NOT what we expected

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
Ovation of the Seas

12 Night New Zealand (Sydney Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 29, 2019

Ship: Ovation of the Seas

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 6236

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Review summary

We went with friends. Flew to Sydney, for the cruise. Wasn't a fan of the ship, shows or most of the pushy rude people. We won't go on her again.


5 out of 5
decent. line moved quickly.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Coastal Kitchen and our waiter Dana were the highlight of this cruise, as far as the ship goes..

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Due to weather, most things were closed. "Hot tubs" were lukewarm at best. Told maintenance several times. Nothing changed.


1 out of 5
WORST SHOWS I have ever seen on a ship. When they had them. Cancelled or shortened due to weather..

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Staff was friendly and helpful for the most part.

Ship Quality

2 out of 5
We hated the design of this ship Not enough public space and too much wasted space, no good traffic flow.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Cabin was nice enough. Very noisy. Great view of the fjords though

Ship tip

Be prepared for people to be in your personal space. Pushy rude people were the normal.

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
Beautiful city. We will be back, just a different ship next time.

Bay Of Islands, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Not really much to see or do in the local area.

Wellington, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Our excursion was cancelled. Wandered town. Not thrilled..

Tauranga, New Zealand

5 out of 5
We did the White Island Volcano excursion. Makes me sad now to think about all the people who died two weeks later..

Cruise Milford Sound

5 out of 5
FAVORITE part of the whole trip.

Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand

5 out of 5
The train excursion was GREAT.

Cruise Dusky Sound

5 out of 5

Cruise Doubtful Sound

5 out of 5

Auckland, New Zealand

5 out of 5
Did the Hobbiton excursion..Expensive but worth it..


3 out of 5
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