(10:30 a.m. AEST) — Royal Caribbean International has revealed details of the four new cruises on Ovation of the Seas, which are now on sale to the public.
The new sailings, departing in January and February 2017, which were added to meet the unprecedented demand from Australians, include a five-night Tasmania taster cruise (priced from $959 per person) departing from Sydney on 23 January 2017; a three-night weekend sampler cruise (from $599) departing 17 February 2017; an eight-night voyage to Tasmania and South Australia departing 9 February 2017 (from $1,599 per person); and a 12-night sailing to New Zealand and the South Pacific, including calls to Auckland, Tauranga, Bay of Islands, Noumea in New Caledonia and Mystery Island in Vanuatu, departing 28 January 2017 (priced from $2,319 per person).
Ovation of the Seas will then commence its 14-night repositioning cruise from Sydney to Singapore on 20 February 2017, calling at Brisbane, Darwin and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) in Malaysia.
Passengers who booked on the original 23 January 2017 repositioning cruise from Sydney to Singapore have been offered first choice of sailings to rebook, including the revised repositioning itinerary sailing four weeks later.
“It’s clear from the incredible response to Ovation of the Seas’ maiden season that Australia is hungry for the best of the best – not only the biggest, boldest cruise ship these waters have ever seen, but for an entirely new way to holiday,” said Adam Armstrong, managing director, Royal Caribbean Australia & New Zealand.
“This extension of the maiden season in Sydney for Ovation of the Seas – plus her subsequent return in summer 2017/18 – reaffirms Australia’s position as one of the most significant cruising markets in the world and solidifies Royal Caribbean’s position as Sydney’s leading cruise line,” he concluded.
Ovation of the Seas was launched in mid-April and commences its journey from Europe to the Asia Pacific via Dubai and Singapore next month, before arriving in Beijing (Tianjin) for its inaugural China season. On 30 November 2016, the ship will set sail on a 15-night Singapore to Sydney voyage via Fremantle, Adelaide and Hobart, repositioning to Australia in December.