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Food in Buffet was the same every day. Did not like the fact that people served themselves and food was not covered. Saw many people handling food and putting it back. Other ships have their buffets enclosed with staff serving food, surely this is much more hygienic. Ate at Chops Grille (nothing special), Jamie's (completely underwhelming) and Wonderland (worth trying). The nightly shows were average. The pool areas were lovely and so were the staterooms. Areas were clean BUT restrooms around the ship were left without toilet paper and in an untidy state as the day wore on. By far the worst experience I have ever had was the disembarkation. Firstly we were TOLD by Royal Caribbean what time we were getting off (even though their online check in asked us what arrangements we had made to leave the ship and what time). The allocated time was 2.15 hrs after when we were being picked up for private transfer to Beijing. This resulted in a 2 hour queue with people all trying to change their times. Then on the day it was TOTAL CHAOS with no-one overseeing anything. We even witnessed a fight when someone pushed into the queue. Our disembarkation time was 9.15 and we finally left the ship at 11.45. We were praying our 2 hour ride to Beijing would still be waiting for us. Be aware that the ports in Vietnam, Sth Korea and Beijing are a long way from the actual towns (1.5-2 hours) which resulted in needing to take ship tours or arrange private transfers and this added quite a bit of money to the trip.

Ship looks amazing but that's about it

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by DFlan

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2017
  • Destination: Asia
Food in Buffet was the same every day. Did not like the fact that people served themselves and food was not covered. Saw many people handling food and putting it back. Other ships have their buffets enclosed with staff serving food, surely this is much more hygienic. Ate at Chops Grille (nothing special), Jamie's (completely underwhelming) and Wonderland (worth trying). The nightly shows were average.

The pool areas were lovely and so were the staterooms. Areas were clean BUT restrooms around the ship were left without toilet paper and in an untidy state as the day wore on.

By far the worst experience I have ever had was the disembarkation. Firstly we were TOLD by Royal Caribbean what time we were getting off (even though their online check in asked us what arrangements we had made to leave the ship and what time). The allocated time was 2.15 hrs after when we were being picked up for private transfer to Beijing. This resulted in a 2 hour queue with people all trying to change their times. Then on the day it was TOTAL CHAOS with no-one overseeing anything. We even witnessed a fight when someone pushed into the queue. Our disembarkation time was 9.15 and we finally left the ship at 11.45. We were praying our 2 hour ride to Beijing would still be waiting for us.

Be aware that the ports in Vietnam, Sth Korea and Beijing are a long way from the actual towns (1.5-2 hours) which resulted in needing to take ship tours or arrange private transfers and this added quite a bit of money to the trip.
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Cabin 7550
We were very pleased with the cabin but found the sofa bed to be very hard and therefore uncomfortable which meant the kids shared their time sleeping on it. Our steward did a very good job keeping it tidy.
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