Ovation of the Seas Floats Out
The giant cruise ship Ovation of the Seas was floated out of Meyer Werft’s covered building dock II in Germany on Thursday.
The Royal Caribbean International (RCI) ship is the third Quantum class vessel and follows Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. The Quantum class exceed RCI’s earlier Freedom class ships by over 14,000 GT, and are the second largest class of passenger ships behind RCI's Oasis class ships on a gross tonnage basis.
Ovation of the Seas will remain in the shipyard until about mid-March. The next major milestone will be her conveyance on the River Ems to the North Sea for sea trials.
Ovation of the Seas will be officially launched in April 2016, when she departs Southampton for Tianjin, China, on a 53-day Global Odyssey. She will begin her first homeport sailing season in China from Tianjin in June 2016. During the northern winter of 2016–2017, the vessel will homeport in Sydney, Australia.
Gross Tonnage: 168,666
Length: 1,141 ft
Max Beam: 136 ft
Draft: 28 ft
Cruising Speed: 22 knots
The vessel will include a range of entertainment including a flying in an air machine and a jewel-shaped viewing capsule that ascends over 300 feet above sea level.
The vessel will have 18 restaurants including Jamie’s Italian by celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver.