Dec 19 2017

MS Ovation of the Seas visits the Waitemata Harbour

What’s 348 meters long and holds 4905 passengers? The MS Ovation of the Seas, that’s what. 

This summer the MS Ovation of the Seas is going to be a regular sight on the Waitemata Harbour, with three scheduled stops in our City of Sails. You can expect to see this impressive sight on Thursday 21 December 2017, 2 January 2018 and 8 February 2018. 

She’s pretty big. In fact, she’s the fifth largest passenger ship in the world on a gross tonnage basis. In case you were wondering she is 168,666 GT. Being this large means the Ovation is too large to berth at any of our wharves. Instead she’ll berth out in the harbour and a handful of smaller vessels will shuttle up to 5000 passengers and crew ashore. 

Passengers will be safely delivered to Halsey Wharf in Wynyard Quarter where they have the option of a number of pre-booked day activities or take the opportunity to explore our wonderful city at their own pace.

Queens Wharf Mooring Dolphin

No, were not talking about the friendly mammal, we're talking about a underwater structure called a mooring dolphin which will allow large modern cruise ships to berth off the northern edge of Queens Wharf.

Plans are underway to develop two outer dolphin mooring structures located between 80 and 85 metres off the northern edge of Queens wharf, connected by a walkway, as the safest option for berthing ships over 300m long. 

The dolphin, available for the 2019/20 cruise season, will allow more large 350 metre cruise ships to visit Auckland providing a boost to the $220 million and 4,000 local jobs the cruise industry already adds to the region’s economy.

Fun facts

  • The Ovation departed on her first 52-night voyage on 3 May 2016, from Southampton, in the UK to Tianjin in China
  • She sails from Tianjin during the northern summer season and repositions to Sydney during the southern summer season
  • She was christened on 24 June 2016 in Tianjin and has a godmother, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing 
  • She has 30 bumper cars, a roller rink, a full-size basketball court, a circus school, a floating DJ booth and a skydiving simulator 
  • She has 16 restaurants including Jamie Oliver’s, Jamie’s Italian 
  • One of the many bars has robotic bartenders 
  • As well as Auckland, she also takes in the Bay of Islands, Milford Sound and Dunedin on her journey around New Zealand.