Asia’s largest cruise ship makes double maiden call in Philippines

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Royal Caribbean International’s Ovation of the Seas, said to be the largest cruise ship sailing in Asia, arrived in the Philippines’ Subic Bay and Manila for the first time last week.

The ship brought to the Philippines the highest number of cruise guests, which totalled close to 4,600 from around the world. At 347m long, 168,666 gross registered tonnes, Ovation of the Seas has a total capacity of 4,905 guests staying in 2,091 staterooms and hosted by 1,500 crew.

A traditional plaque exchange ceremony was held onboard between (from left) local officials Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority’s Wilma Eisma and senator and former tourism secretary and former chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Richard Gordon, as well as Ovation of the Seas’ captain Flemming Nielsen

Highlights of Ovation of the Seas’ upcoming cruises are the six-night cruise from Hong Kong to Tianjin with calls at Fukuoka and Shimonoseki on June 15; the 12-night cruise from Tianjin to Singapore visiting Okinawa (Naha), Taipei (Keelung), Hong Kong, Hue/Danang (Chan May), Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) on October 7; and the 14-night cruise from Singapore to Sydney visiting Perth (Fremantle), Adelaide and Hobart on October 19.

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