On Tuesday Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas made her maiden visit to Hobart. She is currently the fourth largest cruise ship in the world and the largest to ever visit Australia. She can carry over 4,500 passengers and looks like a seagoing building. Since last summer TasPorts has carried out work which allows the larger cruise ships to berth at Macquarie Wharf 2 which is the closest to the CBD. Last year Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and other large cruise ships were obliged to berth at another wharf which has a less pleasant outlook. Passengers can now walk out of the cruise terminal and down to the waterfront in five minutes.
A new hotel is being built next to the cruise terminal. It’s not quite finished yet but has been designed to complement the existing wharf sheds. You can see in the following pictures how the ship completely dominates the landscape.
There are probably not many ports where the public can get such a good view of a cruise ship from various angles. My pictures were taken with my 18-55mm zoom lens. Some were taken from Elizabeth Street Pier, some from the pontoons at Kings Wharf and the close-ups from Franklin Wharf near the Antarctic Memorial sculptures.
The tower above the Bridge and viewing lounge is the North Star observation platform which would be a pretty cool spot to take photos from as well.
I was particularly pleased to see Ovation of the Seas because Naomi and I plan to sail on her in 2018 so naturally we have been reading all about her for the past few months. I’m getting quite a nice collection of photos of cruise ships now and am looking forward to photographing more of them this summer.