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Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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662 Reviews

A great playground for families

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by Chocaholic1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Studio Interior Stateroom with Virtual View

New large ship with lots of unique features.

Production shows are truly amazing! Guest performers and In-house entertainers were very talented.

I have taken many RCCL cruises, consider myself a loyal customer to RCCL and Celebrity.

On this ship RCCL seemed unconcerned about the long line-ups at Guest Services, Crown & Anchor Desk or to wait patiently, in no specific line, to get internet help.

Diamond Club and Concierge Lounge are very pleasant venues, both were busy in the evenings.

As a solo traveller I did not like the dining system, no chance to dine and meet new people randomly. (I normally use the "anytime" dining system on cruise-ships, which allows for being seated at different, large, tables each evening, always chatting with different passengers.) "Dynamic Dining" - thumbs down

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Cabin Review

Studio Interior Stateroom with Virtual View
Cabin SI 6630

The interior studio stateroom was claustrophobic. Very disappointing, poorly designed, would not recommend. (I have had an interior studio on the Quantum - it was much better.)

Ridiculous false drawer below the clothes closet, so shallow it was only good to hold papers etc. (The photo shown on the Cruise Critic website for this category of cabin is incorrect - the large virtual balcony, floor to ceiling, is in the regular inside staterooms, not the studios.)

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Dubai always very busy but interesting.

Port personnel very helpful.


Visited the busy souk - it was hectic but all the merchants were pleasant and helpful.


First visit. Walked and explored. Took the local bus, free to tourists.


Went directly to airport by taxi. Driver helpful and courteous.

(Cost is less if you walk to the outside of the cruise-port terminal then take a waiting taxi.)

Kochi (Cochin)

No rating as I did not intend to get off the ship. Had no visa.

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