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bjsirovs
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Big ship nice in side but will not go back on this ship again unless it was free! The experience on this ship has nearly put me off booking a cruise again. you can only book the i flight and the North Star experience once they don't ... Read more
nonuffink
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Christmas Cruise Dec 15-30 2016 Our 11th Cruise as a couple Food - very good Table availability in Windjammer - poor Restaurant bookings meant nothing as we had to wait 20 minutes for a table on day 2 Stateroom and service - ... Read more
CruisyRod
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
We, like so many others that did this cruise, came along to experience life on board a brand new cruise ship, something Australians rarely, if ever, get to experience in our out of the way country. Let me say Ovation of the Seas is a ... Read more
dropanchor
Member Since 2008
1 review
443 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Ovation of the Sea- Syd/Tas/NZ/Syd 15th December 2016 Embarkation/Disembarkation Ironically Ch9 was doing a live telecast from the ship and they were heavily promoting it as the “ Love Boat” including the presenters heads ... Read more
MelindaR
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Very disappointed that largest cruise ship to visit Australia had such poor service, food choices, and poorly organised activities and kids club. Very poor value for money. Staff were poorly training and were often rude when asked a ... Read more
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ZachKwong
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
The interior of the cabin looks modern and new on the first day of the cruise. But the second bed wasn't setup on the arrival even the booking was made with 3 person in my cabin. However, due to shortage of housekeeping staff, the room ... Read more
MandyB68
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We had high hopes for this Christmas cruise, both from the fact that we had travelled with Royal Caribbean on 2 previous cruises and that this was a brand new ship. As we are Queenslanders we flew in on the morning of the cruise. We felt ... Read more
welsh66
Member Since 2016
1 review
BIGGER IS NOT BETTER. We went on this cruise as a family Christmas holiday, we had been on several other cruises and was sucked in by the advertising of kids clubs, bumper cars, special kids pool, movie characters and events. ... Read more
munnster
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We booked this cruise wanting to be part of history being one of the first to board this ship on its so called maiden voyage from Australia. What sounded amazing and looks amazing is anything but. Basically from the moment we boarded we ... Read more
Glocal
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
The Ovation of the Seas is fantastic in it's design and décor - the multitude of public areas offers a fantastic variety of venues to enjoy time and also disperse passengers throughout the ship, so it never felt crowded or packed ... Read more
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jspitz1
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We have just returned from a short sector cruise with Ovation of the Seas. This was my 14th cruise-I have cruised with Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Princess, Star cruises, Carnival and P&O before. I desperately wanted to go on this ship ... Read more
partizanatlas
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
We booked this cruise primarily to experience the ship tech and for me to unwind. The size of the Ovation of the Seas is very impressive as is the technology that drives and operates her. My son and i flew from Canberra to Adelaide to ... Read more
golfguru
Member Since 2010
1 review
1 forum post
14 helpful votes
Booked late after seeing 2 for 1 ad in paper. Embarkation straight forward. Took about an hour. Had a balcony suite. Nice new room well laid out. Hard but comfy bed, plenty of storage Nice bathroom, few toiletries. Need your own ... Read more
Newby58
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
480 forum posts
Sailed December 2016
For this cruise I took my 17y/o and 32 y/o daughters and left the men and grandkids at home. It was to be a special bonding time and didn't disappoint. Some call these short sailings booze cruises. Whilst there were some that did just ... Read more
Lynnieeck
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
21 forum posts
Sailed December 2016
The buffet food was better than most cruises and the manager of the Windjammer came on and announced some things, told us to have a great day and always had an amusing saying to finish with. Having to wash your hands on entering the ... Read more
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Marty156
Member Since 2013
1 review
105 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Spur of the moment decision to join this ship from Perth to Sydney on maiden voyage to Australia. This would make it our 14th ocean cruise. A balcony as always. We had previously traveled on her larger brother, (Allure of the Seas) ... Read more
pkwessel
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
88 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Background info, we are seasoned cruisers, opened minded people and don't let the little things get in the way of a great holiday as life is too short! We jumped on the Ovation of the Seas from Fremantle - Adelaide just before ... Read more
Ljtravels
Member Since 2016
1 review
23 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I wanted to sail on Ovation of the Seas because of her size and the fact I could sail from Fremantle to Sydney. So I needed to book through the charter company's agent. We had chosen a balcony cabin but misinterpreted the 2 or 1 cabin ... Read more
Eladem
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We had a buy one get one free with a bulk-booking company in Perth and have sailed with RCL 3 times before but this made us wonder why they even bothered. We heard from other passengers there was a problem with 150 employees from the very ... Read more
ThreeXC
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We decided to try a larger ship and seeing this was Ovations inaugural cruise to Australia it was a good chance to experience this brand new ship. As we have travel with Royal Caribbean before we looked forward to the experience. We ... Read more
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NoOvation
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Great Expectation but turned out to be a disappointment. Been on Legend, Rhapsody, Radiance and Voyager. Guest Services is a thumbs down. Meals average, alcoholic beverages pricey. Activities lacking - no ice carving, deck ... Read more
maandpa
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We chose this to experience a new ship with all the bells and whistles. Embarking on Freo was a nightmare taking 2 hours but once on board that was forgotten. The crew were fabulous and couldn't do enough for us, always smiling and happy ... Read more
Doreen King
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This would be cruise number 8 each being with a different cruise line. Read the reviews and hoped it would be different for us. The embarkation took a ridiculous two and a half hours, not a good start to any cruise. Went to our balcony ... Read more
phil turner
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
spur of the moment ,very good value,never sailed before.thought to many people,also lots of kids ,although very well catered for.embarkation at fremantle was two and a half hours disembarkation at adelaide one and a half ... Read more
Piggy23
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise as it was its first time in Australia they over emphasised the fact because when we got on our interpretation from the advertising was different the services were appauling. When we embarked we waited 3 hrs just to ... Read more
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