New Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship is Bound for Australia

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After an inaugural season in China, one of Royal Caribbean’s hottest new ships will head to Australia.

Royal Caribbean today announced that its soon-to-debut Ovation of the Seas will move to Sydney for the winter of 2016-17 after a previously announced series of summer sailings out of Tianjin, China.

Arriving in April 2016, the 4,180-passenger vessel will be a sister to Royal Caribbean’s much-ballyhooed, five-month-old Quantum of the Seas and its new-this-month Anthem of the Seas.

Ovation will be one of five Royal Caribbean ships sailing in Australia for the winter of 2016-17 — a record for the line. Also based in Sydney will be Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas. Legend of the Seas will sail from Brisbane. Royal Caribbean has 23 vessels in all.

“Royal Caribbean has been breaking the boundaries in Australian cruising since we arrived in 2007, but today we have completely changed the face of the cruise industry, making the single largest investment in Australia by any cruise line,” Royal Caribbean’s senior vice president for the region, Gavin Smith, says in a statement accompanying the announcement.

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SOURCE: Gene Sloan
USA TODAY

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