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  1. Does anyone have pictures they can post of the Sirena after May 1, 2019 after the ship was gutted and updated. Thanks!
  2. Received message from TA today to call about Sirena Southampton to Montreal 9/24/20, but unable to reach him until tomorrow. Checked O's website-cruise no longer in account & no listing of Sirena from midSept through at least next 2 months. Does anyone have more info at this point? I realize this is well over a year away, but it crossed several things & places off my bucket list as well as anniversary date on embarkation, so very disappointed. Has anyone else in this situation received any perks from O for the inconvenience & to maintain customer loyalty when entire cruise is cancelled?
  3. I'm considering taking my son on the Serina for a cruise to the Caribbean (we wanted to do Cuba, sigh) in January as his graduation present and am willing to give Oceania another try. I was on the Marina several years ago with my better half (one of the first cruises to Cuba!) in a Penthouse Suite which was quite a nice size. However, the service was less than desired which is one reason he and I haven't been back. The clothes drawers were full of sand when we came in and went to put our clothes away. The room was dirty with finger marks on the fixtures and the telephone needed a good cleaning. There were the previous tenant's pill bottles and cold medicines and her handbag in one of the dresser drawers. The balcony had salt spray 1/2" thick on the deck and the seats. The verandah window had obvious salt spray. We called and asked them to reclean the room which didn't make our stewardess happy. The butler was almost non existent. When I mentioned to our stewardess that we were finished unpacking our bags, her response to us was, "Oh YOU can put them under the bed." I asked again because I didn't believe what I was hearing but again she repeated it. I smiled and nicely told her that no, she should please put them under the bed for us. She did reluctantly and the rest of the cruise she gave us an attitude. One day at tea, I asked what was in a sandwich. The waiter told me egg salad. I took the sandwich and I bit into the sandwich and it was egg salad WITH shrimp. I have a food sensitivity to shellfish. Thankfully not a full blown allergy. When I complained to the maitre'd, he shrugged his shoulders. Not even a sorry. So we went to speak to the head concierge. Told him all about our room the first day plus the issue with the sandwich and how it could have killed someone with a true allergy. He said he'd look into it and get back to us. That was several years ago. No one ever got back to us either on or off the ship even after we filled out our cards. We normally sail on Crystal and before that on Regent, Celebrity and HAL. I can tell you if any of that had happened on any of those ships, we would have had a personal note from the hotel director and probably some sort of compensation (a special bottle of wine, or a small cruise credit or specialty chocolates) to show how sorry they were. On Oceania, crickets. Despite that, because the fares are low and the food was really excellent on Oceania, I'm willing to give Oceania another try and would book my son in an ocean view cabin and book myself into a Concierge Verandah Cabin. I noticed that the stated size of the Verandah cabin is 216 square feet. Is that including the balcony or is that just the cabin itself? For those who book a verandah, is there adequate storage etc? Do you feel cramped? Is there a shower or only a shower/tub combo? (I prefer a shower!) Are all single supplements 100%? Also am I correct that internet is not included unless I do O Life? Doing the O Life would not pay for me since the cruise is out of MIA and I just need to drive from my home in FL and it seems that the big benefit of O Life is the airfare? It might pay for my son since he'd be flying in from JFK but even then it might not pay. Are there any other ways to get perks like O Life? Any suggestions or thoughts? And lastly will the stewardess put the suitcases under the bed? 🙂
  4. Passengers currently on Sirena..how does the ship look after the recent refurbishment? Thanks!
  5. Hi, My hubby and I are sailing in June on Sirena. It's past final payment and in the last 2 weeks, we have had one change of port (good from the perspective of pre-planning but bad missing a better port) and 9 changes of timing in port. The email from O states that they are carrying out maintenance, but every schedule change sees us in the ship for longer - not in port for longer, or earlier, or later. This is going to sound cynical, but seeing as this is a long way in advance, could they be deciding to sail slower to save on fuel?
  6. Hi Everyone: We will be going on Sirena 7/5 and the ship will have its first cruise on 5/19 after Dry Dock - just checking for any updates up to this point. Any information would be greatly appreciated, as I have not found anything recently. Thank you.
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  8. Is the smoking area on Sirena on one side of the Waves Bar near the Pool? If so, is that the Port or Starboard side? Many thanks! GC
  9. Has anyone experienced both of these ships recently? I would be interested in seeing pictures from the most recent refurbishment of the Insignia especially the B1 veranda level rooms. I assume the rooms would be the same on Sirenia which is due for its upgrade soon. Do the showers have curtains or glass doors? . I’m trying to decide between the 2 ships for their Cuba itinerary. I think specialty restaurants are different, with Sirena having the Asian grill and the Tuscan grill and toscana combo which I think I would prefer. How about the overall maintenance/condition of the ships ? I thought I read of significant engine noise on level 7 on Insignia , which surprised me. How about plumbing issues? On our last few cruises on Marina, it seemed like every few days toilets in certain areas would not flush and would require the maintenance crew to repair by executing a power flush of the system .wasnt a real issue, but concerned me that it seemed to happen more than once. Anyone do the Cuba itinerary on board these ships? Thanks for any responses
  10. Hello everyone, my husband and I are thinking about taking the Radiant Rhythms cruise next April on the Oceana Sirena. It woud be our first cruise with Oceana and I am pretty excited about giving it a try. But my husband is a bit unsure, because the Sirena will go to the dry doc next May for a refurnishment, Oceania Next. He is afraid that before that the ship will show its age and be poorly maintenaced before that. It is not so much aobut being an older ship and not so stylish but about being in a bad condition that could be annoying. Has anyone been on the Sirena lately and could tell me if my husbands worries are valid or (hopefully) not?
  11. We just booked a B1 veranda room one was over the MDR and the other had been over the lounge on Sirena. Has anyone experienced significant noise inside these rooms when being over one of these venues? Wondering which one has worse chance of late night noise or possibly even early morning. Any comments are appreciated. Thanks
  12. We really wanted to book this crossing but had concerns because it is at the peak of hurricane season in the Atlantic. Now, the weather reports show that there are currently four tropical systems including hurricane Florence churning across the Atlantic. I know Oceania will avoid putting its'ships in jeopardy but still concerned about how rough the seas will be. If someone who is currently onboard the Sirena can report how their ocean voyage is going, I would appreciate it. Would love to do a Transatlantic crossing one day...hope this one will be smooth sailing for all on board🤞
  13. I am interested in hearing other cruisers experiences with eating gluten free on Sirena. I there a variety of dishes to chooses from for entrees, dessert? Is there oatmeal at the buffet at breakfast? This is our first time on Oceania in 6 years and we have been on Azamara where they have adapted dishes for many evening meals. There were always several choices at the buffet at lunch and items were labeled and if I had a question a sous chef appeared very quickly. I am not celiac though I will be sick for 3-4 days after eating more than just a little gluten. Just a read a few reviews "Overall the ship did a good job of providing gluten free food options, but it could have been better. Every single meal we had to ask the chef to point out what she could eat instead of simply putting a "GF" label on the cards describing each dish. She only was contaminated once when given inaccurate information. For the most part the servers and food preparers at the stations need additional training in preparing gluten free meals. They could also do a better job of having gluten free choices rather an a cookie at the tea or one dessert (if you were lucky) Tired of hearing fruit plate, salad and dry chicken." like this one that have me very cautious about booking our TA. Any input is very appreciated, Alice
  14. My husband and I just returned from the Cuban Charisma cruise on the Sirena. It was wonderful! The ship was luxurious, clean, well maintained and in excellent condition. We had the penthouse suite and it was a little smaller than we are used to for this type of suite but it was very comfortable. There was more than enough storage and we didn't even need to use it all. The bathroom was very small, but the walk-in shower was aprx 3.5 feet by 5 feet so it more than made up for the rest of the small room. The bed was very comfortable and actually the whole suite and deck were very comfortable. The food was excellent in every restaurant. We had 2 wonderful meals in the Red Ginger, one very good meal, the Cuban dinner, in the Terrace Cafe, and 3 wonderful meals in the Main Dining Room. But the best was the Tuscan Steak. The best meals of the cruise were at this specialty restaurant. From the olive oil and balsamic vinegar tastings, to the fabulous menu, to the extremely attentive staff, everything was perfect. We had 2 reservations there but could not get a third as they were fully booked. So we ordered a dinner from there and our butler served us in a very romantic setting in our cabin on our last night onboard. We cannot say enough about all the staff. From our butler, Lincoln, to housekeeping, restaurant staff, bar staff, cruise staff, just everyone we came in contact with, even if it was just a hello while passing in the hall, was friendly, smiling and always asking if they could do something for us. The only problem we had was with the wifi. We could barely get on, or even stay on. It certainly did not ruin our vacation but we would have liked being able to use it more that we were able to. We were truly pampered. It was an excellent first cruise on Oceania. Our next cruise is in April 2019 and we cannot wait!
  15. This was our third O cruise but it has been about 3 years since the last one. The ship is lovely. The entertainment was an improvement from our previous experiences. However I found the food too heavy for my tastes. Everything was stuffed with cheese or in a cream sauce which often could not be served on the side. Explanation given was “it’s coked in the sauce”. I don’t recall this being an issue on our previous O cruises. A friend recently sailed Rivera and I’d given her glowing details about the food. She expressed disappointment in the food when she returned. I chalked it up to “different strokes...” but think now that she was right on. The only truly excellent meals I has were in Red Ginger and they were superb.
  16. We just signed up for this cruise. This will be number 30 on Oceania. Joel & Sheila Sedona, AZ
  17. Are there any areas on the ship for my husband to enjoy a cigar? Thank you in advance!
  18. Is there a counter on the Sirena, where you can get a morning smoothie?
  19. Are there any changes due to hurricane Michael? Hope not and that all is well and going as planed. :):):)
  20. Recently there was a review of the Sirena aft cabin 7114. The review was negative on the environment of the cabin in regards to sleeping and habitation. Specifically, the vibration was so strong that the ship's staff gave the pax a separate cabin to sleep in.This is an OS in the aft corner of the ship, which we have booked for a Transatlantic next year.. Transatlantic crossings usually are at full speed on sea days, so we are concerned. Anyone else have positive or negative personal experiences in the aft cabins around 7114? I want to filter out excessively negative reviews.
  21. We'll be cruising on Sirena starting July 8, and had some ?s about the wi-fi onboard. 1) for couples who each have a laptop and a cell phone, what package did you use & did it work well? 2) has anyone used a Google Home smartspeaker? Did it work? I assume it will need a travel router. 3) how good (or how spotty) is the wi-fi coverage throughout the ship? 4) are there wired (ethernet) connections or wireless or both in the cabin? Thanks in advance!
  22. I'm looking at inside cabins. I've booked 8012 (deck 7 is sold out) and am concerned about noise from bar/pool deck above. Has anyone had experience with rooms in this location?
  23. We have an ipad but are not real computer savvy to install apps etcOnce on board how do we access or install the free wifi connection? Thanking everyone in advance
  24. With the recent State Department pronouncement on traveling to Cuba as"reconsider travel", is it safe to go there on a cruise ship and venture off the ship at night to attend shows sponsored by the ship as an excursion? If anyone has experienced this subsequent to the State Department pronouncement of March 2, 2018, please advise concerning safety.
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