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This cruise line and dates were chosen were based on starting/ending port, and season. First, let me start by saying that after 23 cruises, we FINALLY made it to Alaska. Just never found the right time, price, port, ship; well, just a combination of things. Yes, an Alaskan cruise is everything we were told it would be. Great sights, wildlife, hiking, glaciers, whales, educational, entertaining, and on and on. We will definitely be going back. Our ONLY disappointment is that the ship couldn’t make it all the way up Endicott Arm to to the face of the glacier as there was too much ice in the fiord. Safety first and the Captain made the decision to turn around. Did we miss seeing Dawes Glacier, yes. Did me miss having our trip interrupted by damage to the ship, no. Smart decision. Out cruise started and ended in Seattle with a day early arrival for sight seeing. Ports of call included Juneau where we enjoyed an excursion which included whale watching boat ride, Mendenhall Glacier, and nature hiking. Skagway where we took a tour bus up to BC, Canada and rode down on the White Pass railway. Learning about the Yukon gold rush. The actual trail size came as quite a surprise. Again, some disappointment at not seeing Dawes Glacier up close. Then it was Victoria, BC. What a beautiful city, and Butchard Gardens is not to be missed. We’ve never seen so many flowers or such detailed landscaping. A NOT to be missed sight in Victoria. As for the ship, Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas. It’s the largest cruise ship we’ve ever sailed on. First impression is that we’d get lost. Yes, even after 23 prior cruises on many different ships, Ovation is impressive. Took a day or two to figure it all out. Dined at two of the three specialty restaurants, and thoroughly enjoyed them both. Regular dining room service was exceptional with a nice selection of entree options. Windjammer (self service) dining area was well staffed, well maintained, with tasty choices. Late night options were not available. We did appreciate the mandatory hand washing station at the Windjammer entrance. Sports and children activities make sea days very entertaining, even if just watching. Of note, the show “Pixcels” is shown every night. It’s the name of the show, not the venue. We had booked reservations for each night thinking a different type show each night. Lesson learned. Only one late night comedian on a 7 night cruise? The main show was entertaining, but LOUD. Luckily we had seats near the back of the theatre at the edge of a row and were able to leave. Overall impression, we would book on the Ovation of the Seas again.

Alaska at last

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by LAVINRAC

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
This cruise line and dates were chosen were based on starting/ending port, and season. First, let me start by saying that after 23 cruises, we FINALLY made it to Alaska. Just never found the right time, price, port, ship; well, just a combination of things. Yes, an Alaskan cruise is everything we were told it would be. Great sights, wildlife, hiking, glaciers, whales, educational, entertaining, and on and on. We will definitely be going back. Our ONLY disappointment is that the ship couldn’t make it all the way up Endicott Arm to to the face of the glacier as there was too much ice in the fiord. Safety first and the Captain made the decision to turn around. Did we miss seeing Dawes Glacier, yes. Did me miss having our trip interrupted by damage to the ship, no. Smart decision.

Out cruise started and ended in Seattle with a day early arrival for sight seeing. Ports of call included Juneau where we enjoyed an excursion which included whale watching boat ride, Mendenhall Glacier, and nature hiking. Skagway where we took a tour bus up to BC, Canada and rode down on the White Pass railway. Learning about the Yukon gold rush. The actual trail size came as quite a surprise. Again, some disappointment at not seeing Dawes Glacier up close. Then it was Victoria, BC. What a beautiful city, and Butchard Gardens is not to be missed. We’ve never seen so many flowers or such detailed landscaping. A NOT to be missed sight in Victoria.

As for the ship, Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas. It’s the largest cruise ship we’ve ever sailed on. First impression is that we’d get lost. Yes, even after 23 prior cruises on many different ships, Ovation is impressive. Took a day or two to figure it all out. Dined at two of the three specialty restaurants, and thoroughly enjoyed them both. Regular dining room service was exceptional with a nice selection of entree options. Windjammer (self service) dining area was well staffed, well maintained, with tasty choices. Late night options were not available. We did appreciate the mandatory hand washing station at the Windjammer entrance.

Sports and children activities make sea days very entertaining, even if just watching. Of note, the show “Pixcels” is shown every night. It’s the name of the show, not the venue. We had booked reservations for each night thinking a different type show each night. Lesson learned. Only one late night comedian on a 7 night cruise? The main show was entertaining, but LOUD. Luckily we had seats near the back of the theatre at the edge of a row and were able to leave. Overall impression, we would book on the Ovation of the Seas again.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 8D 10594
More spacious storage than ANY previous cabin we’ve had. Balcony was a pleasant extravagance we wanted for our Alaska cruise. Well worth the cost. Room steward (Clinton) was attentive and efficient. What else to say.... comfortable, clean and roomy.
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