We have just returned from a short sector cruise with Ovation of the Seas. This was my 14th cruise-I have cruised with Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Princess, Star cruises, Carnival and P&O before. I desperately wanted to go on this ship when it was released but couldn't convince my husband as it was minimum of 6 nights and involved travelling to Singapore with two young kids which he didn't want to do. So I was so excited when I saw a very limited offer of a two night cruise from Hobart to Sydney. I almost obsessively researched this ship before we went on as we had less than 48 hours to experience it and wanted to pack in as much as possible. So I booked the North Star, iFly, pixels show and dinner reservations. I read numerous reviews on this ship and the sister ships and wrote down every bit of useful knowledge I could find to maximise our time on it. I am so glad I did as we experienced a lot in the time we were on there and met many unhappy people saying they couldn't get on anything as they didn't pre-book. So I totally recommend book everything you can and research the ship layout and features before leaving to get the most out of it and have a great experience otherwise I would have been very disappointed in this ship if I hadn't done that.
Embarkation:we got on at Hobart with only 150 people which was good but was only two people checking in so was still super slow and took about 45 minutes to get on. Walked as much of the ship as possible to get orientated, did paperwork for kids club and changed our dining reservation from Anytime dining to Late seating as the Late seating used the restaurants Chic and The Grande which were the restaurants we wanted to dine at.
Cabin:we were in 9108 right on the front of the ship which I had never done before. Maybe a bit more ship movement than usual but had a great outlook. We had an outside cabin due to cost (usually do balcony) which had a much bigger window than other ships I've been on. The room was lovely, modern, new and fine for the little time we spent in there.