Written on: 29/12/2008 by gdsouza208 (4 reviews written)
No bad points
Ocean Village Two, Excellent Caribbean Cruise
We have just returned from an AMAZING 2 week Caribbean cruise aboard Ocean Village two. We have absolutely NO faults with the ship, service, staff, entertainers, cabins, etc. This was a most memorable cruise you could ever hope to go on.
The ship has a casual feel to it. No need to dress formally for dining etc. The cabins were large, spacious, with plenty of storage space. In the main cabin there are 2 sets of 4 drawers on the bedside cabinets, PLUS at least 14 large drawers next to the hanging rails. On top and below the hanging rails there is plenty of storage for suitcases and larger items. The cabins are all air-conditioned and very light and airy. We were fortunate to have a balcony cabin, but we did see the other cabins and they were just as nice. You also have 2 shelves above the fridge unit for storage. The safe is FREE to use and the cabin actually has a hairdryer by the dressing table mirror,instead of the bathroom, which is a BIG plus. Cabins are cleaned daily by very helpful, hard-working staff who are always cheerful and always greet you with a smile. Towels are provided for the pool and beach as well, so you don't need to bring your own.
The bathroom has 2 bathroom cabinets for your toiletries, as well as a shower rail for shampoos and shower gels. A shelf houses spare toilet rolls and large towels.
There are 4 restaurants on board: Plantation and Waterfront are included in the price and the food is OUT OF THIS WORLD. You MUST try the desserts. They are to die for. ALL meals are plentiful and available 24/7, so you will never be hungry. La Luna is FREE during the day, but in the evenings there is a small charge of £4.75 for a 3 course meal which is well worth the price. This means you get to dine under the stars at night and watch the on-deck shows from the comfort of the restaurant. The Bistro is normally between £12-£15 per head for A la Carte meals cooked by James Martin or his trained chefs.
Entertainment is endless: acrobats, singers, duo's, bands, comedians, magicians, dancers, shows all performed by the ship's entertainment staff, PLUS guest appearances. Whilst we were on board Ailesha Bennett (X-Factor) and Jacki Graham were on board plus comedians Dave Buck, Fogwell Flax, crooner Zac Bauman, Magician Manual Martinez who were all excellent. The resident singers Lisa Core and David Bradley are really good and so are the duo Sass and resident band Jet set. Late night entertainment can be found in the Players Bar on Deck 8 till the early hours of the morning. There is something going on ALL day, so you never get bored. Every night a ships "newspaper" called OUT & ABOUT is put through your door with detailed information about the island you are visiting the next day, plus the ship's programmes and any special offers on board. The shops on board are really cheap as well and sell all the usual necessities as well as luxuries. Sun creams are very cheap to buy on board, so don't waste space in your suitcase.. get it on board.
Captain Vago and his crew work very hard to make your trip very enjoyable and they do a great job. If you have never been on a cruise before, then this is a MUST. Unfortunately, Ocean Village Two will cease cruising the Caribbean next year as she is moving to Australia which is a real shame. We are booking another trip on her before she ceases trading from the UK.
The ships public areas are very clean and well looked after. The sun deck is large (2 decks) and there is plenty of room for everyone to sunbathe. The Karma Spa, Gym and Beauty salon are well worth a visit.
Bar prices are very reasonable (cheaper than pub prices) and there are always drink offers available on board. You can view their prices here: http://www.oceanvillageholidays.co.uk/uploadedFiles/OVH/documents/Casbah%20Menu%20OV2%200708.pdf.
Check out their website as it has prices and details of everything you will need to know about your cruise plus much much more
We did not do any of their planned excursions as we chose to go independently, but my husband and our friend went on 2 of there bike rides which they thoroughly enjoyed.
This really was a trip of a lifetime. Try it for yourself and see.