This is a gorgeous ship! The layout is very unlike most of the other RCCL ships because it was made for a different type of itinerary. We did Alaska in mid-September. The outdoor pool was heated, and we had no issue swimming in it. But there is also a covered pool and an adults-only solarium with some smaller soaking-type pools. It's all very comfortable with plenty of space to watch the scenery go by. If the sun is shining, don't hesitate to try the walking/jogging track above the pool level. We saw so many whales, and all we needed was a light jacket and/or sweatshirt and we were perfectly comfortable.
The food was excellent and pretty much on par with food on most RCCL ships; so if you generally like the food on RCCL cruises, the Ovation will be mostly the same. The cafe@Two70 was a welcome addition with some nice sandwiches.
Pixels is the one show you need reservations for. It's an impressive show with talented performers, but it wasn't really our taste (kind of modern and weird). Plus, we sat toward the back, which made it near impossible to see anything. If you go to the show, get there early so you can find a seat up close to the action.
The rest of the entertainment (production shows, singers, a magician, etc.) all seemed to be a notch above what I've seen on other cruises. The Music Hall, Boleros, and the Schooner Bar also always had wonderful musicians.
The casino has the nicest layout I've seen on any cruise ship. It is very spacious, and you can walk around without bumping into a bunch of people.
I would sail the Ovation of the Seas again in a heartbeat. The staff of course was wonderful, but more than that, the ship is simply spectacular.
It's an interesting set up. The cabin felt long but narrow. This actually made it easier for two people to utilize the space. At first I thought there wasn't enough storage space, but the design actually allows for quite a bit. The cabinets above the bed came in very handy.
We booked this through the ship. It was nice, but I felt the boat was a bit big for whale watching. A smaller boat would have been better for getting to the whales faster when we had spotted them in the distance.View All 906 Whale Watching Reviews
It was foggy, but we really enjoyed this excursion. The scenery is beautiful, and the guide told us a lot of the history of the gold fields. Very interesting!View All 1212 White Pass Scenic Railway Reviews