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Booked this cruise for only two weeks after the Mariner of the Seas cruise. Being a newer ship, I was hopeful for better food. I was disappointed. On both ships, the dining room and buffet food are just not good. It sounds good reading the menu, it looks good hitting the table, but there is just not enough taste and flavor. It is bland cafeteria food. This was the second cruise for my SO, and again he was highly disappointed by the food. And I should note that we are not foodies and our standards are not unrealistic. We did enjoy Izumi, two nights as a matter of fact once we found something truly tasty on the ship. But after paying for a cruise, paying another $60-$80 US for dinner just does not seem right to me. Shouldn't the included food be edible? Food aside, it IS a beautiful ship. The spaces are stunning and I love this class of ship. BUT, it was a holiday week in Singapore, so our ship sailed with 4,907 pax. Public spaces were overcrowded everywhere. One afternoon it rained and the only place you could get away and breath was your own stateroom. Would not want to sail these ships in cold weather areas limiting use of the outdoor space. The cabin itself was great (obstructed balcony) and overall the service on the ship was fine. With one exception: RCCL seems to have a new (at least first time I have encountered it) policy about your non-status travel partner that will prevent me personally from sailing with RCCL ever again. I will stay with cruise lines that automatically extend my benefits to whomever I am traveling with in my same cabin. Below is from my comment card: "As a Diamond member, I was very disappointed that my partner could not participate in the lounge. It is actually the most ludicrous policy I have encountered in 56 cruises. I have not had an issue on prior RCCL cruises, and suddenly RCCL wants to know what is going on in my bedroom. According to Guest Services, we have to be married and our marriage must be registered with RCCL. First, that is discriminatory as we cannot get married in every country, including where we live. Second, it smacks of conservative Christian policy as a straight couple can choose to live together rather than getting married, and RCCL has no business caring about that or denying the spouse a drink because of it. To top it off, the Concierge attendant was rude about it. Based on the backwards thinking policy, the inability of my partner to share my status, and the treatment I experienced aboard Ovation of the Seas and lack of follow up from the Corporate Office, I will not be booking any future RCCL cruises and we will be canceling those already booked." So there you have it. I'll stick with more progressive and inclusive cruise lines in the future.

Diamond Lounge issue, won't be sailing RCCL again, plus again bad food.

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by Two Boys Cruising

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2017
  • Destination: Asia
Booked this cruise for only two weeks after the Mariner of the Seas cruise. Being a newer ship, I was hopeful for better food. I was disappointed. On both ships, the dining room and buffet food are just not good. It sounds good reading the menu, it looks good hitting the table, but there is just not enough taste and flavor. It is bland cafeteria food. This was the second cruise for my SO, and again he was highly disappointed by the food. And I should note that we are not foodies and our standards are not unrealistic.

We did enjoy Izumi, two nights as a matter of fact once we found something truly tasty on the ship. But after paying for a cruise, paying another $60-$80 US for dinner just does not seem right to me. Shouldn't the included food be edible?

Food aside, it IS a beautiful ship. The spaces are stunning and I love this class of ship. BUT, it was a holiday week in Singapore, so our ship sailed with 4,907 pax. Public spaces were overcrowded everywhere. One afternoon it rained and the only place you could get away and breath was your own stateroom. Would not want to sail these ships in cold weather areas limiting use of the outdoor space.

The cabin itself was great (obstructed balcony) and overall the service on the ship was fine. With one exception: RCCL seems to have a new (at least first time I have encountered it) policy about your non-status travel partner that will prevent me personally from sailing with RCCL ever again. I will stay with cruise lines that automatically extend my benefits to whomever I am traveling with in my same cabin. Below is from my comment card:

"As a Diamond member, I was very disappointed that my partner could not participate in the lounge. It is actually the most ludicrous policy I have encountered in 56 cruises. I have not had an issue on prior RCCL cruises, and suddenly RCCL wants to know what is going on in my bedroom. According to Guest Services, we have to be married and our marriage must be registered with RCCL. First, that is discriminatory as we cannot get married in every country, including where we live. Second, it smacks of conservative Christian policy as a straight couple can choose to live together rather than getting married, and RCCL has no business caring about that or denying the spouse a drink because of it. To top it off, the Concierge attendant was rude about it. Based on the backwards thinking policy, the inability of my partner to share my status, and the treatment I experienced aboard Ovation of the Seas and lack of follow up from the Corporate Office, I will not be booking any future RCCL cruises and we will be canceling those already booked."

So there you have it. I'll stick with more progressive and inclusive cruise lines in the future.
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