The enormous and technologically advanced Ovation of the Seas, set to be the biggest cruise ship to ever call Australia home when she spends a season here later this year, has finally entered the water for the final stages of construction.
Just two months remain until the megaship is ready for her inaugural voyage, and ten until she arrives in the South Pacific. Her dry dock in the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany was filled last night, and the Ovation floated out into the River Ems to take the very first steps of her oceangoing career.
Australia's "$1 billion baby"
This ship represents the first ever new build destined specifically for the Asia-Pacific region, and will soon dwarf the buildings of Darling Harbour when she arrives to take her place in Sydney.
Adam Armstrong, regional commercial director for Royal Caribbean, commented "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."
"This is a significant day for both Royal Caribbean and for Australia, as we celebrate the birth of our new $1 billion baby. Ovation of the Seas has been purpose-built for the Asia-Pacific region and continues Royal Caribbean's unique strategy of bringing the very best cruise ships to Australia. We're extremely excited that she is now in the water and look forward to welcoming her to Sydney Harbour."
The ship, which will be the third largest cruise vessel in the world at the time of her launch, will include a range of brand-new features for Aussie cruisers. These include:
- Dynamic Dining with a range of concept restaurants.
- Ripcord by iFly, a skydiving simulator.
- The North Star viewing capsule to take passengers on a ride above the decks.
- The SeaPlex indoor sports and entertainment complex including bumper cars and a circus school.
Find out more about her many features before she arrives to take Australia by storm! You can also find Ovation of the Seas cruise deals and be one of the first to experience this state-of-the-art ship once her journey really begins!