It’s hard to believe that the arrival of luxury cruise liner Ovation of the Seas went relatively unnoticed in Dubai, especially when you consider the hype anything big and bling usually gets in this city.
We’re blaming it on the fact that on Thursday May 26 it anchored at Dubai Cruise Terminal 3, too far from the preying eyes of Media City’s news-hungry hacks.
Measuring a breathtaking 348 metres and weighing a mammoth 168,666 tonnes, Ovation of the Seas made a two-day stop in Dubai during its Global Odyssey cruise from Europe through to Asia Pacific.
Its cruise liner cousin Harmony of The Seas may be 14 metres longer, but wait until you hear about all the cool stuff on board Ovation before choosing what your next Royal Caribbean International cruise from Dubai will be.
Ever fancied skating while floating on water? This may sound like an obscure metaphor but it’s actually possible on Ovation’s roller-skating rink!
You can also slam dunk on a state-of-the-art basketball court, break a sweat on the on-deck running track or show off your Spiderman skills in the indoor rock-climbing arena.
Budding adrenaline seekers may want to put their nerves to the test in iFly, a 23-feet-long tube that replicates the skydiving experience, or do some shark-free surfing on the simulator FlowRider.
If you’d rather keep your feet on the ground but aren’t scared of heights, the North Star observation capsule might be worth a try for its fantastic 360-degree views.
And if you’re a fairground lover, rest assured there’s something for you too: bumper cars (or as they’re called in the UK, dodgems).
According to Dubai Tourism, nearly half a million cruise tourists visited the Emirate in 2014/2015, which proves how easy it is for Dubaians to depart on a sea holiday from here.
We certainly hope to get the chance to hop on board Ovation the next time it stops in town. Its luxury and array of activities has so much in common with Dubai.