Sailing Soon in the Philippines: Things to do Aboard Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas

Soon to hold regular cruising schedule in Manila, Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas – which is also the biggest luxury ship to sail the waters of Asia, has already given a hint of what’s to come for Filipino travelers willing to get a taste of high sea living. After making numerous port of calls in Hong Kong, Ovation of the Seas made its double maiden call in Subic and Manila on June 8 and 9, 2018. Although Ovation of the Seas’ upcoming cruises will cover nearby countries like Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam and even Australia, it will be just a matter of months before they call Manila a regular home port.

Levy Amosin in Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas

To get you further excited at someday sailing aboard Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, here are some of the fantastic things you can do and experience on-board this state-of-the-art and marvelous ship.

Feast All-Day

When they say one can eat at least six times aboard Ovation of the Seas, they aren’t kidding. There are ten complimentary restaurant aboard the ship – dining in each one is free because it is already part of your cruise package. These are: Windjammer (buffet-style), American Icon Grill, The Grande Restaurant, Chic, Cafe Promenade, Silk, Sorrento’s New York Pizzeria, Coastal Kitchen, The Cafe at Two70 and the cool hotdog stand Seaplex Dog House.

In addition, they also have five specialty restaurants that are non-inclusive; Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver, Chops Grille: The New American Steakhouse, Wonderland, Izumi and the five course steakhouse Chef’s Table.

So, expect to gain a few pounds after you disembark the ship at the end of your trip.

Simulate Skydiving at the RipCord by iFly

Want to feel the rush of skydiving but aren’t ready to jump out of a plane yet? Fret not, because you can simulate it and perfect that skydiver form as well, by experiencing this amazing technology from iFly called RipCord. You will be taken inside a glass tube and thanks to a strong gust of wind blowing from below, you will glide and float like a seasoned skydiver.

Flowrider Surf Simulator

This time, simulate how it feels like riding the waves with the Flowrider Surf Simulator. No need to paddle and wait for waves, as you instantly step on a short board and immediately learn to balance yourself to surf.

Ride the North Star

Enjoy a spectacular of the whole ship by riding this movable observation deck that stretches up to 300 feet, offering you a 360-view of the surrounding ocean as well.

Watch Movies at the Outdoor Cinema

Kara Santos watching a movie

Cap your wonderful day by laying down by the pool and under a moonlit star filled sky, enjoy a featured film – which differs every night – at the outdoor cinema.

Seaplex Bumper Cars

The Ovation of the Seas have a spacious place located at the uppermost deck housing the gaming facilities. One such place is the Seaplex bumper cars. Opened every morning and late afternoon, passengers can enjoy a bumpy ride with their family or friends, by riding one of the available bumper cars.

Play Video Games at the Seaplex Seapods and the Arcade Room

In between meals and looking for other things to do? Why not play some NBA Live or the other popular video games at the Seaplex Seapod and Arcade Room, also located at the uppermost deck.

Shoot Some Hoops at the Indoor Basketball Court

Levy Amosin shooting hoops

Sailing over the high seas doesn’t mean you cannot practice your Steph Curry shooting strokes anymore. The world-class basketball court inside Ovation of the Seas provides you an ideal place to sweat it out with your friends – or even play against the other passengers, with a friendly game of pick-up basketball. On scheduled hours during the day, the basketball court is magically transformed into an ice skating rink.

Scale the Rock Climbing Wall

Elal Jane Lasola climbing

Another complimentary activity included in your cruise ticket, this 40 feet rock climbing wall not only summons your climbing will, it also takes you to the top with spectacular view of the sea.

Relax at the Various Swimming Pools and Jacuzzi

Levy Amosin swimming

Enjoy memorable drenched days by having a pool party with friends, families and even with other passengers at the ship’s various pool spots at the indoor Solarium deck and the outdoor Splashaway Bay.

Work Out or Do Yoga at Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center

Who says you need to gain extra weight from your Ovation of the Seas cruise, when can mix your six meal a day with a daily fitness exercise and even, a yoga session. There is also an outdoor running track located at the uppermost deck of the ship, for those wanting to burn extra calories. Spa treatments are also available at the Vitality Sea Spa.

Watch the Nightly Entertainment Shows

Gretchen Filart performing

Come nighttime, guests are entertained to thrilling theatrics courtesy of live shows held at the ship’s Royal Theater and Two70 Performance Hall. Sit tight and enjoy jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics, exhilarating dance choreography from performers adorned with lavish costumes, and accompanied with spellbinding visual effects. Usually on the last night of the cruise, a famed musical performer is slated to perform.

And More…Like chill inside your luxurious cabin room

Marky Ramone Go room in Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas

During the night, the ship transforms into a livelier notch higher as various bars and lounges provides the perfect place to unwind and socialize. Take a pick from these stylish and hip bars such as Vintages, the Pool Bar, the Two70 Bar, Diamond Club and Schooner Bar. Karaoke halls and a spacious music lounge are also open during the night.

Duty Free shops selling signature brands are also open all day, while the Casino Royale opens its doors for passengers of legal age. If you want to have a very unique drinking experience? Then try out the Bionic Bar – which is highlighted by robotic bartending and mixology technology.

There you go, in between shore excursions of the places the cruise is scheduled to sail, one will never ran out of exciting things to do aboard Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas ship.

To book or check out the next cruise dates; please head to the Royal Caribbean’s official website:

This article first appeared on Window Seat PH