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We are headed to Ovation on 13 May.  This is Ovation's first Alaska cruise and it is so packed with Diamond and up we received the following email.  I have never heard of specialty coffee being preloaded onto your Seapass before.  Has anyone else?



Dear Guest,

We are excited to welcome you onboard Ovation of the Seas for its transition sailing from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seattle, Washington.

As you may know, this sailing is quite popular among our Crown and Anchor Society and as a result, our staff is making enhancements to accommodate you.

During your cruise, the Nightly Happy Hour will expand to include both the Diamond Club and the Music Hall on deck 3&4. As always, 3 drink vouchers will be loaded on your account for you to use at the bars and lounges throughout the ship during happy hour.



Deck 3 & 4

Deck 12

Diamond, Diamond Plus, and Pinnacle Club

Pinnacle Club and Suites

Additionally, we understand with more top tier guests than usual, the rush for morning coffee can become hectic. To alleviate some of the wait, we are loading one specialty non- alcoholic coffee voucher per day onto your SeaPass card. This can be used in the Main Dining Room, La Patisserie, Café Two70°, Solarium Bistro, and the Windjammer. Once onboard, please check your Welcome Letter or with your Concierge for additional information.

We’re happy you’re joining us for these special sailings and we hope your time with us is nothing short of spectacular!

Thank you for being Loyal to Royal, we appreciate your patronage.


Your Crown & Anchor Society Team.

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Yes, this is common on elite heavy cruises such as this one or Transatlantics. 

The Ovation Transpacific that is underway now is subject to the same as is the Hawaii to Vancouver cruise that follows it.  

These longer cruises outside of school breaks are a magnet for top elite.   

On Anthem a portion of upstairs in the Music Hall is routinely blocked off each for Diamond overflow.  There are so many Diamond and Diamond Plus on Ovation that they plan to use the entire Music Hall on both floors as overflow.  

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Hi Shari,

We are currently on Ovation from Sydney with HNL tomorrow. We had exactly the same message prior to leaving. Happy Hour in the Music Hall, both levels, and the free coffee from any of the cafes, once per day. This cruise has 800 D and D+, and the setup works really well. Only Pinnacles (50 odd), and suites in the Concierge lounge. A lot of the Pinnacles prefer to be in the music hall because of the good atmosphere.

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