Great New Zealand cruise

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Ovation of the Seas

10 Night New Zealand (Sydney Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 26, 2019

Ship: Ovation of the Seas

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 8141

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Overall it was an enjoyable cruise. Didn't like that everything was in US dollars and our AU dollar was so bad that what seemed good ended up costing so much more. Some of the food was blah and the coffee was awful. Learnt to ask for English bacon.


4 out of 5
Was not too long considering the large amount of people

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Loved the ala carte restaurant experience, buffets were well stocked. The coffee (American) was shocking so didn't drink but found dark cocoa sachets enjoyable

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Only tried the North Star which was great.


4 out of 5
Enjoyed most of the stage shows

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Majority of the staff were eager to please and were happy to help you in any way they could

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Could not fault and easy to find places after a few days

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Was quite comfortable with virtual window but will go back to balcony as missed the outside air and smell

Ship tip

Sometimes there is quite a wait using the lifts

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia Did not visit port

Just flew in and got straight onto the ship

Picton, New Zealand

5 out of 5
So pretty and green. Didn't book an excursion and when looked for something to do there, everything was booked out so just went back to the ship

Napier, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Did a panaroma excursion and travelled by bus around the surrounding areas, great guide and very enjoyable

Wellington, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Did a panaroma excursion that included the Botanical Garden and lookout. We had a fantastic and knowledgeable guide, very entertaining and really enjoyed it

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand Did not visit port

Due to not getting to the port until 11an and leaving 4.30pm, half hour bus ride to and from Dunedin, it was overcast and drizzled with rain, being the 1st of January with not many shops open, we decided to stay on board

Cruise Dusky Sound

5 out of 5
Cruised the sound on the ship and it was beautiful, there were some waterfalls

Cruise Doubtful Sound

5 out of 5
Cruised the sound on the ship and it was beautiful, saw 2 different pods of dolphins and waterfalls

Cruise Milford Sound

5 out of 5
Cruised the sound on the ship and it was beautiful. When we entered the sound we saw lots of other ships/boats/planes and helicopters. Had some lovely large waterfalls


4 out of 5
They were running late and took awhile but with so many people getting off they did well
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