It is a sign of the changing times: An international ship christened by a Chinese actress.
Ovation of the Seas, Asia’s newest, smartest and biggest homeported ship, has been officially named by Chinese movie superstar Fan Bingbing.
The ceremony culminated in the maritime tradition of the breaking of a champagne bottle on the hull of the ship to wish good fortune to all who sail on her.
Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, said: “With the arrival of Ovation of the Seas in Tianjin, Royal Caribbean now has the largest fleet in the region.”
Ovation of the Seas is based in Tianjin and will be sailing to a number of destinations in Asia including Singapore and Malaysia.
She has been treated like a superstar, with civic receptions and media interest.
Ovation of the Seas will also offer return trips from Singapore in 2017 in March and April, ranging from three to five nights to Penang, Phuket, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), and a one-way cruise to Tianjin with calls at Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) for an overnight, Hue/Danang (Chan May), Hong Kong and Seoul (Incheon).