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Friends of ours had a four berth with four adults, two couples in there. It was cosy. You have to remember there is no privacy, there is only one bathroom, and that when the children are asleep you may not be able to watch the television. However saying that the children will no doubt go to bed exhausted and will want to sleep in! We have been on P deck before and found it very quiet. You do not say if you have an outside or inside room. Inside can be claustrophobic, but it depends on how much you will be using the room.
The bunks in the room are quite small and the distance between the top bunk and ceiling is small! Our friends ended up using just one of hte ladders as having two up took too much room but you had to remember to pass them over to the other person before leaving the room, this our friends did not on all occassions!!!!
What ever you choose I hope you enjoy ocean village the rooms are bigger than other ships, entertainmetn may not be to your liking but they do stop at great ports. Try and do your own thing it is cheaper and much more exciting. Have a great cruise.
The cabins are big and there will be no problem with storage as there is a walk in wardrobe, 4 sets of drawers in the cabin and a bank of 8 wide drawers in between the bathroom and wardrobe. Unless you can afford a suite there is no getting away from bunks on any ship really! The ship is VERY stable and P deck is quiet. The set up is great for families, sharing with 2 couples (Robertson) is always going to be difficult. The children will have a great time and all of you will love the entertainment I'm sure. It is aimed at younger people from the trapeze workshop, to the lounge come nightclub atmosphere of the Marqee. The shows and performances in Village Square cover music from the 80's onwards, No oldies and that perhaps is why some older customers dont appreciate it as much as they like other lines Broadway review style shows. In bayside (nightclub) they have a live set from resident singers and that is where their talent is most evident. Dont miss Planet on top deck, amazing. I wrote a detailed review covering the two trips I made this year on OV1 having cruised for 11 years mainly on Princess and P&O. I am sure you will love it. To see my review (sorry its quite long) select review, ocean village cruises, ocean village, mediterranean at the top left of this page then scroll down to 7th Sept "OV1 - Like it or loathe it - you decide". I have received very good feedback. Have a lovely cruise.
Loads of room for a family. Lots of storage and a big cabin (compared with other ships). There are 4 sets of drawers in the cabin. A big walk in wardrobe next to which is another bank of 8 drawers and a couple of shelves. Sharing as a family is a lot different to sharing with two couples !! the bunks are fine and the same width as the lower beds though there is of course less head room in a cabin !! P deck is super as it is close to the superb coffee bar and the movie theatre. Entertainment is great - aimed at the younger crowd the kids will love the circus and dance workshops ( & adults !) run by the Freedom 2 Move dancers, singers and acrobats. The show theatre 'marquee' is relaxed and has tribute acts and shows such as Robbie Williams and 'Pulse'. The nightclub is lovely and there is always a live set of 30 mins around midnight which is well worth going to. Have a great time.
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Many thanks for everyone's help. It does put my mind at rest. There are 9 of us various ages cruising in Feb 09 on OV1 round the Caribbean. I will be a first time cruiser and don't have very good sea legs but hopefully it will be ok on this one! I am a bit anxious about the leg room on the flights as 4 of us are over 6ft!!
My wife and I have done 3 caribbean cruises on OV1, you will love it. Plenty to do for everyone, but the kids are particularly well looked after.. Legroom on the flight is an issue but it's worth the hassle for the holiday... The ship is very stable... The destinations are to die for, but as with ALL cruise operators OV are pricey with their excursions, do your own thing, there are loads of taxi's & mini busses around each port, as there are 9 of you, there will be no trouble filling a minibus, but don't accept the first price offered, HAGGLE and then pay the driver when you return to the SHIP.... in most cases it will only cost between a third to a half of what the ship costs... Happy Cruising .