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When is Ovation of the Seas slated to resume operations?

Ovation of the Seas returned to the high seas cruising once again on August 13, 2021. 

For all sailings through March 31, 2022, Royal Caribbean guests ages 12 years and older are required to bring proof of vaccination, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 vaccination record card, with the final dose of the vaccine completed at least 14 days before sailing (not counting the sail date).  Guests under the age of 12, who are considered fully vaccinated, should follow the guidance for vaccinated guests. Unvaccinated children ages 2 to 11 must present a negative PCR or antigen test result taken no more than 3 days prior to sailing in order to board. There continues to be no testing required for guests under age 2.

In addition to presenting proof of COVID vaccine, all guests 2 and older must present a negative COVID test result. Vaccinated guests must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before sailing. Unvaccinated children ages 2-11 must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days prior to sailing. 

Cruising on Ovation of the Seas? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board. 

About the Ship: Ovation of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships. This larger-sized ship offers a variety of cutting-edge activities and dining venues for adults and kids alike. Ovation offers four categories of cabins, including interior staterooms, ocean-view cabins, balcony staterooms, and the luxurious Royal Suite Class cabins. More than 75 percent of Ovation’s 2,088 guest rooms have ocean views. 

Activities + Entertainment: Passengers who choose Ovation of the Seas are in for a host of unique experiences. The ship is home to SeaPlex, the largest indoor activity space at sea, the North Star observation pod which offers views from 300 feet above sea, FlowRider surf simulators, the iFLY RipCord skydiving simulator, a casino, Splashaway Bay kids water park, and much more. 

Adults can unwind and relax at fleet standards like Schooner piano bar or the Latin-themed Boleros, as well as the Two70 Bar, where live entertainment meets multimedia. Technology lovers should be sure to visit the Bionic Bar, where drink orders are placed via app and robotic mixologists serve the cocktails.

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Dining: Ovation of the Seas features 16 included and specialty dining venues. With so many options, there’s certain to be something to please even the pickiest of palates! Dining venues include the American Icon Grill, Cafe Promenade, Chic, Chops Grill, Coastal Kitchen, Izumi, Jamie’s Italian, Patisserie, SeaPlex Hotdog House, Silk, Solarium Bistro, Sorrento’s, The Cafe @ TwoSeventy, The Grande, Windjammer Marketplace and Wonderland. 

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Pricing: Sailings are filling up quickly with the return of Ovation of the Seas to Alaska for this summer, and prices are changing daily. Right now you can expect to pay about $70 to $130 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Looking for your own private oasis to enjoy the spectacular views of Alaska? We recommend choosing a balcony cabin. Prices for these rooms currently start around $110 per person per night. 

We recommend booking NOW if you find a price you like - chances are it won’t last long! 

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What to Expect at Embarkation & Onboard Protocols 

Prior to embarkation, all guests ages 12 and over will be required to present proof of the COVID-19 vaccine. Unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11 years are required to take a PCR test for COVID-19 when checking in at the terminal, and will also receive an antigen test onboard within 24 hours of the end of voyage prior to disembarkation. No testing is required for guests under age 2 years.

Royal Caribbean requires that as of September 13, all guests age 2 years and older complete a COVID-19 test no more than 2 days before sailing, and receive a negative result, which will be verified during the check-in process.  

When indoors per CDC guidelines, Royal Caribbean will require all guests 2 years and older to wear masks, unless actively eating or drinking. There will be allowances for guests to remove their masks in venues and events dedicated to fully vaccinated parties. Masks are not required in staterooms or outside on open decks unless in crowded settings. 

Royal Caribbean will designate areas for everyone in the Main Dining area, including certain areas for vaccinated parties only. My Time Dining will not be available to parties that include unvaccinated guests. Some specialty restaurants will be open to everyone, while others will be for vaccinated parties only. The Windjammer buffet will be open to all, and food will be served by crew. 

Theaters and activity venues will offer spaced seating with options for everyone and for vaccinated guests only.  Spa services, except those offered in treatment rooms, are available to everyone. The Fitness Center will have dedicated operating hours for everyone, and specific hours reserved for vaccinated guests only. The Casino will be open to vaccinated guests only.

August Cruises: Royal Caribbean has announced that all cruises sailing from U.S. ports in August will now require all guests over 2 (regardless of vaccine status) to provide proof of a negative COVID test administered no more than 3 days prior to the sail date. Guests must arrange this test at their own expense.

Tips from Our Community Members:

I can't imagine a better cruise to Alaska! As first time cruisers, we're already excited to book our next cruise with Royal Caribbean! - ashleymast

The cruise was entertaining and relaxing. All of the staff were courteous and helpful. - jacmont

Please take one of the Alaska cruise itineraries while you are young enough to really enjoy'll never regret it. - bjswenty49

Shore Excursions: 

With so much to see and do in Alaska, be sure to book shore excursions as early as possible. The top-rated excursions by port are:

Juneau - Whales and Mendenhall Glacier, Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake

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Sitka - Marine Adventure, City Tour, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake, Guided Wildlife and Bear Search

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Skagway - Helicopter Glacier Discovery, White Pass Summit Railroad, Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing

See All Skagway Excursions

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