The cruise industry is “all shook up” by news that Royal Caribbean International’s yet-to-be-built Ovation of the Seas will be based in Australia after her launch late next year.
The largest cruise ship ever to call Australia home, Ovation of the Seas will have 18 decks, carry 5000 passengers, and have a host of never-before-seen features on board.
australiancrusingnews.com sees the arrival of this spanking new ship as a wake-up call for other cruise lines. In the past some cruise ships sailing from Australian ports have been obvious “hand-me-downs” from other parts of the world.
Royal Caribbean’s Asia-Pacific vice-president, Gavin Smith, says Ovation of the Seas will redefine the face of cruising in Australian waters.
“We dream big at Royal Caribbean, and Ovation of the Seas will take the industry to the next level. Australians should not need to travel overseas to experience the kind of cruise holiday we stand for; the most amazing ships anywhere in the world will be available on Australia’s doorstep,” he said.
On board attractions will include a sky dive simulator, an aerial observatory pod that offers 360-degree views from more than 90 metres above the sea, a bar where guests will have their favourite cocktail mixed by robotic arms, and an entertainment complex with bumper cars, a basketball court, roller skating rink, circus school, and high-flying aerialists.
Guests will be more connected than on any other cruise ship in the world, with high-speed wi-fi as well as radio frequency wristband technology that does away with the need to carry a cabin key.
Cruise fares on Ovation of the Seas will start from $199 a day, and booking for her maiden Australian season will open soon, royalcaribbean.com.au/Ovation