China To Get Another Quantum-class Ship

In a sign of the growing significance of the Chinese cruise market, Royal Caribbean International has announced that its third Quantum-class ship, Ovation of the Seas, will be homeported in Tianjin to cruise Asian waters.

 

Currently under construction in Germany and launching in April 2016, she will be the second newbuild committed by the line, bolstering its efforts to offer the newest and boldest hard product in the region. Once launched, the ship will sail a 52-night Ovation Global Odyssey from Southampton to Tianjin, operating her first operational season in Asia, a first for Royal Caribbean.

 

The repositioning will comprise of 5 legs, which may be booked individually or combined. The first is a 7-night England to Barcelona cruise departing Southampton on 3 May 2016, taking Ovation of the Seas into the Mediterranean from where she continues on a 16-night voyage to Dubai via the Suez Canal. The third leg from Dubai to Singapore departs on 26 May 2016, with the ship making a short 3-night Malaysia cruise roundtrip from the Southeast Asian city-state after her arrival. Finally, a 12-night Exotic Asia sailing up the South China Sea completes the transit.

 

Bearing many of the groundbreaking features introduced on Quantum of the Seas, including the North Star observation pod, RipCord by iFly and the Bionic Bar, Ovation of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean International’s fifth cruise ship based in the region. She will also offer the line’s virtual interior staterooms, providing every passenger with a view of the ocean.

 

The ship joins fleet mates Quantum of the Seas, Legend of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas in China, with the 5 vessels operating 3- to 12-night itineraries to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam from 4 Chinese ports including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tianjin and Xiamen.

 

For more information, visit http://www.royalcaribbean.com.

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