I have sailed on OV1 twice and OV2 once, P&O and thompson. Try not to listen to the negative comments okay so Ocean Village is not as up market as P&O or Princess but it is a lot less price wise, all the food is buffet unless you want to pay extra and have waiter service. On this ship you are in a different port everyday and will never be bored when you are off the ship, as the ports are really lovely and there is lots to see. The whole ship is very relaxed, you do not have to get dressed up in the evening but most people do. Cabins are basic but very spacious compared to other cruise lines. Staff are lovely the filipinos are so polite and always smiling and its not just because they want a tip at the end of your cruise as OV does not operate a tipping scheme like other cruise lines. Somethings could have been better on the ship but you are there for a holiday and to relax so i did not let it worry me too much. If you feel you have booked the wrong cruise i believe you are able to tranfer your booking within the carnival group.Speak to your travel agent. Just remember there motto 'the cruise for people who dont do cruises' it is not formal and you will find a different class of people on this ship to P&O, Princess etc. Hope this has been alittle bit of help to you. Whatever decision you make i hope you have a lovely cruise.
Great cruise to go on very relaxed and none of the formalities of other cruise lines.Entertainment great and ship lots of fun, go on let your hair down and you will not be disappointed.
I quite agree with "Climpson, Conwy". We went on a Carribean cruise this November with OV2 and had a wonderful time. It was our first cruise and having read quite a few negative reviews I was quite worried but there was no need as it was fantastic. The staff are lovely, the food is great and very varied, the entertainment was very good, the cabin clean and comfortable. You can dress for dinner or be a little more relaxed if you wish. I certainly did not see anyone in shorts and t-shirt sitting down to dine in the evening, this is probably because you can either dine and then watch a show or vice-versa and you wouldn't go to a show in too casual clothes I would'nt think. Have a lovely time (I envy you, I can't wait to go again and YES I would choose OV2 again).