Two new billion-dollar cruise ships by Royal Caribbean launched to much fanfare this year. One is the largest cruise ship in the world, and the other will be the largest to visit Australia.
Both mega ships have been designed to cater to a wide range of travellers including multi-generational families and groups looking for non-stop activities and a never ending supply of food.
If you’re in the market for a mega cruise and want to experience what over a billion dollars can offer, check out the Harmony or Ovation for size!
Harmony of the Seas
The Harmony of the Seas launched in May 2016 and is officially the world’s largest cruise ship.
This mega ship has extremely impressive statistics:
- Cost $1.38 billion AUD to build
- Accommodates up to 6410 guests
- Crewed by 2394 staff members
- Measures 227,000 gross registered tonnes (1718 tonnes more than previous record holders, the Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas)
- 362 metres in length from bow to stern
- 66 metres wide
- 16 levels of decks
- 20 dining venues
- 23 swimming pools
- 15,000 eggs consumed every day
- 90,000 square metres of carpet
- 10,000 plants and 50 trees!
The Harmony of the Seas has 16 amazing levels to explore.
Naturally, for a ship of this size, it features many ‘firsts’, including:
The Makr Shakr robotic bar can mix, muddle and stir cocktails using 30 different spirits and 20 different mixers.
Unfortunately, at three and a half football fields long, our ports just aren’t big enough to be able to host such a huge ship so you’ll have to travel overseas if you want to set sail on the Harmony.
However, with our amazingly mega cruise passenger numbers in the past few years, we haven’t been forgotten!
Just in time for the 2016-2017 Australian cruise season (which officially starts in September) the $1.3 billion AUD ship will arrive in Perth in December 2016.
Ovation of the Seas
The Ovation of the Seas was launched in April 2016 and is one of the most technologically advanced cruise ships to ever sail to Australia.
Its size makes it the equal fourth largest cruise ship in the world (alongside the Anthem of the Seas).
It may be smaller than the Harmony of the Seas, but the Ovation’s statistics are still pretty amazing:
- Accommodates 4100 guests
- 1500 crew members
- 168, 666 gross tonnage
- Length is 346 metres from bow to stern
- Width is 41 metres
- 14 decks
- 18 dining venues including Jamie Oliver’s restaurant ‘Jamie’s Italian’
- Based in Sydney for the 2017 and 2018 Australian cruise seasons
Enjoy quirky fine dining at Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant.
The Ovation of the Seas will also bring with it ‘never before seen in Australia’ features including:
The ship also has the Two70 lounge boasting 270 degree ocean views by day, and an immersive multimedia entertainment centre with robotic video screens, digital projections and high-flying aerialists and performers by night.
With so much to see and do on both of these amazing cruise ships, you might need another holiday to recover from your holiday!
Cruise companies often require passengers to pay large deposits well in advance, so make sure you take out Cruise Travel Insurance as early as possible to get the full benefits of your Cancellation Cover!