Royal gets stand­ing Ova­tion

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ROYAL Caribbean Cruises held a spe­cial “Sail-ebra­tion” event in Syd­ney last Fri to mark the of­fi­cial launch of its 2018/2019 Aussie cruise sea­son.

The cruise line wel­comed a group of VIP guests at the Quay restau­rant with a se­lec­tion of cock­tails and canapes, over­look­ing its awe-in­spir­ing 4,905-pas­sen­ger Ova­tion of the Seas be­fore she set off on her first sail­ing of the sea­son.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Vice Pres­i­dent and Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Aus­tralia and New Zea­land Su­san Bon­ner ( pic­tured) be­lieves the 2018/19 pro­gram down un­der will be more suc­cess­ful than pre­vi­ous years for a num­ber of rea­sons. “For one thing this will be

Ova­tion's long­est sea­son in Aus­tralia and Aza­mara Club Cruises will also have a 16-night coun­try in­ten­sive sail­ing which vis­its four ports it has never been to pre­vi­ously,” Bon­ner said.

“It seems as though ev­ery year things just get bet­ter and bet­ter, our aware­ness is grow­ing across all of the brands and that is tes­ta­ment to the prod­uct we de­liver and also to the trade that sup­ports us,” she added.

Bon­ner said that de­spite the brand’s re­cent suc­cess in at­tract­ing strong sales, there were still many mar­kets to tap for fur­ther growth op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We will look at mar­kets that are un­der­pen­e­trated like Vic­to­ria which is why we put a ship in Mel­bourne for the whole sum­mer sea­son,” Bon­ner said.

“Aussies love to cruise which is why we will con­tinue to diver­sify the port­fo­lio”.

“That said, you will still see us in Syd­ney - Aus­tralia is a great place and there are many great cities”.

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