Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, the new largest cruise ship in the world, arrived in Port Everglades this weekend ahead of its maiden voyage.
The 236,857 gross ton cruise ship will be able to hold almost 7,000 passengers and 2,300 crew. It is about four percent larger than its sister ship, Symphony of the Seas, which held the title of world’s largest cruise ship previously.
Wonder of the Seas is the fifth cruise ship in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class cruise ships, with more scheduled to be delivered to the company in the future. Each Oasis class ship has been bigger than the previous one, and they all make up the top five largest cruise ships.
The ship was originally scheduled to be delivered in 2021 to the company, and the initial plan was to have it start cruising in China. The pandemic delayed its completion, and altered its itinerary.
Wonder of the Seas is undergoing final preparations before its maiden voyage on March 4. For now, it will be sailing to the Caribbean. In the summer the ship will sail from the Mediterranean. At the end of 2022, it will move to its homeport of Port Canaveral, Florida.