We choose the Ovation of the Seas as we had previously enjoyed the Voyager of the Seas and wanted to try a newer ship and a different destination. Ovation of the Seas is definitely a great ship for a New Zealand Cruise especially with the adult only pool and spa area being protected by the elements with glass and this area is a fabulous area to relax. We travelled with two other couples who had also just turned 50.
My husband and I enjoyed riding the flow rider most mornings as well as trying out the dodgem cars, I-fly and rock climbing wall. Saying that I agree with others that the dodgem car waiting line could be better organised and is not helped by those that hold places for multiple people. Our friends enjoyed the trivial pursuit and the adult pool area.
We tried the special dining as part of a 5 night dining package. Alice in Wonderland is a wonderful experience and Jamie Oliver’s was best enjoyed as a group.
We booked my-time dining but beware that this may mean, with a larger group, that you will be sent away to wait to see if a table is available. The bar was close so wasn’t a worry.
We all managed to get on the North Star. If you don’t get to book on-line go there as soon as you board to make a booking for when the ship is docked.
We booked for an early boarding time which is worthwhile if you can get it. Embarking was about half an hour. Our room wasn’t ready but we were given a paper seapass to use until our room was ready. We had drinks and lunch and it was soon time to unpack.
We also booked the thermal suites which for us was a luxury worth paying for but it is a personal choice. You can’t book on-line so go there when you board and the staff will show you around.
Pixels is worth booking. I enjoyed some of the entertainment but not others but we all have different tastes.
Staff service was varied. In one case we had made a booking that couldn’t be honoured and they went out of their way to make up for the mistake on the other hand we only had 2 towel animals which I could have done better.
We didn’t participate in many enrichment activities as we were too busy with everything else but the presentation on acupuncture was interesting.
The drink staff were everywhere and served you in the adult pool which was better than our last crew where you waited at the bar for long periods some time.
We did a mixture of cruise line tours and pre-organised non cruise tours. Enjoyed Dunedin and Napier the best. Not much in Picton so best to organise a tour.
We are booked with Royal Caribbean again. We are going on VOS again because it is a holiday for our teenage son and it is going to the South Pacific. Sadly OOS only does a few stops at the Pacific Islands as we loved the ship.
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Perfect for two. Good storage. Good size bathroom. Comfortable bed.
Stopped for Fish and chips and had a quick look around
We organised a private tour with Hoppits Tours so only spent a brief time at the castle and were given a private tour by our Hoppit tour guide.
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We went there early so got a quite tour so managed to see the yellow eyed penguin in its natural habitat.
We did a half day tour with an independent tour that showed us the highlights of Wellington including the cable car.