Written on: 09/10/2010
I absoulty love ocean village itis such brilliant criuse ship to go non. i will neve forget my two holidays on ocean village. Oceanvillage makes so much obertunities for everyine and i love you ocean villag. really do. i was almost in tears when at the end of my holiday, i knew that you were selling to australla (it isnt to late not to isnt it) me and my family would defiantly have another holiday with ocean village if you wernt selling. Food, entertainment, staff are absoulty... (read more)
Written on: 14/07/2010
A wonderful holiday was spoiled yesterday 13/10/2010 when Ocean Village fell at the last hurdle of getting it's Glasgow passengers to the airport on time to catch the Thomas Cook flight TCX827L home. They got us to Palma airport barely one hour before we were supposed to be in the air. The check in girl was incredibly slow. It took her half an hour to check in three couples and two families of three. The security took half an hour. By the time we cleared there it was after our flight time so... (read more)
Written on: 29/04/2010 by ross744 (1 review written)
This was my first cruise. Being only 18 I was a bit concerned that the cruise would be rather boring and full of 'older' passengers, however, it was brilliant! There was a great mix of old and young alike.. the entertainment was brilliant, especially the tribute acts and comedian Kevin McCarthy. Food was gorgeous in all places, we mainly ate in the Waterfront restaurant as it was cleaner than Plantation. The Bistro was well worth the extra money, shame James Martin wasn't onboard. The cabins... (read more)
Written on: 01/04/2010
We are in our late forties. This was our third caribbean cruise with OV1 - we wanted to celebrate her final visit to the wonderful caribbean. Three and a half thousand pounds (plus) not well spent which is a shame.
Unfortunately, both she and some of the staff seemed very tired and weary.
The ships FEMALE photographers definately needed an attitude adjustment, we watched as they sneered and tutted at older passengers, and constantly made snide comments between themselves when people refused... (read more)
Written on: 15/03/2010 by Ellen07886 (1 review written)
Our first cruise and we were a little dubious as it was for 23 nights! We were on OV2, the ship was lovely and kept very clean, staff were always friendly and helpful. Some of the entertainment was mediocre but some of it was excellent Robbie Williams and Freddy Mercuty tributes were really good. Food was excellent with plenty of choice, fantastic desserts. We ate at La Luna a number of times because the food was so good and the prices really good. Ports of call were great (St Kitts,... (read more)
Written on: 18/01/2010 by fred hendry (2 reviews written)
i have been on ocean village 3 times,all over new year.they were all brill, but this year was best yet,food super,staff brilliant,places visited superb,pity they are taking it away.why cant other lines take thier place,for people who dont like cruising.the entertainment was fantastic,the annie lennox show was amasing,as was freddy mercurey,who we were talking to on the way home at the airport.shelley was brilliant,even though she wasnt feeling 100 p/cent,acrobats great.the waiters,and deck... (read more)
Written on: 05/11/2009 by HARRYREV (1 review written)
My recommendation is to use the local buses and trains when in port.
PALMA-use bus no 1 just outside port (5min) to go into the centre(1.5euros)then bus to caves and train to Soller.
TUNIS--TRAIN (10 MINS) toSiddy Biso and Cartage (10 euros return)
CIVITACHIA(ITALY)-Train(10mins ) to Rome 9 eros ret)
GENOA-walk into city(10min) -telecabin to top 1.5 euros.
SAN RAFAEL-TRAIN (20MIN) TO MONACO,NICE, ST TROPEZ
Barcelona---port bus T3 1.5 euro to city-metro around city 10 journeys 7.5 euros... (read more)
Written on: 20/08/2009
This was our fist time cruising and was a little concerned from some of the comments we received beforehand about it being 'too' informal. However, we had a fantastic time. You could dress up if you wanted (we did), you could eat when you wanted, do as much or as little as you wanted - it's all about you. We chose to take part in the excursions at every port and we are so glad we did, as these were excellent value for money and very well arranged. We ate in The Bistro once and the food was... (read more)
Written on: 30/05/2009
Went on the Ocean Village I to the carribean over easter for two weeks, the worst holiday i have ever had !! Ended up in hospital suffering with a very severe illness - have since found out was because of the ongoing water trouble onboard ship the whole fortnight. Had a dreadful haircut in the spa hair salon. (read more)
Written on: 13/05/2009 by kristi 73 russ 70
the ocean village ship was clean, spacious and the staff were friendly, helpful and worked hard to please. i thought that the food was lovely and didnt feel the need to spend extra money in la luna or the bistro. the week could be as relaxing or as hectic as you wanted. (read more)
Written on: 06/05/2009
We have 3 weeks to go before our cruise on Ocean Village starts. Already we regret booking it. We booked early for a special anniversary and have since discovered that the cruise has since been sold for £1,000 less than we paid. Also, we booked a specific cabin and our booking confirmation confirms this. Now 3 weeks before we leave our cabin has been changed. Ocean Village say they can do nothing about it. They changed it, why can't they change it back. (read more)
Written on: 12/02/2009 by dlwatson (1 review written)
Just come down to earth from Ocean Village 2 Caribbean Cruise Jan 21/09 and cannot speak highly enough of my First Cruise, regardless of some of the less than flattering reviews I have read I found my own experience one that has got me ready for my next one. our flight with Thomsonfly was infinitely better than I had expected possibly due to the extra leg room the plane had I think it was an updated version First Choice Holidays flight, as other reviewers comment the food is to die for, far... (read more)
Written on: 29/12/2008 by gdsouza208 (4 reviews written)
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... (read more)
Written on: 26/11/2008 by irishmol (1 review written)
Friendly staff on deck. Food very plain, treated like cattle on last day! Had to leave cabin at 0830 while cleaners waited outside from 0700! Very expensive for what it was. Will not recommend Ocean Village to my friends. (read more)
Written on: 03/09/2008
We enjoyed our holiday to the Caribbean in January 08 we went on the Ocean Village 2. We could not really fault this ship, lovely cabins well kept, showers and fascilities excellent. The food was great. We only went on trips organised by ourselves, and this can be done very cheaply if when you get o/s you match up with others who want to do the same and see the same sights as yourself. very easy, and we are in our seventies so can't afford tp go on the trips (expensive) from the ship. We ... (read more)
Written on: 20/08/2008
The main plus point was the friendliness of the staff who really went out there way to help. The cabins were very comfortable with the air conditioning and were cleaned frequently. The showers and wash facilities were good also.
For me overall the entertainment wasn't up to much - cheesy music in my view and karaoke on most nights. There was a casino and cinema on board though I didn't visit often. They did have a comedian on a few nights, I saw one guy and he was really funny - he liked to... (read more)
Written on: 04/08/2008 by GaryESmith (2 reviews written)
I fell the traditional cruising experience has been lost on the Ocean Village ship.
The personal touch has been lost.
I will not be reccomending this cruise to anyone. (read more)
Written on: 11/07/2008 by GreekIslandBabe (1 review written)
On the Ocean Village Cruise the crew where fantastic, and the ship itself was fabulous. Overall this cruise was great and suitable for all the family. (read more)
Written on: 19/04/2008
We just came back from a 2 week Caribbean cruise with Ocean Village 2. It was absolutely fantastic. We went with Ocen Village 1 last year, again to the Caribbean and this was just as good if not better. The ship is lovely and clean, the staff are absolutely amazing. They all work so hard to make it a lovely holiday. The food is amazing, all in all it was such a good holiday. We are in our early 40's and we took our 2 daughters 17 and 18 with us on this cruise and they loved it too. The age... (read more)
Written on: 19/04/2008
Food, service general value for money. Holiday camp bingo type atmosphere.
Some excursions overcharged e.g. swim with Dolphins, pay direct cost per head £40, pay Ocean Village £90! Ocean direct justified their overcharging by saying all Cruise Operators do this and most of their customers would not be prepared to go it alone. (read more)
Written on: 13/04/2008
Staff on Ocean village Cruises are extremely polite where ever you went on board. The food in all the restaurants was first class, plenty of things to do, entertainment very professional On March 15th 2008 our cruise arrived at Belize and we tried to find the fruit market that we were told was worthy of a visit, unfortunately this was a bad experience as we wandered in to a no-go area of Belize. I feel passengers should be told of the no-go areas that exist in ports-of-call. (read more)
Written on: 28/03/2008 by centraltt (1 review written)
1st cruise, very pleased, good itinerary, the ships staff were great, food great, the only negatives for me were the flights. Ocean Village should consider using a better airline. On the last night our luggage had to be ready for collection so the day that we flew back we had no spare clothes to change in to. Apart from that I thought Ocean Village offered outstanding value for money, the ship was in great shape for a 20 year old ship, staff are always cleaning and painting. Well recommended.
Written on: 28/03/2008 by cruise virgins (1 review written)
First and foremost bear in mind that once you are on the ship (presumably this goes for most cruises) that it's a 'target rich' customer environment! You will be pushed to purchase photographs, art, book places in the paid restaurants (Bistro and La Luna) excursions and the like. However, it is your choice you don't have to buy them so prepare for that and you'll be fine.
We have just returned from a two week Caribbean cruise (Sugar and Spice and Coral and Calypso) and thoroughly enjoyed our... (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2008 by lin4corb
We loved the relaxed atmosphere of this ship, the food was good, hardly any children about although they were very well behaved. The only downside was a large proportion of the passengers doing a "German towel trick" and saving loungers from one day to the next! Some of our relatives have now booked up for a December cruise and we will most certainly be going again, soon hopefully. (read more)
Written on: 13/02/2008 by Mishkamax (1 review written)
We went with OV2 last November 2007, with one week prior to the cruise at the Accra Beach hotel in Barbados, that was fabulous, couldn't fault the hotel or Barbados.
We were then looking forward to the cruise, 'sugar and spice', well it was absolutely awful. If you like queuing this is the place to be, you have to queue for everything, the lifts, food, shops, getting on and off the ship, queuing everywhere.
The entertainment for children was almost non-existent, a swimming pool slightly... (read more)
Written on: 10/02/2008 by cruisenovice (1 review written)
We were in a large party but had a great time,
The ship is spotless through out, there is a fairly good choice of food in restaurants but they seem to cater for people north of the border (uk) so lots of curries (bland)and stews with chips. Some creole food would have been nice in the caribbean and more vegetables with the main courses would have been nice.
Although the atmosphere is casual most people dressed up a for dinner, smart casual, there was the odd idiot dressed in vest with beer... (read more)
Written on: 09/02/2008
We did a 2 weeks (Reggae & Rainforests/Toucans & Tequila) in Jan 2008 and had a great time. We'd read some of the reviews and were a little concerned with some of the comments but had a great time. We had an outside cabin, which was clean and spacious. The food was of a good quality considering its self service - it's pretty much what you'd expect. Staff were very friendly and although they do push the drinks a little, it's not as bad as we'd expected from comments we'd read. Many of... (read more)
Written on: 08/02/2008 by cmpdiane (4 reviews written)
This cruise ship advertises itself as a cruise for those who don't like cruising. In my humble opinion, if you do like cruising do not go near this ship! I hope that we were just unlucky and this was a one off incident.
In short the cruise ship itself was spacious and modern, the service minimal, the passengers awful. (read more)
Written on: 01/02/2008
We have booked to go again on Ocean Village to the Med. (read more)
Written on: 28/01/2008 by chris60 (1 review written)
Brilliant staff from start to finish
Well-oiled hassle-free transfers (but hellfire, I couldve done with a smoke-break between Gatwick & dockside).
Clean & comfortable well-kitted cabin, not cramped for two- but might be with kids. Generally good amenities on clean & well-maintained ship.
Good food with plenty of choice in the two excellent self-serve restaurants, didnt try extra-cost Bistro or La Luna cos they were over-promoted, but fellow-passengers rated them worth the extra
Mixed... (read more)
Written on: 25/01/2008 by ward clerk
We felt a little let down by the on board repetitiveness of the entertainment and the food (although it was good) was also very repetitive, I felt as though we where on a "Butlins" holiday with the "Red Coats" doing all the entertaining! Also the Bingo prize was at most £550.00 last year it was £1000.00 but the tickets cost the same. I did not agree with one of the in-door bars being allowed to smoke (as this was the only bar with a sport TV this became out of bounds to Non Smokers once... (read more)
Written on: 19/01/2008 by Paulineh1 (1 review written)
We have just come back rom a 14 day Caribbean cruise on Ocean Village 2 and the entertainment was the same as last years cruise on the original Ocean Village. The "new ship" maybe a bit bigger than the first one but the atmosphere is not the same. also on the first one you can relax on deck 7 and see the world go by but not on this one, it is all blocked in so when you' re on a chair or sunbed nothing can be seen, you have to stand up to see over the side. We played bingo on both ships and... (read more)
Written on: 15/01/2008
I would definitely recommend this ship to people & would cruise on it again. (read more)
Written on: 10/01/2008 by thsths
Be warned: it feels like they are only after your money. If it doesn't pay for them, they wont do it. Everything on board is twice as expensive as it should be. While the front line staff is very friendly and helpful, management is pushing them hard. If you want to be treated as an individual (and not just as potential revenue), go elsewhere. (read more)
Written on: 10/01/2008
Cheap holiday but proves to be expensive with the extras you need. Should bad weather prevail you tend to have to stay imn your cabin and watch tv. there is a choice of two films per day. (read more)
Written on: 29/12/2007
We had travelled in 2005 with Ocean Village 1 to the Caribean and we had a wonderful time. The ship was in good order and the food was really good We had barbeques on deck which were of a magnificent standard and we thoroughly enjoyed the variety of meals available. The shows were not good but there was plenty to do this time the shows were worse with the celebs singing the same things over and over again. The food was dreadful and with no variety and the balcony we had needed a good paint... (read more)
Written on: 19/12/2007 by Patz4catz
Given that this was a no frills cruise, I have to say that in general it was good value. However for the sake of a little adjustment it could be excellant.
I would also like to point out that the ship missed two stop out of 10. There was a mixed message given for this, I could see that the sea was abit rough for the Catalina Island, however at Ochio Rios there seemed no reason other than the ship was not capable of docking in what seemed to be a mild swell and a bit of wind. Various rumours... (read more)
Written on: 18/12/2007 by blongb (2 reviews written)
I would like to add that Ocean Village also missed Tendering us ashore at Catalena Island in the Dominican Republic on her way out to Jamaica. I wonder how many shore trips will be missed by the end of the season (read more)
Written on: 15/12/2007 by Mrs Andrews (1 review written)
We went on Ocean Village 1 on the Jamaican Jolly cruise arriving home on Nov 27th, The Ocean Village Cruises staff are amazing.
There is so much tasty food to choose from.
The ship was very clean and the entertainment was great.We could not pick any faults at all. (read more)
Written on: 14/12/2007
I was on the Nov/Dec 2007 Reggae and Rainforests/Tequila and Toucans tour. Note Roatan and Belize City have uneven roads, open sewers etc if you roam independently be careful of these.
You will probably be hassled a lot by sellers in Roatan.
If a cruise port is popular with other lines, you'll most likely have to go ashore by tender, if at all.
We missed out on the key ports of Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman as the Ocean Village was unable to dock, even though we were overtaken by another cruise...(read more)
Written on: 08/12/2007 by twitterlips
Would not recommend if your looking for a touch of luxury. (read more)
Written on: 08/12/2007 by blongb (2 reviews written)
we have just come home from ocean village one's repositioning cruise from Southampton to Jamaica. It was our second time onboard, and given the age and power of the ship there are going to be a lot of disappointed travellers on her this year. (read more)
Written on: 14/11/2007 by B ROBERTS
I am a travel agent and I would recommend Ocean Village Cruise and ship to my customers, apart from the over 65's as the entertainment is more focused at middle age groups of people and younger people like myself. The food was amazing and I was never bored with it. the ship was fabulous and the staff are really friendly and will do anything for you. The cabins are very spacious and have plenty of room to hang clothes up. The showers are huge, you could fit two people in there! (read more)
Written on: 06/11/2007 by taylormade (2 reviews written)
Had a fantastic holiday which was far better than I had anticipated after reading some of the reviews. If you are wanting upper class snobby cruising then this is not for you. It is of the same standard as a 4/5 star hotel with added bonus of sailing to a different port every day. (read more)
Written on: 02/10/2007 by keeft (1 review written)
The Ocean Village Olives and Ouzo cruise was our fifth cruise, each one with a different cruise line. Having had good experiences of formal cruising I went with an open mind about this cruise.
Firstly the flights. I am very tall so need some extra legroom and going out had a good seat but this I believed was because the travel agent we used put in a request although these cannot be guaranteed. However the return journey was terrible. No requests can be entertained and the seats are... (read more)
Written on: 25/09/2007 by Neal Potter (2 reviews written)
The entertainment is very poor (although it does have its high spots - the theatre lighting was great as was the lead female singer in the theatre group) and suffers from mixing the role of retail and events director. The entertainment seems to be run by amateurs rather than slick professionals. It seems as though they would like to turn all the public spaces into market stalls. The same show and comedian were on this cruise as were on two and a half years ago. The focal point of the... (read more)
Written on: 20/08/2007 by GayoMayo (1 review written)
On the 2nd we traveled to Ocean Village via Thomas Cook flights. The flight was dreadful way below par, no leg room, food was a disaster, quite a lot of turbulence. We arrived at Crete after a 4 hour flight around 3pm and boarded the ship. Weather astonishing! (v. hot) Our luggage got delivered straight to our room which was good. Our cabin was great and was cleaned regularly by our maid . Our cabin number D179 (DELTA) was a quadruple bedded room with a small tv, shower nice, hot and big.... (read more)
Written on: 12/08/2007 by Stacey McCann (1 review written)
This was our second time on Ocean Village and we have arrived home feeling somewhat disappointed. We couldn't actually put our finger on it at the time, but something was amiss. Maybe it was that the ship was at capacity or that they were just focusing on the new Ocean Village 2. Staff this time seemed less friendlier and seemed rushed off their feet. Also, it says it's for people who don't do cruises, which, is fair enough, but what I saw was people making no effort whatsoever when it... (read more)
Written on: 05/08/2007 by jimmy1893 (1 review written)
Really nice itinerary the ports of call in Croatia, Mykonas and Santorina were amazing. We did all our own trips, as we like to explore. The entertainment was really bad, only two tribute acts per week, which were amazing but anything the ships own entertainment team put on was basically dire. Food was great in The Waterfront, Bistro and La Luna, it was worth paying the cover charge for the last two, as service with a smile is guaranteed and the food was totally amazing. The ship is in a... (read more)
Written on: 31/07/2007 by GaryTheScubaGuy (1 review written)
Full board is far from the truth. I've been on a dozen cruises and have never had to pay for basic soft drinks and supplemental charges for all the other three restaurants.
Plantation served great food but after eating there everyday for a week it became boring.
The entire cruise is one long commercial, with practically every show, like the cook off, the art show and the fine gem show were basically formed to sell to you.
The entertainment was mediocre at best.
The ship was incredibly... (read more)
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