Ovation of the Seas

Ovation of the Seas to offer cruises from England before going to China

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01Jun2015

Royal Caribbean's third Quantum-class cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas, will offer two cruises out of Southampton, UK before she makes her way east to be homeported in China.

A five-night and seve-night cruise are available to book, with the first going from Southampton to France and Belgum on April 17 and the second going to northern Spain and Gibraltar on April 22.

Following those sailings, Ovation of the Seas will embark upon a 56-night global odyssey cruise to Asia on May 3.  Ovation of the Seas will sail from Southampton to Barcelona, then Barcelona to Dubai and Dubai to Singapore.  Finally, there will be a quick 3-night cruise from Singapore before she heads to Tianjin, China.

Ovation of the Seas stop in New Zealand in jeopardy

In:
06May2015

The Ports of Auckland, New Zealand might be saying "no thank you" to Royal Caribbean's brand new cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas.

Earlier this week, the porth authority decided not to build a wharf extension that is necessary for a ship the size of Ovation of the Seas to dock at.  Now the Auckland Council has taken over negotiations in an effort to have the ship stop in Auckland.

Royal Caribbean still believes Ovation of the Seas could still stop in Auckland after meeting with port and council representatives yesterday.

"Absolutely, after that meeting I believe Auckland will be a possibility.  It was very positive, we put our requests and got the promise they will look at that, and come back with a final answer," Royal Caribbean port captain Nik Antalis told Radio New Zealand.

A flurry of political warnings and maneuvering began on Friday when Ports of Auckland announced the 98-metre-long Bledisloe 3 extension would not be completed and thus, Ovation of the Seas would not be able to visit.

Ovation of the Seas will cruise to Australia in winter 2016-2017

In:
14Apr2015

Royal Caribbean announced that Ovation of the Seas, the third Quantum-class cruise ship, will be homeported in Sydney, Australia for the winter of 2016-2017.

When she arrives, Ovation of the Seas will become the largest cruise ship to ever sail out of Australia and will also be the most technologically advanced ship in the region.

Ovation of the Seas will be the fifth ship in the Royal Caribbean Australian fleet for winter 2016-17, joining four other Royal Caribbean ships:Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas in Sydney and Legend of the Seas in Brisbane.

Additional details for the Royal Caribbean’s winter 2016-17 season will be revealed at the end of April.

“Royal Caribbean has been breaking the boundaries in Australian cruising since we arrived in 2007 but today, we have completely changed the face of the cruise industry, making the single largest investment in Australia by any cruise line,” said Gavin Smith, regional vice president, Royal Caribbean, Asia Pacific. “Ovation of the Seas will completely redefine the idea of cruising in Australia, taking the industry to the next level by offering a host of incredible never-before-seen features and technologies. This demonstrates our belief in, and long term commitment to, the Australian cruising market.”

Royal Caribbean is sending Ovation of the Seas to China

In:
25Mar2015

Royal Caribbean will send its third Quantum-class cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas, to China when she debuts in April 2016.

Ovation of the Seas will be home ported in Tianjin, China, 70 miles southeast of Beijing.

Sister ship Quantum of the Seas will be heading to China later this summer and together with Ovation of the Seas and three other Royal Caribbean ships, Royal Caribbean is poised for a monster offering in this new cruising market.

 Once launched, Ovation of the Seas’ maiden sailings will include a 52-night Global Odyssey from Southampton, U.K. to Tianjin. Vacationers can be among the first to experience the new ship on the 2016 Ovation Global Odyssey, which will open for sale on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Five itineraries will take guests to some of the world’s most iconic cities:

  • A seven-night England to Barcelona cruise, departing May 3, 2016 from Southampton
  • 16-night Barcelona to Dubai cruise, via the Suez Canal, departing May 10
  • 14-night India and Southeast Asia cruise, departing May 26 from Dubai to Singapore
  • Three-night Malaysia cruise, departing June 9 on a roundtrip sailing from Singapore
  • And 12-night Exotic Asia cruise, from Singapore to Tianjin.

Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley made the announcement earlier today, “Cruising has become very popular for Chinese consumers and Royal Caribbean is already capturing their imaginations with our industry-leading cruise ships,” said Bayley. “We are furthering our commitment by bringing two of the world’s newest and most advanced Quantum-class cruise ships to the region. In addition, we are significantly expanding our investment in the training and employment of Chinese talent so they can join us in delivering our amazing and distinctive vacations to Chinese travelers.”

The five ships Royal Caribbean will base in China will be homeporting in four metropolitan Chinese cities – Shanghai, Tianjin, Hong Kong and Xiamen – and primarily sailing three- to 12-night itineraries to destinations in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Royal Caribbean’s summer 2016 Asia adventures will open for booking in August 2015.

The news Ovation of the Seas will be based in China confirms an earlier report we posted that the new mega ship was indeed heading there.

 

Is Royal Caribbean sending Ovation of the Seas to China?

In:
14Mar2015

Could Royal Caribbean be sending its brand new cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas, to China?  

A marketing document by Royal Caribbean UK's travel agent support website has posted a schedule of deployments coming for 2016 cruises and Ovation of the Seas is listed under the China cruises.

The document claims Ovation of the Seas will join Legend of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas and its sailings will go on sale in August.

If true, this will be another salvo by Royal Caribbean in its effort to dominate the emerging cruise market in China.

Ovation of the Seas is the third Quantum-class ship and is scheduled to be complete in Spring 2016.

Tip of the hat to cruiseboy305 for finding the news.

UPDATE: Royal Caribbean has indicated this document cited in the article is "an unfortunate mistake".  Furthermore, Royal Caribbean is still finalizing their deployments and we can expect an official answer in the next month's time.

Ovation of the Seas keel laying and lucky coin ceremony held at shipyard

In:
05Mar2015

Today at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, Royal Caribbean held its keel-laying and lucky coin ceremonies for the third Quantum-class ship, Ovation of the Seas.

Adam Goldstein, Royal Caribbean President and COO, put down the lucky penny in the dock before the block of the new ship was lowered by the 800-ts crane.

The first of a total of 74 blocks of the new cruise liner weighs 740 tons.

The keel-laying marks the official start of construction of the Ovation of the Seas in the building dock. 

Ovation of the Seas' delivery is scheduled for spring 2016.

Ovation of the Seas will be able to accommodate 4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 staterooms.

Third Royal Caribbean Quantum class cruise ship will be named Ovation of the Seas

In:
18Sep2014

Royal Caribbean announced today that the third Quantum-class cruise ship will be named Ovation of the Seas.

In addition to announcing the name, the first piece of steel was cut at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.  This is the same shipyard where sister cruise ships Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas are being constructed.

Ovation of the Seas is scheduled to be delivered in the autumn of 2016.

Like its sister ships, Ovation of the Seas will feature Quantum-class ammenities such as Roboscreens in the unique Two70 entertainment venue; robotic bartenders in Bionic Bar; RipCord by iFLY, the first skydiving experience at sea; the North Star, an engineering marvel that transports guests more than 300 feet above the ocean; transformative venues, such as Sea-Plex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; and the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms ever, including the industry’s first-ever Virtual Balcony staterooms, which offers expansive, real-time views of the ocean and exciting destinations for interior staterooms.

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