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My friend and I wanted to see a bit of Vietnam and decided to try this cruise leaving from Hong Kong. We saw that it holds nearly 5,000 people but thought it would be ok - were completely overtaken by the crowds and the chaos of getting on and off the ship. Though exiting at the end was surprisingly easy. There were very few other international people other than mainland chinese and it was a challenging experience of pushing and shoving, not queuing, very loud talking everywhere, including during the nightly shows. The ship itself was very upmarket and had a lot of bells and whistles but did not feel elegant. The staff were all very helpful and friendly and food was mainly pretty good or average. We couldn't bear to eat in the main buffet area as it was so loud and noisy, people everywhere so we quickly found that the al la carte dining was the place to go. There was lots to do and 3 separate areas for swimming though the pools were not very large. The entertainment at night was top class but unfortunately spoilt by all the talking from the audience. The cabins were spacious and quite comfortable and clean, the balcony was great - roomy - we were on the 13 Level. The shore excursions were a nightmare getting on and off the boat but once there were quite enjoyable. I had only been on a cruise once before on a much smaller boat. My friend had been on 6 cruises and had never experienced such chaos. We talked to many others who also felt the experience had not been a good one. This ship is coming to Australia and may well have a different experience for those going to the South Pacific or to NZ.

Not a pleasant experience despite the luxury of the ship

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by heatheroz

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2017
  • Destination: Asia
My friend and I wanted to see a bit of Vietnam and decided to try this cruise leaving from Hong Kong. We saw that it holds nearly 5,000 people but thought it would be ok - were completely overtaken by the crowds and the chaos of getting on and off the ship. Though exiting at the end was surprisingly easy. There were very few other international people other than mainland chinese and it was a challenging experience of pushing and shoving, not queuing, very loud talking everywhere, including during the nightly shows. The ship itself was very upmarket and had a lot of bells and whistles but did not feel elegant. The staff were all very helpful and friendly and food was mainly pretty good or average. We couldn't bear to eat in the main buffet area as it was so loud and noisy, people everywhere so we quickly found that the al la carte dining was the place to go. There was lots to do and 3 separate areas for swimming though the pools were not very large.

The entertainment at night was top class but unfortunately spoilt by all the talking from the audience.

The cabins were spacious and quite comfortable and clean, the balcony was great - roomy - we were on the 13 Level.

The shore excursions were a nightmare getting on and off the boat but once there were quite enjoyable. I had only been on a cruise once before on a much smaller boat. My friend had been on 6 cruises and had never experienced such chaos. We talked to many others who also felt the experience had not been a good one. This ship is coming to Australia and may well have a different experience for those going to the South Pacific or to NZ.
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Cabin Review

Cabin level 13
Very tasteful cabin - nice large sitting area as well as bed area. We had twin beds that were quite close to each other - it was ok. Beds were ok - my friend had a sore back by the end of the cruise though. Small but clean bathroom - water pressure was fine, they don't supply hair conditioner. Very good balcony size and pleasant to sit out there.
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