(3:30 p.m. EST) — Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s third Quantum-class ship, left its shipyard in Germany yesterday, a milestone toward its launch in April 2016.
The ship has been under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. It will remain there until mid-March for more work, including the addition of the North Star, according to the Royal Caribbean blog.
After sea trials, Ovation of the Seas will head to Southampton, where it will have a three-night inaugural cruise to Rotterdam on April 14. The ship will then make a five night cruise to France and Belgium and a seven-night cruise to France and Spain, before it heads off to Tianjin, China, where it will homeport during the summer season.
In late 2016, Ovation of the Seas will then head to Australia, where it will sail out of Sydney until January 23, 2017.
Like Quantum and Anthem of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas will feature many first-at-sea innovations including RipCord by iFly, a skydiving simulator; North Star, a jewel-shaped glass capsule that rises 300 feet above sea level, providing 360-degree views from high above the ship; and SeaPlex, the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea with attractions ranging from bumper cars, roller skating and video gaming to a circus school complete with flying trapeze classes.
A difference is that Ovation has been built specifically with the Chinese cruise market in mind. Few details on what this means have been released, but it’s been reported that the line has partnered with the Imperial Palace Museum in China to bring traditional Chinese artwork to the ship.