Chinese actress, Fan Bingbing has officially named Royal Caribbean’s latest Quantum-class ship, Ovation of the Seas at a ceremony in Tianjin in the north-east of China.
The very first cruise ship to be christened in China, and named by the first ever Chinese godmother of a cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas is also the first cruise ship to be home-ported in China immediately after being delivered.
World famous actress Fan Bingbing, best known for starring in X-Men: Days of Future Past, presided over the celebrations which culminated with the maritime tradition of the breaking of a champagne bottle on the hull of the ship to wish good fortune to the ship and all who sail on her.
Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said: “We are excited to bring our newest and most technologically advanced ship to China. The unprecedented first-at-sea experiences will provide an incredible vacation adventure to our guests in the region. Chinese consumers have grown to expect the best the world has to offer, and this ship meets that standard like no other – this is a cruise from the future.”
Ovation of the Seas is Royal Caribbean International’s first ever ship to be designed specifically for the Chinese cruise market. All signage is in both English and Mandarin, and several areas of the ship differ from other Quantum-class ships, such as an expanded shopping selection, a VIP casino area and Kung Fu Panda’s Noodle Bar.