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Sirena Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 67

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Verified Review

16 Night Panoramic Panama Canal (Miami To Los Angeles)

Sail date: November 25, 2016

Ship: Sirena

Cabin number: 6086

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

What a great way to see several different Central American countries without doing a road trip!  My second time through the canal, so that was a long (and wet) day, but like all our Oceania itineraries so far there were some gems (Cartagena, Corinto) and some interesting, glad I saw them but wouldn't necessarily go back ports (Costa Rica).  I can't say enough about the warm, helpful Oceania staff beginning with the cruise director (Dottie this time) - they seriously seem like family at the end of the voyage - and the food?  Seems to just get better and better each trip: we never eat desserts at home because they simply can't compare to Oceania's, and the beds are heaven at the end of each busy day.  We were leery of 5 sea days, but Dottie packed them with activities that sounded too fun to miss - and there's always the wonderful gym too.  Overall a fantastic experience, and of course we booked our next cruise while onboard.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Beyond excellent

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Oceania's R-class cabins are smaller than those on their O-class ships, but for us being on the smaller ship is worth it - your opinion may vary. Bathroom is very small, with just a shower, no tub as there is on the B-class veranda cabins on the larger ships. We have two more cruises scheduled on this ship, same deck, same cabin class, so it works for us!

Ship tip

Don't bring children, and don't choose this ship for the entertainment. It excels in itineraries, food, staff and those fabulous beds in no particular order, but it's simply not the place for children or late-night partiers. If you're (roughly) 40-75 and well traveled it's perfect.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas

3 out of 5

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

3 out of 5

Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua

5 out of 5

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

5 out of 5

Acapulco, Mexico

3 out of 5

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5

San Diego, California

3 out of 5

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

3 out of 5
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