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New Royal Caribbean ship Wonder of the Seas departs on maiden cruise

Royal Caribbean ship Wonder of the Seas

Wonder of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, has set sail on its maiden voyage.

Royal Caribbean’s latest addition to the fleet departed Fort Lauderdale and is currently sailing a seven-night Caribbean cruise.

The ship will operate Caribbean itineraries through to April 2022, before heading to Barcelona and Rome for a summer in the Mediterranean.

Wonder of the Seas’ eastern and western Caribbean itineraries include visits to the line’s private destinations, Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas and Labadee, Haiti, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico; Roatan, Honduras; and Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico.

One it repositions to Europe, the ship will operate seven-night western Mediterranean cruises to destinations such as Naples, Florence, Palma de Mallorca, and Provence.

After completing an inaugural Europe season, Wonder of the Seas will return to homeport in Cape Canaveral, Florida, to offer year-round Caribbean cruises.

Life on board Wonder of the Seas

Wonder of the Seas, which can carry close to 7,000 passengers, features a range of on-board activities, some of which are new for Royal Caribbean.

The Suite Neighbourhood, for example, makes its debut on the ship, and offers Suite Class guests a private suite sun deck with a plunge pool and bar, as well as the “grandest ultimate family suite yet”, according to the cruise line.

The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant & Bar has been described as a place “where southern comfort food meets Royal Caribbean’s hospitality and creativity”, while the Wonder Playscape area is a new outdoor adventure concept for families.

Elsewhere, there are FlowRider surf simulators, The Ultimate Abyss slide, a zip line, and rock climbing walls.

Speaking in January 2022 when the ship was delivered, Royal Caribbean International president and CEO Michael Bayley said: “The combination of brand-new features and favourites that span thrills, entertainment, dining and nightlife is unparalleled, and it’s what will make our latest and most innovative ship the world’s newest wonder and the ultimate vacation in the Caribbean and Europe.”

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