Ovation Of The Seas Review and Specifications
Specifications of Ovation Of The Seas
|Builder||Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)|
|Building cost||USD 950 million|
|Owner||Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd|
|Speed||22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph|
|Length (LOA)||348 m / 1142 ft|
|Beam (width)||49 m / 161 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||167800 gt|
|Passengers||4162 - 4819|
|Decks with cabins||9|
|Christened by||Fan Bingbing|
Review of Ovation Of The Seas
Launched in 2016, Ovation of the Seas is the 3rd Quantum-class Royal Caribbean ship, together with Quantum of the Seas (2014) and Anthem of the Seas (2015). The ship cost US$950 million to build (2013 shiporder rates).
History - construction & ownership
Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. RCI is a cruise line brand established in Norway and currently based in Miami, Florida. As of September 2015, the line controls a 17% share of the world cruise market, with 23 cruise ships in service and other three on order. All vessels under the Royal Caribbean brand have had their names ending with "of the Seas" since 1991. Sister brands owned by Royal Caribbean Ltd. are Azamara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, CDF Croisières de France and Pullmantur Cruises.
The 167,800-ton, 4,180-passenger cruise ship Ovation of the Seas is a next-generation Quantum Class ship. The size of the Quantum-class cruise ships is significantly decreased, compared to the Oasis Class ships of the line.
Ovation of the Seas began her conveyance on the River Ems on March 11, 2016 traveling backward from Meyer Werft shipyard to the Netherlands. The 1,138-feet Quantum-class ship is one of the biggest built at Meyer Werft, 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.
Cruise itinerary program
Ovation of the Seas itinerary program is based on Asia cruises with departures from Tianjin (Beijing, China). Ship's winter 2016-2017 season will be spent in Australia with round-trip departures from Sydney.
In February 2016 British vacationers were given another opportunity to experience the latest adventure playground of Royal Caribbean International, Ovation of the Seas in April. A new, 3-night inaugural voyage sails from Southampton on April 14, roundtrip to the Netherlands, as another chance to holiday on the new Quantum Class ship where passengers can also take in the sites of Rotterdam. This debut cruise is in addition to the other European sailings, including a 5-night France and Belgium (April 17-22) and a 7-night France and Spain (April 22-29) before setting off on a 52-day Global Odyssey tour to Tianjin, China - Ovation's homeport. The inaugural voyage will also see passengers being able to experience Royal Suite Class for the first time - the newest luxury offering of Royal Caribbean including 24/7 service from the new Royal Genies.
Guests in Royal Suite Class can indulge in a range of experiences including exclusive access to California-chic Coastal Kitchen restaurant and a private sundeck plus complimentary access to Vitality Spa.
Ovation of the Seas will head to Australia in late 2016, where she will sail from Sydney until Jan 23, 2017. Royal Caribbean International will homeport its billion-dollar smartship in Singapore in 2017 for a season, bringing thousands of cruisers to the region and injecting millions into the regional and local economies.
Most Ovation of the Seas staterooms are balcony (1447) and 100-185-sq.foot insides (367). There are a total of 2090 staterooms. The largest aboard Ovation of the Seas are the Royal Loft Suites (152 m2). The new “Royal Suite Class” booking category (suite accommodations only) provides Anthem's highest paying passengers with the ultimate all-inclusive cruise experience of Royal Caribbean, marked by Coastal Kitchen exclusive access, 24-hour personal butler service, included gratuities, all-inclusive drinks, free Internet and thermal suite unlimited access. Ovation of the Seas was also designed with 34 wheelchair-accessible cabins and new type virtual balconies (the interior features real-time views of the ocean and destinations). Compared to the Oasis-class ships, guests can enjoy larger staterooms, more family-connected cabins and new studio staterooms (for solo travelers).
Dining options - Food & Drinks
Passengers on Ovation of the Seas are offered plenty dining options to choose from, with multiple choices for light bites as well. Reservations for all restaurants can be made online ahead of cruise. Though not required, reservations are definitely recommended to ensure guests get to eat where they want, when they want. Food and service at the main restaurants, Silk, Chic, American Icon and The Grande, is varied and offers an array of experiences.
Follows the complete list of Ovation of the Seas restaurants and food bars.
- The Grande (offers DreamWorks themed breakfast, two fixed dinner seatings and "My Time Dining")
- Chic Restaurant (one of the four dining rooms)
- American Icon Grill (one of the four dining rooms)
- The Silk (Asian cuisine, one of the four dining rooms)
- La Patisserie (specialty coffee & teas bar; offers fresh-made pastries and sweets)
- Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine
- Johnny Rockets (fast food restaurant, complimentary)
- Windjammer Marketplace buffet restaurant (offers Early Breakfast at 6:30 a.m., Breakfast between 7:00-11:30 a.m., Lunch 11.30-3:30 p.m. and Dinner 6.30-9:00 p.m.)
- Chops Grille (steakhouse/seafood)
- Prime (Chef’s) Table (14-guest capacity, gourmet private dining package)
- Sorrento’s (Italian restaurant); Jamie’s Italian
- Izumi (73-seat Asian/Japanese restaurant)
- The Cafe @ Two70° (casual dining marketplace)
- Coastal Kitchen (Suite passengers only restaurant)
- Solarium Bistro (healthy dining menu “Devinly Decadence”)
- SeaPlex Dog House (complimentary).
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
The Quantum-class ship Ovation of the Seas comes with all prepared innovations like a skydiving simulator and the North Star, a jewel-shaped glass capsule rising 300 feet above sea level and allowing 360-degree views from high above the ship. Ovation also boasts innovative bumper cars and Bionic Bar with bartending "robots" that mix up cocktails, ordered via tablet. Only three ships at sea, Ovation and her sisters, Anthem and Quantum, feature skydiving simulation. If you love adventure, iFly by RipCord is a must-try. The first "flight" for every passenger is free. The Royal Theater hosts the major production show onboard the Ovation. The cruise ship features the DreamWorks Experience - a themed programming in partnership with the Walt Disney Company. This new entertainment program is aimed at families and offers movies-themed DreamWorks activities on select RCI ships within the fleet. The list of special activities includes characters meet & greets (of course, plus photo ops).
Follows the complete list of Ovation of the Seas lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- Royal Theater (features 3D Movies, aerial acrobatic performances and Broadway-style productions)
- Music Hall (2-deck high live entertainment venue)
- Two70° Lounge (3-deck high relaxation observation lounge with live entertainment)
- Photo Gallery & Shop; SeaTrek Shop (diving equipment)
- Diamond Club Lounge & Bar (past guests only); Concierge Club & Lounge (suite- and past guests only)
- Michael’s Genuine Pub; Boleros (Latin-themed cocktail bar); Bionic Bar; North Star Bar
- The Via (an area between the boutique shops and restaurants on deck 5, part of the Royal Esplanade; with the Vintages wine bar and Jamie’s)
- Casino Royale; Card Room
- Retail Shops (duty-free)
- Outdoor Movie Screen
- Vitality at Sea Spa & Fitness Center
- Solarium lounge (includes Solarium Cafe, pool bar and adults only pool area); Solarium Bar
- Video Games Arcade; The Living Room and Night Club teen areas; Royal Babies & Tots Nursery; Adventure Ocean kids lounge area; Workshop (family venue); H2O Zone family & kids area
- SeaPlex (sports complex, with roller skating, bumper cars, circus school, full-sized basketball court); North Star; FlowRider (surf simulator); RipCord by iFly; Jogging Track; Rock-climbing Wall.
Ovation Of The Seas wiki
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- Cabin grades number: 43
- Total number of cabins: 2090 (of which 1570 balcony rooms, 373 Inside, 28 single occupancy/studio cabins)
- Dining Rooms: no ("Dynamic Dining", new concept)
- Restaurants and food bars: 25 onboard dining options (14 are complimentary), Chic, The Grande, Silk (Asian), Izumi (Japanese), Coastal Kitchen (Mediterranean), Jamie’s (Italian), American Icon Grill, Windjammer (buffet), Johnny Rockets (fastfood), Sorrento’s (pizzeria), Wonderland, Chops Grille (steakhouse), Dog House (burgers), Cafe @ Two70, Cafe Promenade, Solarium Bistro.
- Lounges & Bars (total 35 bars/cafes): Ovation, Concierge, Music Hall, Diamond, North Star, Two70, Michael’s (pub), teen-only (Living Room, Night Club), Adventure Ocean (kids), poolside bars.
- Amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Internet/WiFi Access, Supervised Youth programs (Royal Babies, Adventure Ocean, Royal Tots, Dream Works experience), Laundry.
- Adults-only area (Solarium), Spa (Vitality), 10 jacuzzis (2 cantilevered), 4 pools, Water Park, Royal Theater (3-decks high), Outdoor Theater, Rock Climbing Wall, Wave Loch Flowrider (onboard surfing), Nursery.
- Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas is the line's third Quantum-class vessel. Her younger "WOW" sisters are the Quantum of the Seas (2014) and Anthem of the Seas (2015). There is a possibility RCCL to order a fourth Quantum-class vessel. This option is included in the shipbuilding contract. At the beginning, the Quantum-class' creation had the code name "Project Sunshine".
- Cruise cabins on all vessels in the Quantum series are ~9% larger than those of the world's largest cruise ships - Harmony, Oasis and Allure, also part or Royal Caribbean's fleet. RCI Ovation features the new "virtual balcony" rooms - a live camera feed showing the passing scenery on an 80-inch / 203 cm floor-to-ceiling HD LED screen. The DreamWork experience and the 3D movie screen are among the other WOWs on board. The ship is designed to be family friendly, with the latest high-tech equipment currently available on the market.
- Among the fun facts is the Royal Caribbean's "Chinese affair" - Ovation is the world's first cruise ship built for China, starting operations in China and christened by a Chinese godmother - Fan Bingbing (actress, TV producer, pop singer).
The list of the Ovation ship's revolutionary new features includes:
- Two70° - this lounge has a 270° panoramic view, includes cafe and ice bar. At night it transforms into a venue for nouveau-cirque-style productions and disco club.
- "Bionic Bar” is served by robotic bartenders.
- SeaPlex complex has a roller-skating sports arena, fullsize basketball court, bumper cars, "food truck" (casual dining).
- "RipCord by iFLY" is the RCI's skydiving simulator.
- "NorthStar" is the absolutely complimentary sensational observation tower on the top deck. Its glass-walled capsule is mounted on a long rotating arm to lift small groups of passengers over the Ovation ship's edge (up to 300ft/91m above sea level).
- "RFID wristbands” are created to replace (optional) the old SeaPass cards that allow stateroom access and onboard purchases.
- On April 13, 2016 Royal Caribbean announced that Fan Bingbing, internationally-acclaimed Chinese actress, will act as the Godmother for the world’s newest and most technologically advanced cruise ship Ovation of the Seas. The announcement was made by President, Royal Caribbean International – China and North Asia Pacific, Dr. Zinan Liu, at a press conference in Beijing at the Great Hall of People. Bingbing is the first Chinese personality chosen to be the Godmother of international cruise line. She officially named Ovation of the Seas at an inaugural ceremony on June 24, 2016 in Tianjin, China.
The list of operational regions (destinations) and exact itineraries for the newest RCI cruise ship were officially announced in the end of March 2015. Confirming the Internet rumors, Royal Caribbean home-ported the new Ovation ship in China (Tianjin-Beijing).
After its launch in April 2016, Ovation of the Seas started operations with an almost "around the world" voyage - 52-night long itinerary (officially "Global Odyssey") from UK to China (Southampton to Tianjin) with Suez Canal transition. This repositioning maiden voyage was divided into several smaller itinerary segments. Before the relocation to Asia (China) the ship offered 3 round-trip itineraries out of Southampton England:
- 2016 (April 14 "inaugural cruise") 3-night to Holland, visiting Rotterdam
- 2016 (April 17-22) 5-night to France and Belgium, visiting Cherbourg, Le Havre-Paris, Zeebrugge
- 2016 (April 22-29) 7-night to France and Spain, visiting Gijon, Bilbao, Le Havre-Paris, Cherbourg
- 2016 (June 28 "inaugural China cruise") 5-night round-trip from Tianjin to South Korea and Japan, visiting Busan and Nagasaki
- 2016 (November 30) 15-night Asia to Australia repositining from Singapore to Sydney visits Fremantle-Perth (first ever port of call in Australia), also Adelaide and Hobart (Tasmania).
- 2016 (December 16 "inaugural Australia cruise") 15-night from Sydney round-trip to New Zealand, visiting Hobart Tasmania, Fjordland Park, Dunedin, Wellington, Picton, Tauranga and Auckland.
Itineraries 2017 changes
On April 4, 2016, Royal Caribbean announced that the Ovation ship will return to Australia for a second 2017-2018 season. Also, the ship's maiden (2016-2017) cruise season in Australia will be extended with 4 additional itineraries. In June 2016, during the ship's maiden call in Singapore, RCI representatives announced the ship will be home-ported for its 2017 season in Singapore. Adding the large-sized Ovation to Voyager (May 2017) and Mariner (October 2017) increases the line's passenger capacity in Southeast Asia by 30% over 2016. The other Royal Caribbean Australia ships for 2017-2018 were Explorer, Radiance, Voyager.
As a 2017 season extension, four new Royal Caribbean Australia cruises from Sydney were added.
- 5-night Tasmania from Sydney (Jan 23, 2017) from $960 pp)
- 12-night New Zealand and South Pacific /New Caledonia, Mystery Island) - Jan 28, 2017, from $2320 pp
- 8-night Tasmania and South Australia (Feb 9, 2017) from $1600 pp
- 3-night Cruise to Nowhere from Sydney (Feb 17, 2017) from $600 pp
- Note: These itineraries are currently not included in the ship's official schedule.
In the end of May 2016, RCI added six more round-trip Australian cruises for 2018, all leaving out of Sydney:
- 8-night Sydney to South Pacific Islands (Feb 18, 2018) from $1450 pp
- 5-night Sydney to Tasmania (departing March 8, 2018) from $1050 pp
- 3-night "Cruise to Nowhere" from Sydney (March 23) from $670 pp
- (two itineraries) 10-night round-trip Sydney to New Zealand (departures March 13 and 26) from $1820 pp
- There is also a 14-night relocation cruise from Australia to Asia (one-way from Sydney to Singapore) - departure on March 26 2018, priced from $2070 pp.
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Ovation Of The Seas Itineraries 2017
The below listed Ovation Of The Seas cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Royal Caribbean fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|07 Dec||Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|10 Dec 08:00 - 09:00||Fiordland National Park, New Zealand|
|11 Dec 08:00 - 18:00||Dunedin, New Zealand|
|12 Dec 13:00 - 19:00||Wellington, New Zealand|
|13 Dec 08:00 - 17:00||Napier, New Zealand|
|14 Dec 08:00 - 15:00||Picton, New Zealand|
|17 Dec||Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|17 Dec||Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|20 Dec 09:00 - 18:00||Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand|
|21 Dec 07:00 - 20:00||Auckland, New Zealand|
|22 Dec 07:00 - 18:00||Tauranga, New Zealand|
|25 Dec 07:00 - 17:00||Dunedin, New Zealand|
|26 Dec 17:00 - 18:00||Fiordland National Park, New Zealand|
|29 Dec||Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|29 Dec||Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|01 Jan 09:00 - 18:00||Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand|
|02 Jan 07:00 - 20:00||Auckland, New Zealand|
|03 Jan 10:00 - 21:00||Tauranga, New Zealand|
|06 Jan 07:00 - 17:00||Dunedin, New Zealand|
|07 Jan 17:00 - 18:00||Fiordland National Park, New Zealand|
|10 Jan||Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia|
Ovation Of The Seas Itineraries 2018
The below listed Ovation Of The Seas cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Royal Caribbean fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|04 Feb||Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|07 Feb 09:00 - 18:00||Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand|
|08 Feb 07:00 - 20:00||Auckland, New Zealand|
|09 Feb 09:00 - 20:00||Tauranga, New Zealand|
|11 Feb 07:00 - 18:00||Wellington, New Zealand|
|12 Feb 07:00 - 18:00||Picton, New Zealand|
|14 Feb 07:00 - 17:00||Dunedin, New Zealand|
|15 Feb 17:00 - 18:00||Fiordland National Park, New Zealand|
|18 Feb||Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|26 Feb||Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|01 Mar 08:00 - 09:00||Fiordland National Park, New Zealand|
|02 Mar 08:00 - 17:00||Dunedin, New Zealand|
|03 Mar 12:00 - 19:00||Wellington, New Zealand|
|04 Mar 08:00 - 17:00||Napier, New Zealand|
|05 Mar 08:00 - 15:00||Picton, New Zealand|
|08 Mar||Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|13 Mar||Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|16 Mar 08:00 - 09:00||Fiordland National Park, New Zealand|
|17 Mar 08:00 - 17:00||Dunedin, New Zealand|
|18 Mar 12:00 - 19:00||Wellington, New Zealand|
|19 Mar 08:00 - 17:00||Napier, New Zealand|
|20 Mar 08:00 - 15:00||Picton, New Zealand|
|23 Mar||Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia|