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Seabourn Ovation Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Review for Seabourn Ovation to Asia
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10+ Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Dec 2018
Cabin: Veranda Suite

We are a couple in our early 40s who have sailed around 20 times on a variety of lines with most itineraries averaging 2 weeks. The majority of our trips have been on main stream lines on ships of around 2,500 passengers. We have sailed once on Regent and once on Viking Ocean and have an upcoming Crystal cruise. Before this cruise we had just completed 4 other cruises totalling 54 days. We flew from Miami to Dubai to take this cruise.

Unfortunately I picked up the flu while onboard which did limit my ability to enjoy the cruise fully. Speaking to other passengers it sounded like respiratory (and some noro) had been common problems on the preceding legs.

Unfortunately initial impressions were poor as the embarkation process was shocking. Taxis did not know where to drop passengers and so we had to drag bags a long way and then entered what can only be described as a bare shed with no air conditioning. The luggage collection process was the worst I have ever seen, no organisation at all, after waiting for far too long I gave up found a copy of the passenger manifest lying around and wrote out my own luggage tags and left out luggage in the middle of the shed and presumed somebody would eventually pick it up (obviously they did). We then joined another long queue (described by a fellow guest as an easyjet style check in). Eventually we reached the desk where we waited 20 minutes to get our key, others were getting theirs in 5 minutes. We asked to speak to the only Seabourn representative in the shed and she sped the process up. We were handed a keycard and nothing else, no information, nothing. Again nobody on the pier and eventually on entering the ship we found the CD Handre to greet us. We then wandered aimlessly through the ship until we stumbled across lunch. Thankfully things picked up after this underwhelming start.

Cabin Review

Veranda Suite

Cabin V2

Large, modern and comfortable with loads of storage. Full size tv and lounge. Nice wet bar. Decent balcony although metal railing on deck 5 obstructs views of the sea. Walk in closet and large stylish bathroom.

Port Reviews

Sir Bani Yas Island

Loved it, water was clear, nice lounges and wifi in the middle of nowhere! Caviar in the sea followed by losters - a great day!


Thought Georgetown was a cute and walkable colonial time

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