Review of Ovation Of The Seas deck 3 (Casino-Cabins)
The fore-located Royal Theater (complimentary, capacity 1299 seats, level 1 of 3) is the ship’s main show lounge for Broadway-style dance and music productions and aerial acrobatic performances in the evenings. The theater presents nightly 2 grand shows – early (at 8 pm) and late (at 10 pm) to match the assigned dining room sittings. Both are full-length production shows specially designed for the Ovation ship – with professional performances (singing, dancing, acting, live band music), excellent decors and lighting. Signature shows “The Dream” (original RCI production /musical with hi-tech special effects), a second grand-scale musical (yet to be announced) plus the rotating Headliners (tribute band show) and popular game shows (like “Love and Marriage”). The Royal Theatre has its own bar for refreshments. During the shows, waiters walk around and offer bar service. During the day, the theater functions as Cinema (showing movies on seadays only) and also hosts enrichment lectures and bingo playing sessions. Royal Caribbean’s Snowball Jackpot Bingo offers generous payouts (final jackpots are in the several thousand dollars). Among the bingo prizes are also free cabin upgrades and even free cruises.
Casino Royale is a large Vegas-style gambling lounge with hundreds of slot machines, numerous gaming tables, its own full-service Casino Bar. The Casino staff also provides complimentary gambling lessons. Regularly, here are hosted gambling tournaments. The list of available games includes Video Poker (machines) and table games (Craps, Roulette, Black Jack 21, Caribbean Stud Poker). Guests can pay in cash, with their “Sea Pass” cards or with their WOWbands. The lounge area is furnished with tables, plush chairs, sofas. The Casino is a smoking-allowed area, but also has a small non-smoking section.
Music Hall is a 2-decks high show lounge for live music shows and dancing. It is served by its own bar. The lower level has pool tables, a large dance floor and a stage for live band performances and tribute acts (incl rock bands performances) in the evenings. The upper level is for the overlooking balconies. When bands are not performing, a DJ plays Top 40 music selections. This lounge offers a late-night show (named “Mamma Mia! After Dark”) and Rockaoke (karaoke singing accompanied by the band). Another RCI signature night show presented here is called “Wink”. The experience is defined as a combination of cabaret-style entertainment (by The Royal Theatre staff), premium brand spirits and adults-only nightclub party life. During the day, Music Hall is generally used for dance classes (incl ballroom dancing, rock ‘n’ roll) and for comedy acting workshops.
The Grande Restaurant (open between 5:30-9 pm) is a specialty restaurant and one of the RCI’s “dynamic dining” (main dining) choices. The Grande is a complimentary, waiter-served (Gold Anchor service), dinner-only classy restaurant stylishly furnished and decorated (in black, gold and cream, crystal chandeliers). Formal dress code is required (excepting on embarkation day). Reservations are required. The Grande’s menu features many items typically found only at upscale restaurants. Among the appetizers are prawn/shrimp cocktail, lobster bisque, salads, smoked fish, truffle wild mushroom risotto, tuna/beef carpaccio, escargot. Main offerings include premium steak (20-ounce dry-aged porterhouse), lamb, chicken, seafood (grilled salmon, lobster tail, sole almondine, shrimp, scallops, crab). The desserts menu includes chocolate cakes, Classic Napoleon, key lime tarte, cheesecake, also 3 specialty cocktails.
Chic Restaurant (open between 5:30-9 pm) is a specialty restaurant and among the RCI’s “dynamic dining” (main dining) options. Chic is a complimentary, waiter-served (Gold Anchor service) dinner-only restaurant. Reservations are required. Decor is heavy on stark-white and gold, with diamond-inspired artwork. Dress code is smart-casual. Cuisine is contemporary, with many light-food and vegetarian choices. The Chic’s menu features as appetizers beef carpaccio, salads, soup of the day, cured salmon, grilled shrimp, prawn cocktail, crab cake. As entrees are offered premium steak (beef ribeye), lamb chops, chicken paillard, seafood (Icelandic cod, salmon strudel, diver scallops). The desserts menu has carrot cake, milk chocolate gelato, dark chocolate tarte, yogurt pannacotta, plus 3 specialty cocktails.
Cruise cabins from 3146 to 3652, of which Virtual Balcony Inside (category 2U) and the rest are Oceanview (categories 1N and 2N - Porthole Window types).
deck plan 3 cabins information: the forward-location Oceanview rooms are near the ship’s Theater (show lounge), so noise during rehearsals or the evening stage shows could be an issue. Some mid-ship starboard cabins are located underneath the Sorrento’s Restaurant (on deck 4) and its Galley area (on deck 4).