Ovation of the Seas

Royal Caribbean will homeport Ovation of the Seas in Singapore

In:
14Jun2016

Royal Caribbean announced today it will homeport Ovation of the Seas in Singapore in 2017 for one season.

The announcement was made during Ovation of the Seas’ maiden call in Singapore, where a plaque and key ceremony was held in the presence of over 200 government and industry partners, with Mr Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive of Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Mr Alexander Hungate, President and Chief Executive Officer of SATS, and Ovation of the Seas’ Captain Flemming Nielsen. 

Over her 10 sailings from March to April 2017, Ovation of the Seas is expected to add some 42,000 additional guests to the Singapore cruising scene, and delivering millions through in-port spend. She will offer return trips ranging from 3 to 5 nights to Penang, Phuket, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), and a one-way cruise to Tianjin with calls at Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) for an overnight, Hue/Danang (Chan May), Hong Kong and Seoul (Incheon).

Royal Caribbean’s Senior Vice President, International, Mr Gavin Smith said, “We’re thrilled to bring one of the world’s most innovative cruise ships to Singapore and the region, and take cruise travel here to new heights.

“Joining Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas, the addition of Ovation of the Seas means we will have the largest cruise fleet deployment of any brand in Southeast Asia.

He said, “Our investment reaffirms our commitment to Singapore and the region, and the bright future we see for the region’s cruising industry.”

Mr Smith further shared with the deployment of Ovation of the Seas, plus the return of Voyager of the Seas in May and Mariner of the Seas in October, this will increase Royal Caribbean’s capacity in 2017 in Southeast Asia by 30 per cent over 2016. 

Mr Yap Chin Siang, Assistant Chief Executive (Policy and Planning), Singapore Tourism Board, said: “The homeporting of the Ovation of the Seas is a testament to the appeal of cruising from Singapore. It is also very timely - the upcoming Visit ASEAN@50 celebrations in 2017 will highlight the best of Southeast Asia, and cruises offer the perfect way to experience the warm hospitality of the region.

“We also hope that this deployment will spur the region to enhance cruise infrastructure to accommodate more ships like the Ovation. As the lead co-ordinator for Cruise at ASEAN, Singapore will continue to work with our neighbours to develop our region into a preferred cruising destination.”

Royal Caribbean announces six more Ovation of the Seas Australia sailings

In:
25May2016

Royal Caribbean announced Ovation of the Seas will extend her second Australian season by six extra cruises, spending a further five weeks home ported in Sydney during the summer of 2017/18.

New cruises in 2018 include

  • an eight-night South Pacific sailing departing February 18 priced from $1,449 per person
  • a five-night Tasmanian cruise departing March 8 from $1,049 per person
  • two 10-night New Zealand cruises departing March 13 and 26 starting from $1,819 per person
  • a three-night sampler departing March 23 priced from $669 per person; all roundtrip from Sydney
  • a 14-night repositioning cruise from Sydney to Singapore, departing March 26, 2018, which stars from $2,069 per person

This is the second time in a matter of months that Royal Caribbean has added new Ovation of the Seas sailings.  In late April, Royal Caribbean added four more sailings to the 2016/2017 cruise season.

“Such is the excitement and anticipation of Ovation of the Seas’ arrival that we’re extending her second season before she has even commenced her first in Australia,” said Adam Armstrong, managing director for Royal Caribbean in Australia and New Zealand.

“The really special thing about Ovation of the Seas is that she’s appealing to an incredibly wide range of travelers. Existing cruisers are excited about the new amenities she offers, but she’s also fascinating Australians who have never cruised before. She is redefining the concept of cruising and we are delivering an entirely new way to holiday,” Armstrong continued.

Fun Finds: Ovation of the Seas beer bottles

In:
06May2016

Royal Caribbean is really getting into the celebratory mood with the launch of Ovation of the Seas, including a new beer bottle that celebrates the occasion too.

Karen Keeley shared with us this photo of a special Heineken bottle available to guests on Ovation of the Seas, that features a special look.

The bottle is a fun souvenir for guests and it is not the first time Royal Caribbean has partnered with a company to create a souvenir bottle.

When Oasis of the Seas launched, Royal Caribbean and Coca-Cola created a special Coke bottle just for Oasis of the Seas (which can still be found on eBay).

Royal Caribbean adds four new Ovation of the Seas sailings

In:
28Apr2016

Royal Caribbean has today opened bookings for four new cruises for the upcoming 2016/17 summer season on Ovation of the Seas.

The new sailings are in January and February 2017, and were added by Royal Caribbean, "to the unprecedented demand" for the new-build cruise ship.

vation of the Seas will offer two short cruises as part of her season extension, including a five-night Tasmania taster cruise priced from $959 per person, departing from Sydney on 23 January 2017, as well as a three-night weekend sampler cruise from $599 per person, departing 17 February 2017.

Additionally she will sail two mid-length cruises; an eight-night voyage to Tasmania and South Australia departing 9 February 2017 from $1,599 per person, and a 12-night sailing to New Zealand and the South Pacific, including calls to Auckland, Tauranga, Bay of Islands, Noumea in New Caledonia and Mystery Island in Vanuatu, departing 28 January 2017 and priced from $2,319 per person.

Ovation of the Seas will then commence her 14-night repositioning cruise from Sydney to Singapore on 20 February 2017, calling at Brisbane, Darwin and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) in Malaysia, priced from just $1,889 per person.

Video: Royal Caribbean's Newest Crew Members Make Their Debut on Ovation of the Seas

In:
26Apr2016

Meet the newest crew members on the newest and world’s most technologically advanced ship, Ovation of the Seas. A mother and her baby panda have made the ship their home as it makes a global odyssey to China. “Mama and Baby” are part of Royal Caribbean International’s 11,000-piece art collection displayed on the ship and together weigh approximately six-and-a-half tons. Mama is 10 meters/approximately 33 feet, from the ship deck to the top of the sculpture, while Baby is approximately three meters, or ten feet tall.

Video: Ovation of the Seas Mama and Baby Panda Art Installation

In:
20Apr2016

Take a look at the newest additions to the Royal Caribbean family, Mama and Baby Panda Art installation onboard Ovation of the Seas

Royal Caribbean brings Ovation of the Seas the largest cruise ship ever to homeport in Hong Kong

In:
19Apr2016

Following its success in Hong Kong last year, Royal Caribbean is bringing its brand new Ovation of the Seas to Hong Kong in November 2016. This will be the first time that Royal Caribbean will have two ships deployed in Hong Kong.

Dr. Zinan Liu, President, North APAC & China of Royal Caribbean International said, “We are so confident in the Hong Kong cruise market we decided to extend the homeport season of Voyager of the Seas from three months to over four months, and in addition bring our newest ship,Ovation of the Seas, here by the end of this year. Having two ships here will enable us to increase our programme in Hong Kong from 20 to 30 sailings . This means we could be welcoming over 100,000 vacationers this year which is about a 65% increase compared to last year.”

Hong Kong

Ovation of the Seas is the third addition to the Quantum class ships, and is a sister ship to Quantum of the Seas that visited Hong Kong last year. Built by Meyer Werft in Germany at a cost of USD 1 billion, the 168,666 tons vessel has 2,090 staterooms for up to 4,180 guests and will be the largest cruise liner ever to be based in Hong Kong.

Ovation of the Seas will depart from Southampton, England on her 53-day “Global Odyssey” cruise to Tianjin, China on 3rd of May. She will then have a season in Tianjin in June before coming to Hong Kong in November.

Authentic Cantonese delicacies on board

For the first-time-ever, Royal Caribbean is partnering on board with the award-winning Cantonese culinary experts, Xin Dau Ji, to provide over 20 exquisite signature dishes, including fried scallops, fish fillets with corn, steamed chicken in Lotus leaves, pan-fried fresh shrimp and more.

Balwin Yeung, Director of Sales & Marketing of Royal Caribbean Cruises Hong Kong Ltd. said, “Hong Kong vacationers expect the very best at this level of cruising which is why we have invited Xin Dau Ji to answer their culinary desires, especially their craving for truly authentic Chinese cuisine. Both Royal Caribbean and Xin Dau Ji are noted for their innovative approaches and share the same target group of customers in middle-class families. With these values in common and a similar customer base we should be perfect partners, in achieving a win-win collaboration.”

To ensure guests can enjoy the perfect meal with their friends, Voyager of the Seas has also introduced the all-new “E-sea dining” seat arrangement for on board restaurants. Guests can get seats with companions when they come to the restaurant instead of only getting a designated table. The main menu has also been upgraded to Quantum Class, and redesigned to a picture-oriented menu for more appealing reading.

C AllStar

In another breakthrough, Royal Caribbean has announced its collaboration with the popular young boy band, C AllStar to entertain travellers on board. It will be the first theme-cruise of Royal Caribbean’s new Hong Kong homeport season.

The positive image and the energetic charisma of C AllStar matches perfectly with the vitality of Royal Caribbean’s brand image. The inspiring story of the young band represents the spirit of diligence and perseverance of Hong Kongers, which also symbolizes Royal Caribbean International’s determination to stay in Hong Kong and their vision to “Cruise Extraordinary”.

Larger-than-life panda art work installed on Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas

In:
15Apr2016

After being announced earlier this week, the two panda art pieces were installed on Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas. 

Photo by Royal Caribbean UK

Perched atop the SeaPlex on deck 15, the piece depicts a mother panda and her cub, reaching out to one another.

The two pandas were designed by a U.K.-based artist Jo Smith and intended to bestow peace and prosperity on all who interact with them.

Photos by Royal Caribbean UK

Mama and Baby together weigh approximately six-and-a-half tons. Mama is 10 meters high, or approximately 33 feet, from the deck to the top of the sculpture, while Baby is approximately three meters, or ten feet tall.

Video: Ovation Officially Joins the Family

In:
13Apr2016

There’s a new member of the Royal Caribbean family as the global cruise line officially took delivery of its 24th ship, Ovation of the Seas. Ovation and her Quantum-class sister ships, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, are of the most technologically advanced cruise ships in the world.

Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas features 11,000 piece art collection

In:
13Apr2016

Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas just debuted this week and it features an 11,000-piece, $4.5 million dollar art collection that has been inspired by the words of Confucius: “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

The collection was curated by London-based Peter Millard and Partners and features contemporary art from artists from around the world.

Perhaps the most noticable part of the art collection is the larger-than-life art display known as, "Mama and Baby."

Perched atop the SeaPlex on deck 15, the piece depicts a mother panda and her cub, reaching out to one another.

Considered a symbol of good luck and a national treasure in Chinese culture, the peaceful creatures with the distinctive black and white coat were curated with Ovation’s primarily Chinese guests in mind, and intended to bestow peace and prosperity on all who interact with them. The pandas are also a playful nod to the cruise line’s newly announced partnership with World Wildlife Fund, which focuses on ensuring the long-term health of the oceans its ships sail upon.

Mama and Baby together weigh approximately six-and-a-half tons. Mama is 10 meters high, or approximately 33 feet, from the deck to the top of the sculpture, while Baby is approximately three meters, or ten feet tall.

Sky Wave

Ovation of the Seas also features the first moving sculupture at sea with "Sky Wave."

Created by New York-based Hypersonic and Boston-based Plebian Design, Sky Wave is the first ever kinetic moving sculpture at sea. The installation pivots and curves at different points to mirror the flow of both wind and water. Further inspiration was also taken from the ship’s movement, culminating in a piece that combines both maritime elements and engineering.

Each petal in Sky Wave is made of handcrafted fiberglass and varies in length to hone the flawless rolling sway. Located on deck 5 just in the Royal Esplanade, the eye-catching, carefully crafted art piece was commissioned specifically for Ovation.

Elevator Art

Ovation is elevating the selfie art game with all-new imagery from Chinese photographer Huainan Li’s series, “The World of the Senses.”

The powerful series features the futuristic faces of women accented in metallic hues and sporting glasses that reflect a variety of whimsical scenes. The collection of 10 pieces is sure to surprise and delight guests each time they ride from deck to deck, and pack an unexpected punch when the doors open.

The Red Thread

One of the most iconic art locales on Quantum-class ships is the rotunda, which connects mid-ship’s Jamie’s Italian and Vintages. Ovation does not disappoint as passersby can enjoy the work of Bieli Liu, a Chinese artist who played into the natural movement of the ship with an adaptation from her “Lure” series of installations. The sculpture was created to fit the rotunda location and represents an ancient Chinese legend depicting the red threads that connect Chinese children to their soulmates. A disc may be connected to another, as a pair; and a pair of disks may sprout from a single thread. The installation is designed to suspend from the ceiling forming a vibrant and energetic piece that responds to subtle air currents and movement as the red coils turn, and strands of thread become entangled.

Much more

Throughout the entire ship, guests will find curated art at every turn, all inspired by the exotic destinations Ovation will visit. Figures from artist Zheng Lu are located outside Two70. The sculpture – inspired by the artist’s father, a Chinese poet – weaves Chinese symbols together in a delicate fashion.

Heading into the Royal Theater, artist Dominic Harris engages show-goers with an interactive piece titled “Flutter Wall.” The 120-inch screen showcases butterflies on a black canvas that seemingly fly away as guests walk up for a closer view. A true surprise and delight experience akin to the additional installations that travelers can enjoy onboard. To learn more about the onboard art collection click here.

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