"My parents have been loyal RCI cruisers for >45 years. They have taken 19 cruises together. This was my 6th cruise with RCI. We purchased this trip a year ago through RCI and paid extra for insurance. Three weeks..."Read More
1-10 of 662 Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas Cruise Reviews
We were booked for 11 nights, 12 days for a round trip Australia to New Zealand.
We were supposed to stop along the way at Mystery Island and New Caledonia before reaching NZ. However combination of a tropical cyclone and Coronavirus meant we did a round trip from Sydney and spent 6 nights, 7 days on board.
All praise to the captain and crew for looking after passengers well being, the crew ...
First time on Ovation ( reason we booked ), so mainly went for the ride, which strangely turned out that way.
We journeyed to tip of New Zealand, turned around and came back to Sydney due to Covid 19 problems around the world. As far as we knew no one had it on the ship, that is till we all got off and went home and 3 days later told one Canadian was infectious last 2 days. So at the moment I ...
We were worried about the size of this ship being the biggest we had been on and it had a lot of stuff that we didn't need like bumper cars, surfing, trapeze etc.but it was easy to avoid them and enjoy the rest of the ship as they were tucked away in the sportsplex. What impressed us most was the organisation. Despite having to be medically tested before we got on as we had to change planes ...
Big ship but never felt overcrowded
Very friendly helpful staff couldn’t fault them
Solarium great area. Adults only which is a great idea
Food good not great
Entertainment same Excellent entertainer one night in the royal theatre But other nights mediocre
Great singer in One of the bars every night
Lacking nice lounge areas overlooking ocean although big one at back of ...
We chose this cruise because of the Ship as we have always wanted to sail out of beautiful Sydney Harbour and back in again. The destination wasn't as important as the Ship but we did enjoy New Zealand and the itinerary was excellent - enough port days and enough seas days over the 12 nights.
Embarkation was extremely well done - 30 minutes from stepping out of our car with our bags and ...
Let me just say that this has been one of the worst cruises I've been on. The whole cruise has been one disappointment after another that has made what was supposed to be a happy and enjoyable birthday and 10th anniversary holiday into a depressing and boring cruise. From the horrible staff in the kids club that drove my 3yo daughter to tears, to the overcrowding of the ship so much that you can't ...
We have cruised many times on alot of different cruise lines but Ovation is the largest ship we have cruised on. Ovation of the Seas has been our bucket ship and it didn't disappoint.
No waiting in line to embark, disembark, buffet or for the tenders in port.
We had a virtual balcony cabin which was a good size and very quiet.
We loved all the toys that were included, flowrider, Ifly, ...
We wanted to go Ovation to try it and compare. We have been RCI since 2010 and are Diamond (80 pts) later this year. Maybe. We are Platinum with Princess. We first cruised though in 1970-72.
I think reviews need to have
1) a valid comparison with other ships &
2) whether they write as a family/kids, Teens or older.......... like us.
But what a disappointment...........BUT
We did ...
We chose this cruise as we had been on Ovation previously, and knew it would provide enough entertainment for our kids and grandkids. Although the grandkids (five of them, aged 4 to 15) did not go to the kids club, there was enough on the ship to keep them engaged and happy.
Embarkation in Sydney went without a hitch, and by 11.30 we had found a table in the Windjammer and had our first ...
Overall our holiday was good, but there were a few things that brought down the enjoyment.
Our stateroom was assigned by RC on the starboard forward part of deck 6 and was above the deck 5 smoking area. This meant when we wanted to use the balcony, we got cigarette smoke in the air. Fresh air was why we picked a balcony in the first place. We also were deluged in cigarette smoke when waiting ...