World's Most Innovative Cruise Ship Arrives in Southampton

By ,   April 11, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

The world’s newest cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas, arrived in Southampton yesterday, April 11. Ovation is the latest vessel launched by Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Built in Germany for the Far East and Chinese market, the ship made her debut before the travel industry and world’s press after arriving Monday afternoon.

Ovation of the Seas is the 3rd in company’s Quantum-class and will feature the latest innovations including a host of hi-tech developments, robot bartenders, the RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator and bumper cars.

SeaPlex is the largest at sea indoor sports and entertainment complex with attractions ranging from video gaming and roller skating to a circus school with flying trapeze classes. The signature Northern Star glass capsule rises 300 feet above sea level and provides 360-degree views from high above.

Ovation of the Seas arrived at Berth 101 (Western Docks) Monday afternoon (Apr 11). The ship will stay in port for a few days before heading to the Mediterranean, Far East and Australia. The ship is commanded by Captain Henrick Loy.

She is the last of the three 167,800-ton, 4,180-guest Royal Caribbean cruise ships. Constructed at Meyer Werft shipyard (Papenburg, Germany), Ovation is specially built with Chinese cruise market in mind and will spend most of her time in China, with a short season sailing out of Australia.

Royal Caribbean confirmed that Ovation will return Down Under for a 2nd season in summer 2017-2018 due to “extraordinary demand from Australians.”