Ovation of the Seas is the third Quantum-class ship built at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, for Royal Caribbean Cruises. The technologically advanced cruise ship offers class-leading features.
Royal Caribbean Cruises signed a contract with Meyer Werft for construction of the third Quantum-class cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas, in May 2013. Ovation of the Seas is one of the biggest ships built by the shipyard. Each of the 74 blocks of the new ship weighs 740t. The vessel was delivered in April 2016.
Ovation of the Seas construction and technical specifications
The first steel was cut in September 2014, marking the start of construction of the cruise ship. The keel was laid in March 2015. The first block of the cruise ship was lifted into the covered building during the keel-laying ceremony.
The 18-deck ship has a length of 1,141ft, maximum beam of 136ft, and a draft of 28ft. The gross tonnage of the vessel is 168,666t.
Up to 4,180 guests can be accommodated in 2,090 staterooms in double-occupancy configuration. Staterooms are easily accessible by guests using RFID WOWbands, which also allow passengers to make on-board purchases.
Staterooms are offered in Suite / Deluxe, Balcony, Ocean View, and Interior categories. Each Interior stateroom features an 82-inch display that serves as a ‘virtual balcony’. The display presents real-time pictures of the sea, via a live camera outside the ship. They are furnished with twin beds, a television, telephone, a private bathroom, shower, and a hair-dryer.
Entertainment venues aboard the Quantum-class vessel
North Star is a jewel-shaped observation capsule placed at a height of 90m, offering passengers with 360° views of the sea.
The large Two70° area at the stern of the ship hosts a lounge with a bar and dance floor, which transforms into a performance venue in the evening. It provides an all-round view through the large windows fronts, which serve as projection surfaces during the shows at night.
SeaPlex is a multifunctional venue, which offers a range of activities, including bumper cars rides and a basketball court. ‘The RipCord by iFly’ simulator aboard the ship offers a real sky diving feel in a controlled environment.
The cruise ship also features a casino, a 220ft outdoor poolside movie screen, an adults-only solarium, an indoor pool with retractable roof, whirlpools, H2O Zone kids’ water park, and a 30ft-high rock-climbing wall.
Dining facilities aboard Ovation of the Seas
Ovation of the Seas offers 18 dining venues, serving classic and new specialty dishes. The guests can choose between two different dining styles.
Dynamic Dining Choice allows guests to select dining venues and times every day and night, while Dynamic Dining Classic follows the conventional main dining style with a fixed time schedule.
Ovation of the Seas is powered by two Wartsila 16V46, and 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 also integrates two Caterpillar 3516C HD emergency generator diesel engines. The propulsion system provides a cruise speed of 22kt.