The world’s largest cruise ship is being completed ahead of its maiden voyage in early March.
oyal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas will depart Fort Lauderdale, Florida on its maiden voyage – a seven-day Caribbean cruise – on March 4.
Weighing 236,857 gross tons and 362m long and 64m wide, it can accommodate 6,988 passengers, with more than 20 dining venues and 11 bars serving them.
Its closest competitor in terms of size and capacity is its sister ship Symphony of the Seas (see video below) has a capacity of 6,680 passengers.
Both are part of the operator’s “Oasis-class” series of super-large ships, of which the Wonder will be the fifth.
The ship will have “eight distinct neighborhoods” to explore – “a Royal Caribbean first”, according to the itinerary.
While its four predecessors have seven unique neighborhoods (such as a water sports area, a youth zone, and a “Central Park” zone with its shopping arcade and outdoor plaza), Wonder of the Seas There will be an additional “Suite neighborhood”, essentially a VIP area for guests staying in the suites.
Royal Caribbean describes it as “a private experience like no other, featuring world-class dining, new sundeck with amazing ocean views, private lounge and restaurant, and more.”
It will also feature the highest water slide in the sea (Ultimate Abyss), a casino, carousel, Flowrider surf machine, jogging track, zipline, and an open-air cinema.
Entertainment also promises to be on another level, with both an outdoor AquaTheater and an ice rink for around 100 performers.
Work began on the ship in 2019 in Chantiers de l’Atlantique, France, with a scheduled launch last year – but it was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It won’t be the brand’s biggest ship for long – Royal Caribbean’s sixth Oasis-class ship is en route to a scheduled launch date of 2024.
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/cruise/worlds-biggest-cruise-ship-prepares-to-make-first-sailing-41397096.html The world’s largest cruise ship is about to set sail for the first time