of the ship (~600 guests) makes for pleasant opportunities for making acquaintances. This cruise was ideal for us in that we much prefer sea days to port calls and this cruise had ten sea days out of a total of eighteen days for the entire cruise. The food was superb and the entire ship's crew were wonderful. Our cabin was as advertised and our steward (Min) and stewardess (Liane) were outstanding. We did feel, however, the ship's excursions were excessively overpriced. (For example, on Kauai, we booked a helicopter excursion privately that was ten minutes longer than the ship's arranged helicopter tour and for less than one-half the price of the Oceania's helicopter excursion.) We cannot give this cruise a five-star rating, however, because of the absolutely uncaring, unprofessional, and seemingly disinterested performance of Oceania's air arrangements department. Both legs of our trip involved ten hour layovers in one of the world's worst airports (LAX). Our trip to Papeete was 23 three hours long and we arrived at the ship 15 minutes before it left port. When I tried to talk to the airline arrangement people, weeks before the trip, about the poor arrangements they would not talk to me personally but insisted they could only talk to my agent. I was also informed any deviation, such as arriving a day or two-early would cast us $350 plus any difference in flight pricing. Also, the airlines did not receive any of the dietary restriction information we gave to Oceania. (The cruise itself did, however, have all the correct information.) Finally, the airline lost our luggage which we did not receive until three days into the cruise. (This could easily have been avoided if Oceania had flown us to Papeete a few days early as we initially requested.) The airline department certainly is a blight on Oceania's otherwise sterling reputation. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose the cruise around Australia because of the itinerary. We loved this ship, which is the same as the three other smaller Oceania vessels. The entertainment was good to excellent, using Aussie talent as we cruised around the ... Read More
We chose the cruise around Australia because of the itinerary. We loved this ship, which is the same as the three other smaller Oceania vessels. The entertainment was good to excellent, using Aussie talent as we cruised around the continent. Dining was wonderful, as usual, with excellent food in the Grand Dining Room as well as the specialty restaurants. We used private tours, so I cannot comment on the ship tours, but we heard positive responses from other travelers about them. Embarkation was slow, but this was the fault of Australia, not Oceania. We had a "A" cabin, which I would substitute for a "B" cabin next time on the smaller ships of Oceania because there was nothing special about being in concierge versus a balcony cabin. Cabins are small but nicely appointed and our cabin attendants couldn't have been any better. The staff is well trained and professionally friendly. We enjoyed the specialty restaurants, especially Red Ginger. I miss Toscana, which was merged with Polo to form the Tuscan Grill. It was successful as a meat and seafood venue, but I missed the pasta of the day and emphasis on Italian food that Toscana offers on the other ships. However, other travelers loved the blended restaurant, so it's a matter of taste. We were able to book extra times in Red Ginger, being flexible and willing to share tables with other passengers. Be aware that there are no facilities for children and we've seen very few on Oceania. The typical passenger is older, well traveled, and looking for new ports and adventures. We are longterm Oceania travelers and were very satisfied with our trip. We've already booked our next adventure. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We were a group of 9 family and friends traveling together. My DH and I had been to French Polynesia before but the others had not. We chose this itinerary because we're avid snorkelers and family members like to get out of Wyoming ... Read More
We were a group of 9 family and friends traveling together. My DH and I had been to French Polynesia before but the others had not. We chose this itinerary because we're avid snorkelers and family members like to get out of Wyoming Winter in February! Most of our cruising has been on Regent or Silversea so I'm sure that has biased my observations some. Other family members have mostly done Celebrity. Consider that as you read this review. Ship: Overall ship was very nice. Only surprise was several of the common area restrooms are configured for only one person at a time (for privacy you had to lock the door on the way in). While the public restrooms outside the MDR and Terrace Café could service multiple users, I still found this a bit odd. Cabin: We were in 4044, a Deluxe Oceanview. The location is really excellent! Close to Reception and MDR, amidships and low (DH gets seasick sometimes), and nothing that makes late night or early morning noise above or below. Cabin was viewed by everyone as small (even though I tried to manage everyone's expectations). That said, everything fit nicely and bathroom, while small was fine for two. We have tripled up on Regent and Silversea in the past, but this would not be possible here. Everything in the cabin worked and our room steward was excellent. Dining: Everyone's favorite was Red Ginger. Second favorite was Terrace Café. Overall everyone thought food was excellent. Only issue with MDR was that it took about 2 1/2 hours to have dinner. Several in our group are big lobster fans, so being able to have "All You Can Eat" lobster was a big hit for the Terrace Café. I liked the "All You Can Eat" sushi; so Terrace was a Group hit. The surf and turf sandwich at Waves was also a big hit. Brother even took to ordering Surf and Turf, hold the turf and hold the bread! In my opinion the best steak I had on the trip was the turf part of the Surf and Turf sandwich. Only "real" negative comment regarded the Ice Cream/Milkshake bar next to Waves. While it opened at 0630 (who eats Ice Cream or a milkshake at 0630?), it closed at 1600. So, if you came back from an excursion after 4PM and wanted a milkshake you couldn't get it. Wasn't available from room service either. Even though "creamed spinach" (my personal favorite) was not on the MDR menu, I was able to get it every nite we ate in the MDR. A special shout out to Gluten Free folks. My DH is GF so we let O know before hand. This worked out really nicely. Most dishes in the MDR and Red Ginger could be prepared GF with the one day notice using the menu provided in our cabin.. DH was even able to have a "standing order" for GF Escargot for lunch in Jacques. DH could always get GF bread in the MDR, and at the Terrace Cafe (though it took a few minutes longer there) and thought was good! DH even insists on making GF bread at home as we don't care for most "store bought." So I considered this a significant endorsement of O's GF products. Though Home Office couldn't tell me before hand, they do have GF soy sauce available at Red Ginger, but only in the Red Ginger. Brought our own for use in Terrace Café. Not sure why if GF Soy Sauce was available in Red Ginger why it wasn't available at MDR. Entertainment: The production show staff were solid, maybe voices weren't as strong as I would have liked, but generally solid. The guest entertainers: comic, magician/comic, and singer were OUTSTANDING! All three were great in their craft and talented showmen. Activities. The "usual" putting, shuffleboard, ping pong, bean bag toss and trivia games were all well executed and fun. One of the Guest Lecturers was mediocre at best. O would have done better to find someone local (like Polynesian Anthropologist Mark Eddowes) than lawyer/professor from DC. That said, the ship's Navigator gave a lecture on navigation that was just OUTSTANDING. Could have used one or two more from him. Service in all venues was generally outstanding. There were occasional lapses but they were generally rare. All pre-arranged requests were honored (GF, Diet Mt. Dew or Coke Zero). Special requests in Dining Venues (see above) were met (except my brother's request for beef Wellington every night.). Ports and Excursions: I agree O's excursions are overpriced; but, we did opt for the 4 included excursions per person and enjoyed them. That said, I'm sure glad I didn't pay list price for them! As expected, the ports made this trip. We had "private" tours in Fakarava, Bora Bora and Raiatea. The Bora Bora and Fakarava snorkel trips were the highlights of the cruise. Truth Teller: We booked another O cruise while on board. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We wanted to see the Tahitian islands and felt this cruise, sponsored by Go Next for universityu alumni, fit our needs. After a long airplane trip from Boston, we were put up for 2 nights at the Intercontinental Hotel in Papeete, and we ... Read More
We wanted to see the Tahitian islands and felt this cruise, sponsored by Go Next for universityu alumni, fit our needs. After a long airplane trip from Boston, we were put up for 2 nights at the Intercontinental Hotel in Papeete, and we were given a 4-hour tour of the city and area before being dropped off at the pier. Oceania's Sirena holds fewer than 700 passengers. so the ship was manageable and we became friendly with many passengers. Service was impeccable- several times a day our room with veranda was attended to.. Food was excellent, supervised by chef Jacques Pepin- several buffets, a fine dining room, and two specialty restaurants. Food was constantly replenished, and servers gave you all the food at the buffet, so no others' hands were on the food. Alcoholic drinks were the only additional cost- the soft drinks and the specialty restaurants were free. The entertainment was excellent- no big shows, but quality ship's musical cast, several individual musicians, one comedian. The excursions were varied- numerous snorkeling and boat trips, which we enjoyed. On the last day, as most passengers had to wait until evening to fly home, we were able to use the facilities of Le Meriden Hotel all day- this was an amazing perk! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We sailed from Los Angeles on 2 cruises back to back to Hawaii and to the French Polynesia. This was our first cruise on Oceania and it will be the only cruise line that we will be sailing on in the future. The ship was an older ship ... Read More
We sailed from Los Angeles on 2 cruises back to back to Hawaii and to the French Polynesia. This was our first cruise on Oceania and it will be the only cruise line that we will be sailing on in the future. The ship was an older ship that was refurbished, so the bathrooms are quite small, which didn't matter to us. The bedding and linens are very comfortable and we never have slept so good. The public rooms are very grande and nicely decorated. The officer were very personable from the Master Captain down to the restaurant workers. They knew our first and last names. Even the crew members that worked in the restaurants, bars and in the cabins were very pleasant and always had a smile on their faces. The food was fabulous and delicious. I could probably count on one hand on a dish that I didn't like basically because it had bell peppers in it, which is not my preference. We ate mostly at the buffet for breakfast and dinner so I could see what I wanted to eat and we didn't need to wait for the 7 courses at the fine dining rooms. We did dine in the grande dinning room and the specialty restaurants and the food and service was impeccable. Also, the times for dining in every restaurant are posted daily in the Current Flyer so you can eat at whatever time you wanted to and with whom you wanted to dine with. If the restaurants were closed you do have 24 hour room service with no extra charges. The drinks are pricy but they do have happy hours posted each day for buy one and get one free at Martinis and the Horizons. Not having the drink package made me not drink as much. There is a small pool and 2 hot tubs. There are lounge chairs around the pool and fresh pool towels. On the sailing days, we did have trouble getting lounge chairs people would put their belongings on the lounge chairs and leave for the day, which the cruise staff asked you not to do. We enjoyed the massages on Canyan Ranch and then used the Thalasso Spa, Steam room and showers. Both Embarkation and Debarkation was a simple process. We paid for the transfer from the airport on embarkation day and we had no problems. We also paid for a day room at the Le Meridian on debarkation day, which gave us another full day in Tahiti. Our luggage was picked up outside our cabin the night before and then we claimed the luggage at the airport the next evening. Remember to pack your daily needs in your carry on bag. We are early risers and early to bed, so we did not attend any of the shows. We did not book any shore excursions, except for the transfers and day room at the end of the cruise. We are adventurous and went about on our own exploring every island. Now that we are home, we do miss being on the ship. But we do have something to look forward to is our next cruise that is already booked on the Marina. This cruise was worth every penny (thousands) we paid. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. I have been to Spain and Portugal but always wanted to visit Morocco. We booked late and couldn't get the cabin we wanted so only had a window rather than veranda; our travel agent ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. I have been to Spain and Portugal but always wanted to visit Morocco. We booked late and couldn't get the cabin we wanted so only had a window rather than veranda; our travel agent convinced us that we would be in port enough that the room wouldn't be an issue. She also lauded this cruise line and talked up the food. Well........wrong! The room was livable but the bathroom was a joke. It had one sink and absolutely no place to put one's make-up. I had to lay a towel over the sink for that. Also, since this attracts an older crowd, a magnifying mirror would have been nice but with limited space, I suppose that wasn't feasible. Shower was so small that I don't know how some of the larger travelers would be able to fit. Another small gripe was that cotton balls and swabs came in tiny boxes of about 3-4 and I had to ask for more. Stingy! On to the food. It was only fair and the plating was totally blah. One night I had a piece of salmon and about 5 green beans on a huge white dinner plate. No sauce, no garnish, nothing until a waiter came and offered something to sauce the fish. We were expecting gourmet at least in the Grand Dining Room with Jacque Pepin as the consultant. He would have been mortified. Even the Tuscan Room was nothing special. My S.O. had a shrimp cocktail appetizer which he couldn't eat since the giant shrimp were mushy. In the buffet things were ok and S.O. was happy with eating sushi. The ports of call were mostly good with the exception of Arrecife, Spain. We went into the "town" for about 1/2 hour and went right back to the ship. Most servers were professional but didn't show much personality. One was downright snobby, the maitre d' at dinner in the dining room. Maybe it was because we had a cabin in the basement? The 2 nights we went to dinner with friends from the 8th floor, they were greeted by name but we never were. Just saying...... Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This was our second cruise on Oceania. We received a lot of press on the new Sirena. We booked a Penthouse SG2 with no specific stateroom. This was a first for us not having a Stateroom; one of their promotions. We were going to be in ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Oceania. We received a lot of press on the new Sirena. We booked a Penthouse SG2 with no specific stateroom. This was a first for us not having a Stateroom; one of their promotions. We were going to be in Europe so all seemed good; bad decision. We did not realize nor did our travel agent, that Oceania advises you of your stateroom the day before sailing. Thus you options to select another stateroom or cancel was not an option. My recommendation would be never to book a cruise without you knowing where you will be. As to the ship, the Sirena is a 17 year old ship and it still looks like it. Other than make all the staterooms smaller to gain more revenue, it is a mystery as to where the money went. The biggest shock was the size of the Penthouse. It had no closets and very limited space to put your clothes. Any cruise over 12 days would be an issue. The bathroom is a joke. You can almost take a shower, go to the toilet, and shave without moving. The width of the bathroom is so small it is hard to describe it. The shower is approx. 3’X 4’ I feel sorry for the passengers that did not have penthouses. On the positive side, the food was great. The ports we visited were great. The disappointment was their decision to stop in a great port on Sunday when 90% of the sights were closed. They stayed there the full day loading ship supplies. Making things worse, is the ship hit an underground cable due to a Pilot error. We had to stay another day in port and miss a great port that was on the itinerary. They offered everyone a $200.00 shipboard credit on a future cruise; they can keep it. I strongly recommend you stay from this ship if you want to experience a great cruise; there competitors offer such better choices Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
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
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Inaugural cruise of Sirena and we sailed on Marina last year. The service on arrival was excellent although it was obvious much needed to be finished, they were still painting sections when we left 14 dats later. Our bed head arrived after ... Read More
Inaugural cruise of Sirena and we sailed on Marina last year. The service on arrival was excellent although it was obvious much needed to be finished, they were still painting sections when we left 14 dats later. Our bed head arrived after day three. Of more concern was the sewerage system which failed on and off throughout the voyage. These were minor difficulties though and even though we were in the cheapest and smallest cabin on Sirena it did not in any way impinge on what was a wonderful cruise, the second best we have had after Marina. Our last trip was on Explorer of the seas in January and the difference was chalk and cheese. 4,000 passengers and queuing up for everything versus 690 passengers and no queues . Very average food and five star plus on Sirena, the best cruise food we have ever experienced. Grilled lobster tails every night and no extra for speciality restaurants. Delightful. Our next cruise will be with Oceania again out of Australia now they are doing more from there. We really enjoyed the ports, most of which we haven't seen before. Best excursion was canoeing down the rapids with Dalmatia Adventures (booked through Oceania) out of Split. A lifetime dream fulfilled and another adventure off the bucket list. We finished in Venice, our second visit and a tip. Get your museum tickets at the tourist info at the far left corner of St Matks Square. One ticket gets you entry to four museums, better than $19 euros each. Oh and finally, Oceania gifted passengers a silver tray as a memento of our wonderful trip. 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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