Make that two new Royal Caribbean ships going to China.
In the latest sign of the growing importance of the Chinese market to the cruise industry, Royal Caribbean today announced plans to base its soon-to-debut Ovation of the Seas in China instead of Europe or the Caribbean.
Arriving in April 2016, the 4,180-passenger vessel will be a sister to the much-ballyhooed, four-month-old Quantum of the Seas, which also will begin sailing year-round in China this summer.
The two ships are joining three other Royal Caribbean vessels deployed at least part of the year in China: Mariner of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Legend of the Seas. With the additions, Royal Caribbean will have the largest cruise fleet in the country.
“Cruising has become very popular for Chinese consumers and Royal Caribbean is already capturing their imaginations with our industry-leading cruise ships,” Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley said at an event today in Beijing to announce the deployment. “We are furthering our commitment by bringing two of the world’s newest and most advanced Quantum class cruise ships to the region.”
Royal Caribbean says Ovation will be based in Tianjin, China, 70 miles southeast of Beijing. That’ll give Royal Caribbean four “home ports” in China: Tianjin, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Xiamen. The vessels will operate three- to 12-night sailings to Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam that are aimed primarily at the Chinese market.
The announcement is a blow to Royal Caribbean fans in North America who were hoping that Ovation would be based in the Caribbean or Europe and aimed at the North American market. Today’s announcement means that two of three vessels in the line’s hottest new ship series, the Quantum class, will be devoted to Chinese cruisers. Only the second vessel in the series, Anthem of the Seas, will be aimed at North Americans. It’s schedule to debut in April and will sail year-round from New York.
Under construction at a shipyard in Germany, Ovation will sail a 52-night voyage from Southampton, England to Tianjin just after it debuts in April 2016. Smaller segments of the voyage will be available for booking. The trip will open for sale on March 26.
With 16 public decks and room for nearly 5,000 passengers a piece, the three Quantum class ships are among the largest cruise vessels ever built and boast such groundbreaking features as a deck-top ride into the sky and a bar with robot bartenders.
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