Ovation of the Seas arrives in Australia for the summer, brings discounts

Alex Keshen 6 December 2016

One of the world’s newest and largest ships will be based in Sydney.

The largest cruise ship to ever be based in Australia arrives today, with its first port of call in Fremantle before it settles in Sydney for the summer cruise season.

The $1-billion Ovation of the Seas, which set sail from Singapore with a record-setting 3800 Australians on board (although the ship can carry a massive 4,180 at full capacity), is the newest ship in the Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class fleet.

Alongside typical cruise offerings like swimming pools, buffets and Broadway-style entertainment, the ship boasts unconventional amenities at sea like indoor skydiving, bumper cars and the North Star - a glass capsule that offers 360-degree views at 300 feet above sea level.

For those curious to see it for themselves, cabins are still available during the summer cruising season, starting at $618 for a 3-night cruise from Sydney

These sailings are part of Royal Caribbean’s current sale, where if you pay for the first passenger in a cabin at full-price, the second is available at a 50% discount. Third and fourth passengers can also be added at a 25% discount.

Oceanview cabins will also be upgraded to staterooms with balconies.

Ovation of the seas will arrive in Sydney on 15 December after it tours the south coast of Australia. It will be based in Australia, offering domestic sailings and cruises to New Zealand and the South Pacific, until March 2017 before sailing to Asia.

Full list of Ovation of the Seas' Australia sailings:

Departure dateCruise NamePorts of CallPrice
17 February, 23 March3-Day Sensation Sampler CruiseSail from Sydney with no ports of call$618
23 January, 8 March5-Day Tasmanian DesiresSail from Sydney to Hobart$941
19 January, 18 February8-day South Pacific Indulgence from SydneySail from Sydney to Mystery Island, Noumea$1,320
9 February8-Day Tassie and South AustraliaSail from Sydney to Hobart and Adelaide$1,462
26 February10-Day Light and Inspiration in New ZealandSail from Sydney to Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Dunedin, Wellington, Napier and Picton$1,684
20 February, 26 March14-Day Iconic Ports from Sydney to SingaporeSail from Sydney to Brisbane, Darwin and Kuala Lumpur before disembarking in Singapore$1,877
28 January12-Day Highlights of South Pacific and NZSail from Sydney to Noumea, Mystery Island, Bay of Islands, Tauranga and Auckland$1,979
9 January14-Day Set Sail from Sydney to New ZealandSail from Sydney to Bay of Islands, Tauranga, Auckland, Wellington, Picton, Port Chalmers, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound$3,205
15 December15-Day Set Sail for New ZealandSail from Sydney to Hobart, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Port Chalmers, Wellington, Picton, Tauranga and Auckland$3,366

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