Standing Ovation For Australia's Newest And Largest Cruise Ship

12 May 2015
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Royal Caribbean takes note from Albert Einstein's famous quote “logic will get you from A to B – imagination will take you everywhere.” Dreaming bigger than ever in building its newest, most technologically advanced ship, Ovation of the Seas, due to land in Australian waters in December 2016.

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Currently under construction in Germany, RCI's Ovation of the Seas is regarded as the world’s most advanced cruise ship. “Royal Caribbean has been breaking the boundaries in Australian cruising since we arrived in 2007 but today, we have completely changed the face of the cruise industry, making the single largest investment in Australia by any cruise line,” said Gavin Smith, regional vice president, Royal Caribbean, Asia Pacific.

It’s a Royal Caribbean love-fest in Australian waters over the next few years with Ovation of the Seas being the fifth ship in the Royal Caribbean Australian line-up for winter 2016-17. Ovation joins Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas in Sydney and Legend of the Seas in Brisbane.

 AA rendering of the Ovation of the Seas in Sydney Harbour, showing its expected size (image: RCI)

What sets Ovation apart from the other cruise ships?

  • Australian first: Ripcord by iFLY at sea, where the thrill and excitement of skydiving comes to life onboard.
  • The North Star aerial observatory offers 360 degree views more than 90 meters above the sea. The North Star’s robotic arm will reach higher than the pylons of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • Order a drink from a robot at the Bionic Bar where you order your cocktail via tablet and two bionic arms mix you a cocktail in tune with the resident DJ.
  • The transformative space of Two70⁰  – an expansive lounge with 270-degree ocean views by day and multimedia entertainment by night, where digital meets high-flying aerialists and performers.
 Skydive on a boat? Yes!(image: RCI)
  • SeaPlex will be the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea, offering bumper cars, a basketball court, roller skating, circus school and more.
  • Wi-Fi – that’s right! Gone are the days of your Facebook being left at shore. Guests onboard the Ovation of the Seas’ SmartShip will be more connected than on any other cruise ship in the region, with high speed Wi-Fi allowing you to share more of your experiences with friends and family onshore.
  • Cuisine – A range from fun to formal settings, including the much-loved “Jamie’s Italian” from Jamie Oliver at sea.
 Jamie Oliver tours his newest outpost, Jamie's Italian, with mentor and friend Gennaro Contrero (image: RCI)

"I'm super-excited that Ovation of the Seas will be sailing out of Australia, and with a Jamie's Italian on board! This will be our third restaurant with Royal Caribbean, and it's been a real honour to work with their team. The response we've had to Quantum of the Seas – our first restaurant at sea – has been brilliant, so it just makes me even more excited for this one to open," said Jamie.

With so many industry ‘firsts’, Royal Caribbean and is changing the way Australian’s cruise one amazing ship innovation at a time. Keep their 45-year legacy alive and experience a cruise of the lifetime on board Ovation of the Seas.

**Ovation of the Seas' itineraries for 2016 / 2017 to be announced soon**
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Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.