Ovation of the Seas was scheduled to make 9 sailings during her 2nd Sydney-based season with departures from November 2017 through February 2018.
Her new round-trip sailings in 2018 are an 8-night South Pacific voyage departing on February 18, a 10-night cruise to New Zealand leaving on February 26, a 5-night cruise to Tasmania departing on March 8, another 10-night voyage to New Zealand departing on March 13, a 3-night sampler departing on March 23 and a 14-night repositioning cruise to Singapore leaving on March 26.
Last month Royal Caribbean cruises announced that the brand new Ovation of the Seas would extend her maiden season in Australia.
The 168,666 GT mega ship, which arrives for the first time in Sydney December 15, was due to depart January 23, 2017 in order to return to China. However, md Australasia Adam Armstrong announced the ship had exceeded all expectations and the company was adding 4 extra cruises to meet demand, extending Ovation's maiden season into late February 2017.
Armstrong added that Ovation of the Seas was offering Australians new experiences at sea, such as skydiving, bumper cars and glass viewing pod 90 m above sea level. He said:
‘There is no denying that Ovation of the Seas is big; at around 6,400 passengers and crew she is the size of a small Australian town. But with that size comes more choice, space, variety and options.’
Armstrong shared the Ovation was appealing to incredibly wide range of cruisers.
‘Existing cruisers are excited about the new amenities she offers, but she is also fascinating Australians who have never cruised before. She is redefining the concept of cruising and we are delivering an entirely new way to holiday.’