All aboard Ovation of the Seas...
When Royal Caribbean invited me to experience their latest and greatest cruise offering in the Souther Hemisphere, Ovation of the Seas, I couldn't wait to try it our for myself. Rohan and I flew to Singapore and stayed for a night on the mainland before boarding the ship the following morning, ready for three nights cruising around via Malaysia before docking back at Singapore.
Nothing quite prepares you for the scale of this incredible ship, at 347 metres long, it feels much more like a very grand hotel than a boat - in fact, I almost couldn't tell we were sailing when I work up on the first day, that was until I stepped onto my balcony and saw the endless blue of the Malacca Strait. Our State Room had all the comforts you would expect of a luxury hotel: King bed, full sized bath, television, desk, balcony and storage to boot. While chilling in your room and reading on the deck chairs on your private balcony all day is very tempting, the ship had so many facilities to offer, it only seemed fair to try as many as possible.
A few of our highlights include the North Star (a moving viewing point which takes you up above the ship and over the ocean - at full height it will be taller than the Harbour Bridge!), iFLY (the first ever skydiving simulator at sea which Rohan tried out on my Snapchat), the Vitality Spa where I had a very luxurious treatment, and the many restaurants on offer throughout. I almost couldn't believe there was a Jamie's Italian on board (one of my faves), and we also had noteworthy meals at Chops Grille and Izumi. There are thee breakfast options available to start your day, my personal favourite being the buffet by the Solarium Pool (those beautiful panelled glass walls at the front of the ship), and if you fancy a beverage later, grab a Pina Colada at the North Star bar or have a cocktail served to you by an adorable robot at Bionic Bar.
With so many things to do, restaurants to eat at, shows to see and a total of 4,905 guests on board, a girl still has to look her best. If you're wondering how to configure the perfect cruise wardrobe, I've got you covered.
1. Pack Light
While your luggage will be taken aboard for you on arrival, for a swift departure, we chose to take our suitcases with us. Packing light always makes transit easier (we had a few hours of roaming around Singapore before heading to the airport), and it helps you make a great edit - nothing unnecessary in this bag!
2. Dress for dinner
While things are casual aboard of the trip, some of the restaurants have a Smart Casual dress code, and you might also want to dress up to see one of the fun cabaret shows. My tip is to take one nice jacket (it can get a bit chilly at evenings with the A/C) and two nice dresses that pack down easily in your suitcase. My picks were this SIR the label dress and a gorgeous eyelet front dress by Elissa McGowan.
3. Get Tricky
Irons aren't allowed on board for safety reasons, so as soon as you check in to your room, hang up the pieces you know might need a bit of de-creasing. A helpful trick I picked up from an experienced cruiser is to use your hair dryer to steam out any difficult creases. Use a damp towel to blot the area first and then dry, dinner ready in no time!
4. Plan you activities
Before you cruise, make sure you have an idea of what you want your onboard experience to be. Are you after pure rest and relaxation? Are you planning on hitting the pool everyday? Using the Gym? Trying out the more adventurous activities? Once you have an idea, this will help you curate your wardrobe. I took two bikinis, one set of fitness gear, a pair of sneakers (if I wanted to attempt iFLY!), some dressier clothes for meals and shows and then relaxing, poolside attire.
5. Choose your fabrics
It mights not look it in some of these photos, but it was incredibly warm and humid on deck. While you will be spending a lot of time in cool air conditioning, make sure you back a selection of light, breathable pieces for Summer. My favourites are linens and cottons for day, and simple silk pieces for evening.
Thank you Royal Caribbean for having me on board, and Sydney-siders, get ready - Ovation of the Seas is making her way to Sydney on December 15th 2016 for her maiden Australian season. Find out more here.
- Wearing -
Elissa McGowan Dress | Daniel Avakian Blazer | ATP Atelier Sandals
SIR Mini Dress | Prism Espadrilles (similar) | Spektre Sunglasses
Pfeiffer Top | C/MEO Skirt | Spektre Sunglasses | K Jaques Sandals
SIR Tie Top | DSTLD Boyfriend Jeans
Storets Off Shoulder Top | Vintage Levi Shorts | Barton Perreira Sunglasses
Photos by Rohan Peterson