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A new ship with only about 52 days at sea and this being the first time this ship sailed to these ports of call. as expected there are still several things to work out and improve upon. The ship is lovely and there are many things to do to stay busy. I don't know why they would locate the library is such a noisy section of the ship. They also don't have many computers for people to use saying most guests choose to bring their own devices. This may be true but the few computers they have were busy when I went there. Make as many reservations for i-fly and other activities before your sail because they get fully booked. The Essence of Gulangyu tour in Xiamen was a nightmare for our group. Overbooked so that only about half had a seat in the (very hot) theater, many stairs (the first 56 at the pier is only a start), a hill to walk up (paved), a long walk back to the ferry. Only beer or water with the meal at lunch. Disorganized and a lack of information about what was going on. The tour guide used her ID board for fanning herself instead of holding it aloft so people could follow. This place is hot. Consider your physical condition and take water with you. At least one person fainted from the heat during our tour. Get assurances this isn't overbooked. There was actually 2 show at the theater. One upstairs (even hotter) on the hour, then one on the main level on the half-hour). None of this was explained to us so there was a lot of confusion and anger. We couldn't get off the island early although two groups of about 50 each left the theater early due to lack of seating. Everyone came together and everyone had to leave together since the tour operator had a private ferry for our group of about 250. Getting off the ship at Seoul was a mess. Expecting people to wait until 12:30 p.m. to see the customs agent before getting off the ship is unreasonable. They must either do something about this or skip South Korea. That haze over the East China Sea and South Korea isn't fog. It is pollution blocking your view. Don't wait to go up in the North Star until then. You won't be able to see the ship when you are raised fully. The ship's main entertainment shows; Love, Live and Legs and The Dream generated polite applause but not much else. They should reconsider the merits of the audience liking contemporary dance or a Vegas style skin show with more contemporary dancing. The ship was very stable but we really didn't have very rough seas. Getting off the ship was smooth. It did take 3 hours to get to Beijing airport.

Still have many issues to work out

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by bradb22

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2016
  • Destination: Asia
A new ship with only about 52 days at sea and this being the first time this ship sailed to these ports of call. as expected there are still several things to work out and improve upon.

The ship is lovely and there are many things to do to stay busy. I don't know why they would locate the library is such a noisy section of the ship. They also don't have many computers for people to use saying most guests choose to bring their own devices. This may be true but the few computers they have were busy when I went there. Make as many reservations for i-fly and other activities before your sail because they get fully booked.

The Essence of Gulangyu tour in Xiamen was a nightmare for our group. Overbooked so that only about half had a seat in the (very hot) theater, many stairs (the first 56 at the pier is only a start), a hill to walk up (paved), a long walk back to the ferry. Only beer or water with the meal at lunch. Disorganized and a lack of information about what was going on. The tour guide used her ID board for fanning herself instead of holding it aloft so people could follow. This place is hot. Consider your physical condition and take water with you. At least one person fainted from the heat during our tour. Get assurances this isn't overbooked. There was actually 2 show at the theater. One upstairs (even hotter) on the hour, then one on the main level on the half-hour). None of this was explained to us so there was a lot of confusion and anger. We couldn't get off the island early although two groups of about 50 each left the theater early due to lack of seating. Everyone came together and everyone had to leave together since the tour operator had a private ferry for our group of about 250.

Getting off the ship at Seoul was a mess. Expecting people to wait until 12:30 p.m. to see the customs agent before getting off the ship is unreasonable. They must either do something about this or skip South Korea. That haze over the East China Sea and South Korea isn't fog. It is pollution blocking your view. Don't wait to go up in the North Star until then. You won't be able to see the ship when you are raised fully.

The ship's main entertainment shows; Love, Live and Legs and The Dream generated polite applause but not much else. They should reconsider the merits of the audience liking contemporary dance or a Vegas style skin show with more contemporary dancing.

The ship was very stable but we really didn't have very rough seas.

Getting off the ship was smooth. It did take 3 hours to get to Beijing airport.
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