• Megan O'Sullivan | iTravel

Billion Dollar Ship ready to Sail

Currently under construction in Germany, with a price tag of USD$1 billion, is Royal Caribbean International’s Ovation of the Seas - a Quantum Class megaliner.

Not only will it claim the title of the largest cruise ship to ever call Australia home - with almost 5000 guests - but also the most technologically advanced. Ovation of the Seas will completely redefine the idea of cruising in Australia, taking the industry to the next level by offering a host of incredible never-before-seen features and technologies.

Australians will experience the first Ripcord by iFLY at sea, where the thrill and excitement of skydiving comes to life from on board a cruise ship. The North Star aerial observatory offers breathtaking 360 degree views more than 90 metres above the sea. In a jewel-like capsule, a robotic arm elevates guests high into the sky, taking in the sights from a bird’s eye view.

In Sydney Harbour, the North Star will reach higher than the pylons on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.The Bionic Bar lets guests place an order for their favourite cocktail via a tablet, before two incredible bionic arms create the perfect mix in tune to the resident DJ, shaking and stirring great cocktails without any human assistance. ‘Two70’ is a multipurpose, transformative space; an expansive lounge boasting 270 degree ocean views by day becomes an immersive, multimedia entertainment spectacular at night, fusing technology with entertainment using robotic video-screens, dramatic digital projection and high-flying aerialists and performers.

Radio frequency wristband technology does away with the need to carry a cabin key, and a dedicated app, Royal iQ, lets guests book on board experiences from their own device, including making a booking at any of the 18 distinct restaurants.Quantum Class ships feature cuisine as vast and varied as the world itself. These dining destinations range from fun to formal settings, including partnerships with world renowned chefs, such as the much-loved “Jamie’s Italian” from Jamie Oliver at sea.SeaPlex will be the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea, offering bumper cars, a basketball court, roller skating, circus school and more!

You can surf your way across the Pacific on the FlowRider®, our 40-foot-long on-board surf simulator.Uber-sophisticated in design, the 2,090 staterooms on board Quantum Class ships are Royal Caribbean’s largest and most advanced yet. Including Family-Connected staterooms, as well as Virtual Balcony staterooms, which are interior cabins with large digital screens displaying real time views that ensure every room has a view. Ovation of the Seas inaugural sailing to Australia departs from Singapore for Sydney on 30 November 2016 for 15 nights.

Alternatively you can end your cruise in Fremantle, Adelaide and Hobart. This sailing has been chartered by Cruiseco so bookings are exclusive to Cruiseco agents. itravel The Junction and itravel Warners Bay are Cruiseco members and can assist you in booking an unforgettable holiday on this amazing new lady of the sea. Contact itravel The Junction and Warners Bay for further details on the Ovation of the Seas itineraries.

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