Royal Caribbean International will step up its presence in Australia, sending three ships, including Quantum of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas to cruise in local waters in 2021-22 season.
For the first time, Sydney and Brisbane will host two Quantum-class ships, with the newest and the most high-tech ship, Quantum of the Seas to be homeported in Brisbane and Ovation of the Seas in Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal. The third ship, Serenade of the Seas will also sail from Sydney.
The three ships will offer 67 cruises to 33 destinations around the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia including Eden, Cairns, Adelaide and Darwin.
The ships are expected to inject about $165million in passenger spend into the Australian economy during the season.
“The 2021/22 season will see us welcome the most technologically-advanced fleet to ever sail Australia which includes two Quantum-class smartships,” said Gavin Smith, managing director of RCI, Australia and NZ. “We’re committed to providing the signature Royal Caribbean holiday our Aussie guests know and love.”
The ships will adopt more stringent health and safety protocols.
“We’re applying the best available public health, science, environmental and engineering insights and working closely with local health and government authorities,” added Mr Smith.
“Keeping the health and safety of guests, crew and the communities and environments we visit continues to be our top priority as we cement our commitment to Australian cruising in 2021 and 2022.”
The tech-savvy ships will also have a mobile app that streamlines the guest experience by limiting contact and crowds such as staggered arrival times and in-app reservations.
Quantum of the Seas will offer the line’s bold line-up of activities such as iFly skydiving simulator, North Star glass viewing capsule and FlowRider surf simulator. She will also have the next generation entertainment facilities and 18 dining options serving up flavours from around the world from imaginative cuisine at Wonderland to hand-made pasta at Jamie’s Italian.
Quantum will offer 26 sailings from 2-to-12 nights to the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia. She replaces the previously scheduled Radiance of the Seas.
Ovation of the Seas will also have the thrills and chills of the iFly, North Star and FlowRider. She will offer 24 sailings ranging from 3-to-13 nights to a range of destinations also to the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.
Serenade of the Seas will have ocean-facing glass elevators, the 12metre, rock-climbing wall, poolside movie nights under the stars and a variety of dining venues such as Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table and Izumi. She will offer 17 sailings of 2-to-15 nights also to the South Pacific, NZ and Australia.
Passengers who book their getaway holidays before 30 November this year can change or cancel their itineraries up to 48 hours before departure under the line’s Cruise with Confidence program.