Oceania Sirena Review and Specifications
Specifications of Oceania Sirena
|Year built||1999 / Age : 20|
|Builder||Chantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)|
|Class||Renaissance / R-Class|
|Building cost||GBP 150 million (USD 200 million)|
|Owner||(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd|
|Speed||20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph|
|Length (LOA)||181 m / 594 ft|
|Beam (width)||25 m / 82 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||30277 gt|
|Passengers||698 - 803|
|Decks with cabins||5|
|Former names||R Four (Renaissance Cruises), Tahitian Princess, Ocean Princess|
|Christened by||Claudine Pepin|
Current itinerary of Oceania Sirena
Oceania Sirena current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Colonial Cuba Miami To Miami. The itinerary starts on 13 Jan, 2019 and ends on 20 Jan, 2019.
|Date / Time||Port|
|13 Jan 17:00||Departing from Miami, Florida|
|14 Jan 08:00 - 23:00||Havana, Cuba|
|16 Jan 07:00 - 17 Jan 15:00||Cienfuegos, Cuba|
|18 Jan 10:00 - 18:00||Santiago de Cuba|
|20 Jan 08:00||Arriving in Miami, Florida|
Review of Oceania Sirena
Launched in 1999 as R Four, Oceania Sirena cruise ship is an R-class vessel with sisterships Regatta, Insignia and Nautica. Until 2016, the liner was part of Princess Cruises fleet under the name "MS Ocean Princess". Oceania ship Sirena will be drydock refurbished in 2019 (May) by company's new OceaniaNEXT fleet renovation project (2019-2020).
History - construction and ownership
Oceania Cruises is an US company, and brand owned by NCL Norwegian (shipowner), Between April 2007 and September 2014, the company (as part of "Prestige Cruise Holdings") was owned by Apollo Management LP - one of the world's largest private investment equity funds. Since September 2014, Oceania and the sister company Regent Seven Seas Cruises are owned by NCL, acquired at the total cost of USD 3 billion. Oceania ships offer luxury cruises with relatively shorter itineraries, as well as Around The World voyages up to 180 days in length.
The 30,277-ton, 684-passenger cruise ship Sirena was scheduled for a 35-day refurbishment in Marseille, France in March 2016, which cost around USD 40 million. The new Oceania ship Sirena was transformed just like her R-Class sisters to feature renowned specialty restaurants, along with the line’s latest “luxury cruising” inventions – the Baristas service and the Terrace Cafe (cook-to-order grill).
Cruise itinerary program
Oceania Sirena has a total of 342 cabins (of which 62 Suites, 170 balcony rooms) in 25 grades. Most Sirena staterooms (66%) are 175-sq.foot Balcony rooms (184). The largest aboard Sirena are the Owner’s Suites (735 ft2).
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
Sirena guests take advantage of the flexibility of 4 open seating dining venues. The Grand Dining Room serves Continental cuisine. it is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Alternative, reservations-required options are Toscana, which offers gourmet Italian food, and the steak house Polo Grill. The buffet restaurant Terraces serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is transformed into "Tapas on the Terrace" at night for a relaxed atmosphere. All dining venues have bars, and there is no cover charge. In addition, a poolside grill offers hamburgers, sandwiches and salads at lunchtime. There is also a pizzeria in the buffet area. The observation lounge Horizons serves afternoon tea. Room service is available 24 hours.
The Sirena ship offers a new bistro-style concept. At lunch, the Dining Room is transformed into the “Jacques Bistro” serving an exclusive menu with signature dishes by the Oceania’s executive chef Mr Jacques Pepin.
Follows the complete list of Sirena restaurants and food bars.
- Grand Dining Room (complimentary 340-seat restaurant for open seating Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; offers French-inspired dishes, and menus change daily)
- Waves Grill (casual dining fastfood bar; serves the pool deck area with made-to-order daily specialties and gelato icecream)
- Terrace Cafe & Bar (casual buffet restaurant, complimentary; open for breakfast and lunch; features indoor and outdoor sitting areas; the Terrace Bar serves as a small pizzeria as well; the Terrace Cafe transforms into “Tapas On The Terrace” at night serving traditional Mediterranean cuisine)
- Toscana (96-seat Italian fine dining restaurant, dinner-only, reservations-only, complimentary; offers traditional Italian cuisine)
- Red Ginger (feng shui Asia specialty restaurant with a 5-course “tasting” and a la carte menu)
- Polo Grill (96-seat Steakhouse restaurant, complimentary; reservations required)
- In October 2015, Oceania announced its plan to combine the Toscana and Polo Grill specialty restaurants into a new venue - “Tuscan Steak”, with quality wood paneling decorated with platinum and silver. The gourmet dinner menu of the new restaurant includes items, such as “Bistecca alla Fiorentina”, “Maine Lobster & Shrimp Fra Diavol”, “Tuscan Porterhouse Steak”, and the signature pork chops of Oceania Cruises “Iberico de Bellota”. At the entrance there is a wine cellar with a selection of fine wines.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
MS Sirena welcomes her first passengers in 2016 Summer with every luxury one may expect on board Oceania’s mid-sized ships. She features open-seating restaurants, eight lounges and bars, casino, world-class wellness center.
Follows the complete list of Sirena lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- Sirena Lounge (main show room/theater for live evening entertainment and themed dancing parties; hosts daily trivia quizzes, lectures and presentations)
- The Casino (operates with USD bets; served by the Casino Bar)
- Martinis (piano bar serving a variety of Martinis)
- Two Boutiques (duty-free perfumes, jewelry, Oceania-logo merchandise, clothes, gifts, convenience goods)
- Upper Hall lounge area (with grand piano for live performances; served by the Martinis Bar)
- Grand Bar (wine bar; hosts wine tastings; served by Baristas making complimentary illy beverages)
- Baristas Grand (Coffee Bar)
- Sirena Wellness Center (includes a Spa Terrace, Spa Whirlpool, Steam Rooms, Treatment Rooms, Styling Salon, Canyon Ranch Spa Club, Fitness/Gym, and Boardroom (cards playing and board games; Canyon Ranch Spa Club treatments include: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Healing Energy, Body Wraps and Scrubs, Skin Care, Tanning, Massages and Exotic Treatments.)
- Oceania@Sea (24-hour Internet computers room; Private lessons/group classes are also provided)
- Pool area (with one swimming pool, two Whirlpools, sunbathing area and a Band Stand; served by the Waves Bar)
- The Patio (outdoor shaded lounge with chairs, daybeds, sofas)
- Horizons (Lounge & Bar served by the Horizons Bar; has floor-ceiling windows, live entertainment, full bar; also serves Afternoon Tea; becomes a nightclub at night)
- Fitness Track (Power Walking/Jogging Track)
- The Library (1000+ books of which many port-destination guide books)
- Sun Deck (served by the Polo Bar; has sunloungers, showers, deck games - Shuffleboard, Golf Driving Net, 9-hole Mini-Golf putting greens).
Oceania Sirena wiki
Oceania Sirena cruise ship (Ocean Princess until 2016) was built under the name R Four, as one of the R-class vessels acquired from the fleet of the defunct Renaissance Cruises. In April 2016, the new ship joined her R-Class sisters (and current fleetmates) Insignia, Nautica and Regatta. Other cruise line vessels from this "Renaissance-class" are Azamara Journey, Azamara Pursuit and Azamara Quest (Azamara Club Cruises), Pacific Princess (Princess Cruises).
The ship was initially owned by a group of French investors and operated by the Renaissance cruise line company. Renaissance bankrupted in 2001, and Princess Cruises purchased two of its vessels - Ocean and Pacific. First they renamed the "R Four" ship to "Tahitian Princess" and later to "Ocean Princess".
The vessel was delivered to Oceania in March 2016. It was purchased from its previous owner Carnival Corp for USD 82 million and underwent a 35-day long drydock refurbishment in France (Marseille) at the cost of UD $50 million before entering Oceania's fleet.
The name "Sirena" means "mermaid" in Spanish. The ship was transformed from "Princess" to "Oceania" with both new and traditional touches, including the addition of the Italian seafood/steakhouse restaurant Tuscan Steak (in the place of Toscana and Polo Grill restaurants), the Asian restaurant Red Ginger, also Terrace Cafe and the popular Baristas bar.
In December 2015, Claudine Pepin (TV host, cookbook author, daughter of master chef Jacques Pepin) was announced as godmother for MS Sirena. Jacques Pepin is also Oceania Cruises' Executive Culinary Director. The naming ceremony was held on April 27, 2016 in Barcelona. The traditional bottle smashing failed the first time (considered very bad luck for the ship), but the "Moet & Chandon Champagne" bottle was utterly smashed in the ship's hull on the second try. Following the christening, the godmother and her famous father sailed on the Inaugural Cruise, featuring themed onboard events (including cooking demonstrations and cookbook singing). All guests booked on the maiden moyage received a complimentary copy of Claudine Pepin's book "Let's Cook French".
On September 2, 2014, the NCL Norwegian company purchased the company "Prestige Cruise Holdings" (owner of Oceania and RSSC-Regent Seven Seas Cruises) for USD 3,025 billion, thus becoming the official owner of all vessels in both fleets.
The Apollo Group company provides all Oceania ships with the entire onboard hotel product and services. This includes administration, food staff (preparation and serving), housekeeping staff, also the vessel's provisioning and crewing. Other cruise lines served by Apollo are Thomson UK (Marella Cruises) and RSSC Regent Seven Seas.
The new Sirena ship started operations for Oceania Cruises in April 2016, with Inaugural season in Europe (Mediterranean Sea). Follows the list of special and repositioning cruise itineraries with ports of call times and suggestive Euro prices per person:
- April 27 (Inaugural cruise / "Maiden Voyage" for Oceania) 14 day Barcelona to Venice - from €4000 - ports of call Marseille, Monte Carlo, St Tropez, Elba, Rome, Positano, Messina, Malta, Kotor, Split, Koper
- September 20 (28 day Transatlantic crossing) Barcelona to New York - from €5600
- October 4 (14 day Transatlantic) Barcelona to New York - from €2160
- October 4 (24 day Transatlantic) Barcelona to New York - from €4560 - Alicante, Almeria, Cadiz, Madeira, Bermuda/Hamilton
- October 28 (28 day) New York to Miami - from €5680 - Bermuda (Hamilton), St Barthelemy, St Lucia, Tobago, Amazon River cruise (Brazil - Santarem, Boca da Valeria, Manaus, Parintins), Cayenne/Devil's Island, Barbados, Martinique, BVI (Virgin Gorda), Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic (La Romana)
- November 25 (16 day Panama Canal transition) Miami to Los Angeles - from €3050 - Great Stirrup Cay, Cartagena, Golfito, Puntarenas, Corinto, Puerto Quetzal, Acapulco, Cabo, San Diego
Cuba cruises from Miami 2018
For 2018 Caribbean season (April-June and September-December) Oceania Cruises Sirena ship had scheduled a total of 15 roundtrip Miami Florida itineraries (7-10-days) visiting ports in Cuba (Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos). The longer itineraries also visited ports in Bahamas (including Great Stirrup Cay Island).
Each Cuban voyage featured a wide array of traditional Cuban dishes, as well as expert-led onboard lectures themed on the country's history, art and music.
Next table shows a 7-day round-trip itinerary (themed "Timeless Cuba") with prices starting from USD 3400 pp (double occupancy Inside cabin rates).
|06 Jun||Departing from Miami, Florida|
|07 Jun 09:00 - 19:00||Havana, Cuba|
|10 Jun 07:00 - 15:00||Cienfuegos, Cuba|
|11 Jun 11:00 - 18:00||Santiago de Cuba|
|13 Jun||Arriving in Miami, Florida|
Ocean Princess ship
Follows the table with information regarding the previously named "MS Ocean Princess" vessel.
- Last refurbished 2012
- MMSI number 310505000
- Callsign code ZCDS4
- Flag State (registered in) Bermuda
- Christened by three godparents (Ali McGraw, Ryan O'Neal, Tonita Flosse)
- Passenger decks: 9
- Cabin grades number: 25
- Total number of cabins: 338 (of which 62 Suites, 170 balcony rooms)
- Dining Rooms: Club Restaurant
- Restaurants and food bars: Sterling (steakhouse), Sabatini’s (Italian), Panorama (buffet), Pizzeria
- Lounges & Bars: Cabaret (theatre), Tahitian (nightclub), Club Bar, poolside bars
- Casino, Library, Art Gallery, Lotus Spa, Swimming Pools (2 -Main pool, Thalasso pool, Jacuzzis (3), Golf cage, Jogging track, Shuffleboard nets, Beauty salon, Sauna.
- This Princess cruise ship had a bit more godparents than usual - Madame Tonita Flosse (First Lady of French Polynesia at the time) and Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal (stars of the 1970 movie "Love Story").
- Fun fact is that the P&O Cruises ship Oceana was operated under the same name (Ocean Princess) in the period 2000-2002.
- In 2014, the vessel was purchased by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings from Carnival Corporation for USD 82 million. The USD 24 million were paid in cash in November 2014. The other USD 66 million were the "Sirena loan" - provided to NCLH by Carnival Corp (running through Nov 2019) at annual interest rate of 2,75%.
- Princess Cruises Ocean Princess itinerary program offered a diverse set of exotic itineraries with departures from UK, USA (Florida and California ports), from South Africa (Cape Town), Asia (Singapore) and Australia (Sydney). The ship also operated on World Cruise tours leaving from UK and Australia.
- The last Ocean Princess itinerary was the 64-day around South America cruise (January 3 - March 7). The itinerary included the following ports - Miami, Florida (3 Jan), Philipsburg, St. Maarten (6 Jan), Roseau, Dominica (7 Jan), Bridgetown, Barbados (8 Jan), Trinidad, Tobago (9 Jan), Iles Du Salut, French Guiana (11 Jan), Natal, Brazil (15 Jan), Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (19 Jan, 20 Jan), Ilhabela, Brazil (21 Jan), Santos (Sao Paulo), Brazil (22 Jan), Montevideo, Uruguay (25 Jan), Buenos Aires, Argentina (26 Jan, 27 Jan), Puerto Madryn, Argentina (30 Jan), Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (1 Feb), Ushuaia, Argentina (3 Feb), Cape Horn, Chile (4 Feb), Punta Arenas, Chile (6 Feb), Puerto Chacabuco, Chile (9 Feb), Puerto Montt, Chile (11 Feb), Valparaiso, Chile (13 Feb), Coquimbo, Chile (14 Feb), Arica, Chile (16 Feb), Pisco, Peru (18 Feb), Callao, Peru (19 Feb, 20 Feb), Salaverry, Peru (21 Feb), Guayaquil, Ecuador (23 Feb), Puntarenas, Costa Rica (26 Feb), Panama Canal (transit 28 Feb), Santa Marta, Colombia (1 Mar), Willemstad, Curacao (3 Mar), Miami, Florida (7 Mar).
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Oceania Sirena Itineraries
The below listed Oceania Sirena cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Oceania Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2018 Dec 17||10 days, round-trip Caribbean Celebration Miami To Miami||Miami|
|2018 Dec 27||7 days, round-trip Timeless Cuba Miami To Miami||Miami|
|2019 Jan 03||10 days, round-trip Sandy Shores Miami To Miami||Miami|
|2019 Jan 13||7 days, round-trip Colonial Cuba Miami To Miami||Miami|
|2019 Jan 20||34 days, one-way from Miami to Buenos Aires||Miami|
|2019 Jan 20||22 days, one-way from Miami to Rio de Janeiro||Miami|
|2019 Feb 11||33 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Callao||Rio de Janeiro|
|2019 Feb 11||12 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires||Rio de Janeiro||$5499|
|2019 Feb 23||21 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Callao||Buenos Aires|
|2019 Mar 16||33 days, one-way from Callao to Rio de Janeiro||Callao|
|2019 Mar 16||21 days, one-way from Callao to Buenos Aires||Callao||$5699|
|2019 Apr 06||29 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Barcelona||Buenos Aires||$9799|
|2019 Apr 06||12 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro||Buenos Aires||$3999|
|2019 Apr 18||17 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Barcelona||Rio de Janeiro||$4499|
|2019 May 19||10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice||Barcelona|
|2019 May 29||20 days, one-way from Venice to Monte Carlo||Venice|
|2019 May 29||10 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia||Venice|
|2019 Jun 08||10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Monte Carlo||Civitavecchia||$4199|
|2019 Jun 18||17 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Lisbon||Monte Carlo||$5799|
|2019 Jun 18||10 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Barcelona||Monte Carlo||$4099|
|2019 Jun 28||17 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia||Barcelona||$5899|
|2019 Jun 28||7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon||Barcelona||$3099|
|2019 Jul 05||10 days, one-way from Lisbon to Civitavecchia||Lisbon||$4199|
|2019 Jul 15||10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona||Civitavecchia||$4199|
|2019 Jul 25||12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice||Barcelona||$4799|
|2019 Aug 06||10 days, one-way from Venice to Monte Carlo||Venice||$3799|
|2019 Aug 16||17 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Venice||Monte Carlo||$6299|
|2019 Aug 16||7 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Civitavecchia||Monte Carlo||$3199|
|2019 Aug 23||10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice||Civitavecchia||$4199|
|2019 Sep 02||10 days, one-way from Venice to Monte Carlo||Venice||$4199|
|2019 Sep 12||19 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Civitavecchia||Monte Carlo||$6499|
|2019 Sep 12||7 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Barcelona||Monte Carlo||$2999|
|2019 Sep 19||12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia||Barcelona||$4399|
|2019 Oct 01||10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona||Civitavecchia||$6299|
|2019 Oct 11||12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice||Barcelona||$7499|
|2019 Oct 23||14 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona||Venice||$7399|
|2019 Oct 23||7 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia||Venice||$2599|
|2019 Oct 30||22 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Miami||Civitavecchia|
|2019 Oct 30||7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona||Civitavecchia||$3299|
|2019 Nov 06||31 days, one-way from Barcelona to Los Angeles||Barcelona||$6999|
|2019 Nov 06||15 days, one-way from Barcelona to Miami||Barcelona||$3199|
|2019 Nov 21||23 days, one-way from Miami to Los Angeles||Miami||$7899|
|2019 Nov 21||16 days, one-way from Miami to Los Angeles||Miami||$4299|
|2019 Dec 07||7 days, round-trip Stars Of The Vine Los Angeles To Los Angeles||Los Angeles||$1849|
|2019 Dec 14||7 days, round-trip Stars Of The Vine Los Angeles To Los Angeles||Los Angeles||$1599|
|2019 Dec 21||23 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Miami||Los Angeles||$9899|
|2019 Dec 21||16 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Miami||Los Angeles||$4999|
|2020 Jan 06||7 days, round-trip Iconic Cuba Miami To Miami||Miami||$3399|
|2020 Jan 13||12 days, round-trip Caribbean Flair Miami To Miami||Miami||$3299|
|2020 Jan 25||7 days, round-trip Timeless Cuba Miami To Miami||Miami||$2399|
|2020 Feb 01||10 days, round-trip Cuba Impressions Miami To Miami||Miami||$3099|
|2020 Feb 11||7 days, round-trip Colonial Cuba Miami To Miami||Miami||$2399|
|2020 Feb 18||7 days, round-trip Colonial Cuba Miami To Miami||Miami||$2099|
|2020 Feb 25||12 days, round-trip Caribbean Flair Miami To Miami||Miami||$3299|
|2020 Mar 08||10 days, round-trip Cuba Impressions Miami To Miami||Miami||$4499|
|2020 Mar 18||14 days, round-trip Tropical Breezes Miami To Miami||Miami||$3599|
|2020 Apr 01||24 days, one-way from Miami to Barcelona||Miami||$4899|
|2020 Apr 01||10 days, round-trip Colonial Collage Miami To Miami||Miami||$2499|
|2020 Apr 11||14 days, one-way from Miami to Barcelona||Miami||$3199|
|2020 Apr 25||20 days, one-way from Barcelona to Piraeus||Barcelona||$6399|
|2020 Apr 25||10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice||Barcelona||$3699|
|2020 May 05||10 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus||Venice||$3899|
|2020 May 15||10 days, round-trip Aegean Medley Athens To Athens||Piraeus||$3999|
|2020 May 25||24 days, one-way from Piraeus to Barcelona||Piraeus||$7499|
|2020 May 25||12 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia||Piraeus||$4399|
|2020 Jun 06||12 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona||Civitavecchia||$4499|
|2020 Jun 18||10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Monte Carlo||Barcelona||$3999|
|2020 Jun 28||12 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Venice||Monte Carlo||$4699|
|2020 Jul 10||20 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona||Venice||$6799|
|2020 Jul 10||10 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia||Venice||$4099|
|2020 Jul 20||10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona||Civitavecchia||$4099|
|2020 Jul 30||10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Monte Carlo||Barcelona||$4099|
|2020 Aug 09||10 days, one-way from Monte Carlo to Venice||Monte Carlo||$4099|
|2020 Aug 19||26 days, one-way from Venice to Southampton||Venice||$9199|
|2020 Aug 19||19 days, one-way from Venice to Lisbon||Venice||$6599|
|2020 Aug 19||12 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona||Venice||$4799|
|2020 Aug 31||14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Southampton||Barcelona||$5299|
|2020 Aug 31||7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon||Barcelona||$3099|
|2020 Sep 07||7 days, one-way from Lisbon to Southampton||Lisbon||$3299|
|2020 Sep 14||38 days, one-way from Southampton to Miami||Southampton||$10499|
|2020 Sep 14||24 days, one-way from Southampton to Montreal||Southampton||$7999|
|2020 Sep 14||10 days, round-trip Emerald Isles London To London||Southampton||$4699|
|2020 Sep 24||28 days, one-way from Southampton to Miami||Southampton||$6899|
|2020 Sep 24||14 days, one-way from Southampton to Montreal||Southampton||$4299|
|2020 Oct 08||14 days, one-way from Montreal to Miami||Montreal||$4349|