欢迎回家 Ovation of the Seas or welcome home Ovation of the Seas.
Today Ovation of the Seas has finished her 52-night “Global Odessey” with her arrival in Tianjin, northeast China. During her massive “Odessey” Ovation visited such cities like Barcelona, Abu Dhabi and Singapore.
The arrival of Ovation of the Seas was celebrated with the first ever naming ceremony in China.
The first Chinese Godmother, actress Fan Bingbing, presided over the celebrations which culminated with the maritime tradition of the breaking of a champagne bottle on the hull of the ship to wish good fortune to the ship and all who sail on her.
Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, said “We are excited to bring our newest and most technologically advanced ship to China. The unprecedented first-at-sea experiences will provide an incredible vacation adventure to our guests in the region. Chinese consumers have grown to expect the best the world has to offer, and this ship meets that standard like no other – this is a cruise from the future.”
“With the arrival of Ovation of the Seas in Tianjin, Royal Caribbean now has the largest fleet in the region. Now, Chinese guests can enjoy a wider variety of world-class cruise experiences and destinations right from their home market. We believe that this ship will continue to take cruisers to new heights with our extraordinary activities, creative entertainment and diversified dining options.” said Dr. Zinan Liu, President, Royal Caribbean International – China and North Asia Pacific, “We can provide the unforgettable and unexpected cruise experience that the Chinese market deserves.”
China is the cruise industry’s fastest-growing market in the world and the demand has increased by double digits since 2013. China alone accounted for 1 million cruise passengers last year, up from about 700,000 in 2014, and the Chinese Ministry of Tourism has forecasted 4.5 million passengers by 2020.
Ovation of the Seas is the first world-class ship to make China its homeport immediately after its delivery. As one of the largest cruise ships, accommodating 4,180 guests at double occupancy and 1,500 international crew members, Ovation of the Seas boasts an array of stunning features and experiences including the North Star, a glass capsule that takes guests more than 300 feet above the ocean. Adrenaline seeking guests can get their kicks on the RipCord by iFly skydiving experience, and the FlowRider surfing simulator. TWO70, a daily social space with incredible 270 degree views of the ocean at the aft of the ship transforms into a multifunctional entertainment place at night. The young at heart can keep busy at SeaPlex, the largest indoor activity space at sea, that features basketball, roller skating and bumper cars.
There are 18 restaurants onboard Ovation with a variety of international cuisines to choose from. Accommodations include the unique Loft Suites which offer the most luxurious accommodations at sea, and Virtual Balcony staterooms, interior accommodations with large digital screens displaying real-time views of the destinations the ship visits.
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