Quick updates from around the fleet.
Fan Bingbing Launches Ovation of the Seas’ China Season
To kick off Ovation of the Seas’ season in Tianjin, China, actress Fan Bingbing presided over the ship’s naming ceremony to huge fanfare. The X-Men star hosted the celebration, culminating in the traditional champagne-bottle breaking on the ship’s hull. Designed and built to deliver an unforgettable vacation experience for guests of all ages, Ovation of the Seas is the first world-class ship to make China its homeport immediately after its inauguration.
The Ultimate Thrill
The Ultimate Abyss is making a huge splash onboard Harmony of the Seas. “[It’s] possibly the most thrilling man-made adventure at sea,” reported Brendan Walker of Thrill Laboratory. Royal Caribbean enlisted the specialist in physical ramifications of high-octane activities and his team to study the bodily effects of its 10-story thrill slide. According to Walker, the Ultimate Abyss caused heartbeats to increase by an average of 44 beats per minute. The Ultimate Abyss will intimidate the bravest of guests and challenge them to prove their courage.
Partners in Ocean Conservation
In keeping with Royal Caribbean’s mission to ensure the long-term health of the oceans, the cruise line announced a five-year partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The relationship will focus on supply chain sustainability and emissions reduction through 2020. Together, Royal Caribbean and WWF set measurable and achievable sustainability targets that will cut its environmental footprint and raise awareness about ocean conservation among its five million annual guests. “The threats that are facing the ocean are greater than ever—in the last 30 years, some ocean wildlife populations have declined by nearly 50 percent,” explained Carter Roberts, WWF-US president and CEO. “If we are going to reverse the downward trends, we must take serious steps to repair, restore, and protect the oceans.”
A World-Class Cruise Terminal
PortMiami is one of the busiest and narrowest ports in the world. Sandwiched between Downtown Miami and Miami Beach, the thin strip of land hosts a variety of ships, from hulking container vessels to stately cruise liners. To accommodate Royal Caribbean’s increasingly massive ships, Miami-Dade County announced plans to construct a dramatic new terminal in partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd.
“We are truly excited to be working with Miami-Dade County and PortMiami to create not just another cruise terminal, but a truly iconic building,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “This new terminal is a symbol of our commitment to Miami, the city where our company first started almost 50 years ago. We can’t wait to bring an Oasis Class ship to PortMiami.”
After a global competition between five top architectural firms, Broadway Malyan was selected for its forward-thinking design.
The 170,000-square-foot terminal is nicknamed the “Crown of Miami” because of its distinct shape. The design evokes the points of the symbolic headgear when viewed from the water; an “M” for Miami when viewed from the east or west; and a sense of rising waves or passing ships when viewed from the terminal side. At night, the terminal’s facade will be lit ensuring that the building makes a striking impression as a dynamic addition to the PortMiami landscape.
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