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836 Royal Caribbean Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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lakey
Member Since 2004
1 review
5 forum posts
13 helpful votes
The worst cruise that we have ever had----they use the word "ROYAL "In their trade name ,the word Royal invokes class --this company definitely doesn't have class ,none. To start, we where staying in a hotel 15 mins. from the ... Read more
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twmonroe
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Radiance is a good, well-maintained ship, and the crew mostly does a good job onboard. We enjoyed our time, food and related service were better than good and quite satisfactory. Ports and itinerary were well chosen. Cabin was good (could ... Read more
marionroseD
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
5 helpful votes
There have been lots of negative reviews of this ship so I was keen to write a review as my experience travelling with my young adult daughter was excellent. We have never been on a cruise before so don't have a comparison. But as long as ... Read more
luke100
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
After arriving at the OPT at about 11:45am (we selected 12pm boarding) we were on-board in about 20 minutes. By uploading security photos and receiving the seapass card in the cabin the boarding process was expedited. The shows and ... Read more
LD86
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was our first experience with RCI and overall we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. Overall, it was very hard to fault the facilities, service and entertainment options. It is an absolutely stunning ship with first class ... Read more
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Georgie lucky girl
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
We were so put off by the reviews that we read before embarking on The Ovation of the Seas. Thankfully, totally unjustified. The ship is exciting and new. The crew are totally committed to pleasing you. If you don't finish a meal they are ... Read more
PBO1111
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
Big interest from Australian people and advertisements saying Ovation of the Seas was a great holiday. It was far from a great Holiday, Noumea was our 1st stop and nothing to see. Mystery Island was our 2nd stop and its a Mystery why ... Read more
Jacq2010
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
12 helpful votes
Embarkation - very efficient! Our check in time was scheduled for 11.30am, we were on board at 11.40am. Their statement of kerb to ship in 10 minutes was true. Very well organised which it needs to be when around 4,000 people are boarding. ... Read more
Marina Sydneybest
Member Since 2014
1 review
23 forum posts
1 helpful vote
It was great to see most newest and innovative ship to come to our shores.We used to fly to Europe as we prefer to sail on the bigger and newer ships in the past, Embarkation and disembarkation procedures were well organised and ... Read more
simplebev
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was one of the best cruises I have ever done. From the speedy check in, 15 minutes from checking in to being on board, and then leaving took 10 minutes getting off. The food was fantastic. I never had a bad meal and the staff were ... Read more
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series49
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I had some doubts about sailing on such a large ship - and I really dreaded the tender process. However the ship was beautiful and was very well organised. There was occasional difficulty getting a table at peak times at Boleros or Two70, ... Read more
Clinthart45
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
We chose rci because we have been with other cruise lines and thought it might be worth a try. The ship itself is ok. If you like a floating ATM. Eg, a $4.50 bag of maltesers, $12.99. A $4.50 toblerone, $29.00. Even the people who ... Read more
crochetqueen
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed January 2017
Booked this cruise because we wanted to experience the ship. Will never go on such a large ship again. Will stick to smaller ship of about 2000 passengers. Food in one of the free restaurants was RAW on one side. They were beef strips. I ... Read more
Wollies
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
13 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Always wanted to go on a big ship and was very impressed. This was our 32nd Cruise Embarkation was very quick and without any issues, got to our cabin where we found our key card and quickly figured out how the door system worked. We ... Read more
Sunshine on a rainy day
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Prior to booking our cruise my husband and I had seen Ovation of the Seas at Circular Quay and said "one day we will sail on the Ovation of the Seas". The the next week we had the opportunity to book - just 3 weeks out from ... Read more
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gilbo61
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Chose this cruise for new ship and destination the whole cruise went smoothly embarkation on board in 15 mins all meals including windjammer great quality shows were ok venue to view from is not that great bar staff excellent especially ... Read more
ryck
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
My husband, 20 yr old daughter and myself had a wonderful large balcony cabin. 8660. It had plenty of room and a huge deck, mid ship. We had plenty of storage. 2 wardrobes, heaps of drawers. Loved that the bathroom had proper shower ... Read more
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kwjc
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
The ship is fairly new so everything is in good working condition, clean and looks well. It is big, good and bad. Good is very stable during cruising. Bad is the long walk between the front and back ends where the theater and restaurants ... Read more
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GAP
Member Since 2007
1 review
1 forum post
9 helpful votes
I tried this ship as it was brand new, large and I wanted to see what RCL was like. The ship is impressive, with well presented cabins, lots of space and options for relaxing both inside and outside. I've never been on a ship with so ... Read more
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Mozzavella
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Family reunion, and the people that accompany me have done many cruises. The ship being fairly new was clean, big and the ride seemed okay to me. Queues were long, cafe understaffed. The windjammer bistro was good, only because you could ... Read more
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maree254
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This is our 3rd cruise with Royal Caribbean and we were on the 5 day trip to Tasmania. The whole process of getting through the embarkation was really good and quick - we were on board within half hour with no problems at all and our ... Read more
christodan
Member Since 2013
1 review
55 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Embarking and disembarking was surprisingly very quick. The ship looks very nice and it looks like there's lots to do. But it's like an amusement park in the respects that you have to line up for literally hours to do anything. We tried to ... Read more
Vidmar
Member Since 2017
1 review
15 helpful votes
Just returned from the Tassie cruise (23 – 28 Jan) and I wanted to comment on our experience (having noted some negative feedback from others on the NZ trip) We are seasoned travellers although this is only our 2nd cruise ... Read more
sydneylawyer2000
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We previously sailed on Explorer of the Seas which was wonderful - Ovation of the Seas was just the opposite. Uncaring staff, room attendant who rarely even said Good Morning and seemed to have a chip on his shoulder for the entire voyage, ... Read more
125wayne
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Reunion with Family from NZ and Canada . On boarding the ship no one was available to direct us to our cabin .No sign of any staff so different to any other cruises we have been on , On arriving to our cabin we unpacked our cases and ... Read more
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