Cruise ship operator Royal Caribbean has taken delivery of its 24th Quantum class cruise ship ‘Ovation of the Seas’ from German shipyard Meyer Werft.
The vessel was constructed at Meyer Werft’s shipyard under a contract worth $926m, and follows the previous two Quantum-class ships; Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, built by the same shipyard.
Royal Caribbean International president and CEO Michael Bayley said: "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, a market we continue to demonstrate our commitment to expanding.
"Quantum Class has redefined the status quo, and we are excited for our guests in China and Australia to enjoy their extraordinary vacations onboard this stunner."
The vessel, claimed being the one of the largest vessel built by the shipyard, measures a length of 1,141ft and has a displacement of 168,666t.
Propelled by two Wartsila 16V46, two 12V46 main generator diesel engines, two ABB Azipod propulsion pods, and four Brunvoll FU115 tunnel thrusters with a rated power of 3,500kW each, the cruise ship can achieve a speed of 22k.
The vessel will feature North Star, a jewel-shaped observation capsule placed at a height of 90m to offer passengers with 360° views of the sea.
Other entertainment facilities onboard the ship include bumper cars rides, a basketball court, and the RipCord by iFly simulator, offering the guests a real sky diving feel, in a controlled environment.
The cruise ship will also feature a casino, a 220ft outdoor poolside cinema screen, an adults-only solarium, an indoor pool with retractable roof, whirlpools, the H2O Zone kids’ water park, and a 30ft-high rock-climbing wall.
The vessel will house 18 dining venues, providing guests with the flexibility to choose between different dining styles.
The Ovation of the Seas has 2,091 staterooms, with Loft Suites and Virtual Balcony staterooms, and can accommodate 4,180 guests at double occupancy.
The new cruise ship is scheduled to sail to Southampton, UK and embark onto her 52-night voyage, Global Odyssey, and will arrive to be homeported in Tianjin, China.
Image: Royal Caribbean’s new cruise ship Ovation of the Seas. Photo: courtesy of Royal Caribbean.