Ovation of the Seas
|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|
|Class and type:||Quantum-class cruise ship|
|Length:||348 m (1,142 ft)|
|Draught:||8.5 m (28 ft)|
|Decks:||18 (16 passenger-accessible)|
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)|
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.
Concept and construction
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". On 29 February 2012, the company announced that a second "Project Sunshine" ship had been ordered and would be delivered by Spring 2015. 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.
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. 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. The first section was launched on 20 June 2015.
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.
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.
White Island eruption
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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. As of December 10, 2019[update], 44 of the 47 people on the island when it erupted were injured, missing, or killed. A spokesperson said the line was "devastated by today’s events", and the ship remained in port until December 11 to assist with recovery efforts. The captain has offered refunds to all passengers on board the ship. 
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