This was an overnight stay as part of an agent preview before the first cruise.
This is my first Royal Caribbean ship experience and also the largest ship I have been aboard. This was apparent at first sight. The multiple decks seeming almost like a tower block.
The ship is brand new and my stateroom reflected this. It is spacious and furnished and decorated in contemporary fashion. I was particularly impressed with the size of the shower.
There is a central mall area over two levels which offers an assortment of shops, bars and restaurants.
The Ovation offers the usual cruise staples such as a good choice of dining and drinking venues, inside and outside seating areas, theatre, show lounge, library, fitness centre and spa / salon, casino and more shops than usual. The Two70 is located over two decks and offers impressive 270-degree panoramic sea views and offers evening entertainment.
Families are well catered for. I am sure the highlight for many will be the SeaPlex which has a basketball court, roller skating, X-box gaming area, teen lounge and probably the most publicised – the dodgems.
I did not get a chance to experience the North Star capsule which ascends to 300 feet above sea level. However, pictures I saw afterwards looked impressive.
For this agents preview, the evening meal was of the same menu served between Silk, Chic, The Grande and American Icon Grill. The meal was of a high standard and on a par with other cruise lines I have experienced.
Royal Caribbean is a popular cruise line with both couples and families and Ovation of the Seas provides something a little different from other ships in the group. Personally, I prefer a smaller ship experience, however I did enjoy my short stay on Ovation.