Thousands of visitors will arrive in Fremantle this week on the biggest cruise ship to dock in Australia.
Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas is the sixth biggest cruise ship in the world and will bring more than 3500 passengers and 1000 crew from Singapore to Fremantle on Thursday.
The impressive vessel features an on-board wave pool, skydiving pod, bumper cars, a skating rink and a climbing wall and features a bar staffed by robotic bartenders.
Fremantle appears to have become a regular fixture on the liner’s cruising schedule after visits in December 2016 and November 2017.
Both visits attracted huge crowds to the waterfront as locals tried to catch a glimpse of the $1.3 billion ship which measures 348m long, has 18 floors and weighs 168,666 tonnes.
The City of Fremantle said an army of volunteers and ambassadors would greet the passengers and offer advice for their visit.
Fremantle was visited by 43 cruise ships during the 2017-18 cruising season, bringing a total of 83,352 passengers to the city and generating $238 million in tourist dollars.
Ovation of the Seas made headlines during its last visit to Australia when 195 passengers were taken ill after a gastro outbreak.
The ship is expected to dock in Fremantle at 6.30am and is due to leave for Adelaide at 5pm.