ROYAL CARIBBEAN RELEASES 2017/18 AUSTRALIA SEASON DEPLOYMENT DETAILS
The cruising revolution continues as Ovation of the Seas returns down under for a second season
14 April 2016 – The world’s most innovative cruise line, Royal Caribbean International today announced highlights of its 2017/18 Australian summer season, including details on the US$1 billion Ovation of the Seas’ second local season. Bookings for the 2017/18 summer season will open Thursday 21 April 2016.
“Australia’s biggest, newest and most technologically advanced cruise ship is returning to our shores for a second season. Ovation of the Seas’ construction has just reached completion – she’s purpose built for our region – so we’re incredibly excited to be offering Aussies more opportunities to experience this revolutionary cruise ship,” said Adam Armstrong, managing director, Royal Caribbean Australasia.
“There is no other cruise line sailing in Australia which offers surfing, sky diving, bumper cars, trapeze lessons, ice skating, Broadway-style shows, cocktails tailor-made by a robot or a choice of 18 different world-class dining options including Jamie’s Italian, the enchanting Wonderland and a fantastic gastro pub, all on the one ship.”
“But it’s not all about Ovation of the Seas; we’ve been bringing the newest and very best cruise ships to Australia since 2007 and we’re committed to continuing to offer Australians the international style of cruise ship they deserve and expect from Royal Caribbean, right from our doorstep,” Armstrong said.
Together, Ovation of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas will offer 66 sailings ranging from two to 23 nights during the 2017/18 season. From September 2017 through to April 2018 the four megaliners will call at 46 ports across Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Asia and North America with departures from Sydney, Fremantle, Auckland, Singapore, Honolulu and Seattle. Royal Caribbean International remains the biggest cruise line in Sydney over the summer season – with bigger ships and more capacity than any other cruise line.
Megaliners Explorer of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas will cement their position as the specialized South Pacific sisters in 2017/18, sailing predominantly to destinations like Mystery Island and Port Vila in Vanuatu as well as Noumea, Isle of Pines and Lifou (Loyalty Islands) in New Caledonia. Both newly revitalized from bow to stern at a cost of USD$180 million, the as-new twin ships are feature-packed with fun such as the FlowRider, ice skating rink, rock climbing wall and sports court. With itineraries that lend themselves perfectly to families and amenities to match, Royal Caribbean is positioning the South Pacific sisters as the go-to cruise holiday for families of all ages and sizes.Meanwhile Radiance of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas will focus on Australia and New Zealand itineraries, sailing to ports around Australia like Hobart, Adelaide and Fremantle, as well as to the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Radiance of the Seas will embark on two open-jaw cruises from Sydney and Auckland, offering itineraries for Australian travellers who want flexibility so they can add a longer
land component to their holiday plans. The Aussie favourite will also include calls to Fiji and Tonga on her 14 night Sydney to Auckland cruise, departing 3 January 2017.
Royal Caribbean guests will soon start to experience more overnight calls. Explorer of the Seas will make two overnight calls in Suva in Fiji on her repositioning voyages, at the commencement of the season and on her return to Seattle in 2018, allowing guests to enjoy a multi-day shore excursion or choose to stay overnight on land. Both Ovation of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas overnight in Adelaide, allowing guests to spend the night in the nearby wine regions of the Barossa or Clare Valley. Radiance of the Seas will overnight in Adelaide during her nine night Tasmania cruise departing on 13 December 2017 and Ovation of the Seas will follow suit during her eight night Tasmania voyage departing 27 January 2018.
Explorer of the Seas will continue the work of Radiance of the Seas in opening up the South Coast of NSW to cruise tourism with a maiden call to Wollongong (Port Kembla) – as part of her seven night Tasmania sailing departing 12 March 2018 – making her the largest cruise ship to ever call there.
The summer of 2017/18 will also mark a very fond farewell to Legend of the Seas, which Royal Caribbean is deploying to Europe from May 2017. After home-porting in Brisbane for two consecutive seasons, Legend of the Seas is currently one of the only ships in the Royal Caribbean International fleet that can berth at Portside in Brisbane until a new terminal is constructed on the eastern side of the Gateway Bridges.
“Legend of the Seas will sail from Brisbane for one final season in the summer of 2016/17 but we will continue to bring holidaymakers into Brisbane, Cairns and other Queensland ports on a regular basis on our other ships, including Ovation of the Seas,” said Armstrong.
Royal Caribbean welcomes the Port of Brisbane’s proposal to develop a new, modern cruise terminal at the mouth of the Brisbane River, which will enable larger Voyager and Quantum Class vessels to be based in Brisbane and position the sunshine state at the forefront of the growing cruise industry. “We fully expect to return to home-porting in Queensland in the future,” Armstrong added.
Royal Caribbean also recently announced the upcoming maiden season for the ground-breaking Ovation of the Seas will be extended by a month with the addition of four new cruises. As this has meant a change of date for one of the original sailings, the company is contacting all passengers on this cruise so they have first choice to re-book their holidays and will then release itinerary details for the new sailings to the general public. Guests who would like to be the first to know itinerary details and receive exclusive notice of the on-sale date are encouraged to register their interest: www.ovationoftheseas.com.au/newsletter
2017/18 Itinerary Overview
Ovation of the Seas will offer nine sailings during her second local season with departures from November 2017 through to February 2018, including:
Returning for her third season, Explorer of the Seas will specialise in South Pacific cruises ranging from three to 23 nights, including:
For her sixth consecutive season down under, Voyager of the Seas will join her sister megaliner Explorer in sailing predominantly South Pacific itineraries from October 2017 through to April 2018. Highlights include:
Radiance of the Seas will offer departures from Sydney, Auckland and Fremantle for the 2017/18 season with itineraries ranging from eight to 18 nights to New Zealand, Queensland, Tasmania and around Australia, including:
For further information or to book a Royal Caribbean cruise, visit www.royalcaribbean.com.au, phone 1800 754 500 or see your local travel agent.