Ovation of the Seas

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MS Ovation of the Seas is a cruise ship operating for Royal Caribbean International (RCI).

The vessel is the third ship in the Quantum class, which surpasses RCI’s earlier Freedom-class ships by over 14,000 GT, becoming the second largest class of passenger ships behind RCI’s Oasis class ships on a gross tonnage basis.

Concept and construction

On February 11, 2011, RCI announced that it had ordered a new class of ships from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, the first of which was scheduled to be delivered by fall 2014. At the time, the project was code-named “Project Sunshine” (Ovation of the Seas). On February 29, 2012, the company announced that a second “Project Sunshine” ship had been ordered and would be delivered by Spring 2015. Just under a year later, on January 31, 2013, RCI announced that the official name of the new class of ships was the Quantum class.

Ovation of the Seas, the third vessel in the Quantum class, was laid down by Meyer Werft on March 5, 2015. Before the first piece of the keel was lowered into place, Adam Goldstein, President, and COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the holding company of RCI, placed a lucky coin in the dock. The keel will eventually be formed of 74 blocks. The first section was launched on 20 June 2015.

Ovation of the Seas Infographic

Ovation of the Seas

Ovation of the Seas was delivered on April 8, 2016. Ovation of the Seas entered service on 14 April 2016.


Class and type: Quantum-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 168,666 GT
Length: 348 m (1,142 ft)
Beam: 41.2 m (135 ft) (waterline) 48.9 m (160 ft) (max)
Draught: 8.5 m (28 ft)
Decks: 18 (16 passenger-accessible)
Installed power: 2 × Wärtsilä 12V46F (2 × 14,400 kW) 2 × Wärtsilä 16V46F (2 × 19,200 kW) 2 × Cat 3516C HD (2 × 2,500 kW)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric 2 × ABB Azipod XO thrusters (2 × 20.5 MW) 4 × 3,500 kW (4,694 hp) Brunvoll FU115 bow thrusters
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity: 4,180 passengers (double occupancy) 4,905 passengers (maximum occupancy)