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We booked this cruise after cruising on Quantum 2 years ago so we knew what to expect. Our check in time was 4pm and we were soaking wet after being caught in the rain in Singapore. As soon as we got on we had to do the safety drill which finished at 5 and then we had a notice saying that our dinner was 5.30 for that night. We were wet and our luggage was not delivered (even though we dripped it of at 10am) so we had to run around trying to find the bags and then have showers in half an hour. We also had to chase towels as we were only given 2 (there were 3 of us). The food was ok but did notice a decline from the last cruise. They also charged for lobster which was free on Quantum. Windjammers was always packed.We didn't do the specialty restaurants as we had done them all before. On the first night we were allocated the solarium for dinner which was a nice meal but as we arrived they were telling other people that they couldn't dine there as they didn't have reservations. They were not happy seeing that the restaurant was empty.The whole time we were eating the restaurant was half empty. Our 12 year old son loved the living room and would most nights get in after us. He lived on the flow rider and in the seaplex. The cabin was kept quite clean. My only suggestion would be that they turn the sofa bed into a sofa for the day so that there would be more room in the cabin. The sofa bed was left as a bed for the entire duration of the trip. Our first stop was Ho Chi Minh city which we had organised to stay in a hotel to save on travelling. We did a tour of the Cu Chi tunnels by boat and then did a night food street eats tour on the back of bikes. This was a highlight of the trip. Scary but fun being in that traffic! The next day we did the war museum which was very confronting then headed back to the boat. Our next stop was Danang where we booked the Hoi Ann cooking class which was quite enjoyable. We checked out the market (yuk) and then had free time to wander around. Hong Kong was alot of waiting around for the bus to take us to the starting point of the hop on hop of bus. We only had time to do 1.5 circuits and not the 3. We did the sampan ride and then had a nice lunch in the centre but that was all we had time for. We cancelled our tour for Seoul as it sounded boring. I'm glad we did because friends that took the tour said it was a waste of money. We decided to do our own thing. We got through customs fairly quickly but then had to wait over an hour to wait for the shuttle buses to come and get us. We went to China town in Incheon and there was plenty to see and then we had a traditional Korean lunch. Disembarkation was a nightmare. The previous day we received our tags and ours was at 1pm so I went to customer service and changed them to 8.45 as we had a driver picking us up at 10am. The next day we arrived at the lounge at 8 had breakfast and was waiting for our tag (No 6) to be called. They had already called 1 to 5. We noticed that the line was getting longer and longer and noticed that there were people in the line with numbers 15 and above. We asked the staff what was going on and all they said was that they must have transfers booked. That was annoying because that was why we had ours changed. The staff did nothing to police the lines. We ended up getting through customs at 12pm!! RCL knew that there was going to be a delay in Tianjin they should have let us know months before so people could book there transfers appropriately. The same way that they staggered the embarkation they should have let us request our disembarkation time.

Pretty Average Cruise

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by Teresa1803

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2017
  • Destination: Asia
We booked this cruise after cruising on Quantum 2 years ago so we knew what to expect. Our check in time was 4pm and we were soaking wet after being caught in the rain in Singapore. As soon as we got on we had to do the safety drill which finished at 5 and then we had a notice saying that our dinner was 5.30 for that night. We were wet and our luggage was not delivered (even though we dripped it of at 10am) so we had to run around trying to find the bags and then have showers in half an hour. We also had to chase towels as we were only given 2 (there were 3 of us).

The food was ok but did notice a decline from the last cruise. They also charged for lobster which was free on Quantum. Windjammers was always packed.We didn't do the specialty restaurants as we had done them all before. On the first night we were allocated the solarium for dinner which was a nice meal but as we arrived they were telling other people that they couldn't dine there as they didn't have reservations. They were not happy seeing that the restaurant was empty.The whole time we were eating the restaurant was half empty.

Our 12 year old son loved the living room and would most nights get in after us. He lived on the flow rider and in the seaplex.

The cabin was kept quite clean. My only suggestion would be that they turn the sofa bed into a sofa for the day so that there would be more room in the cabin. The sofa bed was left as a bed for the entire duration of the trip.

Our first stop was Ho Chi Minh city which we had organised to stay in a hotel to save on travelling. We did a tour of the Cu Chi tunnels by boat and then did a night food street eats tour on the back of bikes. This was a highlight of the trip. Scary but fun being in that traffic! The next day we did the war museum which was very confronting then headed back to the boat.

Our next stop was Danang where we booked the Hoi Ann cooking class which was quite enjoyable. We checked out the market (yuk) and then had free time to wander around.

Hong Kong was alot of waiting around for the bus to take us to the starting point of the hop on hop of bus. We only had time to do 1.5 circuits and not the 3. We did the sampan ride and then had a nice lunch in the centre but that was all we had time for.

We cancelled our tour for Seoul as it sounded boring. I'm glad we did because friends that took the tour said it was a waste of money. We decided to do our own thing. We got through customs fairly quickly but then had to wait over an hour to wait for the shuttle buses to come and get us. We went to China town in Incheon and there was plenty to see and then we had a traditional Korean lunch.

Disembarkation was a nightmare. The previous day we received our tags and ours was at 1pm so I went to customer service and changed them to 8.45 as we had a driver picking us up at 10am. The next day we arrived at the lounge at 8 had breakfast and was waiting for our tag (No 6) to be called. They had already called 1 to 5. We noticed that the line was getting longer and longer and noticed that there were people in the line with numbers 15 and above. We asked the staff what was going on and all they said was that they must have transfers booked. That was annoying because that was why we had ours changed. The staff did nothing to police the lines. We ended up getting through customs at 12pm!!

RCL knew that there was going to be a delay in Tianjin they should have let us know months before so people could book there transfers appropriately. The same way that they staggered the embarkation they should have let us request our disembarkation time.
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Cabin had enough room for luggage. Was kept clean but would have liked the sofa bed to have been put away each day and not left as a bed for the entire time.
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