Royal Caribbean Cruises last week received the latest ship in its Quantum-class fleet at the official handover ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany.
Built at Werft Yard, the Ovation of the Seas spans 18 decks, encompasses 168,666 gross tons, carries 4,180 guests at double occupancy and features 2,091 staterooms.
Ovation features amenities including the North Star, an observation capsule that rises more than 300 feet in the air to provide panoramic views; skydiving and surfing experiences; the Two70 multi-purpose event and entertainment space; and SeaPlex, an activity area for basketball, roller-skating, bumper cars, and other activities.
Other facilities include a total of 18 F&B options onboard as well as staterooms offering virtual balconies – a large digital screen displaying real-time views from outside the ship.
Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, said: “We have introduced yet another technologically advanced cruise ship and the very first that has been built for the China market – a market that we continue to demonstrate our commitment to expanding.”
Ovation of the Seas will now sail to Southampton, UK, where the ship will offer a series of short getaways before setting sail on the 52-night Global Odyssey itinerary culminating in her arrival at the homeport of Tianjin, China.
It will also arrive in Singapore in June for a three-night cruise on June 9 to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) and a 12-night one-way cruise to Tianjin on June 12 with calls at Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Hong Kong (overnight), Xiamen and Seoul (Incheon).
It will return to Singapore from Hong Kong on a 7-night one-way cruise on Nov 23 with calls at Sanya, Hue/Danang (Chan May) and Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My).