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Perfect all-weather ship, and therefore perfect for Alaska. Excellent range of options for both indoor and outdoor viewing, sports, entertainment, food, drinks, ... Embarkation and disembarkation went extremely fast (also thanks to "The Key" :-) ...). Upon arrival at the pier around 10:30 a.m., there were zero (0) passengers before me in line. (At least as a solo traveller, I can only recommend "The Key" programme!) Dining in the MDR was rather disappointing, but truly great food in the Windjammer, and plenty of (always different) options. Never a problem to find an empty table. Entertainment was of the usual high RCI quality. The perks of the Quantum class are obviously great, the Solarium is truly the highlight of the ship for an adult, particularly in Alaska, as is North Star (with premium viewing at an extra fee in some key locations, also going to the side of the ship). The fitness center was surprisingly small and rather oddly equipped (only a handful of bikes!).

Perfect for Alaska

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by BAKAT

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View with Large Balcony
Perfect all-weather ship, and therefore perfect for Alaska. Excellent range of options for both indoor and outdoor viewing, sports, entertainment, food, drinks, ...

Embarkation and disembarkation went extremely fast (also thanks to "The Key" :-) ...). Upon arrival at the pier around 10:30 a.m., there were zero (0) passengers before me in line. (At least as a solo traveller, I can only recommend "The Key" programme!)

Dining in the MDR was rather disappointing, but truly great food in the Windjammer, and plenty of (always different) options. Never a problem to find an empty table.

Entertainment was of the usual high RCI quality.

The perks of the Quantum class are obviously great, the Solarium is truly the highlight of the ship for an adult, particularly in Alaska, as is North Star (with premium viewing at an extra fee in some key locations, also going to the side of the ship).

The fitness center was surprisingly small and rather oddly equipped (only a handful of bikes!).
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Cabin Review

Ocean View with Large Balcony
Cabin 2C 10-162
Great cabin with lots of space. HUGE balcony, extra deep (which means you could always sit outside, even in the rain, as it didn't reach the back part of the balcony).
Very close to the (forward) elevators on the port side of the ship. Probably one of the best balcony cabins on the entire ship, as it is also sort of right in between the public decks, so Windjammer, pools etc on the one hand and restaurants, bars & entertainment on the other are all equally within reach.
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