Leading cruise line takes delivery of Wonder of the Seas, the newest and most innovative ship
MIAMI, January 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Adventures aboard the world’s newest wonder are on the horizon for vacationers of all ages. Today, Royal Caribbean International took delivery of wonder of the seas, the highly anticipated and innovative next ship in the cruise line’s award-winning lineup. Marking the completion of three years of construction, a traditional flag changing ceremony was held at Marseille, Francewith the partner shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique. Wonder will make its official debut in Fort Lauderdale, Floridato March 4, to start sailing 7-night cruises to the Caribbean before heading to Barcelona, Spain; and Rome offer summer adventures in the Mediterranean.
Welcoming Wonder to the Royal Caribbean family was Chairman of the Royal Caribbean Group Richard FainChairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group Jason FreedomPresident and CEO of Royal Caribbean International Michael Bayleyand Laurent CastaingManaging Director of Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France.
“wonder of the seas will energize cruising in a bolder and bigger way. Adding this vessel to our already best-in-class fleet allows the company to continue to lead the industry with new features and innovation,” said Jason Freedom, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group. “It’s another way for us to responsibly deliver memorable, world-class vacations to guests around the world.”
“Take delivery of wonder of the seas is the culmination of 30 months of ingenuity and partnership between more than 2,000 crew members and dedicated workers who are among the best at what they do,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “In addition to taking the revolutionary Oasis-class ships to a new level of wonder, innovation and adventure, Wonder sets the stage for the spring and summer holidays that families and all travelers are looking forward to in the New Year. The combination of all-new features and favorites that span thrills, entertainment, dining and nightlife is unparalleled, and it’s what will make our newest and most innovative ship the newest wonder of the world. world and the ultimate vacation in the Caribbean and Europe.”
“wonder of the seas represents a new advancement in Oasis-class ships. Our teams worked in difficult conditions but in a very united way to finally make major changes that improved the performance of the ship,” said Laurent Castaing, Managing Director of Chantiers de l’Atlantique. “Wonder is truly an exceptional new ship.”
Highlights to check out on Wonder
The fifth of Royal Caribbean’s revolutionary Oasis class of ships, Wonder offers adventures in eight unique neighborhoods – a Royal Caribbean first – for vacationers of all ages. The young and young-at-heart can discover, marvel, and make memories in a variety of ways and in places designed for family bonding and time for themselves, including:
Suite District – The new Eighth Ward offers Royal Suite Class guests an elevated Sun Deck Suite in a new location, with a plunge pool, bar and plenty of loungers and nooks to relax; as well as favorites such as Coastal Kitchen, the private restaurant, the Suite Lounge and the largest Ultimate Family Suite again to accommodate a family of 10.
The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant and Bar – The new hotspot serves southern staples and new twists on classics for brunch, dinner and late night, including savory johnnycakes, southern fried chicken, crab cakes, shrimp and grits. The experience is rounded out with live country music, farmhouse-style decor, a collection of American whiskeys, and fortified shakes.
Wonderful game landscape – The underwater playground for kids is a whole new adventure with slides, climbing walls, games, an interactive touch-activated mural and imaginative puzzles.
The view bar – The happiest of happy hours can be found at the new cantilevered bar that offers panoramic ocean views by day, and after sunset it shines with a colorful mosaic canopy.
Caribbean Pool Deck – In the center of the Caribbean vibes is The Lime & Coconut, alongside the trio of high-speed waterslides, The Perfect Storm, Splashaway Bay children’s water park, Casitas, in-pool lounge chairs, live music and more.
Fresh Loco and Cantina Fresca – Take-out spot for Mexican delights, like made-to-order tacos, burritos and quesadillas, now debuts Cantina Fresca. The dedicated bar serves a selection of “aguas frescas”, margaritas and other Mexican dishes.
Other back-on-board favorites Wonder include Giovanni’s Italian cuisine and wine bar, the latest iteration of Royal Caribbean’s Italian trattoria; the highest slide at sea, the Ultimate Abyss; the new spaces dedicated to children and teenagers in Ocean Adventure, Social100 and The patio; the Flow Rider surf simulator, twin climbing wallsthe central park neighborhood lined with more than 20,000 real plants; and more.
Upcoming cruises in the United States and Europe
Departure to Fort Lauderdale – Wonder set sail for Caribbean from Port Everglades to Fort Lauderdale between March and April 2022. the 7 nights of the East and Western Caribbean itineraries include visits to the cruise line’s private island, Perfect day at CocoCay, and NassauThe Bahamian; roatan, Honduras; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Departure to Barcelona and Rome – From May, the new Oasis class nautical chart course for the summer holidays in the Mediterranean. the 7 Night Western Mediterranean the cruises will visit renowned destinations like Naples and Florence, Italy; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; and provencal, France.
From Port Canaveral, Florida – Year-round adventures on Wonder start in November 2022when the newest addition to the Royal Caribbean lineup sails to the Caribbean of Port Canaveral. The destinations vacationers have in store range from Perfect day at CocoCay and Philipsburg, Saint-Martin at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, and Cozumel, Mexico.
For more details on Wonderincluding sailings now open for booking, visit Royal Caribbean website.
About Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean International, owned by Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL), has been innovating at sea for more than 50 years. Each successive class of ship is an architectural marvel that offers the latest technologies and experiences for today’s adventurous travellers. The cruise line continues to revolutionize vacations with itineraries to 240 destinations in 61 countries on six continents, including Royal Caribbean’s private island destination at The Bahamian, Perfect Day at CocoCay, the first of the Perfect Day Island collection. Royal Caribbean was also voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 19 consecutive years in the Weekly trip Readers’ Choice Award.
Media can stay informed by following @RoyalCaribPR on Twitter and by visiting RoyalCaribbeanPressCenter.com. For more information or to make reservations, vacationers can call their travel advisor; visit RoyalCaribbean.com; or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.
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