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Had to queue every night for dinner in Silk even though we had made reservations each day. Struggled to find a table in Windjammer every day for breakfast and lunch and then were constantly bombarded with announcements asking us to hurry up and leave. Often could not get sun lounges in Solarium. Bars kept running out of our favourite drinks. Had to get to Royal Theatre 30 minutes before most shows in order to get decent seats. Clearly, they have overcrowded the ship to make more profit at the cost of guest enjoyment. The infrastructure cannot cope with the number of guests. Photos are overpriced. $150 for 10 digital prints on a flash drive. Seriously? Food and service for dinner in American Icon on day 2 was lousy. Food in Silk on other nights was average, nowhere near as good as we had previously on Voyager and Oasis. But service in Silk was excellent. Suspect they have dropped the standards in main dining room so that we pay extra to eat in specialty restaurants. Based on our experience on Ovation, we are now concerned that the standards across the fleet have probably dropped, again, as stated above, for RCI to make more money at the expense of our enjoyment.

Expected better after sailing on other Royal Caribbean ships

Ovation of the Seas Cruise Review by Paddy764

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
Had to queue every night for dinner in Silk even though we had made reservations each day.

Struggled to find a table in Windjammer every day for breakfast and lunch and then were constantly bombarded with announcements asking us to hurry up and leave.

Often could not get sun lounges in Solarium.

Bars kept running out of our favourite drinks.

Had to get to Royal Theatre 30 minutes before most shows in order to get decent seats.

Clearly, they have overcrowded the ship to make more profit at the cost of guest enjoyment. The infrastructure cannot cope with the number of guests.

Photos are overpriced. $150 for 10 digital prints on a flash drive. Seriously?

Food and service for dinner in American Icon on day 2 was lousy.

Food in Silk on other nights was average, nowhere near as good as we had previously on Voyager and Oasis. But service in Silk was excellent. Suspect they have dropped the standards in main dining room so that we pay extra to eat in specialty restaurants.

Based on our experience on Ovation, we are now concerned that the standards across the fleet have probably dropped, again, as stated above, for RCI to make more money at the expense of our enjoyment.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 6D 13292
We paid for an unobstructed view balcony room (13292). Now have to try to crop the overhanging upper deck from all of our photos. This room should be in the cheaper partially obstructed view category. RCI ripped us off. We would never have booked this room if we knew of the obstruction.
Deck 13 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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