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The pools are ok but not like the swimming pools back home at the locial center. I`ve been on the OV1 twice now and never had a complaint at anytime, so dont worry you will have a great time, just lie back and enjoy. The cabins are lovly and nipping clean, i have stayed in cabins A204 and A186 and have never had a problem with noise. i wish you a fantastic cruise.
The pools are quite small - about 8 strokes long. When it's sunny on sea-days, they are quite packed. Later in the afternoon the crowds tend to thin out. If it's rough (as it was on the New Year cruise) the pools are closed. If there's a lot of children are on board, they monopolis one pool. They also hog the jacuzzis. Sadly children are allowed to use the jacuzzis with parental supervision and the parents seem oblivious to anyone else's holiday enjoyment. (Sorry to moan!)
Re the cabins, we've had an outside midships cabin on Deck 6 on OV 4 times (E174, E180 and E210 twice) and on OV2 once (6166 I think) and are quite happy with them. The only noise is when they put the sunbeds out and away again on the deck above. I think Deck 5 would also be OK, and the cabins are the same. Deck 6 is just a bit nearer the Waterfont Restuarnt, the bars and the Village Square.
I agree with the other review - the OV pools are quite small - the adult only one is OK until the kids are let in due to games being played in the kids pool - then its murder and not worth using. Totally agree about the jacuzzi problem - we never got to use one in a week due to the little kids. We are going again when the kids are back at school to avoid these problem.
On OV2, the story is...two pools, one exclusively for the kids(with a small waterfall!) and one for the adults.
Only minor noise 'problem' we experienced in OV2 Cabin 8105 was the creaking of the bulkheads on nights when the seas were a bit rough, but on calm sea-nights, no creaking.
We cruised on O.V.1 in 2006 the pools are small and very busy with children on sunny days plus they use the pools a lot for organized games with the kids clubs. So if you are planning to use the pool to train for the 2008 olympics forget it, early morning is the best time as the kids are in the pool untill quite late of an evening. Sorry i can't comment on the cabin as i can't remember what the number was but i can confirm that we were in the furthest forward cabin in the bow it was very quiet until the anchor was lowered as we docked around 6.30 - 7.00am and trust me you will not sleep through that so if you like a lay in avoid this cabin.
Hope this helps.
Ocean village, yes as others have said not the largest pools around but we didnt have the problem of children taking over the pool during the day as they did stay in their pool. the wave pool was great fun. as for cabins we were on the same deck as the entertainment section and the only noise that we were aware of was the captain saying "dis is de captain on de bridge" telling you of the days news!!! you will love it. we are going back this year. the best cruise line that we have been with.
Hi ya fair dues the pools are not olypic size but ok . we was in cabin e204 their wasnt a lot of noise not that boterhed you anyway had a fantastic time we went in febuary to caribbean had a great time you will enjoy i.
Thanks everyone for taking the time to respond. Just wondered if there are 'opening times' for the pool or if you can swim at any time. Thanks agai.
Just come back off ocean village what a disaster never in all my life have I had such a bad cruise wont go in to detail but food crap service bad will never go on this ship again this was my worst christmas and new yea.
We just returned from a 2 week cruise on OV1 over xmas and New Year - food horrid, entertainment non existant, cleaner did not know how to clean, forgot to put things back in cabin etc etc. Places visited in South America very poor and quite scary places would not like to go there alone!!! The pools are small, kids in adult pool most of the time. Have been on OV1 and OV2 now will not be going again!!!! any time soon.
Submitted by Cryise Fan Darlington Jan 18th 2008.