Ovation of the Seas: the Bay's biggest visitor in pictures
The biggest cruise ship ever to visit Northland — the 348 metre, 170,000 tonne Ovation of the Seas — arrived in the Bay of Islands with almost 5000 passengers and 1600 crew on board about 7am on Thursday. Launched just nine months ago the monster ship resembles a floating city, amusement park and giant food court rolled into into one. On-board firsts include robotic bartenders and an observation bubble which rises to 100m above the water. Photos by Peter de Graaf.