Ovation of the Seas went to China for its 2016 debut, where it was named in Tianjin, and since then has sailed seasonally in China, Southeast Asia and Australia. It became the biggest cruise ship to visit Australia on its arrival to Fremantle in December last year.
In 2019, China will be getting a new Quantum Ultra ship, Spectrum of the Seas.
The 168,666gt Ovation's features include the North Star observation capsule that rises 300 feet above sea level, skydiving and surfing simulators, the indoor SeaPlex sports complex and glass-enclosed Solarium.
In Alaska, Ovation will join Radiance of the Seas, which sails seven-night open-jaw cruises between Seward and Vancouver, BC.
Alaska itineraries will be available to book the week of Dec. 11.