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Australia embraces its biggest cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas

Making her Australian debut, Ovation of the Seas arrived in Fremantle Tuesday Making her Australian debut, Ovation of the Seas arrived in Fremantle Tuesday

The biggest cruise ship to visit Australia arrived to a tremendous welcome in Fremantle today.

At a ceremony featuring more than 100 local entertainers, Western Australian premier and tourism minister Colin Barnett said it was ‘an absolute honour’ to welcome Ovation of the Seas to the state.

Premier Barnett said cruise shipping is a vital part of Western Australia’s A$9.6bn tourism industry, with plans to grow it to A$12bn by 2020.

‘We have seen extraordinary growth in cruise shipping in WA in recent years, with more to come,’ he said.

As previously reported, the fourth biggest cruise ship in the world is heading to her homeport in Sydney where she will arrive to a thundering ovation on December 15 and operate a maiden 2016/17 season until late February.

Interest in Royal Caribbean International’s 168,666gt mega ship has been overwhelming and she will return for the Australian 2017/18 summer season.

Md Australasia Adam Armstrong said the US$1bn ship which carries 4,606 passengers and 1,500 crew will introduce Australians and New Zealanders to supercruising.

Armstrong said it will offer them new experiences, like skydiving in a seven metre tall wind tunnel and 360 degree views from North Star, the glass pod that soars more than 90mtr above the ocean and has earned the Guinness World Record as the highest viewing deck on a cruise ship.

 

Posted 06 December 2016

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Helen Hutcheon

Australasia correspondent

It is widely predicted that demand for cruising in Asia will continue to grow, both as a source market for cruise passengers and as a key destination for cruise ship deployment. The Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific conference programme will focus on the opportunities for expanding cruise sales across the region and the variation in tastes for the individual Asian source markets, as well as how the product can be adapted to address these. The programme will also look into cruise ship building in Asia, the current pattern of cruise ship deployment, and the opportunities for developing new itineraries and new destinations. You can find out more about this must-attend event here.