Royal Caribbean takes delivery of world’s largest cruise ship

The newest and largest cruise ship in the world is officially part of the Royal Caribbean fleet.

The Wonder of the Seas was delivered Thursday to Royal Caribbean, after three years of construction.

Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard joined Royal Caribbean leaders in a traditional flag-changing ceremony in Marseille, France.

Royal Caribbean Group Chairman Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean Group Chairman and CEO Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean International Chairman and CEO Michael Bayley and Laurent Castaing, Managing Director of Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint -Nazaire, welcomed Wonder into the Royal Caribbean family. France.

Royal Caribbean Group CEO Jason Liberty spoke of the addition of Wonder of the Fleet, “Wonder of the Seas will energize cruising in a bolder and bigger way. Adding this ship to our fleet already best-in-class allows the company to continue to lead the industry with new features and innovation.”

“It’s one more way to responsibly deliver memorable, world-class vacations to guests around the world.”

Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley was equally enthusiastic: “The delivery of Wonder of the Seas is the culmination of 30 months of ingenuity and partnership between more than 2,000 crew members. and dedicated workers who are among the best at what they do.

“In addition to taking the revolutionary Oasis-class ships to a new level of wonder, innovation and adventure, Wonder sets the stage for the spring and summer holidays that families and all travelers are looking forward to in the New Year. The combination of new features and favorites that span thrills, entertainment, dining and nightlife is unparalleled, and is what will make our newest and most innovative ship the newest wonder of the world. and the ultimate Caribbean and European vacation.”

New features on Wonder of the Seas

The Wonder of the Seas may be the fifth cruise ship in the Oasis class, but she is certainly not a carbon copy of her sister ships.

Royal Caribbean designed the ship to incorporate a number of changes and new additions not previously seen on other Oasis-class ships.

Suite District – The new Eighth Ward offers Royal Suite Class guests an elevated Sun Deck Suite in a new location, with a plunge pool, bar and plenty of loungers and nooks to relax; plus favorites like Coastal Kitchen, the private restaurant; the Suite Lounge and the largest ultimate family suite to date to accommodate a family of 10.

The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant and Bar – The new hotspot serves southern staples and new twists on classics for brunch, dinner and late night, including savory johnnycakes, southern fried chicken, crab cakes, shrimp and grits. The experience is completed with live country music, farmhouse-style decor, a collection of American whiskeys, and fortified shakes.

Wonderful game landscape – The underwater playground for kids is a whole new adventure with slides, climbing walls, games, an interactive touch-activated mural and imaginative puzzles.

The view bar – The happiest of happy hours can be found at the new cantilevered bar that offers panoramic ocean views by day, and after the sun goes down, it shines with a colorful mosaic canopy.

Caribbean Pool Deck – At the center of the Caribbean vibe is The Lime & Coconut, alongside the trio of high-speed waterslides, The Perfect Storm; Splashaway Bay children’s water park, Casitas, lounge chairs in the pool, live music; and more.

El Loco Fresh and Cantina Fresca – The take-out place for Mexican delights, like made-to-order tacos, burritos and quesadillas, is now launching Cantina Fresca. The dedicated bar serves a selection of “aguas frescas”, margaritas and other Mexican dishes.

Of course, Wonder will still carry other well-known Royal Caribbean staples such as:

  • Giovanni’s Italian cuisine and wine bar
  • The Ultimate Abyss Slide
  • Newly designed and dedicated children and teen spaces at Adventure Ocean, Social100 and The Patio
  • FlowRider surf simulator
  • Twin climbing walls
  • Central Park District

Plans for Wonder of the Seas

With Wonder now part of the Royal Caribbean fleet, she is set to begin service with a busy 2022 schedule.

Her maiden sailing will take place on March 4, 2022 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She will sail to the Caribbean from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale between March and April 2022. The 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries include visits to Perfect Day in CocoCay and Nassau, Bahamas; Roatan, Honduras; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

From May, Wonder will travel to Europe to offer 7-night Western Mediterranean cruises that will visit ports such as Naples and Florence, Italy; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; and Provence, France.

Following her summer season, Wonder returns to Florida to offer year-round sailings in November 2022, when she sails from Port Canaveral. Destinations range from Perfect Day in CocoCay and Philipsburg, St. Maarten, to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Cozumel, Mexico.