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Ovation of the Seas

Be among the first in Australia to experience a cruise on Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas on an exclusive Cruiseco charter.

T he most anticipated megaliner in memory is heading to Australian shores. Royal Caribbean’s mindblowing Ovation of the Seas – a ‘smartship’ built for families – will sail from Singapore to Australia on an exclusive Cruiseco charter, and you can be among the first to experience this new standard of sea travel. Pack a sense of fun and adventure and leave your land-bound worries at home, because this ship will redefine family holidays.

The itinerary

Flexibility is the not-so-secret ingredient aboard Cruiseco’s exclusive charter departing 30 November 2016.

Beginning in family-friendly Singapore, this ultimate voyage allows you to enjoy the full cruise in its 15-day entirety or disembark at one of three Australian cities – Fremantle (six nights), Adelaide (11 nights) or Hobart (13 nights) – on its journey to Sydney. Melbourne residents disembark in Hobart, with a transfer from port to airport and a domestic flight home included in the ticket price.

Be the first

Ovation of the Seas is a ship of many firsts, making the inaugural cruise to Australia all the more special for passengers inspired by innovation.

You’ll be among the first to experience RipCord by iFly, a skydiving simulation that takes thrills to new heights; SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space at sea complete with dodgems, roller-skating rink, hoops court and a circus school; and Bionic Bar, because having your martini poured by a robot is just plain cool.

Perhaps the most awe-inspiring of all, however, is North Star, an aerial observatory with 360-degree views, 90 metres above sea level.

Family connection

Royal Caribbean has continued to raise the bar in the accommodation stakes, with no detail left to chance in its luxurious staterooms.

Family Connected Staterooms (just add it to the list of ‘firsts’) make cruising with kids from tots to teens a sea breeze, while Virtual Balconies revolutionise ‘budget’ cruising.

Inside cabins are transformed with 80-inch screens displaying in realtime the views (and sounds) from outside. These, in addition to Ocean View Staterooms, make a happy home for smaller families.

For bigger clans, the Family Connected Junior Suite with balcony – adorned with quality fabrics, striking art and leather – contains a full bathroom with tub and a choice of sitting areas (including a balcony with deck chairs).

All this is complemented by clever storage solutions to maximise space, and minimise sibling squabbles.

Comfort meets refinement

There are no less than 18 dining destinations onboard Ovation of the Seas, meaning you’ll need to visit a new venue each day to get close to sampling the onboard cuisine in its entirety.

We recommend the kid-approved offerings at specialty dining venue, Jamie’s Italian (surcharges apply), and the complimentary fare at one of five full-service restaurants.

Your quest is aided by Dynamic Dining, Royal Caribbean’s sanity-preserving idea that eliminates set dining times, assigned seating and required formal nights.

There’s even a menu devised by chef, Devin Alexander, to reduce over-indulging; ‘Devinly Decadence’ meals amount to less than 500 calories without skimping on taste.

Relax at the spa

Nothing inspires a heady sense of relaxation like being at sea, rendering Vitality Spa the ultimate destination to cure a case of the daily grind.

Its full menu of treatments from body wraps to massage and acupuncture to facials will instil in you enough long-forgotten energy to make a visit to the Fitness Centre an invigorating experience.

Fun for the family

In addition to ground-breakers, Ovation of the Seas retains Royal Caribbean’s most loved recreation facilities.

FlowRider, the Rock Climbing Wall, a Broadway show, outdoor cinema, four swimming pools and a nursery for the little ones are just some of the activities packed into this city-at-sea.

When night descends, all eyes are fixated on the performers that take over Two70º, a ballroom with panoramic views by day and performance venue by night.

It’s a sparkling end to a journey that doesn’t last forever, although you surely wish it could.

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