Wonder of the Seas is the fifth Oasis-class ship in Royal Caribbean International’s fleet of cruise ships.
It is currently under construction at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, and will become the world’s largest ocean cruise liner, upon completion.
Construction of the cruise ship commenced in April 2019 with a steel-cutting ceremony held at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard. Originally planned to be delivered in 2021, the ship is scheduled for delivery in 2022 due to a delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ship is expected to undertake its maiden voyage from Shanghai in March 2022 and its inaugural season cruises are currently open for booking. The vessel will be the first Oasis-class ship to sail from China.
The Wonder of the Seas cruise ship is 362m long and 64m wide, with a draft of 30ft and a gross tonnage of 236,857t. Featuring 18 decks, the cruise ship will have 2,300 crew members and accommodate up to 6,988 guests across its 2,867 staterooms.
The ship will be propelled by four bow thrusters, with each delivering 7500hp, and will achieve a cruising speed of 22k.
Wonder of the Seas will include eight neighbourhoods – Central Park, Boardwalk, Pool & Sports Zone, Entertainment Place, Royal Promenade, Vitality Spa & Fitness Centre, Youth Zone, and Suite Neighbourhood.
The Central Park will be the first living park at sea which will house more than 20,000 plants and feature elevated speciality restaurants, and high-end boutiques. Guests can enjoy the open-air oasis during the day and live music events under the stars in the evening.
The Boardwalk is an open-air stretch at the end of the ship with unique features including a classic hand-carved carousel, twin rock-climbing walls, and the AquaTheater at the aft of the ship. The Pool & Sports Zone neighbourhood features the FlowRider surf simulators, swimming pools and whirlpools, a ten-deck-high zip line, and the ten-story plunge down Ultimate Abyss. The neighbourhood also features basketball and volleyball courts, and a mini-golf course.
The Entertainment Place will host unique night shows and original productions at the Royal Theatre. The neighbourhood will also feature ice-skating rinks and the Spotlight Karaoke that allows passengers to participate in karaoke in front of a live audience.
To be located in the heart of the ship, the Royal Promenade will include shopping, dining, and entertainment spaces. The Vitality Spa & Fitness Centre neighbourhood will have a dedicated spa and fitness centre offering dynamic exercise classes at the full-scale gym and spa treatments. It will also house the Vitality Café, which will serve smoothies and fresh sandwiches.
The Youth Zone will be a neighbourhood dedicated to exploration and adventure. The neighbourhood will include Adventure Ocean youth programme, a youth club on Royal Caribbean ships for guests aged between three and 17 years, and a nursery for infants and toddlers. It will provide educational activities and games.
The Suite Neighbourhood will be the eighth neighbourhood that will specifically serve suite guests. It will provide a private experience including world-class dining, a sun deck, a private lounge, and a restaurant. Furthermore, The Suite Neighbourhood will house the expansive Ultimate Family Suite, a new cabin style for families.
The Wonder of the Seas ship will feature nine complimentary and 12 speciality dining facilities across its decks. It will also offer a wide variety of bars and lounges with a total of 12 bars across the ship.
Other amenities aboard the Wonder of the Seas cruise ship will include a conference centre, a medical centre, and a pharmacy. Entertainment options will include an outdoor movie screen, casino royale, and music hall.
Wonder of the Seas will set sail from Shanghai and Hong Kong in 2022 on four to nine-night trips through the Far East to destinations in Japan and other countries. Guests will be able to sail on a roundtrip from Shanghai to Japan between March and November 2022.
The subsequent cruises will then transition to warmer climates and the ship will be homeported in Hong Kong between November 2022 and January 2023 to offer Christmas and New Year’s holiday sailings to several ports of call, including Chan May in Vietnam, Busan and Jeju in South Korea, Kochi and Okinawa in Japan, and Taipei in China.
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