We were invited to sail on Sirena for the July 1st sailing from Barcelona to Malta. After hearing about her expected updates and watching the Christening take place in Barcelona, Debbie and I were looking forward to our Sirena cruise.
Sirena is the latest ship to join the Oceania fleet. Christened in April. she had just been sailing for 45 days when we boarded her in Barcelona.She is the sister ship to the Regatta, Insignia and Nautica accommodating 684 guests
Our itinerary included Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Mahon, Taormina and Malta.
The staff and crew were very welcoming and our group was pleasantly surprised when they presented a cake at our cocktail party acknowledging Canada Day.
On a walk through the ship you notice the wonderful artwork in the lounges and the stairway areas. The Horizon Lounge has been updated with lots of small tables and upholstered chairs in lovely blue and grey tones. The lounge looked very elegant when set up for afternoon tea.
New to the Sirena is the Tuscan Steakhouse, inspired by Polo Grill and Toscana and Red Ginger the Asian Fusion Restaurant. These restaurants require a reservation but do not charge a fee for dining. They are absolutely a must try and are quite popular. If you are a steak lover there is a 20 oz. steak on the menu waiting for you. In Red Ginger the Sea Bass is a favourite as well as Lobster Pad Thai.
The Terrace Grill located at the aft of the ship is a wonderful spot to enjoy breakfast on the open deck or have dinner while watching the sunset. The buffet breakfast here in the morning has the freshest berries among other fruits for your selection with your breakfast. At dinner you will be able to have your lobster or steak cooked just the way you want and you can have more than one tail of lobster if you wish.
Of course there is always the Grand Dining Room open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dining room transforms into Jacques Bistro at lunch offering classic French cuisine from regions throughout France.
All of the staterooms in the Penthouse and above categories have been renovated and look very fresh and sleek. The bathrooms have been redone to include a beautiful walk in shower with updated sinks, counters and cupboards.