July 6, 2016. Hello New Zealand. In less than six months’ time, Royal Caribbean’s all newOvation of the Seas will arrive in port for her maiden New Zealand season.


The region’s newest, biggest and most technologically advanced cruise ship will make history when she arrives in Dunedin on December 22 2016 delivering a style of cruising Kiwis have never seen before.

Dubbing Ovation as ‘supercruising,’ Adam Armstrong, managing director, Royal Caribbean Australia and New Zealand says the ship’s distinct experience is an all new market category.

Ovation of the Seas viewing arm

Ovation of the Seas is more than a state-of-the-art cruise experience – this is a whole new way to holiday. There is no other destination in the country that delivers so much, all in one place,” said Armstrong.

On Ovation of the Seas, guests will be able to feel the wind beneath their wings on the iFly skydiving experience, rock climb and surf the perfect break on the FlowRider surf machine, drive on the wrong side of the road in the bumper cars at SeaPlex, go to circus school to master the trapeze, or slow down, take a deep breath, and experience the very best views at sea from the North Star glass viewing pod, 90 metres above the ocean.

iFly skydiving experience

At 346 meters long (1,138 ft) and 41 meters wide (136 ft) this 168,666 gross tonne ship , with 6,400 guests and crew onboard,  will claim the title of the largest cruise ship, as well as the most technologically advanced,  to have ever sailed New Zealand waters.

Guests can choose from 18 dining venues, including Jamie’s Italian, Michael’s Genuine Pub, the enchanting Wonderland and Royal Caribbean favourites like Chops Grille steakhouse and Izumi Japanese.


As New Zealand’s first ever newbuild, she is the most modern ship sailing in the region. Technology plays a big part in the differences guests will find on Ovation of the Seas with VOOM high speed internet offering the fastest bandwidth at sea so guests can connect and stream as quickly as they would onshore.

Robotic bar on board the Ovation of the Seas

Adam Armstrong said that Royal Caribbean had been blown away by the response from the public. Since Ovation’s first local cruise was announced, the company has announced an extension to Ovation of the Sea’s maiden season, confirmed that she will return for a second season in 2017/18 and also announced an extension to her second season.

Ovation of the Seas arrives in Sydney on December 15, concluding her 14-night repositioning cruise from Singapore via Fremantle, Adelaide and Hobart.  She will spend December 15 docked in beautiful Sydney Harbour before departing at 4pm on 16 December on her first local cruise, a 15-night New Zealand voyage.

Ovation of the Seas joins Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas, cementing Royal Caribbean’s title as the regions’s most innovative cruise brand with the newest, biggest and most feature-packed fleet.

 Roller skating rink on board Ovation of the Seas

Ovation of the Seas Key Dates


15-16 December 2016

Ovation of the Seas maiden arrival to her Sydney home

22 December 2016

Ovation of the Seas  maiden arrival in Dunedin

23 December 2016

Ovation of the Seas  maiden arrival in Wellington

26 December 2016

Ovation of the Seas  maiden arrival in Tauranga

27 December 2016

Ovation of the Seas  maiden arrival in Auckland


‘Helloworld Travel’s very own Cruise Marketing Manager, Jacqueline Unsworth joined the ship for 3 nights in Singapore and had a blast...from chilling out in the adults only solarium to riding the bumper cars, going sky high in North Shore, dining out on delicious pasta and delicacies at Jamie’s Restaurant one night and going to food heaven at Wonderland the next. Jacqueline says the ship is a world of fun and new experiences with some of the best entertainment and night time spots at sea. Kiwis are going to love this ship!' 

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