Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Royal Caribbean to base Ovation of the Seas in China

Royal Caribbean said this morning they will homeport the third Quantum-class ship, Ovation of the Seas, at Tianjin, China.

Ovation will expand Royal Caribbean International's deployment in the Chinese market to five ships - Ovation of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Legend of the Seas - becoming the largest cruise fleet in China for any cruise brand. They are homeported at four Chinese metropolitan markets - Shanghai, Tianjin, Hong Kong and Xiamen - and sail three- to 12-night itineraries to destinations in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Apparently Ovation of the Seas will go to China immediately after delivery from Meyer Werft. It will be positioned to China with a 52-day cruise from Southampton to Tianjin departing Southampton on May 3, 2016. (It will also be sold in five segments.) That cruise will open for sale today (March 26, 2015).

The complete story appeared in the March 25 edition of Cruise News Daily.