The world’s largest cruise ship will homeport at Port Canaveral starting in November 2022.
Royal Caribbean International’s 1,188-foot-long Wonder of the Seas will offer seven-night itineraries to the eastern and western Caribbean from the Port’s Cruise Terminal 1 from November until April 2023.
“We’re very proud to have Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas homeport here, and we look forward to welcoming her next fall,” stated Capt. John Murray, Port CEO. “This is terrific news for our entire Port community and another endorsement of our commitment to excellence in providing a world-class experience for our cruise guests.”
Royal Caribbean originally planned to base the 236,857- gross-ton cruise ship in China, but chose instead to redeploy its newest ship to the United States.
The Wonder of the Seas will take the title of world’s largest cruise ship from her sister Symphony of the Seas when she takes her maiden voyage in March 2022 from Port Everglades. The ship will offer seven-night eastern and western Caribbean trips from South Florida and stop at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island destination in The Bahamas.
In May, the ship will head to Europe, where she will offer seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona and Rome before redeploying to Port Canaveral.
The fifth of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class cruise ships and the fourth to call Port Canaveral home, the Wonder of the Seas will visit Cozumel, Mexico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as Perfect Day at CocoCay.
In a first for an Oasis Class ship, the Wonder of the Seas features eight neighborhoods and a lineup of new adventures, including the new Suite Neighborhood; The Vue, a cantilevered pool bar; and Wonder Playscape, an interactive, open-air kids’ play area. Returning favorites include The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea; Central Park, a neighborhood filled with thousands of real plants; and a Caribbean-inspired pool deck that features live music and The Lime & Coconut pool bar.
Kids and teens can hang out at Adventure Ocean, Social100 and The Patio. The ship also features the FlowRider surf simulator, twin rock-climbing walls, and a 10-deck-high zip line. The Boardwalk neighborhood returns with its handmade carousel, as does Central Park with fine dining options and live music in the evenings.
WIth space for 5,734 passengers at double occupancy and 2,300 crew members, the Wonder of the Seas is 217 feet wide and features 18 decks and 2,867 staterooms.
Constructed at a shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, the ship recently sailed on its first sea trials.