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  1. Hello. My husband uses a c-pap at night. Does anyone know whether Sirena can supply extension cord and distilled water? Thank you!
  2. Hello! Can anyone tell me what time the evening entertainment/shows usually are on the Sirena? In discussing dining hours with hubby, couldn’t find this anywhere. Thank you!
  3. I have used the same travel agent for many years. He was excellent. Unfortunately, he is no longer employed. Emails and phone messages are not answered. You get an auto message that he is no longer available. Sadly, he is another victim of corona virus. Oceania sent my travel agent a notification after my recent Sirena cruise. It was sent to all travel agents of guests on the cruise. It is dated March 19, one day after our disembarkation. They didn’t send it to me. Oceania sent an email detailing future cruise credit with an apology for the poor experience on the cruise. The problem was if your travel agent is no longer employed, there was no way to know that Oceania had issued the credit. I never was notified of that email. I was disappointed with my last cruise and wrote to Oceania. Today I got a response with an attachment of the March 19th letter that was sent to my former travel agent. It was a very nice gesture. If I hadn’t contacted Oceania directly, I would not know about the apology letter. I am sure that there are other guests on that Sirena cruise that did not know about the apology or fcc. I emailed Oceania explaining that my travel agent is no longer working. I requested that all future communication be sent to me directly. They don’t do that. They contact agents who then contact clients. Called Miami. They never realized that guests would not be contacted by their agents. They are now aware.
  4. Cruise Critic reviews for December and January on Sirena were really negative, commenting on engine failures, poor service, food, attitude, etc. Our previous experience with Oceania was terrific and we have just come off the waitlist for Sirena in an Owners Suite. Can anyone balance the bad reviews with some good comments please ? I hope so. Thanks, Tripperva
  5. If you are on-board Sirena now, can you tell me me who are the GM, the Food and Beverage Manager, and the restaurant manager? And, could you find out if the same group will be on the April 1 cruise? Just curious, as we've sailed with a few that we really enjoyed talking and dining with and hope one (or more) of them will be on when we are. Thanks!!!
  6. Just off a week on Sirena in the Caribbean. O beds are very comfortable, but the pillows on the bed are not. They are feather pillows, and they are very flat. One pillow was not enough, 2 on top of each other was too high. My husband told me that I snored every night whether I used 1 or 2 pillows. This does not happen at home with my foam pillow. I might have been having an allergic reaction to the feather pillows as I could not breathe through my nose due to congestion. I will be on Marina in June, in the Baltic. Will O find me a foam pillow to use? Do I request it ahead of time or when I get onboard? I am not in a suite, am in an inside cabin, the cheapest on the ship. My husband is threatening to go sleep on the deck if I continue to snore like I did on this next cruise 😝😪
  7. First time on Sirena. Wondering how good the laundry service is on Sirena? Each ship is different. Have 3 comp. bags on my upcoming cruise. Does the comp. service still have a 3 day turn around? On past cruises on R ships, there was only one laundry room. Often it is too crowded. I don’t like doing laundry anytime. I don’t want to do laundry on vacation.
  8. We are sailing soon and wondered if anyone has had success with their VPNs on the Sirena lately? We had no trouble last year on the Riviera in the Caribbean but had no success on the Marina in the Baltic last fall. Thanks!
  9. Currently on Sirena, we were just told that arrival is estimated to be at 11am back to Miami. If you are getting on this ship tomorrow, January 24th, don't show up to the terminal early as you will not find a ship
  10. What is the earliest I could expect to disembark Oceania Sirena in Barcelona? Cruise ends 8 am. Does the cruise line offer a disembark tour with airport drop off? It is too early to see what excursions are offered.
  11. How is the WiFi on the Sirena? I have read that it is basically unusable. Any difference when you are docked? I just need it for email and web surfing.
  12. We (Sirena) will be at Harvest Caye the same day as NCL Escape (5000 passengers). I have been there before and know it is a big island. Will they have a “section” just for Oceania passengers? I know this sounds “snooty” but just hoping for a less crowded area. Thanks.
  13. Here is a set of measurements of the internet speeds I made on the Sirena on the December 7-14, 2019 Coastal Cruise in Stateroom 8055: WiFi connectivity (tablet to router) was reasonably stable at 115 Mbs (WiFi Analyzer app). Connection from the ship's server to a SpeedOf.me server on the Internet was quite variable: Download speeds ranged from 0.2 to 0.7 Mbs; Upload speeds ranged from 0.4 to 1.5 Mbs. Latency hovered around 2 seconds!!!! Internet speeds included the WiFi link, but that was so fast compared to the internet speed it has no impact. This was only one day's measurements and only from one stateroom, so YMMV.
  14. If you are on-board Sirena right now (12/21/20), could you tell me who the Cruise Director is?
  15. Here are images of the electrical outlet in PH Suites on the Sirena: Bedside Left; Bedside Right and Desk
  16. Even without radar, wonders can be worked. Notice the lookout on the tender roof. Skipper was on the horn with Sirena bridge to find out where they were.
  17. This would be my first O cruise. I'm trying to select a cabin on Sirena for a cruise that goes to Iceland and Greenland. My budget only stretches to an inside cabin, so I am trying to determine the best location, e.g., where I can fairly quickly get access from my cabin to an outside deck. For me, this would be important for this cruise in particular. It looks to me like Deck 5 has an open area along the sides (under the lifeboats) that is available to all -- is that correct? If that is the case I can book something on deck 4 or deck 6 and be within one flight of stairs. Also, looks like some of the insides available on those decks would be either over or under the main lounge -- any thoughts on which would be better? I'm thinking over rather than under, but perhaps someone has experience to the contrary.
  18. Have been on over 35 cruises mostly with Celebrity, RCCL, Princess. Booked Oceania for first time on Sirena in July, 2020. Port intensive with only one day at sea in 20 days. Has anyone been to ports of Ajaccio (Corsica), Saint-Tropez, Ciutadella de Menorca (Spain), Ibiza, or Valencia? Any recommendations on tours or what to see in these ports? We don't mind going to the beach but would also like sightseeing. My husband and I will begin the cruise in Venice and will meet 2 other couples in Civitavecchia for the July 20-30 portion. I heard that once you check in and board the ship in Civitavecchia, you cannot leave the ship to walk around town. I think my husband and I can leave the ship because we are on a back to back cruise, but our friends are boarding for the first time in Civitavecchia. Do they need to just check their luggage but don't board? We encountered this situation when we cruised from Sidney, Australia. We boarded the ship early thinking we could get out and walk around. There was a government regulation that would not allow us to get off the ship! Even though we spend 2 days in Sidney, we were very disappointed we could not leave the ship. Thanks for any feedback.
  19. Is there a counter on the Sirena, where you can get a morning smoothie?
  20. We just booked for a December Pacific Coastal on Sirena and CANNOT wait! The travel agent said they poured $25 million into the refurbishment. Just curious what is new...we sailed her a couple years ago.
  21. I received a notice about yellow fever inoculations if travelling to Colombia. Sirena is scheduled to dock in Cartagena for 7 hours. The inoculation seems to be voluntary, and is not required by Oceania, but may lead to not being allowed to disembark in Cartagena for the day. Anyone have any thoughts on this, or experience with the inoculations?
  22. We have just returned from a 10 day cruise around Italy on the Sirena. First some background. We are 6 adults ranging from 62 to 30. All frequent cruisers. Not ‘foodies’ as such but we enjoy well prepared quality food paired with decent wines. This was our third Oceania cruise. For all those looking for a balanced review I will start with the positives. The Sirena is in excellent condition. The refurbishment has freshen everything up. The beds are superb, the cabins well serviced, plenty of towels, mini bar kept filled with choice of cold drinks( non alcoholic). Water is in screw top bottles are refreshed twice a day. The wait staff are excellent. Tables quickly cleared in the Terrace and Waves bar. No problem getting a table or water and sodas. The ports were outstanding. We took 4 ship excursions, 3 of which were excellent, one poor. We also had 2 private tours. Tender service well run and a shuttle service ( Bari) was put on to the town centre. Leslie ,the CD , ran trivia which was suitably challenging and very popular. Fellow cruisers were a pleasure , a good mix of nationalities, polite, friendly and obviously well travelled. The children aboard were well behaved. Evening entertainment was as expected as we have been on R class ships quite a few times. As this was a port intensive cruise I am sorry I cannot comment on day time activities. unfortunately I now come to the negatives. We all had the BIB package which allows beer, all other drinks and wine by the glass. Service was excellent at lunch on day one. As was Red ginger ( the first of our three specialty restaurant meals). The food in both the Speciality restaurants was excellent. First Drinks. On our second night we went to the Grand Dinning room, we asked for recommendation after we had chosen our food. The sommelier told us in no uncertain terms that the choice on the by the glass was poor and she could not recommend any. We ought to buy bottles if we expected something drinkable. Service was slow. Not as bad as else where on the ship but certainly not good. In the Terrace restaurant it was nearly impossible to get a drink whilst you ate. Getting a second drink was akin to a lottery win. This was not the sommelier fault. One served the right hand side, one the deck and occasionally there was one on the left hand side. This was when the Terrace was full. Polite , intelligent people became demanding. We drank Soda. The Martini bar has been a firm favourite of ours in the past however this time there was only one barman and two bar staff. It took at least 30 minutes to get a drink. This was not the staffs fault they were working as quickly as they could. We adjusted our timings to allow more time but so did everyone else. It then took 40 minutes.By day 5 we were forced to complain. The bar manager did respond and it became better but as it was equally as hard to get a drink in the Horizons lounge and the bar cocktail menu was different more people used Martinis and the area around the shops as an over flow.Talk about standing room only. It was just like getting a drink in the most popular bar in town however you needed one hand for a cocktail glass and the other for the shaker. Not the most relaxing way to drink. On to the food. Waves grill was as good as ever. Breakfast was fine. Not much changed but it’s hard to go wrong with breakfast. Lunch. Uninspired . Boring. Fortunately we were in Italy and the restaurants on shore were a delight. If we had not had the 4 excursions we would have given Lunch a total miss. As one of our party said it simply was not worth the calories. The Grand Dinning Room. what has happened to the Menus!!! The choice was poor. Appetisers two changed daily out of 6. one soup changed daily out of 3 and do not ask me to talk about the salads. The entrees. I really do not have the words to describe some of the choices. Needless to say we ate a lot of steak, salmon and chicken. On two occasions we all left our choice of main course the Beef Wellington being the worse. We are not picky eaters. What has happened to the ‘ a taste of .........’ which was always a pleasure. We did fill in our comment cards. Do do more frequent Oceania cruisers think these changes are on all ships or has management decided to try a different menu on the Sirena. Many cruisers wondered if cutting the food bill was a way of paying for the refurbishment. Best food at sea. No, definitely not. It is such as shame.
  23. As we found it difficult to find many photos of Sirena post refurb I thought others may like to see a few from our recent cruise. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmG4GxEc
  24. Hello all, we just got of the Sirena and I thought I´ll do a quick review. As English is not my first language I apologize for any grammatical and spelling errors. We are a couple in our late 40ish who have made four Oceania cruises before this one two on Insignia and two on the Riviera , the last one was however 2 1/2 years ago! First of all, the update of the R class ship is lovely, it´s done so well, they have changed what was not so up to date and retained what is the charm and the beauty of the R class ship, we love the R class ship as well as the O class ship. The refurbishment of the cabins are also a hit, very modern but still Oceania classy with a nice color scheme. So was this cruise up to pair with the ones we have made before? Unfortunately not, I think Oceania is going a dangerous way when it comes to food, I mean if you say time after time that you have "the best food at sea" it´s not a great strategy to start cutting cost in that department. Don´t get me wrong the most of the food tasted nice to really nice with some misses but it was so clear that they had limited there menus and started to use lower quality of ingredients. First of all the GDR menus was miles from was i was before, there was five different appetizers, Shrimps and Serrano ham was on every night and there it is a fruit cup witch is really not much to a appetizer so after all it was only two new starters every day, before there was at least five different starters every evening, the same story goes for the maincourse section, now it was like five maincourses+ some plantbased thing, before it was seven maincourses and on the R ships and you also had an option of a dish from Jacques and one from Red Ginger as well, and as I wrote before, the quality of the ingredients was also on a much higher level before. As a matter of fact, before I had problem to choose because it was so many nice things on the menu, now I sometimes had problems to find something that really appealed to me, one night so much that it forced me up to the Terrace cafe and I really do not like buffe eating. Witch leads to another matter..... As I said buffe is not our type of way of eating, so we tend to eat breakfast and lunch in the GDR. The lunches in the GDR has been our hidden gem at the ship, nice food, nice service with a nice ambience. On our previous cruises with Oceania the GDR had been closed for lunch one or two days in a 10 day cruise and I could live with eating at Waves or Terrace cafe those days. But now Oceania turned everything around, now it was closed eight days out of 10.......here you can talk about cost cutting and cutting i luxury as well........ This cutting i in in menu limitation was like a red thread thrue all the venues but not as clear as i the GDR, some more limited Teatime choices, some cutting in the Waves menu and so on. One other thing in the GDR was that it seams to be fewer waiters, they where a lot more stressed, they did a good job but it was a little less more time for them to have a chat or to make some extra for you. However the wineservice was great this cruise and that included the Terrace Cafe where it sometimes has been a challenge to get a drink before, and the barservice at the pool was just one of the best we ever had, the drinks was over all very good and we had a great time with nice weather an lovely people at the ship. And Leslie Jon the CD witch we have cruised with before was as nice and entertaining as ever! But as we are foodies I´m not sure we will cruise Oceania again because one thing is for sure, they don´t have the" best cuisine at sea" any more!
  25. We're booked on Sirena for the Celebrations cruise, Dec. 21- Jan. 6, LA to Miami. Does anyone know exactly where Sirena will be leaving from in LA? San Pedro or Long Beach?
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