The world’s third largest ship, the US$1-billion-dollar Ovation of the Seas, has been officially handed over to the Royal Caribbean fleet, and will sail a series of short cruises from Southampton (UK), before her 52-night ‘Global Odyssey’, via the Suez Canal, to Beijing (Tianjin) China.

Following her  inaugural China season from June 24, Ovation of the Seas cruises to Australia in December to be home ported in Sydney for a summer Down Under.

Adam Armstrong, managing director of Royal Caribbean in Australasia, says Ovation of the Seas represents the single biggest investment in Australian and New Zealand cruising by any cruise line.

He calls she is  “a game changer” and will be the biggest, the newest and the most technologically advanced cruise ship ever to call Australia home.

Adam say it is the first time a cruise line has brought a newly built mega liner Down Under, and Ovation of the Seas is testament to Royal Caribbean’s commitment to Australia, and the company’s confidence in the future of cruising in the region.

Ovation of the Seas carries almost 5000 passengers and 1500 crew, and has all manner of attractions on board from a heart-pounding skydiving experience, to a pod that lifts passengers 90 metres above the ocean, to dodgem cars, an ice skating rink, and a circus school.

The mega-liner has 18 restaurants, including British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s “Jamie’s Italian”, many bars including one with robots as bar staff who mix and shake cocktails, and a state-of-the-art theatre, fitness centre and spa.

During her season Down Under, which runs until late February next year, Ovation of the Seas will visit ports around Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific,



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