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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Singapore
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Phu My
  • Day 4
    Nha Trang
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Hong Kong
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Okinawa
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Hiroshima
  • Day 11
    Kobe
  • Day 12
    Osaka
  • Day 13
    Shimizu
  • Day 14
    Tokyo (Yokohama)

Ovation of the Seas

Ovation of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

An amazing mega-liner filled with high-tech entertainment and attractions

Cons

Drinking, dining and entertainment venues struggle at peak times

Bottom line

Never a dull moment on a ship that has something to please everyone


Cruise Reviews

2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Beautiful ship but too crowded and too big to maximize cruising Alaska. We had a later embarkation time (1:30) and we had no issues - walked quickly onboard and had immediate access to our cabins (although our luggage arrived several ... Read More
Beautiful ship but too crowded and too big to maximize cruising Alaska. We had a later embarkation time (1:30) and we had no issues - walked quickly onboard and had immediate access to our cabins (although our luggage arrived several hours later). We were a large group with several teenagers so we chose Ovation of the Seas for our Alaska trip as we thought it would provide a better range of activities while at sea. In past cruises our teenagers have really taken full advantage of the on board activities. Unfortunately, the activities on the Ovation had really long lines or reservations were all booked (we even tried to make them before the cruise, on-line, but were not available). My guess is that the suites and those that purchased the "Key Pass" had priority, leaving little availability. We waited in a very long line trying to make reservations on the first day but had no success. We were told to keep checking the RC app for cancellations but the system kept crashing and was unusable. The biggest issue with the Ovation, though, is that the size of the ship limits where it can sail in Alaska. It cannot cruise the entire length of the inside passage, and we couldn't get close to Dawe's glacier. We were unable to see it. We arrived early in the morning and we couldn't get close, plus it was very foggy that early in the morning. We only had two ports of call in Alaska - Juneau (1/2 a day) and Skagway (full day). Alaska is beautiful but I felt like we didn't get to see enough of it. If I have the opportunity to do this trip again I would choose a smaller ship with additional stops and one that can cruise through the entire inside passage. The ship was beautiful - clean and very well maintained. The cabins were nice and surprisingly had plenty of storage. We had a balcony room which was great on an Alaskan cruise. Our cabin attendant was excellent as were our dinner dining attendants, some of the best we've had. Breakfast and lunch at the Windjammer, however, were not pleasant experiences. It was very crowded and tables were hard to come by. The maitre'd had to often encourage (in rather loud volume) to eat and vacate the premises so that others could also eat. The gym area is nice but smaller than some of the other ships we've been on. We also found the shows subpar compared to other RC ships, although we did enjoy the Juggler Mike Price. Pixels was a disappointment and some of us left after the first few acts. In Juneau we went on a tour with Gastineau Guiding Company (we booked through RC). We went whale watching, hiked a short trail through the rainforest, and went to view Mendenhall glacier. It was an outstanding tour - a highlight of our trip. It was a small group so enjoyable, and our tour guide was fantastic. Highly recommend! In Skagway we took the White Pass Train Ride - very beautiful scenery. We also did a Musher Camp in the afternoon which we found entertaining. In summary, a beautiful ship but too crowded to thoroughly enjoy and not the best itinerary for Alaska. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Was on the June 21 Ovation Alaska cruise. In just about all aspects, it was a top-notch experience that is worth every penny. While the summer-like weather helped with navigating the waters, the large ship was able to get very close to the ... Read More
Was on the June 21 Ovation Alaska cruise. In just about all aspects, it was a top-notch experience that is worth every penny. While the summer-like weather helped with navigating the waters, the large ship was able to get very close to the Dawes glacier and did multiple 360s for all to have good views. The venues on either end of the ship --- Cafe270 and Serenity --- provided gorgeous views of the landscape with the multi-level, full length windows. Cafe270 itself would be considered an upscale entertainment venue with windows becoming projection screens for nighttime events. This was an ideal ship for Alaska especially. The captain (Henrik) is a standout. In his Q&A session, he was engaging and he provided good insight into what it takes to run the ship especially in the waters around Alaska. He also described the logistics of an unfortunate emergency helicopter situation we experienced for one of the guests. Many were concerned/curious about that. The service was high quality, from room stewards to dining service. Never experienced anything that wasn’t attentive and professional. We had anytime dining and never waited after making reservations after the first night, and even when we missed our reservations we were seated quickly, and a window table like we had other nights. The second formal night offered lobster, and there seemed to be the biggest crowds in line for that. Getting on and off in the ports all went smoothly. Never a backup either way. The itinerary seemed to be just right, with stops in Juneau and Skagway after one day at sea, then the highlight through the channel to view the Dawes glacier up close. (If you get that close, look for the second glacier between the hills up on the left side.) Then, a day at sea before Victoria B.C. The days at sea were needed to see/do all that there is to offer. The North Star offered several complimentary opportunities if you didn’t pay for a reserved time, although I was a bit jealous of those who were in it at the Dawes glacier; it goes out to either side of the ship there, not just up. The bumper cars were popular with long lines. There seemed to be a lot of sports activities in that area, and were interesting to watch at least. Spent time in the casino. Saw people winning good amounts every night, slots were modern machines, and the bar team was quick and made good drinks. Sometimes the casino bar can be lighter staffed, but not here. Food quality wise, not the highest but certainly good overall. My biggest suggestion is Cafe270 --- breakfast and lunch has various offerings including pressed sandwiches and soups and full salad bar, all served. Coffee and drinks and dessert in there as well, connects to the 270 venue where you can sit in nice seats to eat and enjoy the views. The café part looks like a Panera or similar, modern look and feel. Also, Fish and Ships on deck 14 near the buffet had some complimentary choices (fish and chips, chicken fingers, and a fish sandwich, Haddock or Pollock, can't remember) in addition to some with small charges. Shows were decent, varied from a vocal performer who sang in different styles of singers (impersonation, but not too silly) to the singers and dancers in a production with aerials and high quality vocals. Karaoke was decent, guests had skills and some were featured on stage in the theater later in the cruise. Overall, wonderful experience. I was with my Dad, and it made the perfect father-son trip. TIP: Outside deck 5 on either side of the ship are really nice viewing areas that didn’t have a lot of people. Certainly see everything from the higher floors, but check out deck 5 to be closer to the water when you can. There is a nice “Ovation of the Seas” life preserver that makes a good “Kodak Picture Spot.” Also, the Alaska merchandise is stylish and good quality, first day at sea has a combo offer that is not offered again. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was my 17th trip with RC, 3rd to Alaska, 1st on Ovation. Embarkation was fast, being able to board at 11:00. Rooms weren't available until 1:00, which is pretty standard. Crew was extremely polite and helpful. Rommel and ... Read More
This was my 17th trip with RC, 3rd to Alaska, 1st on Ovation. Embarkation was fast, being able to board at 11:00. Rooms weren't available until 1:00, which is pretty standard. Crew was extremely polite and helpful. Rommel and Nino in My Time Dining were awesome. Main dining food was best we've had in a long time on RC. My wife can't eat gluten, so every night she was approached to pre-order for the next evening. She even received a nightly plate of special rolls. My 7 year old son ate off the adult menu and got all the extra portions he wanted. Windjammer fare was good. There were some crowds in the Windjammer, but the ship has many free dining options as well as several fee venues. Bars could be found around every corner. Diamond Lounge wasn't as crowded as most ships. My only complaint related to food service is that early morning coffee can only be found in one place (deck 4). Many of us were up at 6:00 to take in the views. It would have been nice to have an upper deck option. We had two balcony cabins on the 13th deck (13654 & 13656). See my cabin review for some specifics on those. Our attendant opened the partition between the two balconies, which gave us a great space as well as ability to come and go between rooms. Cabins are the best laid out we've seen in terms of storage space. I-fly and North Star were great features. Warning---book these online early as shipboard openings are very limited. Many excursions were also booked up quickly. Great port visits with plenty of time ashore. I recommend the White Pass Railway in Skagway. I did have one concern in Juneau. The disembarkation from lower pier to the road level was via a long ramp that got very steep at low tide. Folks with mobility issues were challenged to climb it. Give yourself plenty of time to walk long distances to reach excursion points. It can also be crowded when the gangway first opens, so avoid excursions that start immediately upon arrival if you want to avoid long lines. Like some other reviewers, I missed the longer Inside Passage portion done on other trips. That said, we still had plenty of scenery, including loads of wildlife visible from the ship. I lost count of whale sightings, including one that breached 5 times in a row off our stern. Dawes Glacier was beautiful. My son enjoyed Adventure Ocean as usual. This sailing had many more families than I had seen on Radiance for other Alaska trips. While a number of folks used the outdoor pool and kid's splash area, the air was a bit cool for us. Ovation has a heated indoor pool for families as well as the traditional adult only Solarium area. The indoor pool area was great. Debarkation was a breeze. You can sign up to have your bags checked directly to the airline at no extra charge. Airline baggage fees are simply applied to your seapass card. Using this meant we didn't have to search for bags on the pier. We simply left our room at 8:30 and walked off the ship. My advice--do your homework on activities you can reserve in advance. Also, take some time to look at all the dining options. Lastly, sit back and enjoy the view and service. Read Less
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