Royal Caribbean International has officially welcomed Wonder of the Seas to the fleet after taking delivery of the ship at a ceremony in Marseille.
The fifth vessel in the line’s Oasis class – and set to be the world’s largest cruise ship – will make its debut sailing from Fort Lauderdale on 4 March for a series of seven-night cruises to the Caribbean.
Following that, it will head to Barcelona and Rome to offer summer itineraries in the Mediterranean.
Wonder of the Seas, which will carry close to 7,000 passengers, features eight neighbourhoods, including the new Suite Class neighbourhood, offering suite class guests an “elevated” experience complete with a plunge pool and bar, as well as the “largest ultimate family suite” on any Royal ship.
Royal Caribbean Group president and CEO Jason Liberty said: “Wonder of the Seas will energise cruising in a bolder and bigger way. Adding this ship to our already best-in-class fleet elevates the company in continuing to lead the industry with new features and innovation.
“This is one more way that we’re delivering world-class and memorable vacations, responsibly, to guests around the world.”
Royal Caribbean International president and CEO Michael Bayley added: “Taking delivery of Wonder of the Seas is the culmination of 30 months of ingenuity and partnership across more than 2,000 committed crew members and workers who are among the best at what they do.
“Along with taking the revolutionary Oasis-class ships to a new level of wonder, innovation and adventure, Wonder sets the stage for the spring and summer vacations families and all travellers alike are looking forward to in the new year.
“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.”