Royal Caribbean International has announced “the world’s largest cruise ship,” Wonder of the Seas, which is set to debut in the United States and Europe.
The highly anticipated ship is set to sail from its home in Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean on March 4, 2022, before making its way to Barcelona and Rome in May.
Wonder will have eight distinct neighbourhoods, an Oasis Class first, that include all-new features such as the Suite Neighbourhood, a cantilevered pool bar named The Vue, and Wonder Playscape – an interactive, open-air kids’ play area.
With returning favourites also on deck, like The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea; Central Park, the neighbourhood filled with real plants from end to end; and the vibrant Caribbean-inspired pool deck experience, the new ship invites adventurers of all ages to reimagine, explore and make memories once again.
“The momentum taking off across bookings and our returning ships in the U.S. and Europe is significant. With half of our fleet sailing again, we are encouraged by what we’re seeing. These regions are in the position to welcome a brand-new, innovative ship like Wonder of the Seas,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Wonder will shine bright as the world’s newest wonder in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean."
"And what’s in store is the ultimate vacation experience that highlights the very best of Royal Caribbean, reimagines renowned favorites and introduces new adventures every guest, no matter their age, can enjoy.”
Suite Class Neighbourhood: The eighth neighbourhood, only found on Wonder, offers 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 favourites such as Coastal Kitchen, the private restaurant, and the Suite Lounge.
Plus, the grandest Ultimate Family Suite yet for a family of 10.
Wonder Playscape: The underwater-themed play area is a whole new adventure with slides, climbing walls, games, an interactive mural activated by touch and puzzles.
The Vue: The happiest of happy hours can be found at this new cantilevered bar. The Vue offers panoramic ocean views from high above on the pool deck all day, and after sunset, it shines bright with a colorful mosaic canopy overhead.
Pool deck experience: The Lime & Coconut is at the center of the Caribbean vibes, with two poolside bars and live music; while the trio of high-speed waterslides, The Perfect Storm, and kids aqua park Splashaway Bay, keep the young and young at heart Casitas, in-pool loungers and more make for a variety of great places to kick back, especially to catch a movie under the stars at the largest poolside movie screen in the Royal Caribbean fleet.
At the heart of every Oasis Class ship is a combination of signature features and experiences found from one neighbourhood to the next, including the tallest slide at sea, The Ultimate Abyss; the newly-designed kids and teens spaces at Adventure Ocean, Social100 and The Patio; the FlowRider surf simulator, twin rock-climbing walls and the ten-decks-high zip line.
From riding the carousel in the family favourite Boardwalk neighbourhood – inspired by renowned boardwalks like Coney Island – to fine dining in Central Park, and the variety of restaurants and entertainment in between, no day on board will be the same.
The ship will deliver multiple ways to adventure with 7-night sailings to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, visiting tropical destinations like Cozumel, Mexico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico, and more.
Every sailing will visit Royal Caribbean’s private island destination Perfect Day at CocoCay.
May will see an early start to summer family vacations when the Oasis Class ship heads for the Mediterranean to take center stage for its inaugural European season.
From Barcelona and Rome on 7-night Western Mediterranean cruises, travellers have memorable vacations in store as they sail to the sparkling shores of Europe’s most iconic and historic destinations, such as Palma de Mallorca, Spain and Capri, Italy.
Wonder’s Caribbean itineraries are available to book now. The ship’s European sailings will open on Sept. 22.