This is our 4th cruise with RCI and we had a wonderful time, we booked to board at 1230 and arrived at pier and informed attendant of this and they checked our paper work and sent on to the section of check in, on board in about 15 mins from dropping off our bags.The ship has so many wow factors and
the cabin was a decent size (balcony deck 8 D8 ).Make sure you book what you want to see and if you want to eat at any of the speciality restaurants as they seem to get booked out, this can be done online and also book the drink package as well more expensive to buy on board.
The food on board was amazing and no problem if you wanted a particular meal mention to waiter and they will arrange for the following night, we visited Jamie Olivers Italian restaurant along with Wonderland, for what you get and the presentation is well worth
We have booked again for next season out of Sydney, ship never felt overcrowded and staff always polite and helpful
Great cruise and fantastic entertainment. Very friendly staff and helpful. Shore leave could have been organized better. Coffee on this cruise ship was very ordinary no matter how strong you asked for it was still weak. Overall the ship was great
We loved every moment of our cruise on the Ovation of the Seas. Embarkation took 10 minutes from kerb to ship (just as they state on their website!). We were a bit concerned going on this ship from some of the negative reviews we had read but we need not be.
The ship is just wonderful. It is BIG but is so well laid out we never had trouble finding our way around. The cabin was a great size with plenty of storage. We loved having a balcony and even better a kettle in the cabin so we could make a cuppa first thing in the morning and enjoy it out on our balcony. The bathroom was compact but well set out and very functional. The decor throughout the ship was just lovely. We loved every meal we had.
Generally we had breakfast in the Solarium Bistro, lunch in the Windjammer Buffet and dinner in the American Icon. The food was fantastic and plentiful, you will ever go hungry. There is an icecream station on the pool deck plus a hot dog van in the Seaplex as well as Sorrento's pizza (we only went here once and weren't great fans of the pizza but freshly made they would probably be yummy), Cafe Two70 and the Promenade Cafe (which is open 24/7). We didn't eat at the Extra restaurants as we were very happy with the places we ate at.
The facilities and entertainment were just fabulous, the show The Dream was incredible. We went on the Bumper Cars, North Star and iFly (we prebooked the North Star and iFly before our cruise but you could also book once on board). I was amazed how well run everything was with 4,000 passengers. We didn't go on the Flowrider but watched it many times - it did look fun!
The tendering service was well organised as was when we docked. If people listen to the staff and follow directions things run smoothly it is only when you get ignorant, rude and selfish people that slow things down.
The pool areas are great, we especially loved the Solarium. This is the 16+ pool area.
I think if you go with the attitude of looking for things to complain about you're never going to enjoy yourself. It is an incredible ship which we found very hard to find any faults with. The staff in all areas where so friendly, efficient and happy to help whenever they could.
We loved our cruise and hope we are lucky enough to go on the Ovation of the Seas again. It is a spectacular ship!
At a length of 1,142 feet and a width of 135 feet, the Ovation of the Seas is a big ship. Her 18 decks will carry a total of 4,905 passengers at full occupancy.
The staterooms on the Ovation of the Seas bring more options than ever before. The inside cabins, oceanview cabins, balcony cabins and suites are still on the menu, but it doesn't stop there - family connected staterooms with a range of configurations, extravagant loft suites with private spas, and more.
All rooms across the various categories are a treat, fitted out with plush fabrics and elegant touches as well as innovative storage to maximise space for living. Virtual balconies will give even inside cabins a fantastic view of the ocean.
This ship has entertainment options you would never have dreamed of. Soar 300 feet over the waves in the North Star Capsule for 360° ocean views, or practice your skydiving techniques with the RipCord simulator.
In the evening, there are plenty of bars and lounges offering all kinds of entertainment, as well as amazing aerial shows and productions in the Two70° venue.
Dynamic Dining is a new way to eat at sea. From the delectable American Icon Grill to the contemporary Chic or sumptuous Grande Restaurant, you choose your restaurant each night - and don't fret, the buffet is still there!
If you want to up the ante even more, try one of the specialty restaurants. There's the dreamy, eccentric menu at Wonderland, the down-to-earth cooking style of Jamie Oliver at Jamie's Italian and a true gastropub by award-winning chef Michael Schwartz.