IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL
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