Royal Caribbean’s Newest Ship is Delivered

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Royal Caribbean is happy to welcome the newest member of their family, as they took delivery of their 24th ship, Ovation of the Seas.  During a ceremony yesterday at Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Richard D. Fain received the new ship from the yard’s Managing Partner, Bernard Meyer.

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The ship will now sail to Southampton, UK where it will offer a series of short cruises before setting sail for her 52-night “Global Odyssey” voyage.  It will end with arriving to her homeport in Tianjin, China.  Ovation‘s homeport Chinese season will begin this coming June.  Together with Quantum, Mariner, Voyager, and Legend of the Seas, they will make up the biggest fleet of any cruise line that’s sailing in China.

Ovation, Quantum, and Anthem of the Seas are all Quantum-class ships, and have a large focus on advanced technology.  They feature amenities such as the observation capsule North Star, skydiving and surfing simulators, Two70 — a social space by day that turns into an entertainment experience in the evening, and SeaPlex, the largest indoor activity space at sea that features basketball, bumper cars, and more.  Each ship also boasts 18 restaurants, Loft Suites and Virtual Balcony staterooms, and interior rooms with real-time viewing screens.

Ovation of the Seas is 18 decks tall, and carries 4,180 guests with 2,091 staterooms.  Richard Fain said “Ovation of the Seas is magnificent.  Our thanks to the Meyer Werft team for their ongoing partnership in designing and building awe-inspiring ships with us.”  President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International Michael Bayley echoed him, saying “It’s wonderful to welcome Ovation of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean family of ships.”

Photos courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.

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