10 nights – New Zealand cruise
Ports of call – Milford Sound, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, Picton, Napier, Dunedin, Wellington.
Ovation of the seas is huge! It is such a magnificent ship, with so much to do for any age. From SeaPlex on deck 16, which has bumper cars, basketball, iFLY, flowrider, roller-skating, an arcade and a hot dog truck! To deck 5 to the schooner bar to hear the grand piano being played almost every hour. The royal theatre on deck 4 and 5 have shows every night, and during the day, it’s a movie theatre. The music hall is the place to be at night, located on deck 3 and 4, is a grand dance hall, you don’t have to dance, you can get a drink and play pool if you like, but be careful, the pool balls like to rock with the ship. But my favourite place on the ship was Sorrento’s, a little Italian pizzeria on deck 4, pizza served by the slice, I was there every day, I couldn’t get enough, the best part, they’re open from 11am – 3am!
All the staff on the ship were so lovely and were always ready to share a conversation with you. They were all so professional and had the best customer service. And how one person can remember 7 peoples drink order and not stuff it up is beyond me!
Some restaurants on this ship are at an additional cost, those are Chops Grille, Izumi, Wonderland and Jamie’s Italian. I had the liberty of going to three of these restaurants, I did not go to Izumi. If you have the chance to get to Wonderland, I strongly suggest you do! Its imaginative cuisine, based off Alice in Wonderland! Who wouldn’t want to go?
Café Two70° is a great café and is right at the rear of the ship so you can watch the ocean, strongly suggest “the Italian toasted sandwich”. Bionic Bar is a robot that makes your drinks, on the last night of my cruise, a person versed the robot to see who could make a drink faster. Café promenade is a 24-hour café! Silk and American Icon Grill are the ‘My Time Dining” and its exceptional, food is perfect and service is even better.
If anyone is a lord of the rings fan like I am, and you do this cruise, I strongly suggest the “lord of the rings & weta workshop tour” in Wellington, this was the only shore tour that I went on and I’m so happy that I did! The tour went for 4 hours and they take you to some filming locations and then to weta, where they made all the props, prosthetics, costumes and animatronics! It was so interesting, and it really gave everyone on the tour a behind the scenes look at how everything was made!
I really enjoyed my time on Ovation, and I would recommend anyone go on this ship as there is so much to do, and you’re never left feeling bored.
Tips: get to shows at royal theatre, at least 30 minutes in advance to be sure you get a seat!
Make sure you get to SeaPlex before dodgem cars and roller skating before the time, so you’re not waiting forever in line!
If you have any questions about this ship, or the ports I’d be more than happy to answer your questions!