Royal gets standing Ovation
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”.