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Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

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Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 33

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Ovation of the Seas

10 Night New Zealand (Sydney Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 12, 2018

Ship: Ovation of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8124

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

We have rebooked on Ovation and look forward to sailing with her again. Just PLEASE, fix embarkation. Great cruise director and entertainment staff. You won't be disappointed.


2 out of 5
Electing a 12-12.30pm embarkation time, we were really annoyed to find every man and his dog were allowed to embark with embarkation times being ignored. This lead to a ridiculous 90 minutes to actually get on board. Not a great way to start the cruise. When you have 4900 passengers, for Petes sake, use your brains and stagger embarkation!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The service was second to none but the food in the dining room was repetitive and boring. RC cannot do breakfast either. Wonderland however was excellent.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Loved the many pools, the Star and trivia.


4 out of 5
Enjoyed Pixels.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Cannot fault any of them, honestly they are amazing.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Brilliantly clean and extremely tasteful decor.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We had 8124 and 8126 which are interconnecting. They were also able to open the partition on the balcony so it was like having one large cabin. EXCELLENT!

Ship tip

Get a cabin midship because it is a very long ship! Breakfast at 270 cafe is the best.

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
We live here

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

5 out of 5
Charming little port.

Wellington, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Love windy Wellington and were able to see the terracotta warriors.

Napier, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Favourite port of all in NZ.

Picton, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Great vineyards


4 out of 5
Better than embarkation.
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