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Ovation of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
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672 reviews
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All fur coat and no knickers (a British saying that says it all)

Review for Ovation of the Seas to Asia
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cycler01
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Oct 2018
Cabin: Grand Suite with Balcony
Okinawa queues to get the shuttle bus back to port
The one floor central staircase from Deck 5 to the shopping floor
The view from Northstar

The cruise could also be called 'the queue that never moved' cruise. The ship felt very enclosed at times as the main routes around the ship were internal and often led to dead ends - perhaps they wanted to funnel us all through the shopping area regularly. To get from the Deck 3 main dining room to the theatre you had to walk through the cabin corridor.

The embarkation was dreadful with no information and even when we asked the few staff visible they didn't know what all the queues were for. We had upgraded to a suite as a big retirement treat but only got a small advantage to boarding once we asked someone whether we were queuing in the right place (we weren't). The luggage arrived at our room at 7.30pm - too late to change for evening meal.

We feel our cabin was very good (bearing in kind we had paid a lot extra) but we didn't get the service we would normally expect, having to ask for shampoo, etc. to be replenished, no ice in the room. The Concierge lounge was good but again we got very little extra service. The Coastal Kitchen suite-only dining room was excellent and made the main dining room seem even poorer in comparison.

Cabin Review

Grand Suite with Balcony

Cabin GS

A lovely large room with 2 doors to the bathroom, 2 sinks and a bath. The balcony was great. The sitting area is narrow but does have a large sofa and second TV.

Port Reviews

Hong Kong

We did this ourselves and had a great day. Taxi to Star Ferry, bus to Victoria Peak, tram down, bus to Stanley Market and a different one back, underground to get shuttle bus - the only problem was the difficulty finding the shuttle bus and the long wait in a long queue for one to arrive,

Nha Trang

Mud bath spa was in the middle of nowhere, especially set up for tourists, and looked awful despite wonderful beaches on the way. It was good once you got in but too little time to really relax.

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