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3.7 out of 5

New Zealand was beautiful. Didn’t get to go to a scheduled scenery due to rough seas so we were at sea 3 days before first port. by jaaron1102

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The ship was beautiful . Staff was very nice and helpful. Limited shops not enough. Activities boring and few.

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4.3 out of 5

Not the best experience for non-chinese people by drladyj

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The large majority of the non-Asain cruisers were extremely displeased with the rude behavior of the chinese cruisers (who were 90+% of the cruisers on the ship). The staff of the cruise explained that the behavior of the Chinese was due to their culture. The staff kept us 100% separated from the Chinese cruisers in the restaurants: the Chinese sat in the front and middle of the restaurants, non-chinese in the back. However, the staff were extremely nice.

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3.5 out of 5

Trip for China by johnnywilliams

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This cruise is very catered to the Asian population. If your comfortable with that, then enjoy. The food, entertainment, ports of call can be a challenge with out excursions.

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3.2 out of 5

Horrible cruise , rude people , horrible ship , by sydney344

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Rc cheaped out, terrible ship and waste of time .. the local customers were very rude...

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3.2 out of 5

Disappointed Ovation of the Sea by Jmw88

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I would not sail on Ovation of the Sea again because the quality of food is bad, too many sea days and the ports are mostly boring, undeveloped and uninteresting cities. Worse of all the local excursions companies did not have much interesting places to take us but sent us to spend a lot of time at low end street vendors to shop. Those are not even place to shop. What a waste of time and money!

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4.1 out of 5

Great experience by Samaira2102

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Great experience with kids we overall had a great time will surely come back on the next cruise

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4.4 out of 5

Excellent. by bajanbd

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Great cruise. Beautiful ship. Cruising sounds in New Zealand was excellent.

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4.9 out of 5

wonderful by alfredabadir

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Everything outstanding. Enjoyed everything EXCEPT food because of too much salt.

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4.7 out of 5

Wonderful new zealand cruise by mb1locsal

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Outstanding, unforgettable. lovely with family. it was a very relaxed cruise for me witha room I could be happy in watching from my balcony because I had surgery recently, and couldn't do anything too athletic, and I wanted something restful, but my adult children were very active with activities on board and excursions. It is perfect for a family with action and rest as you choose. On this ship I was able to know I was on the ocean and enjoy the natural beauty without the constant intrusion of noise and overly bright lights, but there was plenty of action and activity for those who wanted.

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4.7 out of 5

Wonderful new zealand cruise by misalkat

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Outstanding, unforgettable. lovely with family. it was a very relaxed cruise for me witha room I could be happy in watching from my balcony because I had surgery recently, and couldn't do anything too athletic, and I wanted something restful, but my adult children were very active with activities on board and excursions. It is perfect for a family with action and rest as you choose. On this ship I was able to know I was on the ocean and enjoy the natural beauty without the constant intrusion of noise and overly bright lights, but there was plenty of action and activity for those who wanted.

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4.9 out of 5

"Super Ship with a Super Crew" by greekvine

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Overall this ship and crew are magnificent, only irritant being the long journey for a smoke. Would definitely return to Ovation of the Seas, RCCL seem to have gotten most things correct here.

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4.2 out of 5

Asia Ovation by lalaland59

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Ship was great.Loved the shows and activites.Ports were not so good.Itinerary seemed great but ports were too far and wasted alot of time traveling to and from port.

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4 out of 5

Ovation of the Seas - Asia repositioning cruise by CLTcruisers

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Large, attractive ship with nice staterooms and public areas. Outdoor decks, long jogging track, rock wall, North Star, iFly, surfing area, and roller rink were nice extras.

Entertainment and shore excursions have been much better on other cruises we have taken.

Staff was friendly and helpful.

 

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5 out of 5

Excellent experience by catcat6622

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This is the 3rd time we r w RCCL , the best of all is this round w Ovation  ,the ship is huge n new , the nighttime show in the theatre n 270 cafe , r wonderful ! The staff working in this ship seems more content than the other ship we r in , all w genniune smile !I would love to be in the ship again

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5 out of 5

It was a trip of a lifetime! by paullea76

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It was an overall excellent experience. The staff, our stateroom, the ship, the food, the entertainment...it was all outstanding. The cruise ship stops were excellent. I wish we could have spent more time in Seoul, South Korea, but I loved the time we had in South Korea. I would recommend this experience to anyone and everyone. 

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5 out of 5

Senior Cruisers by jerrylea49

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There is a lot I liked about the Ovation and some I did not like.  The ship was clean and large, easy to learn your way around.  I did not like making reservations for the shows.  I'm on vacation don't like to plan.  I thought the merchandize on the ship was high end and expensive.  Also wished there was a small convenience type store. after 12 days the itinerary was boring. The tv showed the same things over and over and over.  I went in Jan/Feb. thought there was too much kids stuff on tv and at the Theater.

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3 out of 5

Ovation of the Seas by sbench

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The staterooms are spacious and comfortable except the beds were more firm than I like.  The food in the Windjammer is pretty much the same every day and got boring.  We visited the dining rooms instead, and there was good variety and the quality of the food was great.  The ship is nice, but did not have the wow factor I expected for the price and for a new ship.  It was difficult to get into the new attractions as they required reservations and were booked up before the cruise began.  The staff and crew on the ship were great.  I felt that I received great service from everyone.

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1 out of 5

Overrated Ovation of the Seas VERY POOR experience by melcoz

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 As very experienced cruisers with close to 30 past cruises we Definitely would NOT recommend  this ship to anyone.  The best part was of our trip

getting offf the ship halfway through the cruise.  Most attractions were either closed or broken most of the time.  On the rare occasions that things were operating the lines were long and the experience very short and disappointing.  We were told that we would be dining in a different themed restaurant every night and this was not the case.   No steam or sauna in the locker rooms.   A very small, very poorly designed thermal suite was available at a pricey additional charge and often times the steam room was broken.   It is also a coed facility.  Mattresses were hard and no supplemental padding was available.   Most entertainment  was fair at best and often canceled and rescheduled.   Ports of call canceled which left many sea days with nothing to do as there were no real activities offered other than gambling and sales pitch type of seminars in the spa.  Outdoor decks were often CLOSED due to poor weather.   Ifly, Northstar, flow rider, walking tracks etc. all located on outdoor decks and not accessible.  Flowrider not operating properly much of trip and when operating correctly & when operating  staff arrived late and quit early most of the time most of the time.  Staff also lost key to basketball hoops and bumper cars.   We were told there is only one key which is really hard to believe.   Much difficulty with the spa when trying to book appointments.   We attempted to rectify many situations by discussing with upper management and things only got worse.    We have never before left a cruise halfway through but things were so bad that we decided to disembark the day before Christmas Eve and attempt to make other arrangements to salvage  what was left of our vacation.  

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2 out of 5

Extremely Disappointed by Cruiser49610547

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Quality of food not up to standard in any of the inclusive restaurants. Have travelled with various other cruise lines over the years and have never experienced this. Drinks prices extortionate so you're forced to buy a drinks package. Prices of excursions also extortionate. Continual very long queues at guest services too get any information. Paid for wi-fi which didn't work despite complaining. Again with relation to food, the Windjammer buffet resembled a zoo, Although staff were generally very polite they were in many cases ill trained. On the positive side, entertainment was excellent. I would never consider going on a Royal Caribbean cruise again.

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3 out of 5

Ovation of the Seas review by amandy41

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I enjoyed the variety of food choices. I think there needs to be more things to do for children under 5. Would also be nice if the kids splash zone area could be indoors.  The days at sea were all very windy, so due to weather conditions it was always closed. And there is a new no diaper in the pool policy, so the kids could not swim at all. I would recommend this cruise ship to families that have older children (around 8 seems like the perfect age to enjoy all the children amenities)

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