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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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5.0

Fantastic Ovation of the Seas cruise. by jadegreeneyes

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

I loved the whole cruise. The ship is unbelievable. So beautiful and very large. Felt overwhelmed the first day then settled in and found my way round quite quickly. If I go on another cruise, which I probably will it will only be on a Royal Carribbean ship. What a difference to other ships I have been on. Like chalk and Cheese. Highly recommend the RC Line.

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Excellent. by bajanbd

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

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

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4.0

We sailed with Ovation over... by jack292

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We sailed with Ovation over New Years 2017/18 to New Zealand. Had a great time but there are A LOT of passengers onboard (so keep that in mind when doing anything; shows, restaurants, tendering, shore excursions, etc.), things can take some time (i.e. queues) and we found that a loud minority of guests tended to be inconsiderate and very rude, but if you can filter that out then you’ll be fine. The staff onboard are incredible and go out of their way to provide the best service. The ship is well maintained and very clean. Remember to wash your hands, something that will be drilled into your mind onboard! ;) Make sure everything is booked in advance (shows and restaurants) and where bookings aren’t available, show up early to get a good seat. In Royal Theatre, sit on the lower deck in the middle (there are poles all around and it’s the best spot to have an unobstructed view), in 270 best spot is probably on either side up top or lower level. Make sure you book North Star and any onboard activities well in advance as they filled up pretty quickly. Wonderland and Chops Grille are must do (both are incredible). Other restaurants are OK but not amazing. Definitely see the shows (Pixels, Legs, etc.) as something to see/do, they’re entertaining but not spectacular. My favourite show was a Motown/Soul show, it had a good vibe. There’s always lots to do and heaps of places to eat and drink. The breakfast joints got really busy in the morning, so we ended up ordering breakfast the night before to be delivered the next morning, you can choose a time and what you’d like, it was always on time and much easier to eat in the room. Our stateroom was on level 13, just under the pool deck which meant that you could hear people walking/running on the level above at all hours, so would recommend some of the lower levels, you’d also be closer to the Esplanade and theatres. I’d recommend taking disinfectant spray, shower products, and other toiletries as there’s not much available onboard. You’re also not provided with coffee in the room, so need to take some or go to the cafes. The room itself (a superior stake room) was very spacious, had lots of storage, and was really comfortable but wasn’t exactly sound proof. Having a balcony was great (it needed to be towelled down as it got pretty wet outside sometimes). There were two formal nights (suit and tie), the rest were casual. Most of the restaurants are smart casual. Overall, an amazing ship and wonderful destinations but patience is a highly necessary virtue aboard the Ovation.

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5.0

We did the 11 night... by AKdreamer

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We did the 11 night Honolulu to Vancouver cruise to test how we feel about longer cruises before we try a transatlantic really long cruise. Originally, it was to have an overnight in Maui, one day in Kona, Napoli coast and volcano sail by and a full day in Victoria. As we got closer to the cruise ( but well past final payment) they announced we were going to lose the day in Kona due to having to stay in Honolulu an extra day for inspections...we also were not going to do the Napoli coast (although they changed that later and skipped the volcano instead) and they also cut Victoria to just a few hours instead of all day to get to Vancouver a day early since they had to time the tides to get under the bridge. So, this was all pretty frustrating, but for us, we were mostly going for the sea days and didn’t mind additional time in Honolulu. Lots of people however, were extremely upset by all of this. RCCL failed in the pre cruise customer service dept. in a big way. But once we were on board, things got much better. We did get the Ultimate dining package since it includes lunch on sea days....sooo glad we did this! You also get discounts on wine at dinner, so we didn’t need to get the drink package at all. For us this was worth it for a heavy sea day cruise, but we probably wouldn’t do it for a port heavy cruise. We aren’t dining room people and the buffet wasn’t to our liking, but we tried all the specialty restaurants and they were amazing! Our favorites were Jaimes and Izumi. The free pizza at Sorrentos was also very good. The cafe at 270 has a super cool feel to it, and was really nice for a sandwich or salads. Our room was a midship, deck 11 balcony and was beautiful with tons of storage. It’s the best cabin and bathroom we have had in our cruise experience thus far. Balcony was large and had comfortable chairs. The major complaint would be the hardness of the bed...I mean rock hard! The bedding and the pillows were really nice, but the bed itself was pretty terrible. We should have asked for a mattress topper, but didn’t really think of that until cruise was almost over (our bad). We loved the layout of the ship! It only felt crowded after shows let out or when people were headed to the dining rooms. We aren’t morning people, so by the time we got out and about, the early morning pool people were headed to lunch. The buffet which we only ate at a few times would get crowded, but there was an abundance of seating areas and we enjoyed the outside seating at the back. My husband did the indoor skydiving (which I reserved pre cruise) and LOVED IT! We also did bumper cars several times...so much fun and the line moves fast so no big deal with that. We didn’t do the surfing and the roller skating times never fit with our schedule...but looked fun. We were able to do the North Star on the last day and it was super cool! No reservations necessary as they can only run it in the right conditions, but again the lines move pretty quickly. Now the shows...we have done NCL and are always blown away by the entertainment. So, we were pretty disappointed with the entertainment here. To be fair, we didn’t see all the shows. We did see their hyped up show called Pixels (which is the only one that requires reservations) and to be honest...it was pretty terrible. We saw the Vegas style show Live Long Legs and it was actually really good. The other shows and the magicians and stuff like that really didn’t interest us. There was a guy singing nightly in the Pub that was good and fun. We enjoyed Pandora’s Box , which was an Aerosmith cover band...that was really fun. And we enjoyed the 70’s theme party. The pool game is high with this ship...great outdoor, indoor and solarium pools! The solarium is unbelievably beautiful and peaceful...especially at night. The service was wonderful and we honestly had one of our best cruise experiences on this beautiful ship. We would definitely sail on her again. One piece of advice, if you sail on a large ship like this, remember to go with the flow and relax. It will take longer for debarkation and tendering. And sometimes, when your at sea, weather can be bad and ports can get canceled. But don’t be one of the constant complainers that we unfortunately ran into many times on this cruise. Life is what you make it and hopefully you will choose to look at changes as adventure instead of annoyances. The Ovation was a dream ship, and I hated to leave her. If you sail her, please give the baby panda bear a special hug from me🤗

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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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5.0

Just been on this beautiful... by Mags1463

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Just been on this beautiful snip, went on with mixed reviews as had heard bad things about over crowding and line ups etc. 4 of us went from Singapore to China . I’m a cruiser and this was cruise #8 BEST CRUISE EVER. Gorgeous ship, wonderful crew . So much to do. Well organised so you don’t suffer to badly from overcrowding. Loved it!!!

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Great experience by Samaira2102

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

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

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4.4

Great first cruise by BennChristine

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

This was our first cruise and we were told by many that we picked a great ship for this as there is so much to do. Highly recommend checking it out end to end as there are many venues and hidden gems to be found. Be prepared for alot of other guests however as it’s a big ship with alot of people. We had a great time.

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wonderful by alfredabadir

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

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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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5.0

Just came off last week... by RitaHem

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Just came off last week and have to say was the best cruise we have done so far. Staff were amazing and so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. From bar staff to dining room to windjammer they were all wonderful. We had cabin no 7510 which is right at front of ship. Was very quiet and hardly felt any movement at all. The food was wonderful and plenty of variety. Due to her size never noticed any more crowds than other ships we have been on. So many spaces to lounge around or if you wanted activities there is plenty to choose from. If anyone is bored on this ship then they must be hard to please. Loved the ovation of the seas and will cruise her again anytime 😁

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4.0

Big BIG SHIP, my only... by jardean360

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Big BIG SHIP, my only problem was that all the amazing activities are there but because there is that many people wanting to have a turn they make you book them all, the seaplex was the best part of the ship because it had xbox, pingpong and indoor sports, there was plenty of shows and partys to go to at night thanks to the two big entertainment areas (two70, royal theatre) and there was also bands playing at the little bars on the esplanade every night. Great wheel chair accessibility coming from a person who pushed their grandmother around on one. We were both able to get on and off the islands and she could access every room and place on the ship, there was even a machine that could bring her into the spa ! The solarium looked great cause the adults can relax there without any children, I had to order more than one meal for dinner because it was unpredictable if it was going to be good or not. Overall had a great time.

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What an amazing holiday from... by wen1969

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What an amazing holiday from the time you board till the time you return you are looked after so well, the whole ship was amazing crest bars, pools and entertainment not to mention the shopping, the service was outstanding I would recommend to have a few drinks at the North Star Bar it’s the best and the late dinner in dining rooms are perfect. I don’t think there would be anything to complain about, but there is so many people that don’t realise u r on holidays so relax enjoy and don’t abuse staff as they are doing a job like u do when u r working, I’m sure you wouldn’t like to be abused at your work place. I would recommend this cruise ship to anyone I will be only ever cruising with Royal Caribbean from now on runs circles around other companies.

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Awesome cruise out of a great city by tlspilot

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The Ovation is a wonderfully big ship and I was glad to have that stability in the rough Southern Pacific seas. The ride was comfortable and as smooth as could be expected. The food is ever-present and tasty but I also think the quality of the dinner in the main dining rooms has fallen short of some my previous cruises. Still, I’m sure preparing for 5100 guests is a daunting task so I am willing to give them a break. In Tasmania I booked a lengthy excursion to Mount Field National Park and the Bonorang Wildlife Sanctuary through AA.vacations and couldn’t have been more pleased. A young man named Luke was very accommodating and offered excellent commentary throughout. Our embarkation back in Sydney was a bit unorganized and chaotic but we finally left the ship and set out to enjoy the city. We stayed 5 more days in Sydney and loved every minute.

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4.0

Our family loved Ovation of... by shez33

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Our family loved Ovation of the seas. All the great stuff about the ship made the small things we found fault in seem like nothing to be worried about. Firstly ou room was good. Plenty of storage and I love that RCI have decided to do away with shower curtains and put a propper shower door in. We had a balcony room and I loved the fact it was a sliding door that we could leave open when in the room to enjoy the sea air. Coffee, tea, milk, sugar and a kettle provided in the room. That was really nice. The beds were not terribly comfortable but we have had worse. The only small thing in the room was when the sofa bed was pulled out It left very little room to get to the balcony. I have a few bruises from banging my legs on it. Activity wise this ship is awesome. The seaplex offers multiple things for the kids to do daily. My kids never said they were bored. The highlight for us was the ifly. Our 3 year old even enjoyed the ifly. The food the Silk was lovely as was Chops grill & Jamie Olivers. The staff in all the restaurants were great with my kids. The only let down was the windjammer after two attempted breakfast meals and two lunches I had enough. Finding a table was hard. Being pushed, having people pushing in line and putting their arms over you to grab food was just plain rude. Trying to get off a lift up there was also a challenge as the people getting on would not wait for the people getting off. Overall the ship was great. We would do it again.

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5.0

Fantastic ship, wonderful staff Enjoyed so... by queenofhearts

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Fantastic ship, wonderful staff Enjoyed so much have booked again for next year from Sydney to New Zealand. Never cruised before and the Ovation has me hooked!

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4.8

Perfect NZ cruise by parra

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I would recommend this cruise to anyone, we loved it my highlight was Milford Sound and the Bay of Islands. I would sail with RC again

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5.0

The best cruise I did... by DanteNeto

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The best cruise I did In my whole life! The staff is very kind and food is good and delicious! The ship has a lot of attractions and you feel amazing during every single day!

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5.0

Amazing Christmas/New Years Ovation Cruise by shazzt

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Amazing cruise/cruise ship!! Will definitely be booking another one soon!!

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