Cruise 12 & 13 - Ovation of the Seas

It's December, the 12 month and coincidently the beginning of my 12th cruise, back to back on Ovation of the Seas. Both cruises have us heading to New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ.


  • Sydney ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
  • ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ
  • Cruise - Milford, Doubtful, Dusky Sounds ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  • Port Chalmers (Dunedin) ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  • Wellington ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  • Napier ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  • Picton ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  • ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ
  • Sydney ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ


  • Sydney ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
  • ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ
  • Bay of Islands ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  • Auckland ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  • Tauranga ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  • ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ
  • Port Chalmers (Dunedin) ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  • Cruise Dusky, Doubtful, Milford Sounds ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  • ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ
  • Sydney ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
2017 Year of the Explorer of the Seas

So that's it! I have now disembarked from Explorer of the Seas for the final time this year. It is amazing to believe that this ship has been my home for almost 2.5 months this year. This makes it one of the longest places I have lived since 2015. 

A few stats

  • Number of nights on board - 74
  • Captains - 2 (Rick ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ, Kjetil ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด)
  • Cruise Directors - 3 (Graham ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง , Dan ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ  & Topi ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ )
  • Activity Managers - 3 (Katy ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, ๐Ÿ˜ข my notes are not complete here)
  • Cruise Director Staff - 10 (as I disembarked today Silvia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ, Jacob ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Heart ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ, Kristine ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ, Michael ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ, but special shout outs to Paul ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ , Bel ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ who where there for the first crossing and are now somewhere else in the Royal Caribbean fleet).
  • Distance travelled - approximately 21,000 nautical miles (38,000kms)
  • Countries Visited - 6 (Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ, Fiji ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ, New Caledonia ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡จ, Vanuatu ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡บ, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ)
  • Ports - 16 (Sydney ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ, Mystery Island ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡บ, Port Vila ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡บ, Isle of Pines ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡จ, Noumea ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡จ, Mare ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡จ, Lifou ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡จ, Suva ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ, Lautoka ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ, Lahaina ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Kailua Bay ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Waikiki ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Seattle ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Astoria ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, San Francisco ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, Victoria ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ)
  • Progressive Trivia wins - 1 (What a great team it was too).
  • Crown and Anchor Levels - 3 (was Gold when I first boarded her, levelled to Emerald after disembarking skipping Platinum, and my last crossing got me to Diamond plus).
  • I feel like I need to mention so many other staff from bar and wait staff, to casino, my stateroom attendants, to the exceptional guest service officers, Crown and Anchor Loyalty and Concierge. If I start doing all names, this post will exceed my bandwidth limit for the month. But they all (you all if you are reading) have made cruising an absolute pleasure. Thank You.

It was sad to disembark this morning (disembarking is a post to itself). The Explorer of the Seas is the ship that really kickstarted this adventure I am on, and so she and her staff will always be a sentimental favourite.

Thank you to all staff onboard Explorer of the Seas. Hope to see you back on board, or at least on another ship.

Not so much gastro on the Ovation? - update

Following reports of gastro on the Ovation  I reached out to the RC twitter team to see if they had anything to say on the issue. 

ย Hey there, Chris. There has been no report of a mass outbreak of GI at this time. If anything changes, weโ€™d notify you immediately. -Gabbie

So thatโ€™s the way things currently stand. Iโ€™ll update with more news if I get any.