欢迎 鼓掌 的 该 海域 or, “Welcome Ovation of the Seas,” is the phrase Chinese cruisers will soon be shouting.
Royal Caribbean continues their rapid expansion in the Chinese market, today announcing the deployment of the upcoming Ovation of the Seas to the Chinese mainland. Beginning in April 2016, the third Quantum Class ship, Ovation of the Seas, will begin offering a collection of sailings from Tianjin, a metropolitan Chinese city just south of Beijing.
At this time, Royal Caribbean has not announced any details on potential itineraries for Ovation’s season in Asia.
The sailings from Tianjin will begin following a unique 52 Global Odyssey sailing from Southampton, calling in a diverse array of ports throughout the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, Indian subcontinent, and Southeast Asia. The sailing, which can be sailed in shorter segments will open for booking tomorrow.
Ovation of the Seas, which is currently under construction at Meyer Werft’s Papenburg yard, will be joined in China by fleet sisters, Legend of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas, and Voyager of the Seas. The addition of Ovation of the Seas to the China fleet will effectively position Royal Caribbean as the largest cruise line sailing in the Chinese market.
Royal Caribbean has openly discussed its interest in becoming the premier cruise line for the Chinese market. China has recently exploded in terms of potential cruise passengers, drawing many cruise lines to position larger and newer ships in the region. According to Royal Caribbean’s President, Michael Bayley, China is now the third largest source of revenue for the line, positioned just behind the United States and Europe.
Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, the third sister in the line’s Quantum Class, is scheduled to debut in the spring of 2016.
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