We previously went on a cruise on Ovation to NZ approx 2 years ago, and I was pleased to see the ship has aged well. The cabins are spotless, and still look new. All other areas have stood the test of time and we were glad to be back on board for our trip to Nouméa and Mystery Island. We had perfect weather which certainly adds to the enjoyment of a cruise, but once again we found the food, entertainment and staff all of good to high standard and the staff really do go over and above to make sure you enjoy your experience.
We did the all access tour and got an inside look into the running of the ship and it’s an eye opener to see how much works goes on behind the scenes. On a ship this size, there are over 1500 staff working to ensure you have a great experience...all these people living away from their homes for months.
We really couldn’t fault any of the staff from guest services, bar staff, restaurant waiters, housekeeping etc. It somewhat amazes me to read and hear what people complain about, so don’t sweat the small stuff, embrace activities you wouldn’t usually do, enjoy the ease of travelling on a cruise, look out at the endless blue of the deep ocean and you will have a fantastic time.
We had 2 balcony rooms that were not interconnected but side by side. There was the provision to open the balcony wall so we could move to each room via the balcony so this is a good option if you miss out on interconnecting rooms.
Great island, beautiful blue water, white sands. Worth walking around the island to see how lovely it is. Coral bleached from what we saw, but still enough marine life to make for good snorkelling. There were a lot of people walking on the coral, and standing on the coral in deeper sections with their flippers, which would have an impact on this coral reef. You can imagine that 3000 people converging on a small island would have a negative impact so maybe this should be looked at but local authorities.
People for neighboring island very laid back