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110 Royal Caribbean Dubai Cruise Reviews
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40
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26
Average
20
Poor
12
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Annmad
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Excellent value and the ship was brand new. Getting on board was seamless. Better than usual entertainment. Went to ports we would not normally choose, Oman & Kochi. Even though it's a huge ship it was not crowded. There were no ... Read more
Umina kid
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
The ship itself was very good but as reviewed before the dress code was very poor and I remember one night in the top restaurant the guy at the next table had T shirt shorts and thongs on and this was when the advertised dress for men was ... Read more
Monty124
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose this to be our introduction to cruising. Being disabled we booked an accessible suite and were not Dissapointed, the stateroom was superb with the balcony having a ramp to get in and out, a full wet room shower and everything was ... Read more
Chocaholic1
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
New large ship with lots of unique features. Production shows are truly amazing! Guest performers and In-house entertainers were very talented. I have taken many RCCL cruises, consider myself a loyal customer to RCCL and Celebrity. ... Read more
Skyoz
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
For anyone travelling on a cruise ship for the first time I'm sure they will be suitably impressed and the ship is very well presented and of course great German engineering. For me the ship is too big with too many passengers - travelling ... Read more
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Zawmer
Member Since 2013
1 review
32 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I sailed the Dubai-Singapore leg of the inaugural (sorta) repositioning that brought Ovation from Southampton to Tianjin. So my experience was with a shiny new ship that was a real pleasure to behold at every corner. Royal Caribbean ... Read more
Gluvcruising
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise to discover cruising on a larger ship. To our amazement it was easy to get from A to B with wider pathways throughout. The decor is beautifully appointed with many "chill out" areas available in many nooks ... Read more
Me decker
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We were traveling with our 21 yr old granddaughter so originally booked a grand suite but were offered an upgrade to a grand loft suite which was absolutely fabulous. Our Royal Genie was wonderful and made our trip extra special. All ... Read more
jdshomer
Member Since 2012
1 review
11 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We wanted to experience one of the huge ships to see if they were to our taste, after 10 cruises on smaller ships. We chose Ovation of the Seas because it was brand new and coming eventually to Australia. The ship is beautiful and very ... Read more
ernie109@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because it is a new ship that is quite contemporary and full of technology. Plus I always wanted to see Dubai, India and Singapore, so they were the highlight of the trip. I had an amazing experience on the cruise: The ... Read more
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Noelybo
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
The new Ovation we were looking forward to so much as new Diamond members.Our cabin was really nice but lacked appropriate hanging space and need more drawers.Our attendant was very helpful. I did not like the dining experience I much ... Read more
Gin Jeannie
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We were really looking forward to cruising on a brand new ship with Royal Caribben. How disappointed we were! The ship is huge, cabins really nice but hardly any hanging space, no toiletries, had to ask the steward for some and got them on ... Read more
kiana247
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
having cruised with rc before we were excited about boarding ovation, good job the itinary was good the ship was the worst we have been on the staff didn't know what they were doing, the pool was mainly coverd, not much entertainment, ... Read more
skipeagle
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
New ship high expectations very disappointing cabin set out was good but no basic amenities supplied flat screen tv with basic repeat movies, movie channel available at a cost not enough activities available very boring when at sea for 7 ... Read more
Stylemover
Member Since 2016
1 review
27 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Overall, very disappointing. Expected great things from this ship and having traveled with Royal Caribbean for 12 cruises, I would not choose to go on this ship again. Agree with all the comments people have said about it being a ship made ... Read more
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down under cruise lovers
Member Since 2014
5 reviews
4 forum posts
Sailed October 2015
This was our 1st cruise with Royal Caribbean having previously traveled with most of the other major cruise lines. In general we were somewhat disappointed with the cruise and particularly the on board service and the lack of ... Read more
jspqld
Member Since 2008
12 reviews
290 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
11 night cruise Dubai to Singapore. Stayed 3 nights in Dubai at the Intercontinental Festival city pre cruise which I would highly recommend. Embarkation at the Dubai terminal seemed a crazy mixup of disorganised chaos, however I can ... Read more
Sandy6087
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
Having done more than forty cruises, ten of which have been with R.C.I. this is without doubt the worst cruise my wife and I have ever been on. The problems started before the cruise began with total confusion over the need for an Indian ... Read more
gettinold
Member Since 2011
11 reviews
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
When I purchased this cruise, I was aware it was a repositioning. What I wasn't aware of was the extent of renovations and closures that were going to be done whilst I was on board. Royal Caribbean kept very quiet about that and for that ... Read more
Megoogy
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
We flew from Singapore to Dubai to join the ship for a long anticipated vacation on a WOW mega ship. Embarkation in Dubai cruise centre was chaotic from the start. There was not sufficient staff on the ground to guide passengers ... Read more
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merking
Member Since 2015
1 review
We had never travelled with Royal Caribbean before and were very excited as we were visiting places we had never thought we would ever visit and had heard great reviews about Royal Caribbean as we have family members that have been ... Read more
Msfast
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
27 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This cruise left a lot to be desired. This ship has not aged well nor has the refurbishment been a success. There was old carpet on the floors, there were strange smells throughout the ship, and more than one passenger had plumbing ... Read more
cruisinpopo
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I've cruised with RCL for 25 years. This ship is almost as old. It's time to invest in a new "Vision size ships" for exotic ports, rather than the mega ships. Loyal cruisers need better. The 4th deck smelled like 15 frat guys ... Read more
claires1960
Member Since 2011
1 review
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Apologies this is a rather lengthy review but I feel it is needed! We have just returned from a 17 night holiday dubai to singapore - 2 nights in dubai 11 nights on the mariner and 2 nights singapore . good flight to dubai and a wonderful ... Read more
Not sour grapes
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
Myself,recently retired and my wife nearing retirement,we finally embarked on our first cruise holiday. The first mistake was not checking out on visa requirements, regulations an costs which our travel agent nor the cruise company ... Read more
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