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Ovation of the Seas

The 2016 Itinerary

Ovation of the Seas is making cruise news as the third ship to sail in the prestigious Quantum Class of smartships. Set to debut in April 2016, Ovation of the Seas’ itinerary will feature Europe sailings before a fifty-two-night Global Odyssey out of Southampton, UK, to her future home port in Tianjin, China. As she traverses the globe Ovation will even make a special pass through the Suez Canal.

From China, Ovation is off to Australia and New Zealand for the 2016-17 sailing season in the southern hemisphere. She docks in Perth, homeports in Sydney, and will be the largest cruise ship ever to do so in the Land Down Under.

Featuring the same next-generation technology and first-at-sea features as her sister ships, Quantum and Anthem, Ovation will wow with the North Star, Bionic Bar, RipCord by iFly, Two70, Seaplex, and the signature Virtual Balconies.

Seven-Time Winner

Royal Caribbean International is at it again, dominating the industry and claiming its well-deserved share of Best Of awards. In spring 2015, Travel Weekly China and TTG China bestowed the cruise line with the Best Cruise Operator title for the seventh consecutive year. “We are absolutely thrilled to receive these two prestigious trade awards once again,” said Royal Caribbean VP of North Asia & China Dr. Zinan Liu. “As these awards are voted on by travel agents and consumers across the country, it is an honor to have the support and confidence in our brand from our valued travel partners and the market.”

The Temple Of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

Liberty of the Seas Gets A Texas-Sized Makeover

Royal Caribbean International is taking vacation adventures to the next level and giving Texans more to look forward to when the 3,634-guest Liberty of the Seas emerges from an extensive month-long dry dock in February 2016. During her Texas stay, Liberty will sail seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries every Sunday from Galveston starting from November 2015, visiting exciting getaways in the Caribbean including: Belize City, Belize; Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico; and Roatan, Honduras.

Texas Townside

Texans will have a chance to sample seven-night itineraries to Caribbean getaways.

To Summer in St. Kitts

St. Kitts is shaping up to be the summer hotspot for 2016, and it’s all thanks to Royal Caribbean’s expanded island stops. From May to September, five ships will make fifty-one calls to the Caribbean nation, doubling the number of stops from the previous year. Both Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas will be sailing to the island. St. Kitts Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant expressed excitement for the boost to the local economy that the Oasis Class ships would bring and gratitude to the cruise line for the expanded partnership.

Brimstone Hill Fortress

Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Let the Games Begin

Liberty of the Seas will be the first in the fleet to debut the aquatic adventure with three multistory chutes of adrenaline-fueled fun. The trio will be known as The Perfect Storm, and include the Cyclone, Typhoon, and Supercell. Supercell includes a champagne-bowl ending that swirls guests around for a grand finale. The ship also features Tidal Wave.

On Harmony of the Seas, the slides have see-through sections so riders can catch a quick glimpse of the Central Park neighborhood whizzing by some ten decks below. Take a heart-pounding plunge down the bold new ten story thrill slide, Ultimate Abyss. The tallest slide at sea plunges from the top of AquaTheater shooting down to the Boardwalk.

Liberty Of The Seas Waterslide

Get ready for some waterslide fun on Liberty of the Seas.

Ocean Fund

Making a World of Difference

While sailing on a Royal Caribbean International cruise is an all-out fun-in-the sun adventure, there’s also some serious stewardship going on behind the scenes. Vice President of Safety and Environmental Stewardship Rich Pruitt explains that it’s critical for companies to look at ways to have a positive impact in the places where they do business. “We want to see the uniquely beautiful destinations of the Caribbean and Latin American region thrive, and are committed to collaborating with the organizations that can work to move these destinations toward greater sustainability.” As such, its Ocean Fund, founded by the cruise line in 1996, has granted more than $13.7 million to eighty-one marine conservation projects. More recently, it participated in the launch of the Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas (SDAA), working with local governments and NGOs to assist seven Caribbean and Latin American destinations with financial resources and significant support for their sustainability efforts.

[©Image 1 courtesy of sbw-photo]

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