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We chose this cruise as it was part of a package through eCruising and it sailed into Sydney from Singapore. From the beginning of the cruise tthings did not go well. The organisation (transfers) to the port were poorly organised. This is not Royal Caribbean’s fault but Ecruising’s . We waited at a very crowded port with no drinks, food and inadequate seating for several hours and were not able to board until nearly 7 pm. This should have been a streamlined process as there were over 80 guests booked through ecruising but apparently had no communication with Royal Caribbean to ensure that the process was efficient. We would have been better to ignore Ecruising’s organisation. By the time we did get aboard we were hungry and thirsty and when we asked a staff member to direct us to refreshments we were told we would not have time as everything would close soon due to safety drill. The ship had arrived late due to medical evacuations so late arrival can be excused but not poor organisation once boarding has started. Closer liason from the ecruising would have been most advantageous. Another medical evacuation caused late arrival in Fremantle- again this cannot be helped. Our biggest complaint and reason for low rating was our cabin. We were aware when booking that our room had restricted ocean views but not that it was directly above smokers area and also funneled diesel fumes into room if the door was open. Lights were on all night in the smoking area so we could not even see out. Enrichment activities included a talk on capital punishment - a great topic for a holiday! But it was well attended! The millions spent on the electronic presentaions to me have been a waste if money. Public areas were too crowded and often had to walk through restaurant etc to get from one area to another.

Terrible room and no consideration of complaints

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by Finick U Lar

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We chose this cruise as it was part of a package through eCruising and it sailed into Sydney from Singapore.

From the beginning of the cruise tthings did not go well. The organisation (transfers) to the port were poorly organised. This is not Royal Caribbean’s fault but Ecruising’s . We waited at a very crowded port with no drinks, food and inadequate seating for several hours and were not able to board until nearly 7 pm. This should have been a streamlined process as there were over 80 guests booked through ecruising but apparently had no communication with Royal Caribbean to ensure that the process was efficient. We would have been better to ignore Ecruising’s organisation.

By the time we did get aboard we were hungry and thirsty and when we asked a staff member to direct us to refreshments we were told we would not have time as everything would close soon due to safety drill.

The ship had arrived late due to medical evacuations so late arrival can be excused but not poor organisation once boarding has started. Closer liason from the ecruising would have been most advantageous.

Another medical evacuation caused late arrival in Fremantle- again this cannot be helped.

Our biggest complaint and reason for low rating was our cabin. We were aware when booking that our room had restricted ocean views but not that it was directly above smokers area and also funneled diesel fumes into room if the door was open. Lights were on all night in the smoking area so we could not even see out.

Enrichment activities included a talk on capital punishment - a great topic for a holiday! But it was well attended!

The millions spent on the electronic presentaions to me have been a waste if money.

Public areas were too crowded and often had to walk through restaurant etc to get from one area to another.
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Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 8D 6674
I would not book this cabin ever!
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