1st time on OV2 - my thoughts

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#1
UK
16 Posts
Joined Dec 2008
After reading many reviews on website didn't quite know what to expect especially after forking out and booking premium economy seats and a suite. The flight was brilliant (Thomsonfly from Birmingham). So glad we booked premium - well worth the money. Also was pleased with the suite. Having the extra space and balcony was wonderful especially on sea days when you come to realise just how may passengers there are on board! We took an extra 3 way plug which you definately need as there is only 1 socket in the cabin. I also took my own washing powder and doing laundry (did it twice) was no bother - there was never anyone in the laundry - it's air conditioned too. £3 for a wash and £2 for the drier - well worth it as you don't have to pack so much. I found the trips expensive. I had booked loads before the trip because I didn't know any better. After the first one (which was good I might add - island trip around Tobago) I cancelled the rest (except swimming with Dolphins in Margarita) and we did our own thing. There are plenty of people you can share with and the taxis available at the dock are plentiful and good value and not to be frightened of. The thought of going off on our own was pretty daunting to begin with but I was worrying for nothing. We thought the food on the whole was very good preferring to eat at the waterfront rather than plantation because it was quieter for some reason. We ate at La Luna a few times which was nice but gave the Bistro a miss even though they kept giving us extra discount (£12 instead of £15 per head). All the staff are brilliant and pleased to help, are courteous and polite and all work extremely hard especially the young lad who cleaned our cabin - we left him a good tip. The entertainment was so so. The tribute acts were pretty good especially Simply Mick but then I'm a big Simply Red fan! The drinks I think could be cheaper and I thought the Bingo at £5 a square or 3 squares for £10 was really over priced. Getting a sun bed can border on ridiculous and impossible on sea days. OV2 definately need to do something about those inconsiderate people who get up at the crack of dawn to put their towels on beds and then aren't seen until lunchtime.
I found the duty free perfume on board was the cheapest anywhere which was a surprise and also the cigarettes which every now and then they had at 15% off the duty free price - £16 for 200 Marlborough.
#2
Scotland, UK
1,574 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
Great to see another positive review.
Great tip about booking cancelling Actions Ashore and DIY'ing. I think you need to give at least 24 hrs notice - is that correct?

Glad you enjoyed your cruise - are you hooked now?
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#3
England
194 Posts
Joined Mar 2008
Jannyjam, I was wondering as you have mentioned cigarette prices in your review if you noticed where if anywhere smoking was allowed on OV2 please.
Glad you had a great time.
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#4
North Kent UK
1,616 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
There ya go >>>

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=870315

Plus a stolen post from another Thread
Smoking Policy

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Ov's Smoking Policy is changing in 2009. As it stands:

From 9th April 2009 on OV2 and from 5th May 2009 on OV1 Smoking will be banned from cabins except on Balconies. Smoking will still be allowed in designated areas in one of the bars/casino and in designated areas on the open decks/ Starboard side outside on deck 7.

From 18th November 2009 on OV1 (the only one left) all Smoking indoors will be banned as per the UK policy and only allowed in designated outdoor areas.
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#5
UK
16 Posts
Joined Dec 2008
Yes loved every minute of it and am certainly hooked. Yes they need 24hrs notice to cancel trips but that's OK - I would think it's best to book them in advance and then cancel once there rather than wait until the cruise because most of the trips were booked.
As for smoking I know starboard side of Deck 7 and 11 - that's where my husband went and also on the balcony of our cabin.