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January 23, 2018 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Australia’s biggest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, will host Australia’s Biggest Game of Hide and Seek on 18 February 2018.

In an Australian first, Aussies aged eight and over will have the chance to board the megaship docked in Sydney Harbour to play a mega version of the iconic childhood game, as part of a unique competition.

“We know that Aussies are great sports, are highly competitive and have a great sense of fun so it seems fitting that what may be the world’s first official – and biggest – game of Hide & Seek at sea takes place here in Australia, on our very own Ovation of the Seas” said Ovation’s Cruise Director, Joff Eaton.

Ovation of the Seas is the biggest, newest and most modern cruise ship ever to sail Australian waters, and with features like bumper cars, a Bionic Bar, rock-climbing wall, iFly sky-diving tunnel, FlowRider surf simulator and the North Star viewing capsule, she really is the ultimate location for this supersized game,” continued Joff.

Two games – one for adults 15 and over and another for kids aged 8-14 – will see competitors seek out secret hiding spots onboard, in an attempt to outwit the “Seekers” – played by Australia’s national Hide & Seek team, The Nascondingos, who placed eighth in the 2017 annual World Championships in Italy. The last person to be found in each game will take home the major prizes, including $10,000 and a Royal Caribbean family cruise.

“As Australia’s Hide and Seek experts, we couldn’t think of a better location to play than on the country’s biggest cruise ship! Whatever your age, this is an awesome opportunity to put those well-honed hiding skills from your childhood to use, and to discover all the action and adventure of cruise ship if you’ve never been onboard!” said Alan Jones, Nascondingo’s Team Captain.

From attempts to host unofficial games in a certain Swedish furniture store, to a campaign for Hide and Seek to appear as an official exhibition sport in Tokyo in 2020, the event launches as the game gains traction as a serious sport among people of all ages.

With the ship almost to themselves – minus nearly 5000 guests – the initiative has been launched as Royal Caribbean celebrates 10 years in sailing down under.

The unique competition encapsulates the spirit of Royal Caribbean’s new “Come Seek” brand campaign, inviting Australians to re-consider everything they think they know about cruising.

For a chance to compete or to find out more, Australian residents can head to and enter by describing their ultimate hiding spot in 25 words or less. Prizes include AUD$10,000 plus a free family cruise holiday for the Adult’s Round winner, and a free family cruise holiday for the Kid’s Round winner. Entries close11:59pm, Monday 5 February.

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