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New billion-dollar cruise ship to debut in Australia


RCI ups the stakes in Australian cruising

Royal Caribbean International’s latest Quantum Class ocean liner, Ovation of the Seas will become the largest cruise ship to ever call Australia home when it makes its debut in Sydney for the peak summer season from December 2016.

 

When the ‘megaliner’ makes its Australian debut, it will also be the first time a major cruise line has home ported a brand new ship down under.

 

The US$1 billion ocean liner, which is currently under construction in Germany, will carry nearly 5,000 guests and 1,500 crew, and according to RCI, will be the most technologically advanced ship to ever be based in Australia.

 

Royal Caribbean, Asia Pacific regional vice president, Gavin Smith said the move represented “the single largest investment in Australia by any cruise line”.  

 

“While we’ve introduced many firsts to Australia, including the newest, largest and most modern megaliners with features like ice skating and surfing at sea, this is the very first time any cruise line in the world has home ported a brand new ship in Australia,” he said.

 

Demonstrating its long-term commitment to the Australian cruising market, Smith said Ovation of the Seas would “completely redefine the idea of cruising in Australia, taking the industry to the next level by offering a host of incredible never-before-seen features and technologies”.

 

“We believe that Australians shouldn’t need to travel overseas to experience the kind of cruise holiday we stand for; the most innovative and amazing ships anywhere in the world are available right here on your doorstep.”

 

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Among its features will be the first Ripcord by iFLY (skydiving simulator) at sea down under, the North Star aerial observatory (offering 360 degree views more than 90 metres above the sea), the robotically tended Bionic Bar, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea, SeaPlex, high-speed wifi and the Royal iQ app, and wristband technology that does away with the need to carry a cabin key. The Quantum class ship will also boast Jamie Oliver’s dining experience, “Jamie’s Italian”.

 

The third ship in RCI’s Quantum Class, the Ovation of the Seas will be the fifth ship in the Royal Caribbean Australian fleet for summer 2016/17.

 

With cruise fares starting from $199 a day, bookings for the new liner open in mid-2015.

 

Meanwhile, Cruiseco has announced it will exclusively charter the inaugural sailing of Ovation of the Seas, which sails from Singapore to Sydney late next year.

 

Bookings for the journey will be available through Cruiseco’s 300 global agents in May 2015.

 

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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 15 April 2015


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