5 Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas Europe - All Cruise Reviews

Ovation of the Seas is a brand new ship and in that respect, it did not disappoint. The ship is beautiful and has a lot of nice features. It also has some things that might not appeal to everyone. This was kind of their maiden voyage and ... Read More
Ovation of the Seas is a brand new ship and in that respect, it did not disappoint. The ship is beautiful and has a lot of nice features. It also has some things that might not appeal to everyone. This was kind of their maiden voyage and the ship will eventually stay in Beijing. We had a balcony cabin and the cabin was comfortable and has lots of storage space. The usual toiletries that you expect on a ship were missing. We had to ask if we could have tissues and a shower cap. The food overall was OK. The big difference is that there is no central dining room. We like the anytime dining and they way you have to do it here, making reservations ahead of time for the 4 or 5 "free" restaurants on board, defeats the purpose. Came to find out that all the Quantum class ships are like this. Not a fan. The menus for a short cruise would have been OK but in 25 days there was not much variation. Ended up having dinner a the buffet most of the time. On that subject, the buffet closes at 9:00 pm. Weird.... The entertainment has mixed reviews as well. They had two and then three shows that you had to make reservations for. We did not care for The Dream but a lot of people we talked to did like it. The others were OK. They had different entertainers come on board throughout the voyage and some were good and some not so much. As always, that is a matter of preference. The 270 room is high tech and very nice, however, the seating is uncomfortable and arranged in such a way that you cannot see the stage from many seats. Not the best place to see the shows and there are a lot of activities in this venue. They had afternoon movies but the glare was too much and made it hard to see the movies. The service throughout the ship was excellent. Everyone went out of their way to be helpful. The ports were varied and always fun. Ending up in Dubai was the highlight of the cruise as that is some city! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Took a 7ngt vacation from Southampton to Barcelona on May 3rd. Weather was disappointing but the ship was impressive especially the 270 venue, the covered Solarium and the Seaplex sports venue. Staff were generally friendly and ... Read More
Took a 7ngt vacation from Southampton to Barcelona on May 3rd. Weather was disappointing but the ship was impressive especially the 270 venue, the covered Solarium and the Seaplex sports venue. Staff were generally friendly and accommodating and our room, a large interior stateroom on deck 12 was modern and spacious. The virtual balcony was interesting but you do get tired of looking at what is just a large TV screen. RCL pride itself on innovation and the robots in the 270 Venue were great as is the backdrop but I think they can harness this technology more as they figure it out. Novelties included the Bionic bar, the North Star and iFly (as you only get 60 seconds in it). The bumping cars are also very popular so you don't get long on them either and I found one staff member here extremely rude. Food was excellent in the Windjammer and very good in the Grande but I found all the other complimentary restaurants poor and pointless. Also the 18% service charge on everything made the vacation expensive. A lot of effort was put into the Productions (Spectra, the Dream & the Beetles tribute band) but there was little else on and they kept repeating the shows each night. One annoyance was that you had to book some of these shows to get in which is again unnecessary as is having to book dinner every night. All in all I would advise cruisers to stay away from the Atlantic as it is a windy and uncomfortable voyage that even Ovation couldn't disguise which was surprising given its size but once we entered the Med she was fine and the sway dissipated. On the room front the insulation was poor and I could near neighbouring cabins as well as the sound of toilets flushing which was akin to 'Thunder' as the suction was so strong flowing though the pipping. Our last Cruise was on Regal Princess and I think the rooms were better insulated and I didn't notice the aforementioned flushing noise. There are elements of Ovation that were better than Regal, namely the 270 Venue, the Solarium, the Seaplex, the food and the general liveliness of the ship but Regal's Atrium can't be beaten, nor can its running track which is away from the pool and deck chairs. In a perfect World I think we need a ship with Regal's decor, Atrium, running track and Movies under the Stars, Ovations 270 Venue, covered front of ship Solarium, Esplanade and Seaplex and Celebrities Grand Dining room and Solarium (as an indoor pool). Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Booked a suite so we could get double points to take us to Diamind Plus status, having been on the Anthem last October round the canaries and this being the same class of ship we knew what to expect. Coud'nt fault the staff in ... Read More
Booked a suite so we could get double points to take us to Diamind Plus status, having been on the Anthem last October round the canaries and this being the same class of ship we knew what to expect. Coud'nt fault the staff in particular the bar staff in Boleros who were most efficient and welcoming. Don't like the rotation of dining, we prefer the classic dining room experience so had all our evening meals in the windjammer which was ok. Could'nt understand why they would'nt sell cigarettes due to being in Europe we were told? It's a lovely ship but would'nt go on this class of ship again, we prefer Oasis class and have booked on the Allure this Christmas round the Caribbean for 16 nights (back to back). The entertainment was first class as usual with good variety of shows and never a problem to get a seat in theatre but sometimes a problem in 270. Apart from the weather being rather cold there are always things to do if you want to. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We choose this cruise as we have neever been on a maiden voyage before. The embarkation and disembarkation were both a wonderful celebratory event, that seemed to have no queues as we all spent time hugging characters and taking ... Read More
We choose this cruise as we have neever been on a maiden voyage before. The embarkation and disembarkation were both a wonderful celebratory event, that seemed to have no queues as we all spent time hugging characters and taking pictures along the way. The Ship is huge, beautiful, clean but keeping with a familiar RC layout so easy to find things. The ship is fitted with tablets at lifts etc. where guests can swipe their card, check their own personal itinery and signup for events, this is also available on the TV in the bedroom. This was great for us, as we did not queue at all for any of the activities, just turned up at our allotted time. We really enjoyed the wind-tunnel/sky diving, rock climbing, dodgems and 'North Star' observation pod. As like all RC ships the sauna, swimming pools and gym were great. We weren't a big fan of 'Spectre' show. The entertainers were great and effects wonderful, just didn't like the show too much. But everyone else seemed to. We were upgraded heavily for this trip, so our huge stateroom with balcony was wonderful, mdern, clean etc. Loved the T.V. system. Many ships now allow you to see your bill etc. on the T.V. but Ovation lets you run your entire trip from the T.V. Our stateroom attendant was brillent too. We enjoyed all our meals and the service though we heard that others didn't have such a great experience. It took until the second night for room service to begin. All the restaurants were great, but I do prefer the stately dining of ships like 'Independence of the Seas'. We particularly loved the adult only swimming pool with small water falls and exotic decor. We LOVED this cruise and the ship. A mixture of incredible luck, a great ship and staff. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Maiden voyage cruise with an extra 3 days added. BIG BIG BIG mistake. The additional 3 days were certainly not part of a maiden voyage, just a money making add on. They were still doing work on interior of the ship as we sailed. Staff ... Read More
Maiden voyage cruise with an extra 3 days added. BIG BIG BIG mistake. The additional 3 days were certainly not part of a maiden voyage, just a money making add on. They were still doing work on interior of the ship as we sailed. Staff inexperienced in the dynamic dining. Our personal stateroom attendant was quite lazy and in fact our sheets were not changed for a week! Two days no flannels in bathroom and dirty hand towel was left under the sink unit for 3 days. During one meal, we had to endure full food rubbish bins being wheeled past our table! The queues for customer services were badly organised and problems not really dealt with, so entailed several trips and waits to sort out. The décor of the ship was in the main beautiful but the whole ship was geared towards the Eastern market, even the products in the shops were brands not normally sold on ships. The cabin was lovely and well decorated. I have been on several maiden voyages and this was so disappointing and not enjoyable at all. I wont go on another one. I have been on quite a few cruises and this one was the worst. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Ovation of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 3.4
Entertainment 5.0 3.7
Public Rooms 5.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 5.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.1
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 3.8
Value For Money 4.0 3.3

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