5 Dubai to Asia Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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
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 a minimum of a jacket. Getting on and off was no problem and there were never any long lines.The biggest problem was visiting India where it was $100 for a visa and you had to jump through hoops to get and then have to front up to an indian official on the ship while he checked you were really you.....never Seen it before. Another problem was anytime dining if you did not book your time the day before you could only get in at 6 0 pm or 8 45 pm that night,so much for anytime. I am not to sure if the outside pool will be really popular as it is next to the kids waterworld and some of those kids can scream. Plenty of deckchairs so you will not miss out there. Like most cruises the entertainment ranged from really good to "what retirement home is this guy from" Overall pretty good, with the cabins a bit bigger but short on hanging space,the shower was excellent Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
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
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 three of us were tremendously spoiled - we never had to wait in line, all of our restaurant reservations and shore excursions were made by the genie. We were met at the port and guided thru check in and taken to our cabin. Don't think we could travel without a genie again! Our cabin was 2 stories with 2 full baths which worked very well. We dined in all the restaurants and found them very good with excellent service. We only ate in the marketplace a few times because it was usually very crowded. You do need to make your reservations online prior to setting sail because tho there are more restaurants on this ship than most, they aren't that big and most people opted for MyTime Dining. If you choose Classic Dining I think I RCCL makes your reservations for you. WE choose this cruise for the ports and weren't disappointed , Dubai, Oman, India, Penang and Singapore. There were a lot of sea days but there was enough to do onboard besides reading by the pool. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
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
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 modern, but relies very heavily on technology that often does not work properly. We had problems with noise that were not addressed & heard that many others had problems that were not adequately addressed. Do not book cabin number 12210 - the cleaning robot is stored in an area somewhere above this cabin and when the ship is at sea, it bangs loudly continually. We did not sleep for two nights until we were moved to another cabin. We were told that this noise cannot be fixed, which means that unless you have ear plugs, or can sleep through anything, this cabin is worthless. It was a real shame, as the cabin itself was very nice and in a great position. Overall, we found the crew not up to the caring standard of other RCI ships, but the entertainment and artwork was amazing. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
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
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. On this ship RCCL seemed unconcerned about the long line-ups at Guest Services, Crown & Anchor Desk or to wait patiently, in no specific line, to get internet help. Diamond Club and Concierge Lounge are very pleasant venues, both were busy in the evenings. As a solo traveller I did not like the dining system, no chance to dine and meet new people randomly. (I normally use the "anytime" dining system on cruise-ships, which allows for being seated at different, large, tables each evening, always chatting with different passengers.) "Dynamic Dining" - thumbs down Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
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
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 preferred my time dining in the one restaurant with a choice of others if preferred. The entertainment was very impressive and the Director was really good. However there was not much to do through the day and the progressive trivia was like a school boy carnival school yard jokes with unimpressive hosts.The other trivia in schooner bar was good. Considering most of the guests were 50 plus and take trivia a little more seriously.The Diamond lounge was dark and dingy in the Music Hall because we could not get a seat in the very brightly lit Diamond Club room and we were spilled over to the Music Hall with loud games being and people nearly hitting you with there pool cue as they played because this was part of the Music Hall that resembled a dark dingy bar.The Diamond lounge Concierge was extremely un friendly and mostly seemed to give her time to a couple of Spanish speaking guests no good morning or any type of welcome and It spoilt our Diamond Club experience immensely.We travelled with another couple who are Diamond Plus and their club lounge was beautiful. Will not be going on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Ovation of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 3.4
Entertainment 5.0 3.7
Public Rooms 5.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 5.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.1
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 3.8
Value For Money 4.0 3.3

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