Saturday, March 24, 2018
GIGANTIC VESSEL… The Ovation of the seas is so big Susie could not get back far enough to capture the whole ship in the photo.

The Game Changer

Editor February 8, 2017

It’s big, it’s beautiful and they call it the game changer. It’s the Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas and Susie and Col Wilcox of Shepparton have just sailed on her to New Zealand.

The massive ship carries 5000 guests with 1800 staff from 70 different countries. Susie said, “Everything was just pure luxury, and the ship was not too big, just top class. Susie and Col say they loved the food and huge variety of restaurants. For Susie’s birthday, they celebrated in the Jamie Oliver Italian restaurant which is one of 18 separate restaurants on board along with a bionic bar with martini mixing robots.

According to Susie and Col, there were activities going on all the time from big screen movies, ‘full on’ floorshows and during the day they had the North Star which they describe as being like a big glass ball on the top of the ship on an extendable arm with 360 degree views, there are also dodgem cars, and a flow rider to surf on.

The ships offers many choices in cabin layout, the biggest being two story loft suites with five bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a private whirlpool. Susie and Col say the views from their cabin balcony as they arrived in Milford Sound in New Zealand were just spectacular; the mountains and waterfalls were so pretty.

Next stop was Dunedin which Susie and Col visited for the day before going on to Wellington where they visited the Zealandia Sanctuary and saw lots of colourful birds and reptiles. They later took a ride on a cable car to the top of the ranges for the view.

As they sailed to Napier the weather closed in, the seas became quite rough but  Susie and Col say the Ovation of the Seas took it in her stride, “Napier is one of the smallest ports the ship calls at and this was her first time, the captain told everyone that they had been practising this docking manoeuvre and so on arrival they turned the ship around and backed in to the tiny port and everything went smoothly,” said Susie.

“As we docked a jazz band was there to welcome us and they were all dressed up in 1920 clothes, the whole town seemed to be in 1920 mode, even the shops. It was like stepping back in time,” said Susie.

Next was Picton, which is a beautiful fishing village. Susie and Col say they had a great time there. The town’s population doubled for the day with the ship’s arrival.

Susie and Col made the most of their last two nights on board as they sailed back to Sydney.

Susie said, “I could not speak more highly of the Ovation of the Seas and  the onboard staff and would like to thank Joe Bovalino of Lyn McNaught Travel in Mooroopna for arranging everything,” and Joe, if you are reading this Susie and Col will be in shortly to book for Canada and Alaska.

Until next time,
Safe Travel’n,
Geoff Vallance