Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city, but is missing out on hosting the world’s sixth largest ship, Ovation of the Seas, this summer.
australiancruisingnews.com has learnt there are a few issues with the size of the channel to Port Phillip Bay – the gateway to the port – and with the city’s Station Pier.
Ovation of the Seas, part of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s giant fleet, is 18-storeys high and 348 metres long.
Royal Caribbean’s Cameron Mannix, says talks are under way with Melbourne’s Port Authority, and the company is very hopeful that “sometime in the future” Ovation will sail into Melbourne as the cruise line is very committed to that port..
Royal Caribbean’s growing fleet – the company has recently focussed on building giants of the seas – has eight in the Top 10 list of the world’s largest cruise ships.
Ovation is the largest, newest, and more technologically advanced cruise ship ever to call Australia home for summer. She was launched earlier this year, carries around 6500 passengers and crew, and has a host of never-before-seen features on board, such as a sky dive simulator, aerial observation pod, robotic cocktail shakers, a skating rink, bumper cars, and a circus school.
Her arrival is a wake-up call for other cruise lines which have often sent “hand-me-downs” to Australian waters, and she will redefine the face of cruising Down Under.
Ovation is now in Asian waters, and will sail from Singapore to Australia on a Cruiseco charter on November 30. Fremantle (the port closest to Western Australia’s capital Perth) will be the first port of call on December 6, and then she cruises along the continent’s southern coastline to South Australia’s capital Adelaide, then Tasmania’s capital Hobart, before sailing into Sydney Harbour on December 15, cruising.com.au/ovation-of-the-seas-exclusive-charter
During her season Down Under Ovation of the Seas will be home ported in Sydney and will cruise to ports in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific, royalcaribbean.com.au/ovation