After an 18-month build-up in anticipation from its announcement early last year, the countdown at Royal Caribbean reaches its crescendo today as Ovation of the Seas departs from Singapore, bound for Australia later today.
Ovation‘s maiden voyage into Australian waters – a chartered cruise belonging to retailer Cruiseco – has in fact been a work in progress for quite a few years beforehand, with a huge amount of work going in behind the scenes. It is also a firm rubber stamp by one of the world’s largest cruise companies in Royal Caribbean that the Australian market is eager to welcome a ship of this size and that local travellers will jump onboard and book it out.
And book it out they have…almost! As the ship heads to Australia, there are still cabins available on five voyages scheduled for the ship in early 2017 before it returns to Singapore in mid-February. Available cruises range from a couple of trips to Tasmania, one of which also calls in Adelaide, through to 12 and 14-night sailings to New Zealand and the South Pacific, prior to the repositioning cruise itself which sees the ship sail from Sydney to Singapore.
Many cabins on these cruises have been discounted and include booking incentives including Buy One Get One up to 50% off and a free upgrade to a balcony stateroom.
Ovation of the Seas has raised the excitement levels of Australian cruisers, in no small part due to its selection of entertainment and activities not currently available on any of the line’s other ships based here.
These include the North Star viewing capsule, the expansive Two70 theatre, a number of indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the iFly skydiving capsule, dodgem cars and Trapeze School at SeaPlex, bionic bartenders mixing drinks and a wide variety of innovative dining options including Wonderland, Jamie’s Italian and Coastal Kitchen – the latter of which is an exclusive option only open to guests in Suites and high-level loyalty program members.
Cruise Advice will be onboard Ovation of the Seas from next week, boarding in Fremantle and cruising around to Sydney for its 15 December arrival. Check in regularly for updates and lots of in-depth reports over the coming months on everything the ship has to offer.