I chose this cruise because I wanted to see New Zealand without the hassle of driving. It is also cheaper this way as NZ is very expensive. Much cheaper to cruise and do local tours.
This cruise is charged in US$ and tours are ...
We Did NYE Cruise out of Sydney on 30th December 2016. Embarkation was easy for us we boarded 15 minutes after we arrived 11-45 am although I know quite a few people experienced legthy delays due to fumiation of ship due to bad outbreak of ...
Terrible ship, poorly designed & dysfunctional. Without a doubt the worst cruise ship & cruise we have ever been on. Food was average at best, the specialty restaurants way overpriced & the food only marginally better than the ...
Wanted to experience this new big ship. And wow it is enormous. Lots to offer to families has there is so much to see and do.But lots of lines to do everything. And if you didn't get in earlier to book all tickets for special shows you ...
Overall one of the greatest holidays in a long time.
The ship presents its pros and its cons. The family had great hype on a cruise to which was planned a year and a half in advance.
To start with the cons,
Disappointingly the ...
This cruise for us was all about the ship. We booked early as we knew the cruise would sell out and the prices would increase. This was our third RCI cruise and 25th cruise overall. We have previously sailed on Voyager and Explorer. We ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
We had a wonderful family holiday on this ship
Please find a summary of my thoughts re pros and cons
The ship is new! It is beautifully furnished, interesting artworks, lovely furniture and well,designed balcony staterooms. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Everything was very ordinary from food quality to all other ship services.
It felt like the ship staff numbers were reduces to the minimum, just to cover the basics.
Cleaning of public areas was very basic, including around the ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
We close this cruise as we wanted to see Australia and New Zealand and wanted to be in Sydney on New Years Eve to see the fireworks from the Opera House. The 15 day RC cruise was a perfect fit for out schedule and desires (we were in Aus ...
We booked this Xmas cruise over a year ago so anticipation was quite high and the hype of the mega ship's arrival in Australian waters only adding to it.
Embarkation was very smooth. More smoothly than we have experienced when joining ...
We were on the xmas cruise departing Sydney to New Zealand.Dissapointed.It was our 3rd cruise .In the dining room chic we had to send back glasses on the table as they had marks on them and they were not cleaned.The vintage bar had a ...
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