Travel Bulletin - - CRUISE REPORT -

Dur­ing her lo­cal sea­son, Ova­tion of the Seas will op­er­ate nine itin­er­ar­ies, five of which will visit New Zealand. Also in the mix are cruises to the South Pa­cific, Tas­ma­nia, a three-night sam­pler and a repo­si­tion­ing to Singapore.

Ova­tion of the Seas will be the new­est, big­gest and most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced ship to call Aus­tralia home when it ar­rives in the coun­try. It has a long list of shiny new ac­tiv­i­ties and spa­ces to de­but in the Aus­tralian market, in­clud­ing the first sky­div­ing sim­u­la­tor on a ship, Rip­cord by ifly, and the North Star view­ing ob­ser­va­tion cap­sule, which will raise guests more than 90m above the sea. Pas­sen­gers can af­ford to be choosy, with 18 dif­fer­ent din­ing venues on board, such as Jamie’s Ital­ian, Won­der­land imag­i­na­tive cui­sine and Michael’s Gen­uine Pub. Mixol­o­gists will be given a run for their money by the Bionic Bar, where two ro­botic arms will skill­fully mix the perfect cock­tail in min­utes.

Ova­tion of the Seas will also bring the largest in­door play area at sea, Seaplex, to lo­cal waters. The sport­ing and en­ter­tain­ment venue boasts bumper cars, a cir­cus school with fly­ing trapeze, roller skat­ing, a full size sports court and a float­ing DJ booth “to keep the en­ergy and fun at an all-time high”. The en­ter­tain­ment doesn’t end there, with Two70, a panoramic, mul­ti­me­dia en­ter­tain­ment venue blend­ing live per­for­mance and ex­pe­ri­en­tial cin­ema. The arena fea­tures six dancing Ro­bo­screens and Vis­tarama, ex­pan­sive floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows that are trans­formed into giant screens. The colos­sal ves­sel also lays claim to the fastest in­ter­net at sea, Voom.

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