Arrivals & Departures Biggest cruise ship to sail Australian waters returns to Freo

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Royal Caribbean's Ovation of Seas, the world's equal fourth largest cruise ship, returns to Fremantle this week at the start of its second season cruising down under. 

Ovation of the Seas — touted by Royal Caribbean as the newest, largest and most modern cruise ship to sail Australian waters — returns to Fremantle on Wednesday, November 29.

Set to arrive at 8am, it'll be in port until 5pm before departing for Adelaide and Hobart. It's expected there will be 4800 guests from more than 30 countries on board. 

Fremantle will be the 348m-long ship's first Australian port of call as it heads from Singapore to Sydney, where it will home port over the summer.  

Among the on-board features are a simulated sky-diving experience, the largest indoor activity space at sea with bumper cars, roller skating and a circus school, and North Star, a capsule 90m above the sea offering 360-degree views.

Then there's the Bionic Bar, with two robotic bartenders, along with an outpost of Jamie's Italian and 17 other dining experiences ranging from a steakhouse to Japanese. 

The ship is also equipped with what Royal Caribbean claims is the fastest internet at sea, along with a variety of staterooms including interior studios for solo travellers. 

The ship's arrival will also mark the start of Royal Caribbean's 10th season cruising in Australia. 

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