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Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia
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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
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Ovation of the Seas

12 Night New Zealand (Sydney Roundtrip)

Sail Date: December 22, 2018

Ship: Ovation of the Seas

Cabin Type: Inside

Cabin Number: 6630

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Review Summary

This cruise was exactly what I'd hoped for - In spite of not having any luggage for the first 10 days, I had tons of fun. The ports are beautiful, the scenery is beautiful, and the crew is fantastic.


5 out of 5
It was very quick and easy.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Jason, Royce, and Lily were an excellent team - every dinner I had at their table was lovely and fun.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
I did trapeze, sky-diving, roller skating, bumper cars, climbing wall, volleyball, and the escape room - I loved the variety and the selection. These were really great options that really appealed to me,


5 out of 5
Pixels was great and I loved participating in the Karaoke and dance parties.

Children's Programs

I didn't bring my kids along this time.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Lily, Royce, and Jason in the dining hall were an excellent team. Ferdinand (stateroom attendant) was super friendly and always flexible with my oddball schedule. Isabela in Sundials was above and beyond amazing - my luggage never made it to Sydney, leaving me with the clothes I'd traveled in and ONE spare outfit and swimsuit I had in my backpack. When I asked if Isabela might be able to find some socks for me to buy for use until my suitcase arrived, not only did she bring me a (new) pair of her own socks.... she also brought me leggings, two pairs of shorts, and two shirts to borrow! I was without a suitcase for 10 days on this trip. I couldn't have had nearly the amount of fun that I did if it weren't for her. She's amazing. Lixia - luggage services - went above and beyond to track down my luggage, staying on hold for who knows how long with multiple airlines and baggage services. She's fantastic.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I can't imagine the amount of work it takes to keep a ship that big spotless, but the elves make it happen.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
It was perfect for what I needed :)

Ship Tip

I'd recommend the Solarium for relaxing.

Ports Of Call

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

5 out of 5

Picton, New Zealand

5 out of 5

Tauranga, New Zealand

5 out of 5

Auckland, New Zealand

5 out of 5

Bay Of Islands, New Zealand

5 out of 5
This was my favorite port - the Kayaking guides at this port are wonderful


5 out of 5
The fastest I've ever gotten off a ship.
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