The world's fourth-largest cruise ship Ovation of the Seas is headed to Australia — and WA will the first stop.
On Tuesday Fremantle will welcome the biggest and newest cruise ship to call Australia home.
The spectacle won’t be hard to miss: Ovation of the Seas dwarfs most in its wake.
The $US1 billion ($1.34 billion) ship’s numbers are big. Really big. It spans 18 decks, encompasses 168,666 gross registered tons, measures 347m long, carries 4905 guests and features 2091 staterooms.
However, it’s the experiences on board the Royal Caribbean ship that capture the imagination.
The North Star viewing capsule will have guests soaring 90m above the ocean taking in incredible water and ship views.
Thrillseekers can try skydiving with the Ripcord by iFly skydiving experience. Then there’s surfing on the FlowRider, rock climbing and bumper cars and a trapeze school in SeaPlex — the largest indoor activity space at sea.
When hunger strikes, guests can choose from 18 venues including Jamie Oliver’s first Australian restaurant at sea, as well as Michael’s Genuine Pub, the enchanting Wonderland and Royal Caribbean regulars Chops Grille steakhouse and Izumi Japanese.
There’s even the Bionic Bar where robotic arms shake your cocktails.
Four pools, four whirlpools, an outdoor cinema, a casino and up-market retail including Cartier and Kate Spade mean cruising aboard the ship will be as busy, or relaxed, as its thousands of guests wish.
On Saturday December 10, Travel will take you inside Ovation of the Seas, as we tread the decks on its Fremantle stay before it sails for Adelaide, arriving in Sydney on December 15.
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