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895 Royal Caribbean Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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Maxit
Member Since 2015
1 review
55 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
The activities.Something for everyone, an endless stream of activities food and entertainment. We booked this cruise with the intention of enjoying the ship and we did.The ports where not a priority for us. Staff fantastic. Only ... Read more
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TYPE34
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We have had 6 cruises on Royal Caribbean,on 5 ships and are now Diamond Members of Crown & Anchor. We have enjoyed every cruise. Our latest cruise on Ovation from Sydney to Singapore was no exception unfortunately certain areas were ... Read more
jperman1
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Ovation has got everything, from all the restaurants, bars, music venues to all the activities such as Ifly, flowrider, North Star, bumper cars, rock climbing, bionic bar. The ship is massive, so there's always a quiet spot to do some ... Read more
ncee
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
I am sorry that I cannot give this beautiful ship a 5 star rating, but a number of minor things let her down. (Our perspective anyway.) On the plus side, because of the size we rarely had a problem finding a seat in bars, coffee shops and ... Read more
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denstrip
Member Since 2013
1 review
53 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
I chose this ship not for the destination but to have the experience of a new and large ship. The ship was beautiful, everything is new and very modern. The specialty restaurants were amazing with fine detail from the elegant furnishings ... Read more
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Lynda G
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was our first ever cruise. We did a lot of reading of reviews prior to departure and must say that there are a lot of people who were very negative to Ovation, which I must admit made us a little nervous of the 14 days ahead of us. ... Read more
aprilfool7999
Member Since 2015
1 review
12 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Been on 2 other cruises before and the Ovation is the best one so far. I was really apprehensive before this cruise because of all the negative reviews but decided to keep an open mind and to learn from the bad experience others had which ... Read more
Dalwood
Member Since 2016
4 reviews
2 helpful votes
Following our 30 day cruise from Barcelona to Singapore on the Qantum of the Seas in 2015 we believed the newly built Ovation of the Seas would match the exceptional experience we had in 2015. The quality of food and variety was definitely ... Read more
kasr
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
54 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Having been on Quantum of the Seas 18 months ago, I was interested in seeing the new version. Both ships are very similar (although Quantum now has a much larger casino and no Music Hall). The problem with a 3 day cruise is everyone ... Read more
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tonibrad
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We were a bit apprehensive about this short 3 day cruise after some bad reviews but was left wondering if this ship is the same as the one in the reviews. It was the most beautiful ship with state of the art technology and attractions. As ... Read more
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Kaypotts
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Chose this cruise to experience this amazing ship and hopefully Wonderland. The ship itself is beautiful, lots of things to see and am sure that I still didn't' see everything in the three days. My cabin was a interior studio room ... Read more
The Budge
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Having cruised several times with Princess Cruises, we chose this sampler cruise on the Ovation of Seas because its is one of the newest and biggest ships to visit Australia. Also, it is good to see what other cruise companies have to ... Read more
RPortsch
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Having been on RC larger ship 'Allure of the Seas' in the Bahamas back in Dec 2014, we were looking forward to going on this 3 night getaway close to home. The 'Ovation of the Seas' is supposed to be a smaller ship but in a higher class, ... Read more
PetB
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Embarkation, disembarkation all went smoothly. Our cabin was clean and comfortable. Food was good at Cafe at 270, Windjammer and Chops. One bad experience at Silk where very little that we ordered was available. Live entertainment was ... Read more
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Raelsgrant
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was the tenth cruise for my wife and I covering four different cruise lines. The Ovation is the biggest and newest ship to cruise out of Oz, so it was tempting to see what it was like. The 3 day sampler cruise was a good introduction ... Read more
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Chumblybum
Member Since 2013
1 review
8 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
RC has managed to take a huge ship and make it feel cramped with no room for passengers to even pass in the corridor. While a brand new ship in excellent condition and with excellent technology, it was one of the least enjoyable and ... Read more
Newby58
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
587 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
My husband and I wanted to experience “Supercruising” so we booked a sampler on Ovation. We wanted to evaluate the ship before committing to a longer cruise. We had previously been on Voyager, Explorer and Radiance out of ... Read more
Holidayman1
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We have been on over 10 cruises and we were very excited about going on the Ovation of the Seas. 4th largest ship in the world and not even 12 months old. Check in was excellent and all the staff were also very good setting the scene for ... Read more
Burnsm
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Although cruise ship is new the cabins are small, the 4 berth room is terrible as the bed is a fold out lounge which is like sleeping on a wooden board, the mattress is so thin it may as well not be there. Although this has new activities ... Read more
jeremylawrance
Member Since 2016
4 reviews
3 helpful votes
I chose this cruise to introduce my son's family and my grandchildren to cruising. The ship offered a large range of children's activities backed by what i have experienced with RCCL on Caribbean Cruises. I booked the cruise in May 2016 ... Read more
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Gazali1
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
We were first time cruisers and only did the back to back because of the itinerary. Back to back was Australia top end & New Zealand, was sick and tired of constant up selling, the put the drinks prices up mid cruise by around 12% ... Read more
Penny30
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
As an avid Cruiser I thought this was a nice way to get to Freemantle. Thisturned out to be: . After contacting your Head Office in relation to the ‘Soda Package and ‘Dairy Free diet’ only to find neither were ... Read more
MSWatson1955
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
After making the final payment on our Cruise we were informed that we would board the Ship in Sydney Harbor via tenders instead of the Overseas Passenger Terminal. We were told to arrive at set times based on the deck our cabin was on and ... Read more
VancouverEllen
Member Since 2017
1 review
15 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
I will try to keep this as short as possible, although I could write a book about it. Faulty plumbing in bathroom making terrible noises throughout the day. Flooding of floor of cabin from outside source. Cabin change to so called ... Read more
ROYAL TIGER
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
22 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We were travelling to Australia from the Uk and to cover the most areas decided to do three back to back cruises covering Australia and New Zealand. We are Diamand Plus members of RCL Crown and Anchor society with over 25 cruises ... Read more
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