Ovation of the Seas anchors down to Dubai
The 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. This icon in itself of a voyage, marked its stop in Dubai and was welcomed with utter zest.
The ship stopped at the Dubai Cruise Terminal 3 on its way from Barcelona to Singapore. The auspicious occasion witnessed Jamal Humaid Al Falasi, director of Dubai Cruise Tourism, Dubai Tourism, along with a group of dignitaries from Dubai Immigration, Dubai Customs, DP World, PCFC Security and representatives from the ship’s agency, Wilhelmsen Ship Services and ground handlers, Arabian Adventures.
The ship’s captain, Flemming Nielsen surely had a memorable time as he was presented an honorary acknowledgement at a special ceremony which was held on board on the ship.
Dr Abdulaziz Aloshban, managing director of Royal Caribbean Arabia and Abby Penlington, marketing and communications manager, international representatives – EMEA, also marked their presence to the joyous occasion held on the ship.
The arrival of Ovation of the Seas is just another testament to Dubai’s growing popularity scale as it is perceived as a perfect cruise destination and over the past few years the studies and reports have shown, with various major cruise lines operating in Dubai resulting in 455,616 cruise tourists arriving in the city over the 2014-15 season.
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Jamal Humaid Al Falasi, director of Dubai Cruise Tourism, Dubai Tourism, said: “We remain on track to hit our target of 500,000 cruise tourists in the 2015-16 season, and thanks to the numerous cruise lines that home port and call in Dubai, we look forward to welcoming even more cruise tourists to our ports over the next few years.”
Ovation of the Seas was launched in mid-April 2016 and is en route from Europe to the Asia Pacific region via Dubai and Singapore, before finally arriving in Beijing (Tianjin) for its inaugural China season.