One of the most famous cities in the world, Rome has been an epicentre of politics, art, architecture, and food for thousands of years. It is home to some of the most well-known historic sites such as the Colosseum, the pantheon, and Vatican City. It’s easy to spend a day in a hundred different ways in Rome, whether you’re looking to sip on incredible wine and people-watch, indulge in decadent pasta, pizza, risotto, and gelato, or if you’re eager to wander around the streets soaking in all the history you can. Rome is one capital city which will always leave you wanting more.
Things to do in Rome (Civitavecchia):
Found in the heart of Rome, Vatican City is the smallest independent state in Europe at just 0.44km² with a population of 1,000 people. It acts as headquarters to the Roman Catholic Church and is home to The Apostolic Palace - the Pope’s residence –the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel.
St Peter's Basilica
Within Vatican City is one of the biggest churches in the world; St. Peter’s Basilica. Accommodating up to 20,000 people, this is where the Pope delivers services. Its 136 metre high dome was designed by Michelangelo, and was completed in 1614.
The colosseum was opened in 80 A.D. with 100 days of exciting games. It was mostly used for gladiatorial combat and fights with animals until around the 6th century when it began to fall into disrepair. It was then used to store building materials until the 18th century, when the papacy decided it should be preserved. As it stands now, however, more than two-thirds of the structure has been destroyed.
Known the world-over for its elaborate, 15th century artwork courtesy of Michelangelo, Botticelli, Luca, and Perugino, the Sistine Chapel is where new Popes are elected and ordained. It is located within Vatican City, inside The Apostolic Palace.
This Michelangelo sculpture is located inside St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. It depicts the body of Jesus after he has been crucified, being held by the Virgin Mary. The statue was originally commissioned by Jean de Billheres – a French cardinal – as a memorial for his tomb.
This is one of the most iconic buildings in Rome. There are myths surrounding the building of the original Pantheon, but the structure we see today was built in 120 A.D. by Emperor Hadrian. It was created as a Pagan temple to “honour all Gods” – which is the translation of “Pantheon”. In the year 609 it was converted to a Christian church, although it is still widely known as the Pantheon.
This popular public square is located where the (now fallen) Stadium of Domitian once stood, in 86 A.D. Since then it has been developed into a social gathering spot, adorned by three magnificent fountains that were commissioned in the 16 and 17th centuries. These are Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro, and Fontana del Nettuno.
Florence & Pisa (Livorno)
DAY 226 May 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 11 PM
Made famous by its sloping bell tower, Pisa was once a simple but noteworthy port town. Over the years Pisa had some involvement in Italy’s military conflicts, and has seen success in matters of trade. Today most visitors come to see the fascinating Leaning Tower; a construction dating back to the 12th century that has been repeatedly repaired and stabilised over the years. As well as this is the neighbouring cathedral and baptistery, and the pretty Square of Miracles which houses them all. Pisa has a brilliant culinary scene, with many inexpensive restaurants serving amazing antipasti, pizzas, pastas, and other hearty Italian dishes.
Things to do in Florence & Pisa (Livorno):
Square of Miracles
Locally referred to as Piazza dei Miracoli, the Square of Miracles is home to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, which was first built in 1064, the Baptistery, the Campo Santo – a graveyard – and the Campanile – the cathedral’s bell tower which is perhaps better known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Today the square has become a popular place to relax and enjoy the warm sun in some beautiful, historic surroundings.
Maria Assunta. Construction of the building began in 1173, and in spite of a detailed, thought-out design it is believed that a slight lean was evident from the building of the second floor. Building was intermittent due to wars and sociological events, and the tower was not completed until roughly the year 1370. Since this time the lean has been stabilised, and tourists are permitted to enter and climb the staircase to the top for a wonderful view.
Cathedral and Baptistery
The cathedral – or Duomo – and baptistery are two important historic sites which are often overlooked in favour of the Leaning Tower. The cathedral itself dates back to 1064, and you can see within there are influences from the Arabic world, with column designs being reminiscent of those often seen in mosques. The neighbouring baptistery is the largest in the country, and was originally designed in 1152, before being remodelled in the mid-13th century.
DAY 327 May 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
Portofino is a small town of just 400 inhabitants; it is located east of Genoa, more precisely in the Gulf of Tigullio. It boasts unspoiled natural vistas which are both beautiful and peaceful. Among the places of interest which stand out are the Castello Brown, the Church of San Martino (in the Longobard Romanesque style, dating back to around the 12th century), the Abbey of San Fruttuoso (located in the nearby village of Camogli) and the Christ of the Abyss, on the seabed of the bay of San Fruttuoso.
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The first documentation mentioning the Castello Brown dates back to the 15th century. However, some studies and archaeological excavations have unearthed remains from the Roman period, dating back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. Castello Brown is now home to various cultural exhibitions.
Christ of the Abyss
The statue of the Christ of the Abyss was laid on the bottom of the sea bed in the bay of San Fruttuoso, between Camogli and Portofino, in 1954. It was built by the sculptor Guido Galletti to commemorate the death of Dario Gonzatti, one of the first Italian scuba divers.
San Fruttuoso Abbey
The Abbey of San Fruttuoso is located in nearby village, Camogli, within the regional natural park of Portofino. It was originally built in the middle of the 10th century, and since then has been renovated over the years, and added to in the 12th century.
San Martino Church
The Church of San Martino, dating back to the 12th century, portrays Lombard Romanesque style architecture. Among the works preserved inside, visitors can admire a collection of wooden works created by the Genoese sculptor Maragliano, depicting the Deposition of Christ.
DAY 428 May 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 9 PM
Synonymous with high society and luxury, the tiny Principality of Monaco and its capital of Monte Carlo is the top destination in Europe when it comes to seeing how the other half live. Ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century, Monte Carlo has impressive yachts in the harbour, world-famous casinos, stunning beaches, unique royal palaces and, of course, the most sought-after date in the Grand Prix calendar.
Things to do in Monte Carlo:
The Exotic Garden of Monaco is a great place be one with nature and enjoy the vast sea views. Stroll around the garden in the sunshine and see many types of Mediterranean fauna, cacti, and flowering succulents, some which originated from a collection started in 1895.
Just a short walk from Monte Carlo, Larvotto Beach has a beautiful, calm shore that’s perfect for all ages to take a dip in and spot marine life. Larvotto Beach is surrounded by restaurants, cafés and bars, and provides showers and toilets onsite.
Monte Carlo Casino
With all the glitz and glamour one would expect of a casino, Casino de Monte-Carlo offers all your favourite games in a luxurious, sophisticated setting that even James Bond approved of! For both experts and newcomers, Monte Carlo Casino is an exciting place to spend the evening.
Dedicated to marine science and maritime history, the Oceanographic Museum is a great place for the whole family, boasting a 450,000 litre tank for tropical marine life, as well as a Shark Lagoon. Visitors can even get hands on with deep sea inhabitants at the Touch Tank.
Palais du Prince
Originally built in 1191 as a Genoan fortress, the Prince’s Palace of Monaco has a long, dramatic history to be discovered. Though the palace is the residence of the ruling Prince, visitors can explore the exquisite state apartments and gardens that also host concerts.
DAY 529 May 2024
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
With a history dating back to the 5th century and the accolade of European Capital of Culture 2013, in Marseille you’ll find an old city full of charm to explore and pretty modern districts alike. Tuck into a classic pissaladière at the old port before visiting the famous coves of the Calanques National Park to the south- a stunning sight and only 25 minutes away by car. Before you leave don’t forget to buy a Marseille soap to give your suitcase a delicious holiday scent!
Things to do in Marseille (Provence):
Calanques National Park
Lying just 25 minutes' drive from Marseille, this stunning national park forms a natural harbour on the Mediterranean coastline. Boasting over 8,000 hectares of green landscapes and dramatic coves, don’t forget to keep an eye out for dolphins from the cliff edge.
History Museum of Marseille
With a history spanning over 2,500 years, Marseille History Museum is the ideal way to walk the paths of Marseille’s engrossing past. Covering everything from the ancient Greek founders and Roman traders, to more recent affairs, the museum is a must for those in love with archaeology and French history.
Le Panier District
This old district of Marseille has witnessed many moments of history, from the turbulence of ancient times to the darkness of WW2. Today you’ll find charming narrow streets to wander, dotted with artisan shops, cafés, bars and bistros.
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Affectionately called the “Good Mother”’ by locals, Notre-Dame de la Garde was built in the 12th century on the site of an old fort and has seen countless renovations. Standing proudly 157 metres above the city, this is the place for unrivalled views of the city.
The Port of Marseille is the cradle not only in terms of location but in bringing trade, culture and wealth to Marseilles. Nowadays you’ll find the famous fish market a scenic waterfront ideal for sipping pastis while watching the world go by.
Renamed in honour of US President John F. Kennedy after his assassination in 1963, this pretty boulevard boasts architecture from many different eras, and is the perfect place to go for a stroll and admire the pretty beaches and coastline of Marseille.
DAY 630 May 2024
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 7 PM
This vibrant seaside city is home to unforgettable architecture and creative scenes from renowned artists. The buildings you’ll find here are unlike anything you’ve ever seen, such as Park Güell and Casa Batllo, while foodies will be spoilt for choice with 20 different Michelin-star restaurants. At the end of a busy day of shopping, enjoy the energetic nightlife, or relax on the beach with newfound friends. Whatever your interests, Barcelona has the perfect itinerary for you.
Things to do in Barcelona:
Visiting Las Ramblas is an absolute must when in Barcelona. Visitors can experience the weird and the wonderful, from the Museu de l’Erotica to the Miró Mural, in between trying a range of authentic tapas bars and cafes before a much needed siesta.
Although the Sagrada Familia is not technically complete, it’s still an impressive sight to behold. Designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, this spectacular Basilica hosts many masses, events and a place to simply marvel at in wonder.
Barcelona City History Museum
Home of the cultural heritage of Barcelona, the Barcelona City History Museum manages several sites of interest including archaeological sites and historic houses. Visitors will discover the Roman colony, prehistoric Spain, Barcelona’s Jewish community and more.
Comprising of vibrant gardens and beautiful architecture, Park Güell was designed by Antoni Gaudí and officially opened in 1926. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding showcase of Gaudí’s genius design, Park Güell makes a wonderful place to go for a walk.
Another one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces, Casa Batllo is a truly eye-catching building to explore. Visitors are able to explore this fantastic showcase of the designer’s work, and even enjoy live music and other events on the roof terrace.
This modernist building was the last residence to be designed by Antoni Gaudí and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can explore the building with an audio guide, and even enjoy rooftop shows on a romantic evening.
One of Barcelona’s oldest beaches, Sant Sebastià Beach features everything you need for a fantastic day in the sun. With indoor and outdoor pools, changing rooms and amenities for lounging, visitors can go for a dip, enjoy an ice cream and find dinner all in one area.
Camp Nou Stadium
With capacity for over 99,000 people, Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Spain and cathedral to the Catalans’ second religion- the beautiful game! Visitors can catch an exciting game of football here or take a guided or un-guided tour of the grounds.
DAY 731 May 2024
Time at Port: from 10 AM to 7 PM
Alicante offers everything you need for the perfect city break, whatever your interests may be. For the party animals there’s legendary nightlife with countless bars and discos and people to dance with. For the beach-goer, Playa del Postiguet is within close proximity to the city promenade and has perfect facilities for a full day on the beach. For the best views, be sure to head up to Santa Bárbara Castle with your camera and take some snaps that you’ll always remember.
Things to do in Alicante:
Archaeological Museum of Alicante
Combining both prehistoric and modern finds, the Archaeological Museum of Alicante boasts five separate galleries housing numerous audio and visual exhibits. Visitors will find artefacts from Iberian cultures, plus the Roman and Middle Ages.
Basilica of Santa Maria
The oldest active church in Alicante, the Basilica of Santa Maria is in a Valencian Gothic style and a must for any architecture enthusiast. The main entrance is an impressive Baroque sculpture, while the interior includes a golden 18th-century Rococo style main altar.
The Old Town of Alicante has many staircases and winding streets, perfect for a bit of exercise, but also to bring you to the heart of the city. Live like a true local and discover some of the finest tapas bars, vibrant cottages and quirky antique art shops.
Playa del Postiguet
Alicante’s main beach is hugely popular for its close proximity to the city’s promenade and ample facilities. On this sand beach you’ll find many facilities including toilets, showers and snack bars, while the water is great for swimming and paddle boating.
Santa Barbara Castle
At the heart of Alicante is the city’s most iconic landmark, Santa Bárbara Castle. You can make the journey 160 meters up on foot, by elevator or by car and bus to discover more about the ancient castle, and admire the sweeping views of the marina.
DAY 902 Jun 2024
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 4 PM
Situated in northwestern Morocco, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea is Tangier. Built on the slopes of a chalky limestone hill, it offers a wonderful combination of historic attractions and traditional restaurants with a bustling atmosphere. In Tangier, you’ll find the impressive Great Mosque, an ancient old town, and a vibrant casbah that’s now home to Moroccan art.
Things to do in Tangier:
The Medina, Tangier's main draw, is a maze of residential and commercial passageways. The Portuguese defensive walls from the 15th century surround it, yet most of the structures are very modern. Within the Medina, you'll see beautiful and colourful houses, many of which look like something out of a fairytale. Arguably the most picturesque and iconic area within Tangiers, you could spend hours wandering through the different passageways.
Caves of Hercules
Within easy reach of Tangier lies the mystical and historic Caves of Hercules. Overlooking the sea, the caves are steeped in myth and legend; with many tales depicting the caves as a stop off for iconic Roman mythical heroes. The caves are associated with Hercules, as there is a tale about the hero visiting the caves whilst en-route to the Garden of Hesperides.
If you want to feel immersed into the culture and history of Tangier, head to the Kasbah Museum. This centrally located attraction is home to a vast collection of artefacts, antiques and statues which detail the history behind the city.
Seville - Overnight onboard
DAY 10-1103 Jun 2024
Time at Port: from 6 AM to 12 AM
Combining historic tradition with a modern, lively buzz, Seville is where you’ll find Gothic and Baroque architecture as well as trendy tapas bars along medieval streets. Bringing your camera here is a must to capture the breath-taking buildings as well as the views from the top of La Giralda bell tower. There’s something for visitors of all ages in Seville, whether you’re looking to party until dawn or discover the rich history of this beautiful city.
Things to do in Seville - Overnight onboard:
With three floors of both permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Archaeological Museum of Seville is teeming with rich history. The main collections include artefacts from the Late Bronze Era as well as statues from the times of Hadrian.
Recognised as a UNSECO World Heritage Site, this beautiful bell tower of Seville Cathedral is open for visitors to make their way to the top for stunning views over the city. Admire the exquisite architecture on your way up, as well as the 24 bells.
Maria Luisa Park
Parque Maria Luisa is the perfect place to relax in the sun by the river where you’ll find exotic trees, historic buildings, pretty fountains and plenty of space for kids to play. Couples will love a carriage or boat ride, and families can rent bikes.
Plaza de Espana
Built in 1928, Plaza de España is home to Seville’s most impressive Renaissance-style structure. The intricate architecture of both the building and the surrounding décor is a photographer’s dream, and certainly worth taking a romantic horse-and-carriage ride around.
One of the oldest palaces still in use in the world, the Real Alcázar boasts architecture and history from a wide range of cultures that have passed through the city over time. Marvel at the intricate artistic tiling work inside, as well as the lush gardens and fountains.
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Customer reviews for Sirena
Based on 5 reviews
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THIS WAS MY FIRST EVER CRUISE AND IT WAS AMAZING FROM START TO FINISH. WE BOOKED A PENTHOUSE AND I WAS AMAZED BY THE SIZE OF THE ROOM. THE STAFF, THE FOOD EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT FOR US.
3 Sep 2019
Really pleased with our holiday, outstanding. The Ship,Staff,Food were all excellent.Our arranged flights could have been better,having to take two flights to get to port of departure was bearable,but the two flights to get home from Barcelona was far too long so we organised our own flight back to Manchester which got us home 5 hours quicker.
8 Jul 2019
Food to die for, crew incredible. A small ship with class. Most cabins quite small and few baths but all forgotten when cruising on this ship. Ship has a nice feel.ratio of crew to passenger around 1.5 to 1 passenger. Without doubt the most attentive crew you will ever come across a remarkable experience, their anticipation of your needs was uncanny, wonderful people.
1 Mar 2019
We have booked with Oceania 3 times now, twice on the Sirena. Why we like this cruise line is the 5 star service, with no gimmicks like your photo being taken at every port, no hard selling of drinks and no black tie evenings. The dress code for the restaurants for dinner is smart casual no shorts or tracks suits allowed. We were quite surprised the 2 star review for the Sirena. The beds are extremely comfortable, food choice is excellent and although were not old and go to bed early people we like the fact the entertainment is not Las Vegas. Oceania offer a smart but relaxed atmosphere
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