Chinese First for Ovation of the Seas Naming Ceremony
Royal Caribbean International’s most technologically advanced ship, Ovation of the Seas, has been named at the port city of Tianjin in northeast China. The event was the cruise line’s first ever naming ceremony to be held in China.
The first Chinese Godmother, actress Fan Bingbing, presided over the celebrations which culminated with the maritime tradition of the breaking of a champagne bottle on the hull of the ship to wish good fortune to the ship and all who sail on her.
Ovation of the Seas is the first world-class ship to make China its homeport immediately after its delivery. The vessel is one of the largest cruise ships ever built, accommodating 4,180 guests at double occupancy and 1,500 international crew members.
Built by Meyer Werft, Ovation of the Seas features energy-efficient systems including optimized hydrodynamics, heat recovery and a hybrid scrubber as well as energy-saving LED lighting systems.
Onboard passenger entertainment includes the North Star, a glass capsule that takes guests more than 300 feet above the ocean, a skydiving experience and surfing simulators.
With the arrival of Ovation of the Seas in Tianjin, Royal Caribbean claims the largest fleet in the region.
Royal Caribbean has partnered with the Tianjin Marine Talent Institute and has built a training facility site for onboard crew training and development in hotel operations. Over 100,000 jobs have been created in the past four years for major ports cities in China.
China is the cruise industry’s fastest-growing market in the world and the demand has increased by double digits since 2013. China alone accounted for one million cruise passengers last year, up from about 700,000 in 2014, and the Chinese Ministry of Tourism has forecasted 4.5 million passengers by 2020.
Ovation of the Seas
Dimension: 168,666 gt
Length overall: 347.75m
Moulded breadth: 41.4m
Number of decks: 18
Engine output: Wärtsilä 2x12V 2x 16V totaling 67,200 kW
Propulsion power: 41,000kW
Speed: 22 knots
Number of passengers: 4,180
Number of passenger cabins: 2,090
Number of outside cabins (including suites): 1,717
Number of inside cabins: 373
Crew: approximately 1,550
Number of theatre seats: 1,281
Number of restaurants: 18
Number of bars/lounges: 12
Total weight of applied paint: approximately 300t
Total length of laid cables: 2,200 km
Total length of laid pipes: 400 km