Today in Bremerhaven, Germany, Royal Caribbean took delivery of its latest ship, Ovation of the Seas.
The handover ceremony, attended by executives from both Royal Caribbean and Meyer Werft, marked the official start of Ovation of the Seas’ sailing career with Royal Caribbean. The traditional handover ceremony included the raising of Royal Caribbean’s house flag, registry country flag, and homeport country flag over the brand new ship.
Ovation of the Seas, third in Royal Caribbean’s groundbreaking Quantum Class, will be the 24th ship of the Royal Caribbean fleet, offering a number of cutting edge amenities found aboard the Quantum Class ships and her earlier fleetmates. Among the most popular amenities are North Star, a glass enclosed observation pod; RipCord by iFly, a thrilling sky diving simulator; SportsPlex, a large sports complex offering bumper cars, basketball, video games, and a circus school; 18 unique restaurants; and many technological offerings, including Virtual Balcony staterooms.
“It’s wonderful to welcome Ovation of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean family of ships,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, 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.”
Ovation of the Seas will initially offer a few short sailings from Southampton, prior to setting sail on a 52 night “Global Odyssey” for her homeport in Tianjin, China. From Tianjin, Ovation of the Seas will offer a variety of sailings throughout Asia to ports primarily in South Korea and Japan. Later in 2016, Ovation of the Seas will sail throughout southeast Asia from Hong Kong and the southern Pacific from Sydney.