4 Sydney (Australia) to Asia Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We wanted to try a cruise with more days at sea, this trip also ended in Singapore which I had not visited for a while. Embarkation was so easy. We had selected 12-12.30 and arrived early at 10.45 to drop off our bags. The ship had agreed ... Read More
We wanted to try a cruise with more days at sea, this trip also ended in Singapore which I had not visited for a while. Embarkation was so easy. We had selected 12-12.30 and arrived early at 10.45 to drop off our bags. The ship had agreed that general boarding could commence. We joined the queue, which was quite long but which moved through all the sections quickly. This was well organised and we were on board by 11.30. Pro's -The ship is excellent, new, clean and the crew were friendly. With so many people on board we did not experience many issues with queues. Only slightly delayed some nights for the restaurants, but no worse than other cruises on smaller ships- 5 mins at most. They ware serious about keeping your hands clean which is fine. We did My Time dining which worked well, either mixing with others or sitting on our own. Food was good quality with a great selection. Our cabin was clean, new and the bed was comfortable. Air con was efficient and TV programs fine for me as there was a selection of news channels to keep up to date with the real world. Entertainment, there is always something happening if you want to get involved. Trivia was our addiction and there were events all day, great fun. evening shows were varied, tribute bands/shows, singing/dancing, pianist, comedians, hypnotist and large production called Pixels.Shore excursions were well organised, it did not take long to get off the ship. The bus services were reasonably priced. Cons- Shore excursions centre was not open very long during the day. Not enough information about what is going on other than the activities sheet delivered to your cabin. We passed some great sights which should have been announced. The photographers kept blocking walkways for staging photos. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
New large ship which had very pleasant decor. Nightly entertainment was great with lots going on - few bands in different locations playing great music. Acts in the theatre were all good and enjoyable and was about the only time there was ... Read More
New large ship which had very pleasant decor. Nightly entertainment was great with lots going on - few bands in different locations playing great music. Acts in the theatre were all good and enjoyable and was about the only time there was a crowd of people - else where on the ship as in bars and lounges it was not at all busy as you may expect with so many on board. Any que at the dining rooms seemed to move quick enough. But this is where our dissapoinment was - food badly presented and limited menue with a fillett steak and chops COSTING USD 10 - have never heard of this on any cruise we have been on!!! This was our 12 th cruise after having travelled Oceania, APT, Holland America , Cunard and never have we had such uninteresting meals . Same vegetables each night , carrots even cut exactly the same way , tough meat and deserts not looking appealing - no garnish with berries only scoop of melted ice- cream !!! Ordered egg benidect for breakfast and it arrived without the hollandaise sauce -,chicken Kiev with no garlic butter!!! Our meal in Chops was indeed tasty and enjoyable, Jamie Oliver's was ok but didn't need a return visit. Staff tried really hard to rectify our complaint - but the problems were from the kitchen and with over 4000 guests I think to feed the crowd was a priority over delicious meals sadly. All staff were very attentive. Because we have cruised many times we had these to compare with Ovation of the Seas and were so dissapointed with our dining experiences , especially with lots of days at sea. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
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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