4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose this cruise because we had not been to Spain (except for Barcelona which we love), Lisbon or Porto, Gibralter or Morocco. The ports of call and shore excursions were fantastic. We saw many beautiful sights and learned a lot. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had not been to Spain (except for Barcelona which we love), Lisbon or Porto, Gibralter or Morocco. The ports of call and shore excursions were fantastic. We saw many beautiful sights and learned a lot. The ship itself was truly wonderful. The captain and officers were friendly and affable (not to mention very competent), the Executive Chef talented and sooooo personable, the Cruise Director (Handre) phenomenal and the cabin stewards perfect. All the wait staff in the restaurants were professional and at the same time welcoming. The entertainment was over-the-top wonderful. Seabourn does things right, and makes every trip a special adventure. One of the reasons that we love Seabourn is that the all-inclusive program makes the voyage so relaxing. The food is quality over quantity, and every meal was terrific. The deck parties were very enjoyable (lobster on the grill, dancing, champagne and caviar in the pool), and we were impressed by the "specialty restaurant," the Grill by Thomas Keller. One of our favorite activities was shopping in the market in Malaga with Chef Jes; the fish and produce were as fresh as they could be. The excursions were expensive, but the quality of the guides was excellent. The only negative on the excursions was the "hard sell" venues we were forced into in Casablanca and Tangier. They should offer a shopping excursion for passengers that are interested in buying rugs. One of our pet peeves, however, is that the internet service is ridiculously expensive. Since Oceana is offering free internet to its passengers, all other cruise lines should follow suit. We would highly recommend the Ovation for your next trip! Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Seabourn Ovation is brand new and is the most luxurious and stylish ship - we were in awe! The entertainment is world-class - both the onboard singers and dancers and the visiting entertainers, who were incredible. We feel very lucky to ... Read More
Seabourn Ovation is brand new and is the most luxurious and stylish ship - we were in awe! The entertainment is world-class - both the onboard singers and dancers and the visiting entertainers, who were incredible. We feel very lucky to have seen such top-class entertainment in our intimate venue on a cruise ship. The service is second to none and the staff are attentive, caring, friendly and genuinely interested in our cruise experience. We left Barcelona and ended in Lisbon. Destinations (except Casablanca) were well-chosen, with interesting excursions and cultures. More time in Gibraltar was needed, though. Our V2 veranda cabin space was generous and the balcony was far bigger than we were expecting. Even though the ship was fully-booked we kept wondering where everyone was (even on the day at sea!) because there were always empty sitting spaces across the entire ship. Staff are so attentive in the outdoor eating area that we never waited more than two minutes before being asked if we wanted a drink. Excursions are well-organised. Embarkation was easy - no queues and our bags were delivered promptly enough. Disembarkation was easy and our bags were taken off the ship on time. Overall the whole experience was magical. Read Less
Seabourn Ovation Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.8
Dining 4.5 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 3.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.9
Service 4.5 4.1
Value For Money 4.5 3.6

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