The world’s largest cruise ship is now ready to greet guests after three years of preparation. Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas surrendered last month at an altitude of 1,188 feet and will set sail for the Caribbean on March 4th from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The 18-story cruise ship, which has a capacity of 6,988 passengers and 2,300 staff members, was built at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. In March, the ship will begin five- to seven-night voyages from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the Caribbean, before beginning Western Mediterranean itineraries from Barcelona and Rome in May.
The Wonder of the Seas has eight themed sections, one of which has over 20,000 genuine plants, while onboard attractions include the “highest sea slide” and a giant movie-screen pool. The ship was supposed to be delivered in 2021, but it was postponed because to the global pandemic’s difficulties.
As a result of the Covid-19, the cruise line sector has been experiencing continuous downturns for the past two years. The CDC conditional navigation order, which expired on January 15, mandated that 95 percent of passengers and crew members be completely vaccinated in order to travel in most scenarios, but certain cruise lines required vaccination for all passengers and crew members.
The Wonder of the Seas, the fifth and newest Royal Caribbean Oasis Class ship, is one of several brand new cruise ships set to debut in the next weeks and months. The Discovery Princess was delivered to the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, as the newest addition to Princess Cruises’ fleet. Meanwhile, Disney Wish, the company’s first new cruise ship in ten years, will be delivered this summer, and Silversea Cruises’ Silver Dawn, a new luxury cruise ship, will make its debut in the spring.