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Getting to Know Ovation of the Seas

By JoThursday 14th April 2016

The stunning Ovation of the Seas. The stunning Ovation of the Seas.

In case you didn’t already know, today is the launch day of our latest Quantum Class ship, the much-anticipated Ovation of the Seas. Joining Anthem of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas, this brand new ship will feature world-class technology, superb entertainment, groundbreaking onboard activities and much, much more. To celebrate its launch, we’re getting to know this ship a little better.

Where are you going to explore this year?

Well, by the time you release this interview I’ll be on my way to the Netherlands, my first destination of the year. After that, my next ports of call will be France and the Mediterranean. Then, it’s off to Dubai, via the Suez Canal, and from there I’ll set sail for Asia – Singapore, Malaysia, India, Japan, Hong Kong and lots of other great places. Finally, I’ll finish up the year in Australia and New Zealand. Phew!

Who will be your Godmother?

I’m proud to have internationally-acclaimed Chinese actress, Fan Bingbing, as my Godmother. Bingbing is just as excited as me, saying “my childhood was filled with the melodies of the sea and I often dreamed about sailing out to sea for an adventure. Now, thanks to this invitation from Royal Caribbean, my dreams will come true”.
Ovation of the Seas' Godmother, Fan Bingbing. Ovation of the Seas' Godmother, Fan Bingbing.

What’s the first thing we should do onboard?

There’s so much to do see and do onboard that you’ll be spoilt for choice. If it were me, I’d go straight to Ripcord by iFly®, our onboard skydiving simulator, and then to the Circus School at SeaPlex. Whichever activity you choose, you’re sure to have an experience you’ll remember forever.

What kind of art can we expect to see onboard?

Like all of our ships, Ovation of the Seas will have an incredible art collection. The collection has been inspired by the words of Confucius – “wherever you go, go with all your heart” – and is made up of 11,000 individual pieces, worth $4.5million. One of my favourite artworks is the ‘Mama and Baby’ panda sculpture. This 33-foot tall sculpture can be found on deck 15, atop SeaPlex, and it’s just the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! I also really like the ‘Lure’ installation by Bieli Liu. Guests can say hello to the ‘Mama and Baby’ panda sculpture. Guests can say hello to the ‘Mama and Baby’ panda sculpture.

What should we eat for breakfast?

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and there are plenty of places onboard for you to try something delicious. For a tasty breakfast with amazing sea views, I’d recommend the Café @ Two70°, while coffee-lovers should try La Patisserie, a French-style venue which will be serving up delicious coffee and pastries.

How should we unwind after a long day?

It depends what you’re in the mood for, really. If you’re feeling particularly tired, you should book a massage or facial at the onboard spa. It’s a great way to switch off and relax after a tiring day. If you want to unwind in an altogether different way, you can blow off some steam at the SeaPlex dodgems. More fun facts about Ovation of the Seas.  More fun facts about Ovation of the Seas.

Where should we go for an early evening drink?

When the weather is hot, there’s nothing better than an early evening drink at the pool bar – it’s one of my favourite places! For a drink with extra wow, you should go to the Bionic Bar, where all the drinks are made by robots, or for a classic cocktail in a relaxed atmosphere, you can’t beat Schooner Bar.

What’s your favourite piece of onboard tech?

There’s so much amazing technology onboard that it’s hard to choose just one thing. I love the Bionic Bar – it’s amazing – and the tech in the Roboshow is really cool, too. The RFID WOW bands, which you can use to get into your room and make purchases, are also really useful while onboard; they mean you don’t have to carry a purse or wallet everywhere.
The incredible ‘Lure’ installation by Bieli Liu. The incredible ‘Lure’ installation by Bieli Liu.

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