The BIGGEST cruise ship Oz has ever seen

Australia has welcomed the biggest ship to ever sail here, with the Ovation of the Seas arriving in Sydney this morning.

 

Weighing in at a whopping 168,666 tonnes, the vessel is so tall, it can't even fit under the Sydney Harbour Bridge!

With a skydiving simulator, bumper cars and a wave machine as well as a number of theatres and basketball courts, there's no shortage of entertainment options. There's even a rollerskating rink – and a circus school.

Bumper cars aren't what you expect in the middle of the ocean. Photo: Royal Caribbean

The giant ship dwarfs the Opera House. Photo: Royal Caribbean

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By the numbers

She holds 5,000 passengers plus 1,500 crew

At 348m long, this ship is almost the length of seven Olympic pools!

Don’t forget how high it is either – standing 18 decks tall.

There are 16 elevators on board.

The ship has four swimming pools, including one for adults only, and four whirlpools.

Passengers go through about 3,300kg of chicken on a seven-day cruise, and over 1,800kg of bacon.

Bartenders churn through about 340kg of lemons every week.

Ovation of the Seas looks like it almost doesn't fit at the terminal. Photo: Royal Caribbean

With all that space on board, it makes sense that the cruise line has jammed in a lot of stuff .

Sky diving at sea! Photo: Royal Caribbean

The North Star observation pod. Photo: Royal Caribbean

Inside the cabins, technology features heavily as well. Making sure all staterooms have a view, interior rooms have virtual balconies using high definition LED screens.

Surf in any conditions on the FlowRider. Photo: Royal Caribbean

Ovation of the Seas will depart Sydney for its first cruise to New Zealand on Friday 16 December.

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