The big and beautiful Ovation of the Seas entered service for Royal Caribbean in April 2016 and has made a splash in the global cruising scene with her incredible array of entertainment facilities, dining options, unique art displays and comfortable accommodations.
Stepping on board such an enormous ship can be overwhelming, particularly for cruise enthusiasts Down Under who are used to smaller and older vessels in our ports. To help out with that, we offer this: a guide to the ins and outs of this magnificent beast of a ship.
Length: 348 metres
Top speed: 22 knots
Passenger capacity: 4,905 maximum occupancy
Members of the Cruise Sale Finder team sailed on the Ovation of the Seas not long after her launch, and found it to be “big and beautiful, with quirky features and amazing artwork popping up everywhere”. It has a family feel and is uncrowded despite carrying thousands of passengers.
Colours and whimsical features abound. There’s a ten-foot tall panda and cub statue, the first moving sculpture at sea, a wall of interactive butterflies, and much, much more. It’s worth taking a walk around the ship upon boarding to see it all and take it in.
Staterooms and suites
From interior staterooms with “Virtual Balconies” to spacious suites boasting all manner of luxury, the Ovation has an array of accommodation options befitting her size. She’s a new and modern ship, and it shows in the high quality and stylish decor of the rooms and suites.
The ship is decked out (pun intended) with some high-tech capabilities, making it easier for passengers to get around, stay informed and connect with each other.
The Royal IQ system is an interactive scheduling platform available as an app download to smart devices and at freestanding kiosks around the ship, where you can book in dining slots, entertainment reservations and activities, along with checking times and menus. It also facilitates communication with friends and family on shore.
The ship offers WOWbands as an alternative to the traditional cruise card that goes around your neck. It also enjoys VOOM, the “fastest internet at sea” which is said to be a big step up from the usual slow connections. Oh, and we should also mention the robot bartenders that can make all kinds of cocktails, a la carte or custom.
Here are a few of the incredible entertainment options you’ll find on board - and this is far from an exhaustive list.
- The SeaPlex which offers basketball, bumper cars, skating and more.
- Two70, an incredible show venue that hosts multimedia spectacles at night and a variety of activities by day.
- The North Star capsule which takes passengers on a soaring ride 300 feet above sea level.
- The Puzzle Break escape room.
- The FlowRider surf simulator.
- RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator.
- The Music Hall concert venue.
Along with these innovative things to do and see are the cruise ship classics, modernised: bars and clubs (including the aforementioned Bionic Bar with robot bartenders), rock climbing, pools, a gym, quizzes, and enrichment activities.
There’s no reason to be hungry onboard the Ovation of the Seas, either. The ship is basically a floating restaurant precinct, boasting so many eateries you might struggle to try them all. Chic, Silk, Grande, American Icon, and Windjammer Buffet are included in the cruise fare, along with a few other places for casual bites such as the SeaPlex Dog House, Solarium Bistro, and the Cafe @ Two70.
Specialty restaurants range from the otherworldly Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine with an innovative menu, to the tried-and-true Italian favourites at Jamie’s Italian. There are many options offering a special meal to those willing to pay just a little extra - but it’s always a good idea to make a reservation well in advance!
Ready to get onboard and check it out for yourself? Take a look at our Ovation of the Seas cruise deals!