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Just returned from Singapore where we cruised on Ovation of the Seas - fantastic ship. I was a little apprehensive of cruising on such a big ship but was so pleasantly surprised that there weren't the queues and overcrowding that I was lead to believe were the lot of these super cruises. Don't let all the naysayers on the internet bring this ship down, it's fantastically clean and the crew were great. There were some queues, but you get that on any ship. I was pleasantly surprised at how many places you could find on the ship were you could have a quiet read or drink whilst the other 4,500 guests aboard went about their holiday with gusto! There were a few little details that need ironing out, like the MyTime dining which was a bit of a disaster and turned out to be "their time, not my time", but there are so many other dining options that it didn't really matter. And it will be great when they work out the kinks of the WOW band system. What is the point of having a WOW band so you can tap and go if they don't have the infrastructure to use it or you still have to sign for everything. Good concept, but the execution was poor. Certainly 5 days was not enough time to see and do everything this ship has to offer, so I'll be back (with my WOW band) next year :)

Big is beautiful

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by Scraptrenz1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Asia
Just returned from Singapore where we cruised on Ovation of the Seas - fantastic ship.

I was a little apprehensive of cruising on such a big ship but was so pleasantly surprised that there weren't the queues and overcrowding that I was lead to believe were the lot of these super cruises.

Don't let all the naysayers on the internet bring this ship down, it's fantastically clean and the crew were great. There were some queues, but you get that on any ship. I was pleasantly surprised at how many places you could find on the ship were you could have a quiet read or drink whilst the other 4,500 guests aboard went about their holiday with gusto!

There were a few little details that need ironing out, like the MyTime dining which was a bit of a disaster and turned out to be "their time, not my time", but there are so many other dining options that it didn't really matter. And it will be great when they work out the kinks of the WOW band system. What is the point of having a WOW band so you can tap and go if they don't have the infrastructure to use it or you still have to sign for everything. Good concept, but the execution was poor.

Certainly 5 days was not enough time to see and do everything this ship has to offer, so I'll be back (with my WOW band) next year :)
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Cabin Review

Cabin 12134
Cabin was great - lovely décor, quite spacious, great ensuite bathroom and lovely balcony with comfortable deck chairs and foot stools. Bed was a little hard for me, but it was fine for 5 nights. I'm sure if I'd said anything they would have had a solution for me as the housekeeping staff were very good and eager to please.
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