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Ovation of the Seas by sbench

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends

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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Overrated Ovation of the Seas VERY POOR experience by melcoz

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)

 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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Extremely Disappointed by Cruiser49610547

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

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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Disappointing experience on this new ship "Ovation of the Seas" by jameswy

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

The ship was new and nice and big but we had the worst group of passengers one could ask for... rowdy, impolite, noisy.  The ports selected were not as interesting as expected especially as in Miyazaki and Busan where the ship arrived in the afternoon there was not much daylight left to explore. To make the experience worse food onboard was totally disappointing...the menu in every restaurant was basically the same throughout the 8 days and it was not even good... especially the Chinese menu was completely a disaster compared with the Chinese food we got ashore prior to the cruise.  The only saving grace was the service onboard.. most staff did their best to provide great service. And the shows helped to make the cruise less of a disaster. 

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Ovation of the Seas review by amandy41

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)

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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Great looking ship but............ by mmoore0200

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)

The ship itself was fabulous with all the newest bells and whistles.  There are things that I would change however as to accommodate the passengers better.

 

1.  Dining.  Since there is know longer a main dining room passengers are required to make reservations at the complimentary or fee restaurants.  When we tried to make reservations everything was booked so there were many times that myself and friend had to go without dinner, other than the Windjammer a person is "out of luck" if there's no room.   Either the restaurants need to open earlier or stay open later.  It was extremely disappointing.  The service and food was great in the restaurants we did eat at with the exception of the Grand where the service really stunk.  Over an 1 1/12 to just get dinner and had to leave for the show we had reservations for. Yes you also need to make reservations for the shows or you miss out on seeing them too.

2.  The internet was bad at the best.  Trouble logging on, then the signal would drop or you couldn't get logged on.  It was impossible to try to do anything.

3.  I love the ID bracelets for all onboard purchases and to get into the cabins.

4.  The cruise ports need lots of attention.  I realize that this was the first time for RCL Ovation of the Seas to be in these ports but it was really a hassle and inconvenience for the passengers with things not being done correctly. For example, Xiamen has a big problem with giving cruisers a ride back to the ship.  We had 5 drivers tell us no and take other fares.  I finally jumped in a cab and refused to get out and then my group of 8 jumped in with me. South Korea onboard immigration was a joke as you know.  These cities need to realize the revenue the ship and passengers bring to their cities/countries and they need to be prepared and willing to help the passengers.

5.  Diamond Club nightly happy hour.  It is totally unfair that a Diamond member cannot bring their traveling mate to these events.  I didn't participate because I didn't want to leave my friend alone.  It would be nice to have meet other Diamond members and socialize and I know I am not the only one who feels this way,

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Amazing experience, beautiful ship! by luisluis

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)

This was an amazing trip!  We loved the ports and cultures we were able to experience with this cruise. The ship is gorgeous with plenty of activities  for everyone of all ages. Shows are incredible. Royal Caribbean has done an impeccable  job once again. I recommend booking dinners,  shows and onboard activities either prior to the cruise or on the first day of the cruise.  Everything fills up quickly and unfortunately we missed out on a couple of shows and activities due to procrastination on our part. I highly recommend this itinerary and ship!! Happy

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BEST CRUISE JOURNEY by babur

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

WINDJAMMER ROYAL THRATRE , MARKET PLACE

EVERY THING WAS FINE

YES WE WILL SURELY RECOMMEND TO OTHERS

THERE WERE VERY GOOD ACTIVITIES.SERVICES IN ALL PARTS OF THE SHIP WERE EXCELLENT. ANY STAFF NEVER SAYS NO

WHAT EVER WE REQUESTED THEY TRIED THEIR LEVEL BEST TO PROVIDE

US WITH A SMILE AND RESPECT. ALL THE CO PASSANGERS WERE VERY FRIENDLY

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Not Exclusive by Cruiser99967078

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

Relaxation, Dressing up for dinner and the first line staff.

The officers including the Captain require to learn some leadership qualities in customer engagement, the coffee facilities in the rooms was none existing and disgusting in all restaurants,if you wished to have a fried egg for breakfast be prepared to wait for 15 minutes.

I thought I was getting and paying for a  superior ocean view cabin but then again everybody else was also, they were all the same.

Lets get this straight, this was only weeks into this ships maiden voyage but on this basis which I can only base my opinion on, No I cannot recommend this company.

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Wonderful Journey with the Ovation of the Seas by aracelicarbonel

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends

The wonderful parts of this Cruise are the Entertainment and the Delicious Sumptuous Foods served in numerous restaurants in the ship.  The entertainments provided in the Royal theater plus the Music Hall and the Two/70 hall and more have been great that guests have not found any dull moments in the cruise for more than two weeks of stay.  Indeed, it has been a memorable journey along the Mediterranean and the Middle East.  I strongly recommend this ship to all my frirnds, relatives and families.  INDEED,.GREAT VOYAGE! 

 

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Ovation is an amazing playground for families by LearningCurve2

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends

An amazing ship for all ages of passengers.

Fabulous and unique production shows.

The Windjammer buffets were excellent in every way, the staff could not have been more helpful.

I do NOT care for the "Dynamic Dining" reservation system as it prohibits people from, randomly, meeting others (as with the "anytime" dining in main dining rooms of most ships).

For that reason I may not sail on Quantum-class ships again.

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27TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY by zoe165

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

This cruise was very special for us as we celebrate our marriage of 27 years.The ship is georgeous a wonderful piece of art and well designed.Having cruised before on several occasions, the new restaurant concept was one of me difficulty.I have been accustomed to the family atmosphere table for a week with the same waiter and waitress. This cruise also made me qualify for the Emerald Status.

a great cruise 

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Very nice trip by modan14

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

Really enjoyed all the ports - Cherbourg, Paris and Bruges.

Went on all day excursions in each of the ports.  Was pleasantly surprised

at what a beautiful city Bruges is - the chocolate shops are amazing!

 

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5.0

Wonderful Shortened Cruise by PeteTH

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group

Cruise cut short due to the Coronavirus. No ports visited, however can not fault the crew dedication to make sure we enjoyed the cruise. Captain Henrik absolutely amazing in such a scary time.

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5.0

Beautiful, SO good by gnrwhite

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends

My Cruising experience was a beautiful holiday & a really very pleasant time on board as well as th activities & th nighttime shows were outstanding , I had a really great time thank you

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4.9

Fantastic, great staff and service. by tony1955

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

Fantastic staff and crew. Would go on another RC cruise in a minute. Have been telling everyone about my experience.

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2.2

Piss poor cruise 👎🏼 by dvious

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

Soo boring, couldn’t wait to leave the shop for good

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4.0

Not bad could do better by grannylea

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

Lucky to have been able to cruise around NZ. ( coronavirus). Huge ship, whilst clean and maintained, could do a couple of simple updates to rise to the expectation.

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4.3

Nice cruise by cyndimom75

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

Had a great time and met so many wonderful people! Service was wonderful, but not a fan of this class of ship!

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Our wonderful and lucky cruise by GregTan

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

Beautiful ports of call, unfortunately we have to skip Dunedin. We are lucky that so far no passenger declared to be infected by covid 19, and we are the last group that is allowed to make call to New Zealand ports

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