Australia's Newest Cruise Ship Floats For The First Time
The world's third largest cruise ship is well on its way home to Australia's shores. Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas recently floated out into water at Germany's Meyer Werft shipyard.
With less than 10 months until planned arrival in Australia, this moment marked a significant milestone in the 20-month construction process.
“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,” said Adam Armstrong, regional commercial director, Royal Caribbean.
Those on the scene were able to witness the shipyard's sluice gates open as the dry dock filled with water. The meticulous process took around eight hours, before Ovation of the Seas floated out into the River Ems.
The next steps will take approximately two months with further additions, such as masts and furnishings, occuring at the shipyard's outdoor birth, before another dry-docking for propulsion installation.
“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.”
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And she certainly is floating royalty, beaten only by her sisters Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas in terms of size.
Australia has never been privy to such a state-of-the-art vessel, which will boast a few Quantum Class signature experiences including:
- Ripcord by iFLY (skydiving simulator)
- North Star (moving observation enclosure)
- SeaPlex (indoor entertainment complex with bumper cars, robotic bartenders and circus school)
As far as foodies are concerned, the ship will carry Royal Caribbean's trend of featuring celebrity chefs with the Jamie's Italian restaurant and Michael's Genuine Pub.
These are only two of the 18 available dining concepts, a collection which also includes Royal Caribbean regulars, Chops Grille (steakhouse) and Izumi (sushi).
Ovations of the Seas will begin sailing out of Sydney in December 2016, with three Australia and New Zealand cruises.
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