These are exciting times indeed for cruise liner Royal Caribbean International. Not only will the next 12 months see the roll out of their newest gargantuan ships Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, they’ve also just cut their first piece of steel on their brand new vessel.
This latest ship will be known as Ovation of the Seas, and is expected to make its grand debut in the autumn of 2016, with the earliest we can expect it in Australian waters later that year.
Royal Caribbean may well be experts at producing magnificent cruise liners, but they’ve still got a mighty job on their hands to get her ready on time. It’s estimated to take nearly 20 months to reach completion and will cost about $1 billion to build the luxury liner. All three of Royal’s new builds are being put together in the company’s German Shipyard in Papenberg.
Passengers can look forward to a whole host of exciting new features onboard, such as robotic bartenders and tap-and-go-wristbands. Designed to reduce queues and waiting times, these wristbands will work well with the ships new “Dynamic Dining” initiative.
Dynamic Dining is a new take on the dining experience onboard cruise ships, whereby instead of being forced to eat in large restaurant areas, there will be a focus on smaller eat-when-you-wish outlets. This will allow passengers to be more flexible and spontaneous with their time on their holiday, and the payment wristbands should speed up the whole process.
In addition to having the fastest WiFi anywhere on the seas, Ovation will boast the first ever skydiving experience at sea, which will be known as iFly, where passengers will be able to experience a rare 300 feet above sea level view. For adventure-seeking passengers, the Sea-Plex is sure to entertain. The biggest indoor sports area at sea, the Sea-Plex boasts bumper cars and roller skating.
The Ovation will span an impressive 16 decks, and have a capacity of 4,180 guests. With almost 2,100 staterooms and weighing in at a mighty 167,800 gross tons, this ship is one of the most eagerly awaited in years.
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