You can’t say Royal Caribbean isn’t committed to Australian cruise passengers.
In exactly one year from now, 06 December 2016, Ovation of the Seas and all its head-turning technology will tie up at its first Australian port in Fremantle on its way to Sydney. Offering a capacity of 5,000 passengers on a twin-share basis, the ship will travel from Singapore nonstop to Fremantle, also visiting Adelaide and Hobart before reaching its new home port in the NSW capital.
Ovation of the Seas will be the first virtually brand-new ship available to Australian cruisers from local ports, having still not yet finished construction in Germany. Royal Caribbean is expected to take ownership of the $1 billion ship in March next year.
There are still opportunities to get onboard as the ship will make five visits to Sydney during its inaugural season. One of four roundtrip sailings to New Zealand – the 10 night trip – is completely sold out. Ovation of the Seas will be the fifth Royal Caribbean ship sailing in Australia during next year’s summer peak season, albeit on a more limited schedule than its sister ships Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Legend of the Seas – the latter based in Brisbane.
“Ovation of the Seas represents the single biggest investment in Australian and New Zealand cruising by any cruise line. She’s the biggest, the newest and the most technologically advanced cruise ship to ever sail these waters,” Royal Caribbean Commercial Director Adam Armstrong said.