Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. chairman and ceo, received the ship from Bernard Meyer, Meyer Werft managing partner.
Ovation of the Seas will sail to Southampton for a series of short cruises before embarking on a 52-day 'Global Odyssey' repositioning voyage to Tianjin, China. The first sailing from Tianjin will be in June.
The Ovation joins Legend of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas in China. After her China season, Ovation of the Seas will give Australians the first taste of Quantum cruising at home.