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Photos of Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas mega blocks floated out


Two sections of Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas were floated out earlier today at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and we have a photos of what will eventually be part of the third Quantum class cruise ship.

Photographer Björn Haß took these photos as the blocks were floated out of the construction building to make way for a new Norwegian Cruise Line ship.

All photos by Björn Haß

Ovation of the Seas blocks floated out at shipyard


Royal Caribbean's third Quantum class cruise ship is under construction and earlier today we got a view of two of its "mega blocks" floated out of the shipyard.

Photo by Björn Haß

Photographer Björn Haß took this wonderful photo of the two blocks at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany as the blocks were floated out to make way for the Norwegian Escape to be floated out.

Once the Norwegian ship is out of the building hall, these two mega blocks will be brought back into the hall for further construction.

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

Photos of Ovation of the Seas block being moved out of construction hall


Royal Caribbean's third Quantum class cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas, had a a block moved out of the construction hall earlier this week.

Ovation of the Seas is being constructed and is scheduled to be delivered in April 2016

All photos copyright Royal Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean opens bookings for Ovation of the Seas Australia and New Zealand cruises


Royal Caribbean opened bookings for its third Quantum-class cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas today.  Guests can now book cruises for the ship's maiden season in Australia and New Zealand.

Ovation of the Seas will arrive in Australia on December 6, 2016 when she docks in Perth.  Ovation of the Seas will be the largest cruise ship to ever be homeported in Australia.

After arriving in Australia, Ovation of the Seas will visit Adelaide and Hobart, before arriving in Sydney to begin her official Australian season.

Ovation of the Seas will offer four sailings from Sydney during her summer season starting from December 15, 2016, including:

  • A 15-night New Zealand cruise beginning with an overnight in Sydney on December 15, 2016 followed by calls at Hobart, the Milford Sounds region, Dunedin, Wellington, Picton, Tauranga and Auckland.
  • A 10-night New Year cruise around New Zealand departing December 30, 2016, with calls at the Milford Sound region, Dunedin, Wellington, Napier and Picton.
  • A 14-night cruise during the January school holidays with visits to Bay of Islands, Tauranga, Auckland, Wellington, Picton, Dunedin, and the Milford Sounds region.
  • Ovation of the Seas leaves Australia on January 23, 2017 with a 14-night Sydney to Singapore cruise visiting Brisbane, Darwin and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang).

Royal Caribbean commercial director for Royal Caribbean Australia & South East Asia, Sea Treacy, commented on the arrival of Ovation down under, "At USD$1 billion, Ovation of the Seas represents the single largest investment in Australia and New Zealand cruising by any cruise line. This ship truly ignites the imagination about what is possible on a cruise holiday – from skydiving in the middle of the ocean, robot bartenders, to North Star, an observation capsule that transports you more than 90 metres above the sea providing stunning 360 degree views."

"Being the imaginative and adventure-loving nation that we are, it is not surprising that over 20,000 Aussies have pre-registered their interest since we first announced her local deployment. Ovation of the Seas’ first season will be historic and we can’t wait for Australians to experience the world’s most advanced ship right on our doorstep," Treacy said.

"In her first season alone, Ovation of the Seas is projected to inject more than $20million into the Australian economy with 14 total calls across the country, and almost 30,000 guests are expected to experience the new generation of cruise ship. Some of the other delights her guests can look forward to include bumper cars, a circus school, spectacular shows in the custom-built Two70 entertainment venue, 18 different dining options including Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver, Broadway shows and high speed internet."

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


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


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


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


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?


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


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.