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Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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662 Reviews

A Great Ship!

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by hjb123

4 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: Trans-Ocean
  • Cabin Type: Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

We chose this cruise because it was a maiden voyage. The ship smelt new when we embarked. Overall, we found the food to be exceptional. The free restaurants all had excellent quality and variety, and the surcharge restaurants were exceptional. Jamie's was far superior to the two that we have experienced on land; Wonderland was most interesting and different, and Izumi was delicious. The crew were happy and energetic and the special shows were well produced and executed.

The iFly which simulates skydiving was very well organized and a lot of fun. The North Star, the giant arm that allows you see the ship from a great height, was interesting. It did break down several times, though. People on the Flowrider looked to be having a great time but we did not try it! Dodgem cars were also fun. All of these things are free of charge. The solarium is wonderful, with very large spa baths and cascading pools.

One complaint was the smell of cigarette smoke coming from the casino, one of the designated areas. The casino is quite large and the smell permeates the Music Hall at times.

Other issues were that public areas often had very loud music - we would prefer lower sound so that conversation is possible!

The merchandise was woeful. We were told that there would be more coming on in Singapore( where most disembarked), but what was there was either in short supply or extremely expensive.

The artworks, furniture and overall decor is stunning.

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Cabin Review

Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Cabin D1 10170

Our cabin was spacious. The balcony was quite deep and a great size. We were port side, towards the front. The bathroom was quite good with a larger shower. The voyage was very smooth, so almost no rocking.

Our only complaint is that the hanging rack. This was a problem for all cabins, though.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


We had 3 days precruise and enjoyed seeing the old town in particular.

Rome on Your Own

We enjoyed walking to areas of Rome away from the tourist crowds.

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We took the ship's tour because the ferries can be easy to miss- they fill fast! We enjoyed taking the cable car up to the top, but it was very cold when we were there. So many tourists overwhelm the place now.

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Petra Walking Tour

Petra is amazing- stunning to see. Our guide was average though, and walked so slowly so we felt that we missed seeing more. We did not use horses or camels to take us along the way. The lunch was provided by the Movenpick Hotel and it was excellent with flavoursome local foods.

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Athens (Piraeus)

The old museum is excellent. The churches are worth having a look at for their beauty- just remember to be appropriately dressed in Greece! We had a wonderful lunch at terrific restaurant on the waterfront with delicious Greek food. We took the little train but did not get value as we walked all the way back to the ship.

Piraeus is the one place we found to have our VAT type dockets stamped by customs- no other ports seem to have stands available. You get the port bus over to the other terminal. It takes a bit of mucking around, but the customs people are really nice and helpful there.


So many people were disembarking that the taxi queues were enormous. We had read that the shopping malls had buses to take you there- but there were none except Mercato. We ended up paying for the hop-on hop-off bus which did not give us value for money. The traffic was so heavy that the buses became very slow, and if you got off they were slow to return. We watched the fountains at Dubai Mall which were very lovely, but if you have seen Bellagio in Las Vegas, don't make a special trip.

Backwaters of Alappuzha by Houseboat

We were a couple with a driver and our own tour guide, Vijesh in a lovely clean air conditioned car. Vijesh was extremely knowledgable about the area and answered all the questions that we asked. We went on our own 2 bedroom houseboat, complete with cook, who made a curry banquet for lunch. A fabulous tour and recommended.

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City Tour

We were taken by Vijesh (A Day in Cochin) to the main sights, along with lots of explanation. It was interesting and informative.

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