Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Ovation of the Seas

7 Night Alaska Glacier (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 31, 2019

Ship: Ovation of the Seas

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 11205

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Spectacular and will do it again! Panoramic vistas that will take your breath away.


4 out of 5
A bit confusing, but otherwise good.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The MD rooms were excellent. Food was extremely delish! The Windjammer buffet and solarium bistro were amazing and had a great selection. I didn’t eat at any specialty restaurants.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
I have mobility issues so I could not participate in most of the activities. That did not stop me from watching and laughing with other cruisers at those that challenged themselves, often applauding their efforts. I did sooooo love the solarium hot tubs and the infinity pool and the views...breathtaking!


4 out of 5
Pixels was very good. The Love and Marriage show was hysterical! Boleros did not have any Latin music which was a disappointment!

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Let me explain. My cabin attendant, Danny from the Philippines, was the best. I give him 5 stars. Corina from Romania, Guest Services was instrumental in resolving an issue. I give her 5 stars. The reason for only 3 overall was the main dining room service. It was the poorest I’ve ever experienced. I ordered a cocktail, it was served 20 minutes later even after reminding them. Too much time elapsed between courses. I was on the Harmony last year with about 6000 people and never had any issues with service. When you order a Dr. Pepper and the waiter asks, what kind of wine is that? Something is amiss. Their English was extremely poor. We had difficultly understanding them and they us. This needs improvement. Once I spoke up to the head waiter, politely, they improved. But we should not need to do that.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship was immaculate. The layout is different, but agreeable. Truly a beautiful ship. I do, however, miss the Royal Promenade with it’s grand space as you look up. I also miss miniature golf. Oh there was plenty to do, but I couldn’t participate, like roller skating, bumper cars, flow rider, Ifly (skydiving), etc.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
This was a handicapped accessible cabin with the virtual balcony. It was super! Spacious, plenty of storage ideally placed. There were 4 of us and one had an electric wheelchair. There was plenty of room in which to move around. The virtual balcony was by far the best addition to the cabin. Danny always kept our cabin in tip top shape!

Ship tip

Ovation of the Seas is an amazing ship! I will see her again!

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

5 out of 5
We toured on our own and it was wonderful.

Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska Did not visit port

Ovation is too large.

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
We took a whale watching tour that included dinner at Tracy’s King Crab Shack. We booked it through shipmate and will do it again. Both the trip and dinner were awesome.

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
We booked the White Pass Railroad tour through RCCL. Words cannot describe the majestic views. The history, the sacrifices on both humans and animals were left me with a heavy heart. Yet the human spirit prevailed. The train ride is one not to be missed.


There were too many chunks of ice floating and the captain announced it was not safe to see the glacier.

Victoria, British Columbia

3 out of 5
We just got off the ship and stayed on the pier shops. I felt the $15 r/t bus fees were a bit high.


5 out of 5
Smooth. Excellent debarkation.
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