The 1,138-feet Quantum-class ship is one of the biggest built at Meyer Werft (Papenburg), Germany and has been designed specifically for the cruise market in China.
The 12-hour "conveyance" drew spectators along the route, which is a traditional one for the company. To have a successful conveyance, conditions must be exact: 20 knots or less wind speed, either a full or new moon, and tidal barriers must be closed.
After sea trials, Ovation of the Seas headed to Southampton, where the ship will have a 3-night inaugural voyage to Rotterdam April 14. The Ovation will then make a 5-night cruise to Belgium and France and a 7-night cruise to Spain and France, before heading off to Tianjin, where she will homeport during summer.
Ovation of the Seas will head to Australia in late 2016, where she will sail from Sydney until Jan 23, 2017.