Western Caribbean with Oceania


Kelly Berardi
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Kelly Berardi

January 2, 2020
Advisor Stories / Kelly Berardi / Western Caribbean with Oceania

The Basics
My seven night "Mayan Mosaic" cruise aboard the Oceania Sirena - my first experience sailing with Oceania - was a roundtrip out of Miami that visited incredible and iconic ports like Key West, Florida; Roatán, Hondouras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Costa Maya, Mexico.

The Ship and Service
The crew on Sirena made the boarding and disembarking processes very simple and short, and I appreciated not being nickel and dimed at the end. I was actually surprised by how small my final bill was! Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room was the best food on the sailing—I loved the avocado toast.

The private veranda was a great feature of our room and the bedding was nice as well. It was so great to relax by the pool and drink endless iced teas. Unfortunately, the hot tub and pool closed so early that we couldn’t use either after dinner. Another downside was the unreliable internet, which might not be worth the added cost for some travelers.

The Destinations
The excursions in Roatán were wonderful! I hired a taxi driver who took me on a full-circle tour of the island. I told him I wanted to hold a sloth so he took me to a locally well-known sanctuary. I then did the zip lining that was right near the cruise port and walked back to the ship.

In Costa Maya, we learned a lot with Native Tours, a local company, on our trip to Chacchoben, a 3000-year-old abandoned Mayan settlement that was discovered in 1942 by a farmer. Also, there are amazing lagoons around there—I went swimming at one and it was wonderful. I would definitely recommend that option if available. We went early so there was no one else around, just our group.

The Takeaway
Weather dictates everything and schedule changes and cancellations happen, so do your best to be flexible and remember that adjustments are made with your safety in mind. When booking tours, aim for the first slot of the day when crowds will be smaller. To expand your options and possibly save money, check out excursions offered by other companies like Shore Excursions Group. You’ll also be able to read reviews so you know exactly what to expect. Time is a strange thing on a ship so be sure to check and double check the local time before you leave your ship—you don't want to get left behind!

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