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Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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662 Reviews

Best cruise ever!

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by icb3612

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony

Alaska has always been on my bucket list of cruises and finally got to go for our 24th Anniversary. Weather really worked in our favor- Recommend the Safari Photo Shoot excursion which includes glacier and whale watching. About 45 min light hiking to glacier. Our guide was incredibly helpful with appropriate camera settings and other photography tips for outdoors and at water level for whales. Sunny and in high 60s helped! Once hiking was completed-off to a two hour whale excursion. We got to see so many whales and take great pictures. This excursion only had 11 people signed up so it was very interactive.

The other excursion I recommend is the 2 hour bicycle tour in Victoria BC. I had no idea how beautiful this city was until we got the chance to tour via bike. Went to beautiful park area with abundance of flowers and greenery. Again, weather played a role in that it was cool and cloudy. We booked the excursion the morning of arrival in Victoria once we had the opportunity to see wether forecast. Apparently others did the same as the tour group had to get extra bikes and 2 additional guides - only delayed by 5 minutes.

As far as the ship goes-Royal Caribbean remains at top of my list! Exemplary service top to bottom. Not a big foodie so I didn’t mind the Main Dining Room for dinner. There’s plenty to choose from and if you don’t like what you selected, just ask for something else! And late night pizza is always a treat.

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Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 2D 13598

Good size with appropriate storage space for clothing. Lots of drawers and shelves available

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Arrived a day early and did our own sightseeing. Stayed at Lowes Hotel -walking distance to Market

Mendenhall Glacier

Very impressive

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Photo Safari

Best excursion ever see comments above

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Great! Almost 2 hours looking for whales. Captain Sandy and ourguide got to a couple of whales within the first 20 minutes of being out


Relatively easy and a great way to see Victoria and get excercise at the same time


Impressive and learning experience. Quaint town to walk through with nice shops and places to get snacks. Walking distance from ship

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