9-Night Ovation of The Seas South Pacific Cruise (13th Feb 2020) Balcony Fr $1093pp Twin Share @ OzCruising

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Balcony Cabins have now dropped further in price.
Itinerary: Sydney- Noumea - Mystery island - Brisbane - Sydney
Onboard Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas

Note: No onboard credit with this last minute guarantee booking

No fees for AMEX.

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  • +2 votes

    Is this a good price? Never done cruise before

  • +9 votes

    Guaranteed balcony view or life boat view?

    • +22 votes

      It’s a good option if you haven’t seen a life boat so close.

    • +3 votes

      At least you have easy access to a life boat if the ship starts sinking.

      • +1 vote

        well, the women and children do…

        • +4 votes

          Just say "It's MAAM!" as you shoulder check the women and children out of the way.

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          is that how it works?

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            @Numlock: If that's a serious question - no. It used to be back when women were their husbands servant in return for being looked after.

            I'm sure there'll be a small number of people on board stuck in the past insisting that's how it should be if an evacuation does need to take place though. (Not such a bad thing, assuming they've dropped the whole "women should be in the kitchen" attitude!)

  • +13 votes

    I wonder if they have seen a drop in sales given the White Island disaster… I guess their name would now be tied to this..

  • +7 votes

    Just intime for cyclone season.

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    I don't see what all things are included in this price? Like food each day, any activities? Are these things out of pocket or included in the ticket already?

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    I'd say the reason that this is cheap is that it only has 2 stops. Good for relaxing on board and sitting on the balcony relaxing watching the sea, and eating of course.

  • +2 votes

    Great facilities on this ship, but the decks are poorly laid out. It created a lazy atmosphere of passengers who had nothing better to do than beach themselves 24/7 on the couches. No big space for fun pool parties etc.

    Also I don't believe $1091 is great value. I've paid $999 for balcony rooms on an RCL 7 night cruise with better itinerary (with $999 being fairly standard pricing, although it wasn't ex-Australia).

    • +2 votes

      Yes I am unsure why this constitutes a deal also.

      • +8 votes

        price is normally around $200-250pp per night, so yes its a good deal

        • +5 votes

          It's $1099-$1149 from Royal Caribbean Cruises directly, and they have 40% off every guest up to $300 & up to $400 USD ship spend like this deal. So not as much of a deal as it seems.

          • +6 votes

            @Rumbaar: Booking directly is under the same offer but $1149 (no onboard credit)- same deal but $60 more. I’ve just listed the cheapest price of the cruise travel agents, who are usually just cheaper than direct.

            It is a deal because of the significant discount on balcony cabins. Dropped $300 since last week.

            • +3 votes

              @BargHunter100: Dropping the price of cabins is standard practice for all cruise liners as the cruise date nears. It's likely to drop even further as this is a big ship and they won't want empty cabins. So if you consider this a deal, you'd have to flood OzB with hundreds of other cruises for hundreds of different departure dates as the prices drop. Misleading to the rookie cruiser.

          • +3 votes

            @Rumbaar:

            It's $1099-$1149 from Royal Caribbean Cruises directly

            For that sail date yes, but it you look at others, you will see generally its $200-250pp per night on other sailings, so this one is a good deal.

            up to $400 USD ship

            key words are UP TO, sure if you book a suite you get $400USD credit. But you're not paying sub $1200pp.

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              @JimmyF: To me it's an alright cruise deal if your looking at retail pricing - which when it comes to Cruising is always inflated outside of holiday periods. Just google 90 day ticker for a look at 3 months of cruises coming up with their prices dropping 60-80%.
              There's a 14 night deal on Holland America's Masdam for a similar price at the moment. but if you want the Balcony then this deals alright.

              Its just not overly special in my view compared to standard discounts on cruises and when it shows up on Ozbargain if you don't cruise then the high discount percentages play into it sounding better than it is. or like the above poster said, you could flood Ozbargain with all todays current cruise deals.

              In saying that - plenty of others are upvoting this so perhaps the crowd doesn't agree with my thoughts :P

              • +1 vote

                @ThatAVGuy:

                There's a 14 night deal on Holland America's Masdam for a similar price at the moment. but if you want the Balcony then this deals alright.

                So you're comparing a non balcony room on Maasdam to a balcony room on Ovation?

                Ovation is a way nicer ship than Maasdam, and Ovation has always had premium pricing.

      • +7 votes

        Ovation of the Seas usually commands a higher price per night than other RCL ships sailing in Australia because it has more/fancier facilities.

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    Do they ever have pricing that is all inclusive?

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    Note: No onboard credit with this last minute guarantee booking

    What makes you say there is no OBC?

    One BIG Sale with up to US$400 Onboard Credit, up to 40% off and up to BONUS $300 Savings!
    One BIG sale is on with Royal Caribbean with up to 40% off and up to US$400 onboard Credit!
    Plus, receive up to $300 BONUS savings when you book before the 14th of January 2020.

    Onboard Credit varies by itinerary, cabin type and duration:
    Local Sailings:
    Cruise 6+ nights: US$100 Inside or Oceanview / US$200 Balcony or Junior Suites / US$400 Grand Suite or higher
    Valid for new bookings only and does not combine with any other promotion.
    Onboard credit may not be available in all categories and is subject to availability.
    Non-refundable deposit required for sailings outside of final payment.
    Offer is only valid for new Royal Caribbean bookings on selected voyages.

    On sale until 4pm (AEDT) on the 2nd of February 2020 unless sold out prior.

    Discounts on all cruises not just this one, although this one seems good for Balcony Cabin.

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    Is this kids friendly? What's the price for a 2yo? I cannot see it on the website.

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      They don't have special pricing for children but last time I bought a free 3rd 4th guests in the same room.
      I wouldn't say it's kid friendly, yes there's a kid club and some kid oriented performances but most activities are targeted towards adults.
      Last time we took our 2yr old daughter onboard a 5 days cruise and she got bored pretty fast (even with 2 excursions). But that was on the Voyager OTS, maybe they have more kid oriented facilities on this one.

    • +4 votes

      We went on Ovation in Nov18 year with our 5 year old. Absolutely fantastic ship. Kids club is really good but it is for 3 and over.
      Food was amazing and never felt the need to pay for the better speciality restaurants. Things like the Ifly , Rockclimbing and Dodgem cars are all free.

      I think this is a pretty good deal for the one the best ships in Oz.

      PS. I think there is a kids minding for under 3 though.

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    It is kid friendly but this deal is for twin share only so it will be more exxy for triple share (and yes kids irrespective of age are treated as an adult but the price for the 3/4 person in the cabin may be cheaper than the 1st 2 people.

  • +9 votes

    How much is the Zimmer frame hire and what time is bingo?

  • +5 votes

    It's definitely value for money for that price on Ovations of the seas.

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    can you smoke on the balcony?

  • +1 vote

    Noumea isn’t that interesting ( because it’s basically a small city), but Mystery Island is great. Classic light blue water and a great view of the much larger main island which is quite close. You can usually do tours that go over there.

  • -1 vote

    How dare you

  • +5 votes

    This is a good price for Ovation of the Seas, RC and actual port stops..

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      100% agree
      For anyone that hasn’t been cruising before, the Ovation is a big stable ship, the food is great, entertainment options galore and not a bad price.
      Recommend you get a coffee card if you don’t want the drinks package - I think it is 15 drinks for ~$50 IIRC. Buy it before the trip, it’s cheaper than when you get on the boat - same for any other drinks package, but before you get on…

      • +1 vote

        And also keep checking the price of the packages in the Cruise Planner as they change all the time. I'm going on the Ovation next month and the price has fluctuated from $48 USD per day to around $55 or so.

  • +2 votes

    9 nights of "adult daycare" ! How many incontinence nappies does one get?

  • +2 votes

    Thanks @BargHunter100 just booked

  • +1 vote

    It’s a great price. For those on the fence, do it!

  • +2 votes

    Where are all the comments saying that cruise ships are terrible for the environment?

    (Washy washy…)

  • +2 votes

    Have to find a gf to meet this deal :)

  • -1 vote

    Environmentally, this is the worst holiday format you could choose.

    All to float around wondering what food they’re gonna stuff in to you whilst it’s belching co2 and you’re farting cause there was something wrong with the seafood.

    Gastro is complimentary.

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