Ovation of the Seas will be the newest, biggest and most technologically advanced ship to call Australia home, and her maiden season, starting in December this year, has already been extended. An extra four cruises will keep her in Australian waters until late February.
Adam Armstrong, managing director of Royal Caribbean Australasia, says the level of interest in Ovation of the Seas has exceeded expectations, with over 90 per cent sold for next summer’s sailings.
He says Ovation is a true game-changer. “The extension of her maiden season – plus her subsequent return in summer 2017/18 – reaffirms Australia’s position as one of the most significant cruising markets in the world. It also positions Royal Caribbean as Australia’s leading cruise line.”
Adam adds, “We are delivering Australians the most modern style of cruising from their doorstep – a style they previously had to travel overseas to experience. Australia has asked for more and we will deliver; four more cruises, a return at the end of 2017, and more opportunities to experience a brand new era of cruising on Ovation of the Seas which was purpose-built for the Asia Pacific market.”
Ovation of the Seas debuted in Southampton (UK) this month and will cruise on a 52-day “Global Odyssey” to Tianjin (the closest port to Beijing) in China where she will be based until November 30 this year. She then sails on a 15-night re-positioning cruise from Singapore to Sydney, via Fremantle, Adelaide and Hobart, for her maiden Australian season, royalcaribbean.com.au/ovation
FOOTNOTE: Ovation of the Seas is currently the third largest cruise ship in the world, behind the slightly larger Quantum of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, which are all part of the Royal Caribbean fleet. But next month, all three cruise ships drop down a place on the list when Harmony of the Seas joins Royal Caribbean as the world’s largest cruise ship, carrying 5480 passengers.