Ovation of the Seas: The active cruiser

Sail into adventure aboard this gigantic ocean-going funhouse, writes Tiana Templeman.

Think cruising isn’t for you? Ovation of the Seas could change your mind. It is the only ship where you can go skydiving, rock climb and then surf the perfect break, ride bumper cars, and soar 90m above the ocean in a glass-enclosed viewing pod, all on the same day. Here are our top picks for active travellers who want to make the most of their time on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas. With so much to see and do onboard, you might just be tempted to skip the ports.

Skydiving at sea
If you’ve ever wanted to go skydiving, you can do it without jumping out of a plane. Book your Ripcord by iFly session via the online cruise planner or onboard and remember to bring a pair of socks (and shoes, although you can borrow these) when it is your time to fly. You will be given a safety briefing and skydiving instruction plus a jumpsuit, helmet, goggles and earplugs to wear. Each ride lasts for one minute but you can cram a lot of fun into just 60 seconds. While it might seem like a good idea to iFly with a friend, savvy cruisers book this activity separately. Different flying times leave one of you free to film and photograph each other’s skydive from the viewing area outside. You are sure to get some memorable pics as floating gracefully on air pumped into a giant tube at 180km/h is harder than it looks.



Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas sails in New Zealand waters from November. For more information, go to


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