Royal Caribbean has decided to homeport the latest addition to the fleet in Hong Kong. Ovation of the Seas which has just recently entered service for the cruise line will begin sailing from the Chinese city this November.
The reason for deploying Ovation of the Seas in Hong Kong for a series of cruises is because of the huge success of Voyager of the Seas in 2015. Voyager of the Seas season in Hong Kong was outstanding, with over 55,000 travellers signing up for 17 cruises.
Once Ovation of the Seas arrives in Hong Kong on October 29, 2016 it will join Voyager of the Seas. This will be the first time Royal Caribbean has deployed two ships to Hong Kong.
Dr. Zinan Liu, President, North APAC & China of Royal Caribbean International said:
“We are so confident in the Hong Kong cruise market we decided to extend the homeport season of Voyager of the Seas from three months to over four months, and in addition bring our newest ship, Ovation of the Seas, here by the end of this year.”
“Having two ships here will enable us to increase our programme in Hong Kong from 20 to 30 sailings . This means we could be welcoming over 100,000 vacationers this year which is about a 65% increase compared to last year.”
Ovation of the Seas is the third addition to the Quantum class ships, and is a sister ship to Quantum of the Seas that visited Hong Kong last year. Built by Meyer Werft in Germany at a cost of $1 billion, the 168,666 tons vessel has 2,090 staterooms for up to 4,180 guests and will be the largest cruise liner ever to be based in Hong Kong.
Ovation of the Seas will depart from Southampton, England on her 53-day “Global Odyssey” cruise to Tianjin, China on 3rd of May. She will then have a season in Tianjin in June before coming to Hong Kong in November.