Chose this cruisebas wanted to experience Asian ports. Have experienced different cruise lines all being very good but Royal Caribbean on this cruise completely dropped their standard and did not cater for the Australian passengers at all.
Boarding of ship was a shambles. Understaffed and with little direction.
The food on board was all aimed at the large contingent of Asian passengers . No consideration was given to the Australian and other international travellers.
The usual wide variety of international dishes was not provided. Food was repetitive and bland. even in the dining rooms..
I was amazed that Royal Caribbean did not enforce their own rules when they allowed Asian passengers to smoke in non smoking areas.
It was difficult to enjoy shows with Asian guests talking and showing very little respect for performers and fellow passengers.
People pushing and squashing into lifts was dangerous and not needed.
I was aware that many of the Australian passengers went and complained about the sub standard cruise that they were experiencing.
I would prefer to travel on smaller ships then Ovation of the Sea. Yes big but was over crowded and definitely could not cater for crowds in the buffet area.
Staff were excellent, cabins fine.
Beware of booking Royal Caribbean cruises from Asian ports . We found that by being a minority we were not catered for at all. Many of the Australian passengers that we spoke with were very unhappy about this cruise. It was a shocker.