With a little bit of imagination this is how the new mega-liner Ovation of the Seas will look in Sydney - there is no chance of it fitting under the Harbour Bridge.
This is an artist’s impression of how Royal Caribbean’s new mega-liner Ovation of the Seas will look in Sydney (Australia)  – there is no chance of her fitting under the iconic Harbour Bridge.

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,

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.





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,