Responding to overwhelming popularity among Australian cruise travellers for Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean has moved to extend the ship’s inaugural season down under, adding four new voyages to its schedule which will now take its stay in local waters through until late February 2017.
After three round-trip voyages from Sydney (not including its inbound repositioning sailing from Singapore), Ovation was scheduled to return to Asia on 23 January, however this departure has now been rescheduled for four weeks later. Passengers already booked on this cruise are being individually contacted by Royal Caribbean to reschedule onto one of the four new voyages or indeed the new outbound repositioning sailing.
The ship’s maiden season in Australia is now more than 90% sold, Royal Caribbean Australasia managing director Adam Armstrong said. Precise information on where the four new cruises will go are yet to be determined and will be advised soon, with details sketchy on port schedule listings. However, such a move to extend the season with such little notice is bound to provide the line with more than a few headaches as it seeks to find room in an already crowded region during this peak period.
At the same time, Royal Caribbean confirmed that Ovation of the Seas will return to Australia for the 2017/18 season – as previously reported by Cruise Advice on 26 February this year.
“We are delivering Australians the most modern style of cruising from their doorstep – a style they previously had to travel overseas for. Australia has asked for more and we will deliver; four more cruises, a return at the end of 2017, and more opportunities to experience a brand new era of cruising on Ovation of the Seas, purpose-built for the Asia Pacific market,” Armstrong added.
Travellers keen to register their interest in booking on one of the four new sailings can do so online at www.ovationoftheseas.com.au/newsletter/.