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Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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Lovely Very Big Ship but never seemed crowded
"Overall the Ovation of the Ship is a beautiful large passenger ship. It had 4600 passengers but didn't seem crowded except on deck when it was warm and sunny as all of the people came out of hiding to get a deck..."Read More
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Very enjoyable cruise

Review for Ovation of the Seas to South Pacific

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Afloatalot

6-10 Cruises

Age 40s

We were booked for 11 nights, 12 days for a round trip Australia to New Zealand. We were supposed to stop along the way at Mystery Island and New Caledonia before reaching NZ. However combination of a tropical cyclone and Coronavirus meant we did a round trip from Sydney and spent 6 nights, 7 days on board. All praise to the captain and crew for looking after passengers well being, the crew ...
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Sail Date: March 2020

Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony


11 night cruise in 6 nights to nowhere.

Review for Ovation of the Seas to South Pacific

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Astro Boy

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

First time on Ovation ( reason we booked ), so mainly went for the ride, which strangely turned out that way. We journeyed to tip of New Zealand, turned around and came back to Sydney due to Covid 19 problems around the world. As far as we knew no one had it on the ship, that is till we all got off and went home and 3 days later told one Canadian was infectious last 2 days. So at the moment I ...
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Sail Date: March 2020

Cabin Type: Interior with Virtual Balcony


Impressed with general organisation and especially cleanliness

Review for Ovation of the Seas to Australia & New Zealand

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JMW43

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We were worried about the size of this ship being the biggest we had been on and it had a lot of stuff that we didn't need like bumper cars, surfing, trapeze etc.but it was easy to avoid them and enjoy the rest of the ship as they were tucked away in the sportsplex. What impressed us most was the organisation. Despite having to be medically tested before we got on as we had to change planes ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Grand Suite with Large Balcony - 1 Bedroom


Great cabins

Review for Ovation of the Seas to Australia & New Zealand

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Penny mccosker

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Big ship but never felt overcrowded Very friendly helpful staff couldn’t fault them Solarium great area. Adults only which is a great idea Food good not great Entertainment same Excellent entertainer one night in the royal theatre But other nights mediocre Great singer in One of the bars every night Lacking nice lounge areas overlooking ocean although big one at back of ...
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Sail Date: February 2020


Amazing cruise

Review for Ovation of the Seas to Australia & New Zealand

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ozpen

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

We chose this cruise because of the Ship as we have always wanted to sail out of beautiful Sydney Harbour and back in again. The destination wasn't as important as the Ship but we did enjoy New Zealand and the itinerary was excellent - enough port days and enough seas days over the 12 nights. Embarkation was extremely well done - 30 minutes from stepping out of our car with our bags and ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Ocean View with Large Balcony


Worst cruise ship, will not sail RC again

Review for Ovation of the Seas to South Pacific

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AdamMadd

2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

Let me just say that this has been one of the worst cruises I've been on. The whole cruise has been one disappointment after another that has made what was supposed to be a happy and enjoyable birthday and 10th anniversary holiday into a depressing and boring cruise. From the horrible staff in the kids club that drove my 3yo daughter to tears, to the overcrowding of the ship so much that you can't ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Obstructed Ocean View Balcony

Traveled with children


Great Ship!

Review for Ovation of the Seas to South Pacific

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help12345

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

We have cruised many times on alot of different cruise lines but Ovation is the largest ship we have cruised on. Ovation of the Seas has been our bucket ship and it didn't disappoint. No waiting in line to embark, disembark, buffet or for the tenders in port. We had a virtual balcony cabin which was a good size and very quiet. We loved all the toys that were included, flowrider, Ifly, ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Interior with Virtual Balcony


Too big and many other things

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wheels1000

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We wanted to go Ovation to try it and compare. We have been RCI since 2010 and are Diamond (80 pts) later this year. Maybe. We are Platinum with Princess. We first cruised though in 1970-72. I think reviews need to have 1) a valid comparison with other ships & 2) whether they write as a family/kids, Teens or older.......... like us. But what a disappointment...........BUT We did ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Obstructed Ocean View Balcony


A very full ship

Review for Ovation of the Seas to South Pacific

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big daddio2

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

We chose this cruise as we had been on Ovation previously, and knew it would provide enough entertainment for our kids and grandkids. Although the grandkids (five of them, aged 4 to 15) did not go to the kids club, there was enough on the ship to keep them engaged and happy. Embarkation in Sydney went without a hitch, and by 11.30 we had found a table in the Windjammer and had our first ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Traveled with children


Great entertainment, pity about the smoking

Review for Ovation of the Seas to South Pacific

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KiwiCoral

2-5 Cruises

Age 30s

Overall our holiday was good, but there were a few things that brought down the enjoyment. Our stateroom was assigned by RC on the starboard forward part of deck 6 and was above the deck 5 smoking area. This meant when we wanted to use the balcony, we got cigarette smoke in the air. Fresh air was why we picked a balcony in the first place. We also were deluged in cigarette smoke when waiting ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Obstructed Ocean View Balcony


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