6 Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Asia

Just returned from Singapore where we cruised on Ovation of the Seas - fantastic ship. I was a little apprehensive of cruising on such a big ship but was so pleasantly surprised that there weren't the queues and overcrowding that I ... Read More
Just returned from Singapore where we cruised on Ovation of the Seas - fantastic ship. I was a little apprehensive of cruising on such a big ship but was so pleasantly surprised that there weren't the queues and overcrowding that I was lead to believe were the lot of these super cruises. Don't let all the naysayers on the internet bring this ship down, it's fantastically clean and the crew were great. There were some queues, but you get that on any ship. I was pleasantly surprised at how many places you could find on the ship were you could have a quiet read or drink whilst the other 4,500 guests aboard went about their holiday with gusto! There were a few little details that need ironing out, like the MyTime dining which was a bit of a disaster and turned out to be "their time, not my time", but there are so many other dining options that it didn't really matter. And it will be great when they work out the kinks of the WOW band system. What is the point of having a WOW band so you can tap and go if they don't have the infrastructure to use it or you still have to sign for everything. Good concept, but the execution was poor. Certainly 5 days was not enough time to see and do everything this ship has to offer, so I'll be back (with my WOW band) next year :) Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Would highly recommend cruising on this ship. We were a family of 4 travelling, 2 adults and 2 young children (2yrs & nearly 4yrs). Our balcony stateroom was larger than expected and housed us sufficiently. The food all around the ... Read More
Would highly recommend cruising on this ship. We were a family of 4 travelling, 2 adults and 2 young children (2yrs & nearly 4yrs). Our balcony stateroom was larger than expected and housed us sufficiently. The food all around the boat was more than expected. We did not find the boat over crowded, yes at times there were lots of people around, but never felt over crowded, even with our little ones at toe. Getting on and off the boat was a breeze for us, on check-in, check-out and on shore excursions, so I really do not understand where these negative reviews come from for this. Yes sometimes there were lines, but nothing our 2yr old and 4yr old could not handle. (I think some times people need to learn manners and have patients!) Adventure Ocean the kids club was great for my kids, my 4yr old always had a great time when there with the fun activities they did. My 2yr old didn't enjoy it as much, but the girls put in effort to make his time enjoyable, he did go 3 times to give my husband and I some much needed and appreciated time, kid free. All the activities on the boat are fantastic, so many things to do and all the staff worked very hard to make sure we had a great holiday. We were never bored, actually, there were a few things we didn't do as we couldn't fit it all in. My only complaint would be the cocktails are too sweet and not enjoyable and the staff did not know how to make half of them. Overall – our holiday was more than we could have imagined because Royal Caribbean have produced and amazing ship with out of this world activities and facilities on board! At the end of the day, remember you are on a boat on the middle of the ocean!! :) Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Having only been on 1 cruise prior a short 3 day one, we chose this cruise purely for the ship. The location was then selected and as it had a number of stops to break up the trip and went for this one with stops in Vietnam and Thailand ... Read More
Having only been on 1 cruise prior a short 3 day one, we chose this cruise purely for the ship. The location was then selected and as it had a number of stops to break up the trip and went for this one with stops in Vietnam and Thailand before arriving in Singapore. We also had not visited HK before so that was an added bonus to fly in a few days prior to look around. Despite the stops, we could have done with more days at sea as there was so much to do on the ship. The ocean was flat all the way and was perfect. The weather had a few overcast days but only rained once or twice. We expected for the size of the ship it would be overcrowded and embarkation and disembarkation at the Ports and pre/post cruise would be a nightmaree but it was a painless experience. Some of the prior reviews rated this negatively and I guess they have put more focus on this as the wait times were minimal and we got on and off the boat easily. For the number of people (around 4300 guests) it did not feel crowded at all, there was always plenty of space. We had an interior stateroom with a virtual balcony (9185) and it was excellent. We have stayed in a balcony room before so wasn't sure what to expect but I was more than happy with the room. Friends stayed in a balcony room and the size and layout was exactly the same except for the balcony. The virtual screen provided a good look at what was going on outside the ship but we hardly noticed as we were never in our room. Once we left in the morning we didn't return until night before getting ready for dinner or to go out. We did the most of the activities on board, Eye in the Sky, I-Fly (sky diving), roller staking, bumper cars, rock climbing, basketball, ping pong etc. There was a lot to keep you occupied. All of which was great fun. I travelled with a group of 10 (5 couples, no children). There were not many young kids on board that we saw, and same for teenagers. However, there were specific kid and teenage activities arranged and the sporting area (ping pong, roller skating, basketball, volleyball, bumper cars, xbox lounges, foozball etc.) as well as the arcade would be awesome for them, it was pretty impressive. My teenage son was a bit envious he didn't come! We saw the Love Legs show (may have the name wrong) which was excellent. Great singers and performers. Entertainment was generally high quality. The ship has a huge lounge called the 270 which has screens that cover all windows. One of the shows Pixels that you had to book for showcased the facility with moving screens, light show etc. The show was a bit out there but it was good to see the full capability of the facility which is pretty amazing. The food was excellent in most of the facilities. Fine Dining was a bit disappointing and the standard was ok, but not great. We had better meals in the Windjammer (buffet) and ate there on most occasions. I think this was consistent with most travellers as we tried fine dining again on day 4 or so and there was hardly anyone there and they were so grateful we went back. Again, meal was ok and we didn't return again. The buffet at Windjammer was very good quality, could not fault it. So much variety and suffice to say we ate a lot! We also pre-booked Jamie Oliver and Chops Steakhouse both of which were very good as well. The food was unlimited and we paid around $35-40 pp pre-booked and it was well worth it. Plenty of other places to eat but we did not try them all. Also did room service breakfast before tours in Port and this was also good. A few in our group smoked and there was a good area on the pool deck with nice lounges and you could open the windows. A few commented this was a lot better than other cruises where you can be stuck in a tiny, crappy area. We booked our own tours rather than go with the boats which was perfect for a group. We used a Company called "Shore Excursions" in both Vietnam and Thailand. It was much better as we did not have to wait for other people and could adjust the itinerary on the day. The itineraries and tour guides were great and would highly recommend this as well. As you can see by my novel - we loved our time on Ovation!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The cruise had lots of activities including i-fly, surf rider, north star, bumper cars, skating, table tennis etc. The rooms were modern, and enjoyed the virtual balcony. The staff were also pleasant and very helpful. The shows were ... Read More
The cruise had lots of activities including i-fly, surf rider, north star, bumper cars, skating, table tennis etc. The rooms were modern, and enjoyed the virtual balcony. The staff were also pleasant and very helpful. The shows were really good and of the highest quality. Highly recommend the cruise and the experience. The dance shows were like being in Vegas, the tech show of Pixels was also very cool and modern. The food on board was good, however could do with more vegetarian options. The dining hall although would get very busy during meal times and was probably the only let down with so many people on board. The bars and the bartenders were very nice and we thoroughly enjoyed having drinks in the evening as well as the bionic bar was a great once in a lifetime experience. Overall, a great and memorable trip and look forward to the next one in July this year to Europe! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
STUNNING SHIP, simply stunning. IMPRESSIVE technology throughout the ship. CABINS: lovely, with lots of storage space DINING: Dynamic dining 18 restaurants choice. Best gourmet experience in our lives (lobster, scallops, quality ... Read More
STUNNING SHIP, simply stunning. IMPRESSIVE technology throughout the ship. CABINS: lovely, with lots of storage space DINING: Dynamic dining 18 restaurants choice. Best gourmet experience in our lives (lobster, scallops, quality beef, truffles, truffles and more truffles). We indulged in special experiences such as Wonderland (a must to try), and Chef's Table. Non chargeable The Grande was excellent, the others are good. We only had one experience where the wait staff were not attentive and efficient (American Icon Grill) at one breakfast plus the cappuccino maker at WindJammer was slow slow slow every time. But given 12 days and many mealtimes thats not bad at all:-) ENTERTAINMENT: Shows shows and more shows massive variety. The usual bard entertainers, piano, violin, bands, formal shows (3) plus seemed to collect new shows each port, PLUS the amazing impressive technology on board at 270 degrees meant additional virtual shows (virtual symphony, and concerts). The formal shows were mostly too loud for our ears BUT still impressive. RECREATION: What can you say ifly, wave rider, north star unique experience, rock wall climbing,roller skating, table tennis, multiple swimming pools outdoor, undercover and the solarium and many more recreational activities (super teen club our daughter was activity engaged and happy the entire trip)..... TECHNOLOGY: massively impressive. High speed continual wifi access - we were even able to tune into netflix while on board!! the ship included 3D shows, animated art works, visual displays with delightful surprises - e.g. butterflies that fly when touched, images that move with your motion movement. An on board app that makes information and booking simple, and the 270 degrees stage is always worth checking out late afternoon to see what is on display there - e.g. an animate library screen with moving parts, the galaxy in motion etc. oh and the bionic bar of course is fun to observe and order from. PUBLIC ROOMS: Many many gorgeously designed break out areas where you can extra chill and relax. THE THINGS THAT NEED SOME SORTING TO MAKE IT PERFECT: Embarkation was a mess at Singapore and took far longer than any one expected. Some port shore excursion departures were big issues - e.g. Vietnam and South Korea were painful. Apparently RCI are usually far better than what happened on this tour and there were immigration issues - (this was our first RCI cruise). The port excursions were mostly not great - surprisingly Xiamen in China was great and Hong Kong however the others it maybe better to organise your own private tours. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Arrived in Singapore 2 days before the cruise with my wife and 3 year old daughter, Stayed at the Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, great location. We stayed in a Club Room for A$300 per night which gave us access to the Club lounge each day. I ... Read More
Arrived in Singapore 2 days before the cruise with my wife and 3 year old daughter, Stayed at the Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, great location. We stayed in a Club Room for A$300 per night which gave us access to the Club lounge each day. I think this is also one of the only club lounges that allows children in after 6pm. Singapore was very hot, hotter than I expected even after growing up in Darwin, in fact the whole holiday was very hot and we have decided not to travel to Asia at this time of the year again. Arrived at Ship at 11:30am and bordered about 1:30pm, everyone seemed confused but eventually we got onboard. Our room was a balcony suite 10116 on deck 10. We met up with our friends at the pool bar for some drinks before heading down to their Grand Loft Suite for a sail away party with Champagne and canapés, courtesy of Royal Caribbean. I pre booked every restaurant, show and activity weeks before the cruise so didnt have to worry about booking anything on board. Having our friends in the Grand Loft Suite had its advantages. We were sort of attached to they're booking which allowed us to eat in the Coastal Kitchen with them (Restaurant for Suite Guests). We were first for Disembarkation at each port including Tianjin which took 20mins from Lounge to our private mini van. You could feel the knives in your back as you pushed passed passengers who had been lined up for hours to leave the ship at the various ports of call particularly South Korea, where some people say it took 4 hours to get off and some giving up and staying on board. We also managed to get reserved seating at all the shows so arrived at theatre 2 mins before shows started. A big thank you to our friends butler Genie who looked after us and made our cruise so enjoyable. She got a nice tip & gift at the end of the cruise. We pre booked internet for two devices so we could stay in touch using Facebook messenger for calls. I did pay for the onboard app to stay in contact and make calls but it failed after the first day and we were refunded the cost so stuck with Facebook which worked just as well, made it very easy to keep track of each other on such a large ship. We also had 2 x Premium drink packages which was great. I guess the beauty of pre booking and pre paying for everything up front there wouldn't be a large surprise bill at the end. You could check your online account anytime on your television. The free app was good for keeping track of your bookings for each day so you knew where you were eating and at what time, this also included any onboard activities. Food was fantastic throughout the cruise and couldn't complain about anything. Chops Restaurant (My favourite) dry aged steak (Extra $19) was one of the best steaks I've eaten. Chefs Table was excellent with a great food, company and a large variety of wines. Wonderland was an adventure and we were very full when we finished. Izumi's was good but didn't realise you are charged for this restaurant as it depends on what you order, and cant be pre charged. The Noodle Bar on the pool deck was way too hot as its all enclosed and there was no breeze, try eating a spicy noodle soup in what feels like a sauna, you also had to pay to eat here. I dont understand why the whole lower pool deck is enclosed in glass which made even lying on a deck chair in the shade extremely uncomfortable in the heat, without any breeze at all. I thought kids club looked a little dark and gloomy I dont know why they dont have big windows to let in the natural light like at the Seaplex entertainment area. My daughter was hard to drop off on the few times she went but always said she had a good time after we picked her up. She was vey upset when she was told she was too young for the dodgem cars (must be 5 years or older) but was allowed to skydive (Which she did) go figure? Also she was too short by a few centimetres to go on the children's slides in the kids pool area. Hardly ate at Wind Jammers perhaps a breakfast or two no lunches or dinners, so cant really comment on the range or quality. We booked 4 days of Tours with China Highlights. They picked us up from the Ship and we drove for 3.5 hours to the Summer Palace, followed with lunch at a nice restaurant, then dropped at hotel about 3pm. to do what we wanted each afternoon. Much the same schedule each day with a drop off at the Airport on the last day at 10:30pm. Couldn't fault this company at all. All in all it was a great way to be introduced to cruising, and am already looking at Sydney to Singapore in March 2018 on the same ship, I might have to book a suite as I think I we've been spoilt now and enjoyed all the benefits they came with. Cruise never felt over crowded, and It didnt feel like we were moving 99% of the time it was very stable. Read Less
Sail Date June 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 4.0
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 3.9
Value For Money 4.0 3.3

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