Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line unveiled the better than new Sirena, fresh from her dramatic re-inspiration. The top to bottom re-build, which has resulted in a better than new ship, is part of the $100+ million OceaniaNEXT brand enhancement program.
Boasting 342 completely new staterooms and suites along with dramatically transformed public spaces, Sirena debuts some additional refinements above and beyond what was done to the line’s Insignia, the first of six ships to undergo the re-inspiration process.
“The re-inspired Sirena is perhaps the best expression of our team’s Kaizen culture which focuses on implementing constant incremental change that continually elevates the guest experience. That’s the heart and soul of our OceaniaNEXT initiative,” stated Bob Binder, President and CEO.
Some of the additional enhancements above and beyond the work carried out on Insignia includes:
- Brand-new entry doors for all suites and staterooms
- Full-length mirrors in all suites and staterooms
- Additional 100-volt sockets on each side of the bed in all accommodations
- New wall sconces in the Spa
- Additional crystal chandeliers in the public spaces and stair lobbies
Topping off the awe-inspiring transformation of the Sirena are elements of the multi-million-dollar art collection that are unique, even personal expressions that are emblematic of the brand’s very personal nature.
Hanging prominently in the re-styled Bar Istas, the ship’s social hub and coffee bar, is an original by the legendary Jacques Pepin which was specially commissioned for the Sirena. Pepin, best known for having been chef to numerous heads of state, dozens of cookbooks, and of course, his long-running and Emmy-award-winning cooking shows on PBS, has always found cooking and painting to be remarkably similar forms of artistic expression.
“I don’t know whether my painting has helped my cuisine, or whether my cooking has helped my painting, and I don’t know if one borrows from the other. All I know is that, certainly for me, cooking and painting can live in harmony together. Both are different expressions of who I am, and both enhance my life considerably,” stated Pepin.
Transformation Comes Complete with New Immersive Itineraries to The Holy Lands, Arabia, India and Myanmar
In addition to the new impressive art collection that await guests onboard Sirena, Oceania Cruises is unveiling its most exotic and unique collection of itineraries to date with in-depth explorations of the Holy Lands of Egypt, Israel, and Turkey, the Arabian Peninsula, India, Myanmar, and Indonesia.
“We’ve thoughtfully crafted these immersive and off-the-beaten-path explorations to some of the hardest to reach destinations in the world to satiate our guests’ appetites for new and unusual travel experiences, “stated Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises.
The Sirena Exotic Collection comprises of nine sailings of 10- to 24-days beginning in November 2020 and culminating in April 2021. Kicking off with a 12-day voyage from Jerusalem to Istanbul, Sirena then charts a course through the Red Sea to explore the Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman and then on to India, the Maldives and Myanmar. All itineraries include overnight port calls with some itineraries featuring as many as four overnights along with myriad new ports of call such as Marmaris in Turkey, Sir Bani Yas in the Emirates, Doha in Qatar, Al Bahrain in Bahrain, Al Khasab in Oman, and Sabang in Indonesia. Ideal for the intrepid explorer, these new Sirena Exotic Collection voyages offer the penultimate in trophy-port collecting.
Sirena Exotic Collection Voyages and Highlights
Aegean Awakening, 12 Days, Jerusalem to Istanbul
November 9, 2020
Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel (two overnights); Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel; Paphos, Cyprus; Alanya, Turkey; Marmaris, Turkey; Bodrum, Turkey; Chania (Crete), Greece; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Istanbul, Turkey (overnight)
Footsteps of Discovery, 20 Days, Istanbul to Dubai
November 21, 2020
Istanbul, Turkey; Pergamum (Dikili), Turkey; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Antalya, Turkey; Limassol, Cyprus; Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel (overnight); Cairo (Port Said), Egypt; Suez Canal Transit; Aqaba, Jordan; Luxor (Safaga), Egypt (overnight); Salalah, Oman; Muscat, Oman; Dubai, UAE (overnight)
Middle East Meandering, 10 Days, Dubai to Dubai
December 11, 2020 & February 28, 2021
Dubai, UAE (overnight); Al Khasab, Oman; Fujairah, UAE; Muscat, Oman; Al Bahrain, Bahrain; Doha, Qatar; Sir Bani Yas, UAE; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Dubai, UAE
Souks, Spices & Sands, 15 Days, Dubai to Mumbai
December 21, 2020
Dubai, UAE; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Fujairah, UAE; Muscat, Oman; Malé, Maldives (overnight); Cochin (Kochi), India; Mangalore, India; Goa (Mormugao), India; Mumbai, India (overnight)
Indian Ocean Jewels, 15 Days, Mumbai to Rangoon
January 5, 2021
Mumbai, India; Goa (Mormugao), India; Mangalore, India; Cochin (Kochi), India; Malé, Maldives (overnight); Sabang, Indonesia; Phuket, Thailand; Rangoon, Burma (Yangon, Myanmar) (two overnights)
Mystical Asia, 15 Days, Rangoon to Bangkok
January 20, 2021
Rangoon, Burma (Yangon, Myanmar) (two overnights); Phuket, Thailand; Sabang, Indonesia; Penang, Malaysia; Langkawi, Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia; Singapore, Singapore; Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam (overnight); Bangkok, Thailand(overnight)
Ultimate Asia Odyssey, 24 Days, Bangkok to Dubai
February 4, 2021
Bangkok, Thailand (overnight); Ko Samui, Thailand; Singapore, Singapore (overnight); Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia; Penang, Malaysia; Phuket, Thailand; Rangoon, Burma (Yangon, Myanmar) (double overnight); Cochin (Kochi), India; Mangalore, India; Goa (Mormugao), India; Mumbai, India (overnight); Dubai, UAE (overnight)
Passage Through Time, 22 Days, Dubai to Athens
March 10, 2021
Dubai, UAE; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Fujairah, UAE; Muscat, Oman; Salalah, Oman; Luxor (Safaga), Egypt (overnight); Aqaba, Jordan; Suez Canal Transit; Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel; Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel (overnight); Limassol, Cyprus; Antalya, Turkey; Rhodes, Greece; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Athens (Piraeus), Greece.