It's difficult to capture the Ovation experience easily. But, in a word - sublime. There was no request that was too big or too small for them.
We cruised as a party of four in Veranda Suite rooms. Our rooms were located aft near to the staircase, which is a lovely location. Highly recommended.
Embarkation - this was effortless and enjoyable. We were met at the airport and had an easy ride to the boat. Here, we were welcomed with cocktails and a seamless embarkation process.
Stateroom - Extremely spacious for its category. The veranda is a good size and the walk-in closet is welcome. The double basin in the bathroom was welcome too. Toiletries are of a very high standard.
Restaurants - Without exception, meals were amazing. In particular, the service at the Restaurant deserves special mention, the formal night is something special and the Air and Ocean restaurant on deck is also excellent. We normally took in breakfast in the Colonnade, but splurging one or two mornings for breakfast in The Restaurant is also a good idea.
Bars - Generally very good, although service at the outside bars during sail-aways gets a little slow.
The Retreat - A lovely little hidden area on the boat is The Retreat. Worth spending the money if you're looking for a R&R day.
Spa & Fitness - Excellent treatments, but the facilities are perhaps a little small. That said, the fitness area never felt crowded.
Excursions - We only did excursions in St Petersburg but these were arranged well and the experience was excellent.
Entertainment - All shows in the Grand Salon were very good. The live music on deck during sail-away parties was a little short-lived at 30 minutes. The casino is a little small and felt crowded at times.
Extremely spacious for its category. The veranda is a good size and the walk-in closet is welcome. The double basin in the bathroom was welcome too. Toiletries are of a very high standard.
The room is serviced twice daily by a "personal stewardess" who was very friendly, but also incredibly discrete.
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