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  1. Aloha, Well it's been two years since our last Hawaii cruise so it's time for another. We are Bill and Marie from the Seattle area and you are more than welcome to join us on Ovation for our unusual cruise to Hawaii. I say unusual as after we depart Vancouver we stop in Seattle for a day before heading across the Pacific. So Saturday we get to play tourist in our hometown. In addition when we get to Kauai we just sail by and don't actually stop. That is a first for us. Also if you care to stick around, once we arrive in Honolulu we plan to fly to Molokai for 3 days than back to Oahu for three days in Waikiki. Should be fun
  2. Are obstructed view balconies on Ovation really obstructed or just thevmore forward balconies that are somewhat enclosed? We had one of these on Anthem and found it to be perfect...wondering if there are truly obstructed balconies on Ovation. We are booked in a balcony guarantee. Thanks in advance
  3. Hello there, Does anyone know if the OOTS has a complimentary steam room and sauna? When I look at the ships deck plans, it is not very clear and I don't see any suggestion that one is there. On the Oasis and Allure, it was only a pay-per-visit, if I remember correctly, which was OK but it was set up very strangely IMHO. Running in after a workout is nice instead of having to pay for it each time. Thank you.
  4. Good afternoon We have been on 3 cruises so far, and all of them have been 7 days. We are booked on a 14 day cruise out of Tokyo sailing to Seattle in 2021. Can you please tell me how the ship's time works for this type of cruise? We are crossing the international date line and gaining a full day in the cruise. I know on our other Caribbean cruises ship time was the time of the home port, but where we dock at a different port in a different time zone (and day) how does the time on the ship work?
  5. Sadly after 14hrs or so out of Honolulu at sea there was a serious medical emergency causing us to return to Honolulu. We all sincerely hope the gentleman will have a full recovery. That put us 24 hrs behind schedule. We were due to arrive in Papeete Tahiti Oct 7th followed by Moorea the 8th and Bora Bora the 9th. We are now told we will go directly to Bora Bora the 8th and no further plans given. Private tours in all ports now in jeopardy. WHY would we not just skip Papeete and go directly to Moorea and Bora Bora on the planned days. ?????? They are all right next to each other. I know there is a reason but the Captain is not telling us. Again we all wish the best for the ill gentleman as that could be us one day! 😥
  6. In case you missed it @PCWalton1 did a great job with his live trip report during this same cruise. You can find that here: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2696959-live-ovation-of-the-seas-20-30-sept-2019-our-not-normal-cruise-to-hawaii/ This recap is from the same cruise. I am posting it now that the cruise is complete so hopefully it will provide another perspective and some coverage for the Royal excursions that I did. With the above trip report so complete I'll skip much of the details and just hit the highlights with pictures.
  7. Quick review of Ovation sailing June 28, 2019 Haven’t posted in a while but thought I’d give a quick review of our recent Ovation sailing. Went with my wife (both of us are 40) and two kids (9 and 6). We have been on a number of cruise lines and several Royal Caribbean primarily in the Caribbean. The wife and I did Alaska on Holland about 15 years ago. We have always wanted to go back to Alaska but with how scenery focused it was we were waiting till our kids got older then Ovation was moved there so thought it could be a good compromise to take the kids. Overall the cruise was great and we would highly recommend to families. We flew in a couple days early and stayed at the Hyatt House right next to the Space Needle. Great location and nice hotel. For the the full day we had before the cruise we went out to the Museum of Flight. Great place to take families and was fun for the adults too. I’d plan on taking at least a few hours there, we spent a lot of the day. The morning of the cruise I took the kids up in the space needle for a little while. Beautiful views as always and saw our ship in the port. We Ubered to the port around 10:30 and were walking on the ship a little after 11. Except for the decent walk from The Uber drop off, check in was smooth and quick. We did Windjammer for lunch and it was busy but not too bad. I’m not sure I really like the layout with most of the food areas pretty close to each other but it served its purpose. We did bumper cars in the afternoon. Wow the line gets long fast. Got there 30 minutes prior and already had a long line. This was pretty consistent the whole cruise. Would think they’d offer if more with how popular it was. And let me add it was a lot of fun. A nice surprise was the pools and the water slides were all heated water. I guess I didn’t research this enough but very nice for some of the cold sea days. I don’t think a lot of people realized this as my kids had the water slides to themselves most of the times we went. A tip, go to the pools earlier in the day as they could get crowded later in the day. We we ate at the MDR for dinner every night except Juneau day. We ate in port that day. MDR service was beyond good. Food was ok to good. My wife has a gluten allergy and they were all over it. The assistant waiter Angel was so good to my kids. For most breakfasts we ate in the Windjammer. We were up fairly early and never had too bad of crowds. For most lunches we ate in the Solarium. Good food and never crowds at all. We did try Sorrentos which was good compared to other ships as well as Park cafe for a quick bit and was good. Our room was a JS 10622. Great location and nice room. I like the one and a half baths in these JS. Balcony was great with padded loungers. Room was quiet. Juneau we took a taxi to the salmon hatchery. Good for a short visit. Then took a taxi to Mendenhall glacier and walked out to the waterfall. Amazing at how much the glacier has receded in 15 years. Had a great time and ate at Hangar on the Wharf in town. Good food and atmosphere. Skagway we booked with Beyond Skagway tours up to Emerald Lake and back with a drop at Michelle Philips dog sledding camp. Would highly recommend the entire day. Just wow on the beauty of that area. Endicott Arm and Dawes glacier day was pretty with all the ice bergs and seals but we didn’t get near enough to the glacier to see it. Victoria we did a whale watching drip with Orca Adventures. Amazing tour and saw tons of humpbacks and seals. Walked around town and loved it. Disembarkation was smooth. We used the port valet for bags and loved not having to deal with bags all day. Spent the the day in Seattle ahead of a red eye home. Did the aquarium and walked around the water front. Then went out to a computer museum that had working computers and gaming systems dating back 40+ years. Could play on most of them. Even had old arcade games to play. Kids and adults loved it. sorry for a little longer review then I thought. Loved the trip and would highly recommend.
  8. I will be on the Oct 29 12 nt NZ Cruise from Sydney. What currency does the casino accept? Are the table limits in US , Aussie or NZ dollars? Thanks in advance for any guidance.
  9. Hi everyone. It's been a few years since I've cruised, and I've just begun researching for next year. My husband and I hope to cruise to Alaska next summer on the Oasis, and we'll have our then two year old with us. I've read things about splash pads on other posts, and have scoured Royal's website to see if the Ovation has one, to no avail. Does anyone know if they have a splash pad for toddlers in swim diapers? I have no idea if he'll be potty trained by then, and will plan as if he won't be. Also, any other advice for travelling with a two year old? I rarely leave him with babysitters (other than family), so I don't think I'll be utilizing any of that. But, I'll take all the advice I can get! thanks Alexis
  10. Always remember those sandwiches on Oasis and Allure at Park Cafe.Do they have them on Ovation??? Maybe in Cafe@ Two 70 where they have sandwiches and paninis??? Thx
  11. Hi 👋 for anyone lucky enough to do have done both. We are looking at vancouver to Hawaii on either I am just looking for people’s thoughts please as I am going round and round 😆
  12. I know this is a long shot but any help would be greatly appreciated. We were on last sailing that ended on 9/20 on the Ovation. Our stateroom number is 13136, we believe we left two Wells Fargo Envelopes full of cash totaling well over $4000 on the desk counter in our stateroom. We must've forgotten to pack it after leaving our stateroom attendant her tips before leaving our room. Our stateroom attendant's name is Grace. If anyone onboard sees this please ask our stateroom attendant or guest services if any kind soul turned it in. Or if anyone on last weeks sailing retrieved something, please let me know. I'm posting this because I still believe there are people who would turn it in as opposed to keeping it all even though I mostly consider the money lost. Much appreciated!
  13. Hi going on ovation of the seas and wondering if they have a 7 bottle wine package. Not interested in the all you CAN drink. thanks
  14. Hi Everybody, My family and I are booked on the Ovation for 11nts departing Sydney on 23rd Nov 2019. We have booked our shore excursions, but having difficulty making head or tail of the onboard activities and dining options. The kids are 15 and 17 - yes they want wifi!!!! We have mytime dining and my understanding is that you can eat for free almost anywhere - in the main 4 restaurants - but should book a table We are still unsure if we should get the drinks package - we do like a wine, beer and odd cocktail! Is it worth it?? Is there ever a sale?? Is there a fridge in the cabins - we have 2 external balcony cabins Can you really take 2 bottles of wine onboard per cabin? Should we book as much as possible in advance? Any other tips or tricks that will make our holiday - much needed any better?? Thank you in advance
  15. Can anyone tell me if the balcony in 7648 and 7650 on the Ovation is larger then normal? It is a studio balcony cabin but it looks like it is on a hump and longer. Thanks in advance.
  16. https://cruise line.com/ship/anthem-of-the-seas/cabin/ 7268 Copy and paste the link above and take out the space between cruise and line and the space between the / and 7 I thought the balconies on deck 6 and 7 were obstructed, this site even suggests that this cabin was a Category D8 at one time. Anyone stayed in this exact cabin on Anthem or Ovation to confirm what the view from the balcony will be like? Really interested what this balcony looks like on Ovation of the Seas, Jimbo:)
  17. We were first time cruisers and had been looking forward to our July 26, 2019, cruise for many months - and it did not disappoint. We had an amazing time. We loved the ship, the rooms, the staff and the activities. The scenery was stunning but note: we did NOT get close enough to see Dawes Glacier because there was too much ice, which was disappointing. Still the Endicott Arm is spectacular. We saw lots of whales from the ship and tons of bald eagles in Juneau. We heard a lot of experienced cruisers unhappy about the elevators, the crowds and "upselling" and the food. But overall we give the cruise an A grade and recommend it, especially for new cruisers and families with children ages 6-16. Here is a breakdown: The ship: Ovation is simply breathtaking, inside and out. It is huge! But we found the layout to be easy to navigate after getting used to it and our kids had no trouble finding their way around. The art is fascinating and fun, the decor is beautiful down to the smallest details such as the lighting and signage. Many many people were unhappy with the elevators, but we were relaxed about it and didn’t mind waiting or taking the stairs (however they were slow and packed at times which was difficult especially for those who had scooters, strollers or wheelchairs). The rooms: We had adjoining balcony staterooms on Deck 10 toward the aft and loved them. Our attendant opened the balcony partition for us right away, adding another way to pass between the rooms and additional space. We are spoiled forever now because the staterooms are modern, spacious and have tons of storage (including plenty of hangers). The beds are quite firm but comfortable and the bedding is so cozy. Couple of notes: some room tours showed hot water kettles but ours did not have one and we were told there wasn’t one available but it appeared some of the suites have them. No biggie. Also the showers have a pump dispenser with a 2-in-1 body wash and shampoo but no conditioner or lotion so be sure to bring your own. The crowds: We braced for huge crowds everywhere because of other reviews. Indeed, the times we found it to be overwhelming were directly after the muster drill when everybody was in the same place, trying to do the same thing (ride the elevators), in the Windjammer Marketplace at peak hours (around 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.), and occasionally on the Royal Esplanade when a lot of people were shopping at the many tables set up in the open space (see pic below). But otherwise it was fine. We always found a nice place to sit in public areas. The staff: Nearly every single service person we encountered was friendly and professional, although a small few were a little over the top and seemed to be looking for an extra tip. We were beyond thrilled with our room attendant Habibie. He was a pure gem. Our room was beautiful and always fresh and clean. We did the "Find the Nations" scavenger hunt and were SO impressed with every single staff member - from the photographer to the salespeople. They all were patient and friendly as children besieged them to ask where they were from. I found this to be a real testament to the quality of all staff. We found Cruise Director Joff and his sidekick Angelle to be so entertaining and fun - don’t miss their morning show on the room TV, it’s so entertaining and informative. We were hooked and even missed the morning show once we got home (yes we are nerds). When we saw Joff in the elevator our children felt as though they’d met a celebrity and he was so friendly and down to earth. We didn’t have anybody being pushy to sell us stuff, as I’ve seen in other reviews. The activities: The pools are great, our kids loved the indoor family pool and the weather was beautiful on our sailing so we used the outdoor pool quite a bit. The splash area is for very little kids so we didn’t use it. We tried to roller skate but learned too late that we didn’t have the required wristbands. Go to the iFly desk on Deck 15 to get wristbands early on the day that rollerskating is offered. The FlowRider was fun and we got on it with about a 30-minute wait. The FlowRider staff are terrific. You need advanced reservations for iFly - if you can’t get them ahead on Cruiseplanner, go to the iFly desk on Deck 15 as soon as you get on board to get a time slot because it did sell out. Some people said you also can book on the Royal IQ App as soon as you are onboard but we did it in person. iFly is fun - a little short and the staff were a little bit “too cool for school.” A suggestion: if your whole family is doing iFly at the same time, break up your group into two sessions or ask someone to take photos for you because the official camera was not working when we went and you’re going to want pics of your kids! Shows: We loved the welcome and farewell shows (go to the early ones if you are bringing kids) and the game shows they put on (ie Finish That Song Lyric and Love and Marriage). We did not see the main productions, Beautiful Dream (we really wanted to see this but it was shown the evening we had been in port in Skagway and we were exhausted) or Live Love Legs (we were warned it isn’t kid friendly). Pixels is the only show you can reserve in advance and is shown every night. It is not the best show ever but is fun and short with impressive dancing and some cool technology. It’s worth checking out but try to sit on the first floor for the best views. The food: We loved the Windjammer service and food - in fact we ate most of our meals there and always found the food to be hot (when it was supposed to be) and yummy. Breakfast was great; there were always international choices (I loved the Indian and Chinese food!) and comfort food (we liked the daily soups). There were many choices for kids including tons of fruit, pasta, mac and cheese, pizza and chicken tenders. We did not go in expecting great food based on reviews but were pleasantly surprised. The main dining room was hit or miss - we loved lobster night but had a less than stellar meal another night. The service was a little slow in the main dining rooms at dinner for My Time Dining. My daughter LOVED Sorrentos and visited it at least twice a day for a slice of pizza. We did not eat in the specialty restaurants. A note about the two formal nights: One night we all got dressed up and we had a giant, loud table of teenagers wearing shorts and t-shirts next to us (the parents and grandparents sat at a different table) and it kind of put a damper on the “formal” part of the night. Other tables had people in suits and dresses. So don’t look for this dress code to be enforced/followed. We had the refreshment package and found it worth it for the unlimited sodas, “mocktails,” bottled water (we had to ask for it at the bars), and particularly the specialty coffees at La Patisserie, Cafe 270 and the Windjammer. BTW You don’t have to have the souvenir cup - you can order soda anywhere but there are the soda freestyle machines in the Windjammer and at Sorrentos with a gazillion choices. "Upselling": We just didn't experience this to be a problem. There were people walking around with alcoholic beverages on carts offering them for sale and tables to buy beverage packages but they never were pushy about it, and only on the very first day did a bartender offer to sell us the all-inclusive beverage package. Otherwise, the only place where "selling" was really going on was in the shops and at the Royal Esplanade tables. And even then we didn't feel very pressured to buy anything. The Ports: Juneau and Skagway are very cute, crowded, commercial little port towns full of jewelry and gift shops. It’s worth getting off the Main Streets on excursions because the scenery is breathtaking. Our shore excursions were fun and well organized. Juneau’s Mt. Roberts Tramway is spectacular and we were surprised to find it not too crowded (we went straight there after the ship docked at noon). Prepare to shop at the giant gift shop at the top, take a walk on the easy short trails through beautiful rainforest, and leave some time in case there are lines to come back down. Highly recommend the Mendenhall River Float Trip in Juneau (our guide Julia was absolutely fantastic!) Bring rain coats or ponchos, they go rain or shine and we got drenched in a short downpour right at the beginning. The White Pass train in Skagway has amazing views and interesting history. The only slightly obnoxious thing about the train ride was when the tour guide/announcer walked through each train car at the end in a poorly veiled quest for tips. Victoria is fabulous. If you have time, walk from the ship to the adorable Fisherman’s Wharf (15-minute walk) and then take a water taxi to the Inner Harbour. We checked out the area on foot, including quick stops at the Empress Hotel and Parliament building. We skipped Butchart Gardens because we have pre-teens who weren’t interested, it is 40 minutes from town and we wanted to get back to the ship to enjoy it on the last day and to pack. But those who went said they are fabulous and worth every minute. Note: There were at least three ships in each port at a time-making for some crowds but we loved chatting with the other cruisers and everybody else was in awe of the size and beauty of the Ovation. Voom Surf and Stream WiFi/Royal IQ: We expected the worst because of the many poor reviews but for us it was fine the entire time. We just used it for texting, google and some other websites, and some YouTube streaming, and never had any major issues. A note-we paid for the Royal IQ texting app but never used it. We have iPhones and turned on iMessage and texted the entire time from everywhere on the ship without a problem). The Key: As this was our first cruise, we had no loyalty perks whatsoever and this made The Key ABSOLUTELY worth it. We breezed on to the ship at embarkation, had a private lunch in the MDR with a nice menu; had some private time slots at the FlowRider, bumper cars and rock wall (I’ll post a pic of the times); had priority disembarkation at the ports (even though we weren’t using tenders at any port); and had priority disembarkation on the last day; and it included the WiFi. I would recommend The Key to anyone who is new or relatively new to RCCL and has no perks. For those with higher status, it probably is not worth the extra expense. Some small suggestions: The first day's morning show and Cruise Compass (and the cruise details ahead of time) should make it very clear that it is not a guarantee to see the Dawes Glacier. The teen club activities were a little bit on the late side for us. Beautiful Dream should be shown on a sea day because Skagway is a long day. The Captain should repeat his announcement about the Glaciers because several people did not hear it early in the morning. It was slightly annoying for a few staff to ask us for good reviews on the after-cruise survey. And a “Find The U.S. States” scavenger hunt would be fun. But these are nitpicking because we honestly had the time of our lives!
  18. Is there an ATM machine on Ovation, and are there limitations to how much cash you can withdraw? I normally don't use cash at all and plan to keep just enough on hand for tips. But my Mom would like to have cash for spending on the trip. I'd prefer not to carry it while traveling in the airports. Can we withdraw a couple hundred on the ship (even if spaced out over a couple of days?)
  19. On the 12 night NZ cruise from Sydney over Halloween and was wondering what festivities if any take place on he ship? Just curious from anyone with experience. THX in advance !!
  20. Please help !!! Has anyone been in any of these cabins on adjacent ? 7692 / 7698 / 7702 Thank You !!
  21. Thank you to all of the Ovation of the Seas passengers visiting Juneau that have helped socialize my golden Maggie. This ship always has the best people, so friendly and upbeat. We try to meet it every Sunday and have thoroughly enjoyed conversations with passengers and crew. I look forward to cruising with you all someday. 🙂 Jules (and Maggie)
  22. Hi All, Just trying to plan ahead. Anyone know if CK is open on boarding day for lunch? I prefer not to do WJ if I can help it. I believe I can do Cafe 270 and get the roast beef but do I have any other options that I don't know about??? Thanks, BP
  23. The majority of reviews of this new and technology-packed ship are very negative, and the reviews are not on par with other ships. Much of the criticism is focused on ineptitude of the staff. We are booked for July 26 sailing to Alaska. I have set my expectations accordingly low. Does anyone know what is going on? Is the leadership on the ship just plain bad? Or is the ship disconnected from Royal Caribbean standards because its sailings have been in Asia/Australia/Alaska? Anyone with tips on how to enjoy this ship that most reviewers have panned?
  24. Does anyone know if this cabin has the bed by the entrance or by the balcony?
  25. Hi, I am trying to nail down a few last details as we get ready to leave for Seattle tomorrow morning. 1) I understand there is an option to do laundry by the bag? I know its expensive but probably cheaper than checking luggage. Is this true? Any more info on how this works? 2) I am trying to decide whether or not to bring a laptop. Is there computer access at all? (in the library?) Could I get pictures off a camera card? What else could I do/not do on those computers? Thanks for any help!
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