With the news that Royal Caribbean’s upcoming Quantum Class ship, Ovation of the Seas, will spend half of her first year in service sailing out of Sydney, we are taking a look at why this is such an exciting event for cruise lovers in the region. Here are 15 reasons to get excited about the Ovation of the Seas when she comes to Australia in December 2016.
NorthStar Observation Pod
Perhaps the first thing you’ll notice when you catch a glimpse of the Ovation of the Seas, the NorthStar Observation Pod is a striking arm emerging from the top deck of the ship. The pod carries passengers 300ft above sea level, offering unparalleled views and seascapes. The NorthStar is completely free for guests aboard sister ships, Quantum and Anthem, and it is expected that it will be the same on the upcoming ship.
The Quantum Class of the ships are the first in the world to feature a true skydiving experience. The iFly by RipCord is located on the top deck of ship offering guests the chance to experience the weightlessness of freefall with an instructor, and then individually.
Although the ship’s design is following the same plan as her sisters, Royal Caribbean’s team of art experts ensure each vessel retains its own distinct personality by placing unique art pieces throughout. A 32ft magenta polar bear is one of the most eye-catching pieces aboard the Quantum of the Seas and Gigi the Giraffe is a popular fixture aboard the Anthem. Royal Caribbean will surely be working on something equally exciting for the Ovation.
High Speed Internet
Working in association with O3b Networks, Royal Caribbean has developed the fastest internet speeds ever for a cruise ship with all members of the Quantum Class benefitting. Passengers can enjoy surfing, streaming and video chatting at speeds comparable to those found on land.
One of the most headline-grabbing features of the new class of ships from Royal Caribbean has been the Bionic Bar, with guests excited to be served precision-poured cocktails. The two robotic arms of the Bionic Bar mixes up drinks from a large menu right in front of your eye. Making the service even more futuristic, guests can order their drinks from a bar-top iPad.
Using the high speed internet connection to benefit the crew as well as the guests, all members of the team are equipped with Windows tablet devices with access to a wide range of information. The crew can access information about individual guests so can immediately adapt their service to accommodate specific needs or requests.
More Food than Ever
The two existing Quantum ships have trialled a couple of different dining options including Dynamic Dining and Rotational Dining – both designed to simplify and streamline bookings and seatings. By the time Ovation takes to the seas, the kinks are sure to be worked out by Royal Caribbean and guests will be able to enjoy the enormous range of restaurants and eateries.
The Solarium is an adult-only rest and recuperation area which incorporates spa facilities, plunge pools and a healthy eating restaurant. Perfect for parents who want a little peace and quiet away from the children for a few hours; the Solarium is a beautiful escape with restorative properties.
The teens are almost always the most difficult demographic to please, but Royal Caribbean have gone to great lengths to ensure they are always entertained and kept happy. Offering a range of amenities and facilities, the Quantum Class ships benefit from teens-only area where they can relax with their peers.
Vitality at Sea
Royal Caribbean’s Vitality at Sea spa has developed over the years, offering guests a wide range of relaxing and recuperating services. From expert massages to localised treatments – the spa offers incredible services to keep you feeling fresh and new on the seas.
Royal Caribbean’s partnership with DreamWorks continues and the Quantum Class ships offer a range of DreamWorks-centric features. From meeting your favourite characters from their films such as Shrek and Penguins of Madagascar to regular screenings of the films – kids and adults alike can enjoy a range of DreamWorks themed adventures.
Another new feature for the Quantum Class ships are virtual balconies – offering interior cabins a view of the open seas and upcoming ports. The virtual balconies are high definition screens beaming live coverage of the ship’s external views – meaning that nobody need miss out on the beautiful views.
The Two70 Lounge is a unique concept, designed exclusively for Quantum Class ships, providing a setting for daytime relaxation and evening entertainment. Drawing its name from the 270 degree view offered by the panoramic window, the lounge is decked out with plush chairs for relaxing during the day listening to live pianists and enjoying a soft drink. The area transforms into an entertainment venue during the evening with live performances backed by moving televisions screens.
Providing even more fun for the family, the SeaPlex is the largest entertainment complex on the seas. Located at the heart of the ship, the SeaPlex will support a range of sports, games and classes from basketball and dodgems to trapeze lessons.
The full range of itineraries for the Ovation of the Seas’ Australian season is expected to be announced later in the year. For Cruise1st’s full range of Royal Caribbean deals, click the button below.
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