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Carnival launches Seabourn Ovation – and more to follow

Wed 16 May 2018 by Rebecca Moore

Carnival launches <i>Seabourn Ovation</i> – and more to follow
Seabourn Ovation was launched in Valetta, Malta (credit: Jonathan Mifsud)

Carnival Corp has launched Seabourn Ovation, the second of four new ships that will enter service in 2018 across four of the company’s nine global cruise brands.

The launch of Seabourn Ovation follows delivery of the corporation’s first ship of 2018, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Horizon. Also, in late 2018, two more Carnival Corporation brands will launch new ships:

  • AIDAnova from AIDA Cruises.
  • Holland America Line will launch Nieuw Statendam, the line’s second Pinnacle-class ship following Koningsdam in 2016. 

The four new ships are part of Carnival Corporation's ongoing fleet enhancement strategy, which will build on the delivery of Carnival Horizon and Seabourn Ovation with 18 new ships scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2023.

“Following the successful launch of three new ships in 2017, we are excited to have four more spectacular ships join our fleet in 2018 that will further support our goal to consistently provide extraordinary vacation experiences at an exceptional value for our guests,” said Carnival Corporation chief communications officer Roger Frizzell. “The stunning new Seabourn Ovation is the latest example of our long-term strategy to build highly efficient and innovative new vessels that create excitement for cruising and help boost consideration for cruise vacations among consumers in the broader vacation market.”

Mr Frizzell added “In addition to the introduction of new ships, our fleet enhancement plan includes refurbishing existing ships and replacing less-efficient vessels over time as part of our measured capacity growth strategy.”

Seabourn Ovation was officially launched on 11 May at a naming ceremony in Valletta, Malta, to commemorate its entry into service for the Seabourn fleet.

Seabourn Ovation will expand and build on the line’s Odyssey-class ships. A sister ship to Seabourn Encore, Seabourn Ovation features 300 all-oceanfront suites. 

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