Royal Caribbean International took official delivery of its 24th ship, the Ovation of the Seas, in a ceremony held today in Bremerhaven. Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain received the new ship from Meyer Werft’s Managing Partner Bernard Meyer at the handover ceremony.
The Ovation is the third Quantum-class ship built at Meyer Werft, following the Quantum and Anthem of the Seas.
“We have once again introduced yet another one of the most technologically advanced cruise ships and the very first that has been built for the China market,” commented Michael Bayley, CEO and president of the Royal Caribbean brand.
The Ovation will now sail to Southampton, where the ship will offer a series of short getaways before she sets sail on her 52-night voyage to her homeport in Tianjin, China. She will begin her first homeport sailing season in China from Tianjin in June (2016).
The Ovation, together with Quantum, the Mariner, the Voyager and the Legend of the Seas, will make up the largest fleet of any cruise line sailing in China, according to Royal Caribbean.