Alaska’s New Best Cruise Ship: Ovation Of The Seas

The new best cruise ship to offer cruises in Alaska (starting in May 2019) has been hiding in Asia and Australia for the last two years. But when Royal Caribbean’s “Ovation Of The Seas” begins offering Alaska cruises next year, she will be the most state-of-the-art cruise ship (by far) to offer Alaska cruises.

In this video, I’ll show you what’s so special about Ovation Of The Seas, including several areas of the ship that will offer spectacular views while at the same time offering complete protection from the weather.

I’ll also fill you in on some of the little improvements that Royal Caribbean has integrated in to this class of ship (Quantum-class) that offer some nice little benefits that you wouldn’t have if you sailed on any of the old ships that the other cruise lines use in Alaska.

Unusual special features on this ship include NorthStar, a viewing pod that rises to 300 feet over ocean level to offer spectacular views… RipCord by iFly, a skydiving simulator… and SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space you’ll find on any cruise ship.

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myzhi3 says:

Ten of us were on this ship for 14 day maiden exotic Asian cruise in June 2016. It’s a really hitech ship. Shows and ifly were good. Internet speed as amazingly fast compare to other ships I have been on. No problems doing FaceTime with someone back in the USA. Food was great, especially all the speciality restaurants. Even though this ship is relatively big, I still like the Oasis class more. Can’t wait for my June Harmony if the Sea Mediterranean maiden cruise.

Sharon Johnson says:

When will booking start for this ship?

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Rodney Morgan Brown says:

Appears to me that Royal Caribbean’s got all the other cruise lines beat….even if your not going to Alaska.

Joseph Daisley says:

I’ve been on 13 Royal Caribbean cruises. I’ve got to admit that the Anthem would be in the middle of my list. A very impressive ship in terms of technology, but not my favorite. I don’t personally see what you liked about her so much, particularly since you did the Harmony. However, I am very impressed that Ovation is going to Alaska. I think that she is the perfect ship for that market and really is a step up over the competition. Alaska is on my list, and maybe the fact that Ovation is going there might seal the deal.

Vincent Smith says:

Ovulation of the sea

Gregory J says:

great vid Jim

kathlud1 says:

I hope you are right about the internet. Liberty of the Seas touted the amazing internet and we could not connect for 2-3 days of our Caribbean cruise in November 2017!

Blessed Child says:

Thanks for this info! This just might be what we do next summer. I think it is a great choice, plus a year to prepare to go

Pascale Smith says:

Does anyone know if you can get the menus for the main dining room dinners pre cruise? We want to get reservations for some of the specialty restaurants ahead of time, but we’d prefer to do this on nights when the main dining room isn’t serving some of our favorites!

Rob Macneal says:

Cruised on anthem o t s out of New Jersey is the same layout great ship loved the solarium. A great idea for colder weather cruising

Cesarin Pillin says:

How the hell ships of the size of the Ovation (quantum class) can fit passages like the Sawyer Glacier? I seen ships like the Grand Princess struggle to navigate when the tide is low o_o
Even worse when the passage is crowded (Disney when I was on Wonder, there was a NCL and a Princess returning one after another and certain areas are very narrow)

The Malamute Pack says:

So excited to hear they’re bringing a nice ship for Alaska… I want to do that trip but all the ships are so boring

Leo Garswah says:

I want to cruise, how much does it cost?

MrToryhere says:

That is a huge ship. It’s due back here in Sydney this week. I have watched it sail down the Harbour on several occasions. It makes some of the surrounding headlands look quite small

telugu cartoon kids says:

How was the cost of trip

Rhonda Murphy says:

I had several cruising , I absolute love royal carribbean like a car ; royal carribean its Mercedes. hre a tip ; my first honeymoon and eight years later I did divorced . to celebrate new life booked a royal carribbean.

MrRamyon74 says:

The best review of Ovation I’ve seen…thanks Jim!

Yummy Tummy Tasty Food says:

Same aß Symphony of the Sea

Aubrey Campie says:

Is all of this footage yours? If not, you should credit the videographers

Hoder Harris says:

Thank you going to book a Suite. What are your thoughts on these suite rooms? First time cruiser by the way but have wanted to sail Alaska for many years.

Bruce Sumter says:

wow this ship is so cool RR 🙂

Mark Pace says:

We are already booked out for 2019. If they are still using Ovation in 2020 for Alaska, we will strongly consider this. Another excellent review!

Dina Cruising Thru Life says:

I booked last week for Alaska on this ship because it has solo balcony cabins. Woohoo!

eldrid chapman says:

Ovation of the Seas is a marvel with the latest billion-dollar tech stuff inside. I cruised on the Ovation from Singapore to Australia back in end-2016 and enjoyed each day on-board. The ship is good but the only let down was the average service onboard. If you’re more interested in being pampered by the staff onboard, you should cruise on HAL, Princess or Celebrity.

Ryan Steinberg says:

I am close to booking this ship for next year July. When booking I started to think…. Which side of the ship would be best for an Alaskan cruise from Seattle? Right side? Left? Front? Mid? Back? I’m getting a balcony. Also do I go super high on the ship? Or low? In terms of deck.

Family Toy Report says:

This ship looks nice! Thanks for mentioning the internet connection. I know it can sometimes be hit or miss on a cruise ship!

Muraguri E says:

Is this a paid advert?

Jakey says:

The Italian restaurant on the ship is part of Jamie Oliver’s chain (famous British chef) and his restaurants are meant to be really good.


Awesome ship. Great video, thank you!

BlueDJ says:

Excellent ship to place in Alaska. The views from the North Star will be amazing too…..

TrainfanJackson4014 says:

Outstanding video! Keep up the amazing content. I’m going on the Carnival Dream this summer. Any thoughts on the ship? Anyway it’ll be my first Caribbean Cruise and first time leaving the United States (my first cruise was on the Norwegian Pride of America in Hawaii).

Mary Crawley says:

Wow this cruise ship is Beyond Amazing!!!

Mark Lian says:

The normal dining space is too small to accommodate the large number of passengers so much so that it is not uncommon to queue for every main meal on this ship..B’fast, Lunch or dinner!

Justin Case says:

It never seems clear to me what the food situation is, is part of the cruise,
or do you have to pay per meal. I know at one time it was all part of the cost, but these days it seems franchises are part of the ship which has to be paid for. Drinks is another issue I’m not sure of, can someone enlighten me?

Sunny Day Sport and Family Cruises says:

4:18 I did it recently in Canada- but not Ripcord. Awesome Vid.

The Beast Presents says:

I am booked on this for June next year

Olga Jones says:

This looks amazing.

MrRamyon74 says:

We will be travelling on her from Sydney to Hawaii in 2019….very excited, next time to Alaska 🙂

Stan Fishman says:

Great news Jim. This and just finding out NCL is moving Joy to Alaska with Bliss has me pumped for 2020. This year going on Grand Princess Wesrtern Coastal cruise and next year on a Celebrity Infinity Western Mediterranean via Israel. Have you done any Celebrity ships? I’ve noticed its usually NCL, RCI or CCL reviews. Thanks.

Scott Downen says:

July 26th 2019 can’t get here fast enough….

bonnie bergstein says:

Jim Zim – when I cruise to Alaska (been 8 times) I prefer to bundle up & feel the cold air on my face & I love sailing thru Glacier Bay – so Princess & HAL are my favorites! I don’t go to Alaska to see a bionic bar or anything like giant slides!! Much prefer floatplanes & salmon bakes, helicopters to the glaciers & dog sleds, balcony views of real gorgeous sunrises & totem poles & lumberjack shows!! Have done Alaska with NCL & wasn’t impressed! Last RCCL Cruise was to the Caribbean!! Thanks for sharing the info on the Ovation!

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