Cruise on the inaugural cruise to Australia on Ovation of the Seas from Fremantle to Sydney.
Most disappointing of nearly 20 cruises with Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, P & O International. Ordinary food, long queues, poor service, lack entertainment and passengers participation not to mention limited activities or demonstrations.
Was worried that my Radiance cruise was just as disappointing.
FORTUNATELY, Radiance WOW me a lot more than the Ovation.
Movies daily. Variety of activities. Food Great. Staff Friendly. Plenty of Entertainment. Passenger Competitions and lots more.
10 of us; family and friends enjoyed the cruise.
Ship however is dated and need to be refurbished soon or a newer ship Down-under.
Thank you Radiance and Crew for restoring my Faith in Royal Caribbean.
Ovation needs to learn from other Royal Ships cruising Australia waters like the Legend, Rhapsody, Radiance, Voyager and Explorer, all of which I had sailed on except the Explorer.
Cruising in Australia is booming and to increase passenger shares needed with latest fleet to complement Great service.
From the rude staff at check in, through to the sub standard quality of the food (note that dinners in the restaurant were 3 courses, not 4 and serving sizes were so small) this truly was a very disapppointing experience. It was hard to get the attention of staff in any of the bars/lounges to order
a drink. Full priced cocktails were actually mocktails with no evidence of alcohol. The buffet menu didn't change each day and the standard of the food was very poor. For example the scrambled eggs were not made from real eggs! The bacon was like leather. There was one type of toast offered at breakfast - no bagels or croissants which you would expect for the price paid. I was charged mandatory gratuity for spa services. Entertainment was well below the standard I have experienced on other cruises. And to top it all off I was told I would need to use a wheelchair for health & safety reasons (I walk with a cane & do not use a wheelchair). I was aghast! I am arranging a cruise for family members next year and will not book with P&O again. Their advertising for this cruise was entirely misleading.
My husband and myself had a great time again. staff is just amazing could have a little bit more entertainment on ship as this time could not stop at all ports.as I'm a smoker there could be some more places were we could smoke as it was raining most of the time a little bit more cover would be
The Explorer is a very nice ship and the crew were very very good, but, I thought this was an Australian based cruise as this ship was based in Australia for entire summer season. It wasn't until got on board that we discovered that everything on board was in US dollars plus 18% gratuities so this
made our original good value cruise very expensive. WARNING- if you get upgraded to a promenade cabin don't take it unless you are a late party goer. The band was right outside our bay window up to midnight and the noisy afterlife kept going til very late (or early)The crew were very understanding and we were eventually given a different cabin on deck 2 away from the partying. This cruise, being in late February, I thought would not have many kids on it but alas, there was quite many and a lot of them unsupervised. Will be sticking Princess in future as they charge Australian dollars on board and while the food on Explorer was ok I find the Princess to be just that little bit better
This was our 8th cruise with Princess and the 3rd time on the Dawn. The poor old Dawn was getting old & weary. It's ending it's time with Princess in May and coming back after a refit to P&O as the Pacific Explorer. We still enjoyed the cruise. We have cruised on Dawn (3), Sea (1), Sun (1) and
Diamond (3), with the Diamond being our favourite so far. We're going on a 75 night cruise around the Pacific Rim in May on the Golden Princess and really looking forward to that. We did a 10 night cruise on Royal Caribbean's Explorer Of The Seas in Feb. although we did enjoy it We're glad to be going back to Princess for our next cruise.
For our first group booking cruise we had a great holiday!
The quad oceanview cabin was clean, pretty spacious & was really quite peaceful.
The kids club wasn't what our almost 10yr old kids were into but the Egde package was the best money spent!
The food was great but it was a shame it stopped at 9pm :(
We are planning another cruise very soon.
Big group of friends in our 20s went with Princess Cruises to NZ end of 2016. We had a lot of fun and thought the cruise was value for money, loved the stops and the food and staff were amazing. However I just want to point out that it is important to look into the average age bracket of the cruise
lines you go with as a staff member told us we brought the average age down to 73 on a 2,000 people boat! It was still very fun but it is important to check the ages so more things are catered to your ages.
Room and Crew were lovely. Top price for very average food in package, lovely if you paid at one of the restaurants. Entertainment poor unless you liked Bingo or Trivia. Shows very basic. Booked for Rock and Roll-ended up being food and wine with charges for the food and wine tastings. Bronte and
Dom were just fantastic as was Chef Daniel. I also enjoyed the very rough weather! Many cruislings didn't, so pleased we did finally head out on Saturday morning as staying at White Bay Terminal would have been....the final straw!
Not a good experience for my first ever cruise.
We had a great time on this beautiful ship. It is huge. The crew and staff were amazing and very friendly. The cabin was large and very clean and nothing was too much trouble for our room attendant. The food got a bit boring but was tasty and there was plenty of it. Entertainment was of a high
standard. There is plenty to do or you can find a deck chair and just relax. We had great fun bar hopping. The other passengers were very friendly and there was always someone to chat to and we became great friends with the people at our dinner table. There is no doubt that Voyager is amazing. You can join me in with the crowds or there are plenty of quite spots.
we went on state of origin cruise in 2016 to syd would have to say it was the most enjoyable cruise we have done met some great people from both sides of the border and had plenty of friendly banter going back and forward,most meals in the plantation and dined with complete strangers each night but
by the end of the night they were like old friends.only down side was the trip out to the ground for the game we struck a bus driver who did not seem to know his way round syd to well and it took nearly two hours to get there different driver going back to the dawn 55 mins.all in all great trip and doing again this year on aria hope it is just as good and meet some old friends again plus some new ones.