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762 Royal Caribbean Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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undertone
Member Since 2005
1 review
28 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This is a review of a 10 night New Zealand Cruise (Sydney to Sydney) on Ovation of the Seas departed Sydney on 30 Dec 2016 returning 9 Jan 2017. We flew in from New Zealna Ste day before the cruise and stayed at the Mantra on Bond ... Read more
cajaman
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
7 helpful votes
Was looking forward to trying a brand new ship in Aus and it didn't disappoint. Was concerned about the negative reviews but that wasn't our experience at all - ignore the negatives this ship has so much to offer. Have cruised a lot with ... Read more
jdistef
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
First time on a cruise and booked on the Ovation of the Seas based on all the hype surrounding the largest cruise ship. In summary, these are my impressions: A basic flaw was sending a ship built specifically for Chinese tourists to ... Read more
Mahg
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
We had a wonderful family holiday on this ship Please find a summary of my thoughts re pros and cons Pros: The ship is new! It is beautifully furnished, interesting artworks, lovely furniture and well,designed balcony staterooms. ... Read more
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Billyboy7
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Sailed on the New Years Eve Cruise out of Sydney. Overall it was a fantastic trip & the ship was magnificent however there were huge queues from beginning to end. Got out of the taxi at the the port & dropped off our bags at the ... Read more
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msummerill
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
A new ship - and the largest ship to sail in Australia - our anticipation and excitement was high before boarding. But that's when the problems started. Boarding the ship took HOURS for most people. The process in Sydney was nothing ... Read more
trimmy
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We needed a holiday badly and thought that the biggest RCL ship to cruise out of Australia could be the way to go.This was our 6th cruise and we had very high expectations. Michaels pub staff were very efficient and friendly and our ... Read more
BananaSmoothy
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
We chose this cruise as it fell over our holiday time. I have to say we had a teriffic time and we are already thinking of booking another. Our cabin was great, we had the biggest window ever! There was plenty of wardrobe and ... Read more
Chezlou
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
49 forum posts
Sailed four weeks ago
Love cruising! The Radience is kept clean and the staff are happy and helpful, room clean and loved our free upgrade to the balcony, first time with a balcony and sitting outside reading was peaceful. The shows were great and loved the ... Read more
2Disappointed
Member Since 2017
1 review
The whole experience was ruined by the constant upselling. Most activities were based on the ship selling something, but not for the enjoyment of the customers. The waiters too, were constantly trying to sell lunches and dinners time and ... Read more
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Aussie Steven
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Selected this cruise due to holiday time available. Have done 20+ cruises previously ( mainly Princess and Celebrity). First and last time on old Royal Caribbean ships. No toiletries in bathrooms No drinks in fridge Luggage ... Read more
Kateandstevec
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Have to say our room attendant, waiters and drink waiter staff of an evening made a trip amazing, nothing was too much of a problem and they went beyond to make a cruise memorable. Overall our cruise was great, ship was spotless, food ... Read more
Jobail
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
Sailed four weeks ago
We enjoyed almost every minute, the staff were the most helpful, courteous staff we came across. We did not rate the shows generally as the sound was far too harsh and loud for us. It is first time not seen every show. The ice show was ... Read more
grannycruising
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Overall as a family group we were happy with this cruise.9 in our group 3 cabins. 2 balconys and 1 ocean view cabins clean and tidy Pool areas were good ,always clean towels available. Grankids loved the flowrider. Food ... Read more
nikkichris
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
This was our xmas holiday /new year cruise, just the two of us. The virtual cabin was great, apart from our young neighbours on one side who continually slept most of the day and slammed the door most of the night throwing themselves ... Read more
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raewyn25
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Ovation of the Seas is a beautiful ship with quite a few teething problems. Had a fabulous cruise on Oasis of the Seas out of Fort Lauderdale in 2015. Oasis is 80,000 tonne larger than the Ovation and the organisation on such a large ... Read more
Smilebehappyjoy
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
I like Royal Caribbean as a cruise liner so was keen to try their latest edition to their fleet - Ovation Of The Seas.   Well.    What a big ship.    Was it going to be too ... Read more
toulad
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Food was absolutely disgusting. Presentation was poor and looked like a five year old had put something on a plate. No consistency. We would order the same dish and it looked completely different. The shows were not that great ... Read more
vicmoor
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
3 helpful votes
This was our first experience with RCCL and one which we really looked forward to, given the hype around the arrival of this new ship to Sydney, the largest ever to call Australia home, albeit only for 10 weeks. 'Supercruising Has Arrived' ... Read more
skpiteri
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
The biggest frustration I experienced on the cruise was the language barrier. For the majority of staff on the ship, English was their second language. For the most, I could not find anyone who could understand me, or my questions. ... Read more
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Hodge2
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
The ship was very impressive, the staff were excellent. Food was very very average, they changed dinning format from when we booked to when we sailed. The food was of a poor standard and poor presentation with menus being repeated up to 4 ... Read more
helenbulak
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
We chose this cruise to experience one of the Quantum All Mighty Ships to hit Australia for the first time. Firstly the ship stayed in port in Sydney for two days to promote the ship and to allow the travel agents on board. We were ... Read more
wtm64
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
The ship was elegant and the staff excellent. The food in the Windjammer would have been better, if the children were more supervised. I observed on two occasions a child tasting food and putting it back. The dinning room menu was ... Read more
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Cruising for fun#01
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We were excited to share the experience of what a big ship and the biggest to Australian/New Zealand waters would be like. The ship it’s self is beautiful, huge, new hi-tech, very impressive. Embarkation and disembarking went ... Read more
Hmcgovern
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Never ever again will I use this cruise company. (1) Food was abysmal (2) Teen club was a joke, there was no coordination of activities and consequently both my teenage children were left to find their own entertainment. (3) ... Read more
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