2014 was a good year for cruising in Australia and 2015 must be even better, because in 2016 we're getting an Encore and an Ovation! Royal Caribbean's new Quantum Class vessel, the Ovation of the Seas, will make her debut in China in April and soon after is headed south for a quick summer season in Australia. Book now with our Ovation of the Seas sale.
The Australian season
The ship will arrive in Sydney in December and commence cruises to New Zealand for her short but sweet inaugural season Down Under. Cruise Sale Finder has the available Ovation of the Seas cruise deals now live and ready to book! Here are your opportunities to get onboard this incredible vessel from an Australian port:
- A New Zealand Cruise departing Sydney on the 15th of December and returning on the 30th. This fortnight-long itinerary visits Hobart first before heading across the Tasman for scenic cruising in Fiordland and stops at five New Zealand ports in both the South and North Islands. Christmas will be spent at sea between Picton and Tauranga;you can imagine the festivities that will happen on this mega ship.
- The next New Zealand Cruise departs on the 30th of December from Sydney for a shorter 10-night trip. It sails out into the Tasman for an amazing New Year's Eve at sea before visiting the sounds of Fiordland, Dunedin, Picton and Wellington, then returns to Sydney.
- Last but not least is a third New Zealand Cruise which, at a fortnight long, switches Hobart for the Bay of Islands and begins in the North Island to make its way south. This one departs Sydney on the 9th of January to return two weeks later on the 23rd.
These are the only round-trip cruises from Sydney, but they are not all that the Ovation of the Seas is offering. Aussie cruisers might also be interested in the repositioning cruise from Sydney to Singapore or one of her itineraries in another corner of the globe; take a look at the Ovation of the Seas cruises to peruse the options.
This next-generation ship will bring many new things to the market, sheer size being one of them. At 1,141 feet and 168,600 tonnes she carries more than four thousand passengers and some truly amazing facilities and fun. What follows are just a few of the things you can expect, with photos from her sister ship the Quantum of the Seas.
There are a number of ways you will be able to get up in the air on the Ovation. RipCord by iFly is a skydiving simulator which will give you that free-fall feeling without jumping off a balcony, and the North Star is a glass capsule designed to lift passengers 300 feet above sea level for panoramic views over ocean, ship and port. If you prefer the no-frills approach, you could take a trapeze class at the onboard circus school.
You won't need to knock out boring treadmill miles to keep active on the Ovation. There's a roller-skating rink, the aforementioned circus school, a surf simulator, basketball court and rock climbing wall to inject a little fun into your exercise routine. The state-of-the-art fitness center is available for a more traditional workout, and of course there's a spa to relax in once you're done. A cruise ship wouldn't be complete without at least one pool, and the Ovation of the Seas will offer three: indoor, outdoor and adult-only for all your swimming needs.
The evening entertainment roster isn't lacking in options. As well as the usual slew of great themed bars you will find on a Royal Caribbean ship, the Ovation will feature the same "Two70" venue as is found on the Quantum of the Seas and the Anthem of the Seas. Providing relaxation and amazing views aft during the day, it transforms into a nighttime extravaganza where technology and talent mix for incredible productions and aerial shows.
Even the staterooms on the Quantum Class ships take it to the next level. An inside cabin feels like an oceanview with virtual balconies which simulate views of the ocean in real time! On the other end of the scale, the Grand Loft Suites are opulent homes away from home, with two bathrooms, a loft bedroom and beds for four people, living/dining area and a private balcony.
If you want to experience this new age of cruising, be in quick as we think the Australian season will sell out fast! Book now, or contact one of our cruise consultants for more information.