It has been long-awaited, from the announcement that the Ovation of the Seas would come to Australia, to her launch in February, to Cruise Sale Finder's first look onboard - and now we are just days from the arrival in Sydney of Australia's biggest ship yet. Sydney is counting down the days to officially welcoming the Ovation to her new homeport, which happens on the 15th of December after a nine-night cruise around the bottom of Australia from Fremantle with stops in Adelaide and Hobart.
A sail-past and a pop princess: Sydney's ready to party
Newest, biggest, most modern and technologically advanced: The Ovation of the Seas is bringing with her a lot of superlatives when it comes to the cruise scene in Australia. It's no wonder then that cruise lovers around the country are excited for her arrival, and a celebration is planned.
The ship will sail through Sydney heads as dawn breaks on Thursday the 15th of December, offering some awesome pre-work viewing opportunities for keen shipspotters. Royal Caribbean has kindly suggested a few prime viewing spots for anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of the megaship's progress through the harbour:
- Bradley's Head on the North Shore
- Cremorne Reserve on Cremorne Point
- Circular Quay
- The Royal Botanic Gardens
- Luna Park and North Sydney Swimming Pool
- Hickson Road Reserve
Sydneysiders will of course have their own secret spots for harbour views - post them in the comments if you'd like to share!
Later in the day, the ship will host an â€œarrival eventâ€ while docked in Circular Quay, for invited VIP guests. Taking place in the unique Two70 multi-use venue, this party will feature a performance by beloved Aussie songstress Dami Im, X Factor winner and Eurovision contestant.
Australian Ovation season begins
After a day of celebration, the Ovation of the Seas departs Sydney on the 16th of December at 4pm, providing another opportunity for Sydney residents and visitors to see her sailing through the heads and out to sea. Her first cruise from Sydney heads to Hobart and then across to New Zealand, spending Christmas Day at sea between Picton and Rotorua. Both the vessel's first season and second season Down Under have been extended, and the ship is offering a range of great cruises across the ditch and into the isles of the South Pacific in December and January.
This mega-vessel is unprecedented in the South Pacific, and there are plenty of new and exciting features to discover which will tickle the fancies of Aussie cruise lovers. If you are planning to get onboard, start getting hyped for a soaring ride in the North Star viewing capsule, a skydiving experience with Ripcord, a battle of the ages on the bumper cars and perhaps even some trapeze lessons. Jamie Oliver will tempt your tastebuds with his Italian offering, Wonderland will enchant them, and the ship will be an absolute holiday destination in itself.
Take a look at the Ovation of the Seas cruises which are still available for this season and next, and let the hype begin! T-1 month and counting.