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Had heard great things about this ship so thought I would give it a try. Unfortunately it has no atmosphere. It's like a shopping mall in both looks and feel and there's always someone wanting to sell you something. I didn't expect it to be a party style ship. Enjoy a drink sure...but to excess, why. For such a huge ship there are no peaceful corners. Not even the Adults Only Solarium which is a complete misnomer . It's just as noisy and rowdy as the general areas. Lots of drinking, yelling across the pools, loud music. Sorry missed the mark here. Food is OK. However the same thing is served every day. Very little variety. Don't come back from a shore excursion hungry because there is very little choice available. Buffet closes at 3pm, there's pizza available, some dried out sandwiches and very little else. As has always been my experience, the staff are exceptional. How they go about their day dealing with what can be some really obnoxious and rude passengers and keep smiling is amazing. They're there to do a job not be servants to idiots who think they're better. The production shows were excellent; the tribute bands - great; but some of the other entertainment put on in the theatre was the sort of thing I'd expect to see at my local club. Good performers but very run of the mill. Overall it's a lovely ship but it lacks heart.

Beautiful ship but...

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by Kaycees mum

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Obstructed Ocean View Balcony
Had heard great things about this ship so thought I would give it a try. Unfortunately it has no atmosphere. It's like a shopping mall in both looks and feel and there's always someone wanting to sell you something.

I didn't expect it to be a party style ship. Enjoy a drink sure...but to excess, why.

For such a huge ship there are no peaceful corners. Not even the Adults Only Solarium which is a complete misnomer . It's just as noisy and rowdy as the general areas. Lots of drinking, yelling across the pools, loud music. Sorry missed the mark here.

Food is OK. However the same thing is served every day. Very little variety. Don't come back from a shore excursion hungry because there is very little choice available. Buffet closes at 3pm, there's pizza available, some dried out sandwiches and very little else.

As has always been my experience, the staff are exceptional. How they go about their day dealing with what can be some really obnoxious and rude passengers and keep smiling is amazing. They're there to do a job not be servants to idiots who think they're better.

The production shows were excellent; the tribute bands - great; but some of the other entertainment put on in the theatre was the sort of thing I'd expect to see at my local club. Good performers but very run of the mill.

Overall it's a lovely ship but it lacks heart.
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Cabin Review

Obstructed Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 2E 6194
Lovely cabin. A bit narrow. No coffee table. Ordered room service and had to sit on the bed to eat it.
Very comfortable bed and pillows.
Storage is great although a small cupboard in the bathroom would be handy.
Veranda is nice. Table very small, but I suppose suitable for the space.
View is far more obstructed than expected. I've almost always booked obstructed view on other ships with no problem. The life boat comes nearly to the top of the balcony rail and since I'm only 5 foot tall it was difficult to see over it.
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