It took two years to build the "Wonder of the Seas". But it was worth it. The cruise ship is one of a kind in its class and offers spectacular experiences.
The world's latest and biggest cruise ship, "Wonder of the Seas", left the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in the French port of Saint Nazaire on Friday evening, heading to Marseille, where the finishing touches are to be made.
With an impressive length of 362 meters, a width of 64 meters, and a weight of 236,857 tons, "Wonder of the Seas" is preparing for its debut. In early March next year, the ship will start weekly Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Everglades in Florida.
The ship will be able to take nearly 7000 people on board. The cruising speed is 26 miles per hour. "Wonder of the Seas", belonging to the Royal Caribbean company, is a real floating city built at Chantiers de l'Atlantique.
The "Wonder of the Seas" is an Oasis-class ship - there are only four other cruise ships of this class in the world - that set a new record on gross tonnage - 237.000 tones. It has 20 restaurants and 11 bars on board that can serve up to 6,988 passengers on 18 decks. The ship has 2,867 cabins and will have a crew of 2,300 members.
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The "Wonder of the Seas" has eight leisure areas, including a promenade, spa, and fitness center, as well as luxury shops. Passenger facilities include climbing walls, Aqua Theater, a carousel, sun decks, kids zone, 9 dining facilities, etc.
One of the areas on board, named Central Park, will be practically the first living park on the sea, which will host over 20,000 plants.
Construction of the cruise ship began in April 2019. Initially, it was expected to be ready in 2021, but work was delayed due to the pandemic.
Royal Caribbean says that "Wonder of the Seas" is far from a carbon copy of her Oasis-class sisters. The company radically redesigned the top decks of the ship, as well as added a completely new neighborhood.
Major Changes That Make "Wonder Of The Seas" Different From Its "Sisters"
- Suite Neighborhood
- The Vue - a cantilevered pool bar high above the pool deck that has a colorful mosaic canopy overhead after sunset. The Vue will serve classic Caribbean drinks and nonalcoholic cocktails.
- Wonder Playscape - an interactive, open-air kids’ play area that has slides, climbing walls, games, puzzles, and an interactive mural activated by touch
- Pool deck experience, The Lime & Coconut
- Only one FlowRider (other Oasis Class ships have two)
Royal Caribbean added the eighth neighborhood on "Wonder of the Seas", dedicated to guests staying in a suite.
Royal Suite Class guests an elevated Suite Sun Deck in a new location, complete with a plunge pool, bar, and plenty of loungers and nooks to kick back; along with favorites such as Coastal Kitchen, the private restaurant, and the Suite Lounge.