Royal Caribbean has taken delivery of its 24th ship, Ovation of the Seas.
The new vessel was officially handed over to the cruise line in a ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, attended by Royal Caribbean Cruises’ chairman & CEO Richard D. Fain and Meyer Werft Yard’s managing partner Bernard Meyer.
Ovation of the Seas becomes Royal Caribbean’s third Quantum-class ship, following Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas.
“It’s wonderful to welcome Ovation of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean family of ships,” said Michael Bayley, president & CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “We have once again introduced yet another one of the most technologically advanced cruise ships and the very first that has been built for the China market – a market we continue to demonstrate our commitment to expanding.
“Quantum Class has redefined the status quo, and we are excited for our guests in China and Australia to enjoy their extraordinary vacations onboard this stunner,” he added.
Following the delivery, Ovation of the Seas will sail to the UK port of Southampton where it will offer a series of short cruises. It will then set sail on a 52-night ‘Global Odyssey’ culminating in its arrival in China, where it will homeport in Tianjin.
Then in June, Ovation of the Seas will sail to Singapore for a three-night round-trip cruise to Kuala Lumpur and a 12-night one-way cruise to Tianjin, which includes an overnight stop in Hong Kong. The ship will then return to Singapore in November.
Like Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, the 168,666-gross tonne Ovation of the Seas has 18 decks and can carry 4,180 passengers in 2,091 staterooms. And all Quantum-class ships feature 18 restaurants and a range of unique amenities including skydiving and surfing simulators and ‘North Star’, an observation capsule that rises more than 90 metres into the air.
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