IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - WELCOME - JANA FRAW­LEY, NA­TIONAL TRAVEL EDI­TOR

FlowRider surf­ing sim­u­la­tor, bumper cars, a sky­div­ing fun­nel, enough en­ter­tain­ment to keep you oc­cu­pied 24 hours, should you choose, and an il­lus­tri­ous god­mother in Chi­nese su­per­star ac­tor Fan Bing­bing.

Look for the en­try de­tails in this edi­tion. If you’re lucky to win, I’ll be in touch so you can share your ex­pe­ri­ence and help me plan my Ova­tion ad­ven­ture. Royal Caribbean’s Voy­ager of the Seas was the first cruise ship I ever sailed on. I was with my ex­tended fam­ily of 16 and while we didn’t venture far from home – Syd­ney to Mel­bourne to Ho­bart and back – I got a taste of the ocean and started to un­der­stand why this type of travel is be­com­ing such a favourite of Aus­tralian hol­i­day­mak­ers. So much fun was had on our eight-day voy­age we did a re­peat per­for­mance on Ra­di­ance of the Seas a year later. Then, when the cruise cal­en­dar for the new megaliner Ova­tion of the Seas was re­leased, my very gen­er­ous par­ents de­cided a third trip should be on the cards and booked cab­ins for all of us on a three-day sam­pler trip for Fe­bru­ary next year.

I have nearly six months to wait for my next Royal ex­pe­ri­ence but if you en­ter Es­cape’s ex­clu­sive com­pe­ti­tion you could win a spot on Ova­tion of the Seas as it sails into the Syd­ney Habour for the first time this De­cem­ber. The ar­rival of Ova­tion is, in the words of Ron Bur­gundy, of An­chor­man fame, kind of a big deal. The su­per­cruiser ac­com­mo­dates 4905 guests over a to­tal of 18 decks. It’s 348m long – that’s just over five NRL foot­ball fields. The bar­tenders are ro­bots, there are 18 res­tau­rants, a shop­ping precinct, Royal’s fa­mous

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