When Wonder of the Seas joins Royal Caribbean International's fleet it will become the world's largest cruise ship. Originally due to debut in Shanghai for the Chinese market, Royal Caribbean announced on September 15, 2021 that the ship would enter service from Fort Lauderdale on March 4, 2022 on a series of springtime Caribbean cruises before repositioning to Barcelona, where it will run sailings to the Western Mediterranean.
The fifth of the line's Oasis-class ships, the 5,734-passenger, 228,081-tonne Wonder of the Seas incorporates the signature neighbourhood areas of its Oasis-class siblings, and will introduce an eighth neighbourhood for the first time -- the Suite Neighbourhood, complete with exclusive deck areas.
In September 2020 the giant ship was floated out Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, marking the 14th vessel built for RCI at the French shipyard and the 27th ship in the fleet. Wonder of the Seas was originally due to be launched in spring 2021, however due to delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic the date has now been pushed back to 2022.
Wonder of the Seas has 2,744 cabins -- 28 more than sisters ships Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas -- along with some that are larger. The 41 stateroom categories include 200 suites and 1,828 cabins with balconies. Cabins start at 180 square feet and the largest are the 1,528-square-foot Royal Loft Suites and the two-level 1,134-square-foot Ultimate Family Suites, with a slide from the children's bedroom to the living area, which first debuted on Symphony of the Seas.
The ship has a redesigned central indoor Boardwalk, which forms the heart of the vessel and is one of the neighbourhood areas along with the Royal Promenade, Central Park, Entertainment Zone, Sports Zone, Youth Center and Wellness complex. It will also have 19 pools and a reconfigured pool deck that places the waterslides and kids aqua park closer together.
The ship will also offer a new top-deck bar known as The Vue that serves up Caribbean cocktails and mocktails.
Passengers can expect to see plenty of innovations found on other Oasis-class vessels, such as robotic bar tenders, FlowRiders for surfing, rock-climbing walls, an ice-skating rink, carousel and multi-deck waterpark. It is expected there will be some 25 dining venues, around 14 of them complimentary.
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