Ovation of the Seas, the newest ship from Royal Caribbean International, hit another construction milestone recently when it went through its conveyance at Meyer Werft in Germany.
The conveyance is a unique process for ships built at Meyer Werft as the shipyard is situated inland along the banks of the River Ems. The ship must make the trip from Papenburg down the river backwards to get to the North Sea, which takes 12 hours. Ovation of the Seas was the largest ship ever to go through conveyance.
Ovation of the Seas will officially launch in April, when it departs Southampton, England for Tianjin, China on a 52-day Global Odyssey. The ship will begin its first homeport sailing season in China from Tianjin on June 24, 2016. Ovation of the Seas, together with Quantum of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Legend of the Seas, will make up the largest fleet of any cruise line sailing in China, Royal Caribbean said.
Notable onboard experiences will include Ripcord by iFLY, a skydiving experience; North Star; venues including SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and more; and the cruise line’s largest staterooms ever. Guests also will enjoy 18 restaurant concepts. The ship will carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy with 2,090 staterooms.