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Ovation of the Seas
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The Ovation of the Seas docked in Rotterdam, Netherlands on her Maiden Voyage.
Name: Ovation of the Seas
Owner: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Operator: Royal Caribbean International
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas
Ordered: 13 September 2013
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
Laid down: 5 March 2015
Launched: 18 February 2016 (float-out)
Christened: 24 June 2016 by Fan Bingbing
Completed: 8 April 2016
Maiden voyage: 14 April 2016
In service: 14 April 2016
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Quantum-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 168,666 GT[1]
Length: 348 m (1,142 ft)[1]
  • 41.2 m (135 ft) (waterline)[1]
  • 48.9 m (160 ft) (max)[1]
Draught: 8.5 m (28 ft)[1]
Decks: 18 (16 passenger-accessible)[2]
Installed power:
  • 2 ×  Wärtsilä 12V46F (2 × 14,400 kW)[1]
  • 2 ×  Wärtsilä 16V46F (2 × 19,200 kW)[1]
  • 2 ×  Cat 3516C HD (2 × 2,500 kW)[1]
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)[4]
  • 4,180 passengers (double occupancy)[2]
  • 4,905 passengers (maximum occupancy)[2]

Ovation of the Seas is a Quantum-class cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean International (RCI) and the third ship of her class. The Quantum class is the third largest class of cruise ships behind MSC Cruises's Meraviglia class and Royal Caribbean International's Oasis class by gross tonnage.[5]

The Ovation mainly sails from Tianjin during the northern summer season and repositions to Sydney during the southern summer season.

Concept and construction[edit]

8 August 2015 – Preparation of part of Ovation of the Seas at Kiel Canal

On 11 February 2011, RCI announced that it had ordered a new class of ships from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, the first of which was scheduled to be delivered by autumn of 2014. At the time, the project was code-named "Project Sunshine".[6] On 29 February 2012, the company announced that a second "Project Sunshine" ship had been ordered and would be delivered by Spring 2015.[7] Just under a year later, on 31 January 2013, RCI announced that the official name of the new class of ships was the Quantum class.[5][8]

June 20, 2015 – Floating out of part of Ovation of the Seas at Meyer Werft, Papenburg

The first steel for the third vessel in the Quantum class was cut on 18 September 2014, the same day its name was announced to be Ovation of the Seas.[9] The keel was laid down by Meyer Werft on 5 March 2015. Before the first piece of keel was lowered into place, Adam Goldstein, President and COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the holding company of RCI, placed a lucky coin in the dock. The keel will eventually be formed of 74 blocks.[10] The first section was launched on 20 June 2015.

30 March 2016 – Final preparation of Ovation of the Seas at Columbuskaj in Bremerhaven

Ovation of the Seas was delivered on 8 April 2016,[11] and entered service on 14 April 2016.[10][12]

Service history[edit]

Ovation of the Seas arrived from Hamburg to the Port of Southampton, UK on 10 April 2016, to begin a series of inaugural events, including press previews and a limited number of "Shake-down" and mini cruises for VIPs, specially invited guests and members of the public. The ship berths at the City Cruise Terminal in the Western Docks, where its fleetmates also dock when visiting the city.

Ovation of the Seas at Sydney

Following her entry into service, Ovation of the Seas departed on an inaugural 52-night Global Odyssey cruise from the Port of Southampton in the UK on 3 May 2016. The ship's ultimate destination on that cruise was Tianjin in China, where she homeported and operated a series of cruises to destinations in Asia. During the lower hemisphere summer of 2016–17, the vessel homeported in Sydney, Australia and the ship will return to the region again for both the 2017–18 and 2018–19 seasons.[13]

In the spring of 2019, the ship sailed to Seattle for the summer season, where she is sailing 7-night cruises to Alaska.[14]

The ship's christening ceremony was 24 June 2016 in Tianjin; the ship's godmother is Chinese actress Fan Bingbing.[15]

White Island eruption[edit]

On December 9, 2019, a volcanic eruption occurred on New Zealand's White Island (Whakaari) while Ovation of the Seas was docked in the nearby Port of Tauranga. 47 people, including 38 passengers and crew from the ship, were on the island when it erupted, despite an increase in seismic activity in recent weeks.[16][17][18] As of December 10, 2019, 44 of the 47 people on the island when it erupted were injured, missing, or killed.[19] A spokesperson said the line was "devastated by today’s events",[20] and the ship remained in port until December 11 to assist with recovery efforts.[21] The captain has offered refunds to all passengers on board the ship. [22]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Ovation of the Seas Fact Sheet". Royal Caribbean Press Center. Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  3. ^ "Azipods ordered for two RCL cruise ships". The Motorship. April 17, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  4. ^ Innovation & Technology: Shipbuilding in Papenburg (PDF). Papenburg, Germany: Meyer Werft. 2013. p. 26. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
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  9. ^ "Ovation of the Seas to be Third Quantum-Class Ship". Cruise Industry News. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
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  11. ^ "Ovation of the Seas Delivered". April 8, 2016. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  12. ^ "Royal Caribbean adds three-night Ovation of the Seas itinerary". February 22, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  13. ^ Gibson, Rebecca (April 14, 2015). "Ovation of the Seas to homeport in Australia in winter 2016–2017". Cruise&Ferry.net. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  14. ^ Sloan, Gene. "Giant Royal Caribbean ship, Ovation of the Seas, to move to Alaska". USA Today. USA Today. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  15. ^ Caribbean, Royal. "Royal Caribbean International Announces Godmother for Ovation of the Seas". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  16. ^ "New Zealand police open probe into volcano deaths". December 10, 2019.
  17. ^ "Whakaari/White Island: Ocean liner to stay in Tauranga until police finish investigation".
  18. ^ Greenfield, Charlotte (December 10, 2019). "UPDATE 9-Spitting volcano keeps search parties off New Zealand island, death toll rises to six". CNBC.
  19. ^ "Whakaari/White Island eruption: We have a plan to recover bodies, police say". Stuff.
  20. ^ Moniuszko, Sara M. "New Zealand volcano eruption: Royal Caribbean cruise nearby, other travel effects". USA TODAY.
  21. ^ "Ovation of the Seas to sail out of Tauranga after losing multiple passengers in White Island eruption". 1NewsNow. TVNZ. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  22. ^ Eddie, Rachel (December 11, 2019). "Cruise company offers one-day refund after deadly volcano tragedy". The Sydney Morning Herald.

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