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Traveler Reviews

A ship’s traveler rating is provided under license by Cruiseline.com , which manages one of the largest databases of cruise reviews and ratings by travelers. A total of 134 guests have reviewed Ovation of the Seas, giving it a rating of 4.1 on a scale of 1-5.

Cruiseline Travel Rating:

4.1 out of 5(134 reviews)

Reviews by Traveler Type

Couples34.3%
Singles/Friends9.7%
Families w/older children9%
Families w/young children6.7%
Groups6%

Most Recent Reviews

Absolutely amazing,staff and cleanliness out of this world.

Dec 6th, 2018

Amazing experience, staff exceptional and such hard workers. To think so many people on board but it didnt feel like it. Plan on doing another one

Traveler Type

Couple

Room Type

Suite

Experience

2-3 cruises

Wonderful Hobart Cruise

Dec 4th, 2018

Excellent cruise, staff very helpful and friendly, food fantastic, entertainment good, Although I don’t think there is enough seats to just sit down to rest while walking around the ship without going into a bar or coffee shop etc

Traveler Type

Family (older children)

Room Type

Inside

Experience

7+ cruises

Nice break

Dec 4th, 2018

The ship itself is lovely but it just seems to be missing something. New cruisers seemed overawed by it but for long time cruisers like myself the RCI fleet no longer has that special feeling. Nearly all activities are aimed at selling you something and the whole activity team seemed under utilised. You used to always see them around the ship getting involved with passengers but not now. Didn't even lay eyes on the Cruise director. Sadly the old days of cruising are gone forever. I don't like the dining rooms on this ship at all. Give me the grand old ones anytime. I doubt I will be back on a RCI ship as I find them all gimmicky and kind of soulless. Even though the staff try their best they seem to not have their heart in it either

Traveler Type

Couple

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

7+ cruises

Awesome cruise out of a great city

Dec 1st, 2018

The Ovation is a wonderfully big ship and I was glad to have that stability in the rough Southern Pacific seas. The ride was comfortable and as smooth as could be expected. The food is ever-present and tasty but I also think the quality of the dinner in the main dining rooms has fallen short of some my previous cruises. Still, I’m sure preparing for 5100 guests is a daunting task so I am willing to give them a break. In Tasmania I booked a lengthy excursion to Mount Field National Park and the Bonorang Wildlife Sanctuary through AA.vacations and couldn’t have been more pleased. A young man named Luke was very accommodating and offered excellent commentary throughout. Our embarkation back in Sydney was a bit unorganized and chaotic but we finally left the ship and set out to enjoy the city. We stayed 5 more days in Sydney and loved every minute.

Traveler Type

Couple

Room Type

Suite

Experience

4-6 cruises

awesome cruise

Nov 30th, 2018

great cruise shops on board very dear could not buy anything only cattered for people with lots of money

Traveler Type

Couple

Room Type

Oceanview

Experience

1 cruise (first)

30th Wedding Anniversary Cruise

Nov 30th, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed an amazing cruise and ports for our 30th! The ship is HUUUUGEEEE but it didn't feel overcrowded and we enjoyed whatever we planned on doing or attending. The biggest disappointment was the food in the dining room. It was just average and some dishes were actually bad or tasteless. we ended up eating at the buffet or restaurants but since you had to pay extra that was not desirable to us. We went on recent cruises with Holland America where the food was SO delicious at EVERY meal, that admittedly we were spoiled coming onto this cruise. The staff was wonderful and tried to accommodate any way they could...but some things were lost in translation and other times it was just plain old bad cooking and the chef isn't getting it...Well it wasn't worth ruining our vacation, but we went on travel adviser and found many reviews complaining about the food, so it IS an issue...

Traveler Type

Couple

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

7+ cruises

Nov 30th, 2018

We are cruising on 12Dec to NZ. Have been trying to book the iFly Ripcord and North Star since April but it has never been available to book. Has anyone on this cruise been able to secure a booking for these activities?

Not the best cruise

Nov 29th, 2018

Disappointing due to having to miss out the ports we went on the cruise to see due to bad weather. Feel more could have been done.

Traveler Type

Couple

Room Type

Oceanview

Experience

7+ cruises

Wonderful Cruise

Nov 25th, 2018

We had a phenomenal time! We celebrated our b’days & anniversary. We booked another cruise on the Ovation b/c once is not enough.

Traveler Type

Couple

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

7+ cruises

First cruise but won't be the last!

Nov 25th, 2018

This was our very first cruise for our family, we have an 8 and 10 year old. This was one of our best family holidays, far exceeded our expectations. Kids had so much to do everyday. Couldn't fault the staff, service and food. Weather and sailing conditions were perfect, which certainly helped make our trip so enjoyable. We would recommend Ovation of the seas for families and our kids were at a perfect age/height to be able to participate in all activities. We def will be cruising again in the near future!!

Traveler Type

Family (older children)

Room Type

Balcony

Experience

1 cruise (first)

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