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Royal Caribbean International: Ovation of the Seas

Ovation of the Seas Review

While they are not the largest class of ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Quantum-class ships feature unique onboard experiences, such as Ripcord by iFLY, a simulated skydiving experience; North Star, an armlike pod that transports passengers more than 300 feet in the air; Flowrider surfing simulator; cutting-edge venues that include SeaPlex, the indoor sports and entertainment complex with bumper cars, roller skating, and more; and the cruise line’s largest staterooms.

With no fewer than 18 restaurants and seven bars, including Royal Caribbean’s Bionic Bar with robotic bartenders, these ships hit the mark to satisfy a wide variety of tastes. There is plenty to like about the open spaces on the ship, including pools, hot tubs, rock-climbing walls, and a jogging track high above the ship with unobstructed views of the sea.

Big, bigger, biggest! Royal Caribbean has the largest modern mega cruise liners in the world, as well as some of the most innovative technology on its newest ships, from robot bartenders to the fastest Wi-Fi at sea. Its fleet of 25 and counting are all-around favorites of passengers—arguably the most multigenerational (and Millennial) crowd at sea—who enjoy traditional cruising ambience with a touch of daring and whimsy. Each ship in the fleet has action-packed activities such as surfing pools, rock-climbing walls, and on the newest ships, skydiving simulators, and 10-story slides.

Expansive multideck atriums and promenades, as well as the generous use of brass and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, give each vessel a sense of spaciousness and style. The action is nonstop in casinos and dance clubs after dark, while daytime hours are filled with poolside games and traditional cruise activities. Port talks tend to lean heavily on shopping recommendations and the sale of shore excursions.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • Accommodations, including connecting cabins well-suited to families, are spacious retreats
  • Cabins have plenty of outlets and USB ports for charging devices
  • Internet service is lightning fast

Cons

  • There are extra charges for nearly everything
  • Some activities require reservations and lines form everywhere on a ship this large
  • There are no free steam rooms or saunas in the fitness center
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,300
  • Entered Service 2016
  • Gross Tons 168,666
  • Length 1,145 feet
  • Number of Cabins 2,090
  • Passenger Capacity 4,180
  • Width 134 ft.

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