Cruising South America Buenos Aires to Lima

Sirena Cruise Review to South America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 38

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
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21 Night Around The Cape (Buenos Aires To Lima)

Sail date: February 23, 2019

Ship: Sirena

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 6088

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Cruise had more nature options than any of our past cruises which was great. There was lots of beautiful countryside to see and walk thru. Some of the ports had very little / nothing to see and should have been skipped.


1 out of 5
The agent (Jennifer Martin) was asked twice to confirm the port in Buenos Aires and once provided the WRONG port and their second time did not reply. We went to the WRONG port based upon inaccurate information

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was great as usual on Oceania

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Work out area and spa was very good with a very good exercise trainor.


5 out of 5
There were more than usual performers brought in from shore which for the most part were excellent.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our butler (Abhi) and housekeeper (Elena) took very good care of us. Abhi was our best butler in the last 5 Oceania Owner suite cruises.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
This is our 5th Owner Suite with Oceania and the site had been upgraded and was very nicely done. Very comfortable.

Ship tip

Very nice to see so many employees from our last cruise on Nautica on the Sirena. Owner’s suites should not have to pay a wine corkage fee. The casino had zero energy which was unfortunate and I missed having the sea day Texas holdem tournament.

Ports of call

Buenos Aires, Argentina

4 out of 5
We spent 4 days before the cruise in BA which was nice to visit and see. Good walking city. We walked the Avenue de Mayo and were able to enjoy the Cafe Tortoni among many other things. We did not do a Oceania excursion

Montevideo, Uruguay

2 out of 5
“Highlights” were not very high. It was Sunday so many things were closed. We did the Oceania City Highlights, Wine and Dance excursion

Punta Del Este, Uruguay

2 out of 5
The beach visit was nice as was this upscale vacation city. We did the Oceania Highlights & Classic Car excursion. This was our 3rd car excursion with Oceania from past cruises but this “car museum” was a waste of time and should not have been offered.

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

5 out of 5
INteresting to see the Falkland Islands and understand it’s history. Penguins were great and we did he Oceania Bluff Cove Lagoon Penguin Safari excursion.

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina

5 out of 5
We did the Oceania End of the World Train excursion. Very interesting and a good stop.

Cruise Cape Horn

1 out of 5
This was terrific as were the Chile fjords and glaciers that we were able to see.

Punta Arenas, Chile

4 out of 5
We did the Oceania Voyage to the Past excursion. The Nao Victoria ship (Ferdababd Magellan ship) tour was very interesting. The Salesian Museum was ok but not many “treasures” to see or view.

Cruise Chilean Fjords

5 out of 5
EXCELLENT and better than expected as were the glaciers.

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

5 out of 5
We did the Oceania Patagonia Nature in depth excursion which was excellent. Very nice walk thru the forest and seeing the waterfall. Entertainment at lunch was very good.

Puerto Montt, Chile

5 out of 5
We were on the OCeania Osorno Volcano Petrohue falls excursion. Great sightseeing along the way. Volcano and falls were very picturesque and beautiful.

Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile

5 out of 5
We did the Oceania Chilean Spirit Wine excursion which was great. VERY GOOD wines that we purchased. The rodeo and lunch were excellent. Great show. Very nice people. Food was terrific. Overall a very good stop.

Coquimbo (La Serena), Chile

1 out of 5
We did the Oceania Elqui Valley excursion. This was a long drive and not much to see. After 1.5 hour drive we got a very small taste of Pisco at a Pisco factory and stopped at a small square both which were nothing special.

Iquique, Chile

1 out of 5
We did the Oceania Iquique City Highlights excursion. Not much to see and low value for the cost of this excursion.

Pisco, Peru

5 out of 5
We did the Oceania Ballestas Island excursion. Animal life and islands were many sea lions and birds to see.

Callao (Lima), Peru

5 out of 5
We did not do Lima but flew out to Cusco and Machu Pichhu which was very special. We did not do a Oceania excursion.


5 out of 5
Very easy. We disembarked early (06:45) so we had to handle our own luggage which Oceania should figure out especially since we were in the Owner’s suite. We were able to get our butler (Abhi who was TERRIFIC) to help us out.
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