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Ovation of the Seas is a brand new ship and in that respect, it did not disappoint. The ship is beautiful and has a lot of nice features. It also has some things that might not appeal to everyone. This was kind of their maiden voyage and the ship will eventually stay in Beijing. We had a balcony cabin and the cabin was comfortable and has lots of storage space. The usual toiletries that you expect on a ship were missing. We had to ask if we could have tissues and a shower cap. The food overall was OK. The big difference is that there is no central dining room. We like the anytime dining and they way you have to do it here, making reservations ahead of time for the 4 or 5 "free" restaurants on board, defeats the purpose. Came to find out that all the Quantum class ships are like this. Not a fan. The menus for a short cruise would have been OK but in 25 days there was not much variation. Ended up having dinner a the buffet most of the time. On that subject, the buffet closes at 9:00 pm. Weird.... The entertainment has mixed reviews as well. They had two and then three shows that you had to make reservations for. We did not care for The Dream but a lot of people we talked to did like it. The others were OK. They had different entertainers come on board throughout the voyage and some were good and some not so much. As always, that is a matter of preference. The 270 room is high tech and very nice, however, the seating is uncomfortable and arranged in such a way that you cannot see the stage from many seats. Not the best place to see the shows and there are a lot of activities in this venue. They had afternoon movies but the glare was too much and made it hard to see the movies. The service throughout the ship was excellent. Everyone went out of their way to be helpful. The ports were varied and always fun. Ending up in Dubai was the highlight of the cruise as that is some city!

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Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by Chiquitamar

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: Europe
Ovation of the Seas is a brand new ship and in that respect, it did not disappoint. The ship is beautiful and has a lot of nice features. It also has some things that might not appeal to everyone. This was kind of their maiden voyage and the ship will eventually stay in Beijing.

We had a balcony cabin and the cabin was comfortable and has lots of storage space. The usual toiletries that you expect on a ship were missing. We had to ask if we could have tissues and a shower cap.

The food overall was OK. The big difference is that there is no central dining room. We like the anytime dining and they way you have to do it here, making reservations ahead of time for the 4 or 5 "free" restaurants on board, defeats the purpose. Came to find out that all the Quantum class ships are like this. Not a fan. The menus for a short cruise would have been OK but in 25 days there was not much variation. Ended up having dinner a the buffet most of the time. On that subject, the buffet closes at 9:00 pm. Weird....

The entertainment has mixed reviews as well. They had two and then three shows that you had to make reservations for. We did not care for The Dream but a lot of people we talked to did like it. The others were OK. They had different entertainers come on board throughout the voyage and some were good and some not so much. As always, that is a matter of preference. The 270 room is high tech and very nice, however, the seating is uncomfortable and arranged in such a way that you cannot see the stage from many seats. Not the best place to see the shows and there are a lot of activities in this venue. They had afternoon movies but the glare was too much and made it hard to see the movies.

The service throughout the ship was excellent. Everyone went out of their way to be helpful.

The ports were varied and always fun. Ending up in Dubai was the highlight of the cruise as that is some city!
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Cabin 10262
Spacious cabin with lots of storage. Bedding was very comfortable. Lacked toiletries, but provided when asked for it. You also need to ask for ice. Balcony small but adequate, same with bathroom.
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