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Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Best Ship Ever!

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by roselilyoz

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: Trans-Ocean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

This was our first quantum class ship and we loved it. It is always good to be on a new ship, and Ovation is beautiful, with fantastic modern decor and a great feel. The itinerary which included transiting the Suez Canal, and Aqaba Jordan to see Petra was the reason we chose this particular cruise.

Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, but having priority always helps.

The balcony stateroom on Deck 11 was really good, even though it was narrower than on other ships the layout was fine and it felt roomy.

The quality of the food in all the different venues ranged from very good to excellent.

Dynamic dining took a bit of getting used to, but we finally found someone to sort out the bookings and from then on we enjoyed the different restaurants, as they all had a different feel.

The specialty restaurants were all enjoyable, we particularly liked Wonderland, and went there twice. It was a fantastic dining experience, and lots of fun. Windjammer was the best ever, and as we try to avoid the peak times to go there it was not crowded. The hand washing facility at the entrance was appreciated.

The entertainment was good, in particular the production shows, which had to be booked, and the Two70 venue. There was a good lecturer on board who's information enhanced our visit to Petra, and going through the Suez. Other daytime events were not so appealing, but going up in the North Star was fun.

Overall we found the crew to be very helpful, accomodating and enthusiastic, they all seemed familiar with this new ship and enjoyed working on it.

So to sum up, this was a great cruise on a great ship, and we would not hesitate to go on it again.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Cabin E1 11652

Roomy but narrow stateroom with large shower and balcony with comfortable chairs with footstools. Good layout with modern pleasing decor, cold fridge and huge TV, which was also the source of information about bookings, messages etc.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Petra Walking Tour

Petra is a long way from the port, so decided to do a ship's tour. We had an excellent guide, who if anything gave too much information to take in! Petra is amazing, everything we had hoped for. It is quite strenuous to walk in the heat but absolutely worth it - it is unforgettable. The tour was expensive but for a once in a lifetime experience, worth it.

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Athens (Piraeus)

As we had spent some time in Athens recently we decided to go from the port into the city by public transport. Luckily there was a local bus stop very close to the ship which was express to the city. Once there we did a self guided walking tour, and enjoyed wandering in this fascinating place, full of ancient remains. Glancing up to see the Parthenon from many different angles is thrilling. The Plaka area is great to walk around, very vibrant and full of life. It was easy to hop on the bus again after our wanderings for a quick ride back.


The port of Naples is close to the city and it is easy to walk in. This is a truly fascinating place, very vibrant, noisy and full of life. The main shopping street is maybe not so different to other Italian cities, but once you venture down some side streets, well you couldn't be anywhere else in the world! Narrow lanes with motor scooters, everything being sold right on the street, washing draped from balconies...wow!

It felt perfectly safe just to wander around soaking up the atmosphere, but of course you could visit the wonderful museum containing the artefacts from Pompei, which we had done on another visit. It is easy to find your way back to the port, as it is often in view from the city which rises above it.

City Tour

We took the city tour with airport drop off, as we had time to fill in before our flight. It was rather rushed, specially the museum, which we only had time to walk through quickly, and we missed the shopping mall, but this was due to very heavy traffic, and some passengers needed to get to the airport early. However this was not the fault of the tour operator, and we had a very informative guide who gave us lots of information. It was a good introduction to Dubai.

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