Royal Caribbean International’s new “quantum class” cruise ship is set to become the biggest liner to call Australia home after announcing that it will make Sydney its home port to cater for increasing demand in 2016 and yet another option for visitors on personalised Australia holidays.
The company behind such cruise megaliners like the Anthem of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas will unveil its new megaliner just in time for the 2016 peak summer season.
Ovation of the Seas is currently under construction in Germany boasting the capacity to carry over 5000 guests and 1500 staff. The US$1 billion luxury cruise liner will debut in Australia in December 2016 and according to Royal Caribbean International will be the most technologically advanced ship to ever be based in Australia.
Among the services it will offer onboard is Ripcord by iFLY which is a skydiving simulator and the opportunity to experience Jamie Oliver’s dining experience “Jamie’s Italian”. It will also offer a robotically tendered bionic bar, an observatory that offers 360 degree views and the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea.
Royal Caribbean’s Asia Pacific Regional Vice President Gavin Smith said the cruise line wanted to offer Australia the opportunity to experience luxury normally only seen abroad.
“We believe that Australians shouldn’t need to travel overseas to experience the kind of cruise holiday we stand for; the most innovative and amazing ships anywhere in the world are available right here on your doorstep,” he said.
The first voyage is expected to depart Sydney’s shores in December 2016 with Ovation of the Shores the fifth ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet for the 2016/2017 peak season.