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Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Singapore to Beijing on Ovation

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by DJTowls

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2016
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

We booked this cruise almost a year in advance and were really excited to try a quantum class ship for the 1st time. We have been on a number of other Rci ships and are Diamond members.

Stayed in Singapore for 2 nights before the cruise - hotel Jen on cuscaden road. Great hotel well located close to orchard road. We visited gardens by the bay which is a must see.

Embarkation was a little chaotic - it didn't take long to see an agent and get our room cards however it was a little confusing as to whether we could board straight away or not. Some screens showing all the letters that had already been called would have been useful.

Stateroom - we were in a balcony stateroom 11258. It did feel narrower than normal but was very well laid out and I liked the large sofa. As Brits, the kettle and tea in the room was much appreciated. As always our stateroom attendant did a good job throughout the cruise.

The ship - we were very impressed - very stylish and modern. Thought 270 was a great area and we also really liked vintages. The solarium and indoor pool area were also great.

Shopping was not as good as on other ships - I couldn't get an ovation t-shirt!

Dining - everyone's favourite topic. The windjammer was busy as usual but it was actually quieter towards the back of the ship - most people won't go that far as it takes them away from the food! Quality of the food was fine and there were a number of egg stations at breakfast - yes you had to queue but that's no surprise when there are 4000 people on the ship! We tried all 4 of the complimentary restaurants - all were good - fish dishes were not great but surf and turf in grande was the best meal. Dress code on this cruise was very casual which was disappointing - don't think people should be allowed to wear shorts in the grande! Solarium bistro was good for a more relaxed breakfast or lunch.

Entertainment - we loved the North Star and I fly. Production shows were good particularly pixels (we were wowed by the technology of the screens in 270). Didn't bother with most of the headliner shows. There were some good acts in the music hall which became our favourite after dinner venue. Gordon was the best cruise director we've had - really liked his coffee mornings.

Ports - enjoyed them all. Vietnam was great and not too far from my phu port. We'd been to Hong Kong before so didn't take a ships tour and did our own thing. Sailing in to Victoria harbour was amazing. Xiamen wasn't a great stop - we went to quanzhou which was too far in the time we had and the guide for the Rci tour spoke poor English. Korea was chaotic due to immigration requirements and the traffic but we enjoyed it anyway. Disembarkation was fine although slightly delayed (as usual).

We stayed in Beijing for 3 days afterwards with a private tour organised by our travel agent and saw all the sights.

Overall we had a great time - and yes the windjammer was busy at times and yes immigration was difficult at times but the ship was brilliant and Rci delivered another great holiday.

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Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Cabin D6 11259

Nice cabin - not too far from stairs

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