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Seabourn Ovation Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Another disappointing cruise on a Seabourn ship

Review for Seabourn Ovation to Asia
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2019
Cabin: Veranda Suite
junk tour
Ferris wheel

We sailed in 2017 on the Sojourn to Alaska and it couldn't have been better - even with departing chefs in the middle of the cruise. Last year we sailed on the Encore to the Med and there was a huge difference in the experience, for the worse. Now in Asia, the Ovation is a bit better than the Encore but sorely lacking for an ultra luxury cruise line.

The ship is beautiful and the cabins and housekeeping are great; that's about where it ends. Food and service keep getting worse each day. We had sushi for lunch one day and it was ok; they had a special omakase dinner one night which was completely inedible. The fish was old and smelled, even the salmon roe. Keller-food is ok albeit very boring; Service is terrible. They shouldn't include this as a dining option because you are only allowed to go twice per cruise. We ended up having room service 3 nights because it was the only way to best ensure a decent meal.

Breakfast in the Colonnade was the same each day-marginal fruit, canned corned beef hash and the usual array of eggs, bacon, etc. Cooked to order omelets were lacking in filling and dry.

Cabin Review

Veranda Suite

Cabin V6

We liked the cabin-it as clean and plenty of room for clothing. The walk in closet is a bit smaller than the Sojurn. The cabin was a bit noisy - lots of scraping and walking above-possibly too close to the bar on 10. Also, on nights where there is music by the pool, you can hear it in the cabin; no issue if you stay up late.

Port Reviews


6 hours is

too long; junk driver got lost; too much selling of junk on the junk

Da Nang

Stranded too long Nothing to do but shop and eat; best shops on the cruise with the exception of Singapore.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Customized for what we wanted - tours by locals.


Stay on the boat; this is a dangerous and very dirty place; nothing really to see.

Bangkok (Laem Chabang)

The only problem with the tour is where Seabourn docked; it took 3 hours to bet to Bangkok and 3 hours to get back. Silver Seas docks right in the city.

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