Ovation of the Seas floats out of the shipyard.

Royal Caribbean’s newest Quantum-class ship Ovation of the Seas has met water for the first time in its 18-month construction process to date, floating out of the construction hall of the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany.

After floating for the first time, Ovation moved into the outfitting bay where it will see the remainder of its furniture fitted. A final visit to dry dock will see propulsion parts installed. The 4,180-passenger ship now has less than two months to completion before it will reverse down the River Ems and into open ocean for its sea trials.

Initial sailings for Ovation will take place from Southampton before a repositioning voyage through Europe and Dubai into Asia will see it arrive at its maiden homeport in Beijing. Five months later, in November, Ovation will depart Singapore bound for Australia in what will be the highlight of Royal Caribbean’s wave season next summer.

“Today marks a truly momentous milestone in the Australian cruise industry: our first ever newbuild now floats on water for the very first time. In just 10 months she will call Sydney home and proudly claim the title of the newest, largest and most technologically advanced cruise ship to ever sail in our waters,” Royal Caribbean commercial director Adam Armstrong commented.

Check out this video of Ovation of the Seas meeting water for the first time.