I was lucky enough to go on a pre-inaugural 3 night mini cruise on The Ovation of The Seas. The Ovation was alledgedly ready slightly early and so they added in this pre-inaugural sailing. If I had been booked on the inaugural sailing, I think I would have been pretty annoyed about this, but for me, it worked out well. I could try out Royal Caribbean for just a few nights, and sailing out of Southampton meant minimal travelling.

Ovation of the Seas at the end of her pre-inaugural sailing

I’ve always been interested in the mega ships, especially as I usually travel on my own, so I like there to be plenty to do and see, and Ovation is definitely in the category of a mega-ship. She’s not an Oasis class ship which has the open backs and which had been on my bucket list for a very long time, but she still has a lot of thing things the Royal Caribbean larger ships have to offer. A particular highlight of mine was trying out the i-Fly inside skydiving experience.

Suited up ready to try the i-Fly

I also really enjoyed going up in the North Star – an observation capsule which rises up off the top deck of the ship to give you 360 degree panoramic views.

View from the North Star on the Ovation of the Seas

The Ovation of the Seas also has many of the activities that you find on almost all of the newer RCI ships, including the WaveRider (which I did not try)!

One of my favourite areas on the ship was the 270 Lounge. The lounge (as the name may imply) has a 270 degree observation window, wrapping around the back of the ship. This was a great place to spend time, watching the world go by.

Floor to ceiling windows in 270