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Royal Caribbean welcomes Wonder of the Seas, debuting March 4 in Ft. Lauderdale

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  •   01-28-2022  7:22 am
  •   Pax Global Media
Royal Caribbean welcomes Wonder of the Seas, debuting March 4 in Ft. Lauderdale
Wonder of the Seas has joined Royal Caribbean International. (Royal Caribbean International)
Pax Global Media

Royal Caribbean International took delivery of its new ship Wonder of the Seas on Thursday (Jan. 27) following a three-year construction period. 

Marking its completion, a traditional flag-changing ceremony took place in Marseille, France, with shipyard partner Chantiers de l’Atlantique, the cruise line said in a release yesterday. 

Wonder will make its official debut in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on March 4, to begin sailing 7-night cruises to the Caribbean before heading to Barcelona, Spain; and Rome to offer summer adventures in the Mediterranean.

The Vue, a cantilevered pool bar. (royalcaribbean.com)

Welcoming Wonder to the Royal Caribbean family was Royal Caribbean Group Chairman Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean Group President and CEO Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean International president and CEO Michael Bayley, and Laurent Castaing, general manager, Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France.

Wonder of the Seas will energize 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,” said Liberty. "This is one more way that we’re delivering world-class and memorable vacations, responsibly, to guests around the world.”

8 unique neighbourhoods 

The fifth in Royal Caribbean’s revolutionary Oasis class of ships, Wonder offers eight unique neighbourhoods – a Royal Caribbean first – in store for vacationers of all ages. 

  • Suite Neighbourhood – The new, eighth neighbourhood offers Royal Suite Class guests an elevated Suite Sun Deck in a new location, complete with a plunge pool, bar and plenty of loungers and nooks to kick back; along with favorites such as Coastal Kitchen, the private restaurant; the Suite Lounge, and the largest Ultimate Family Suite yet to host a family of 10.
  • The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant & Bar – The new hotspot serves up southern staples and new twists on classics for brunch, dinner and in the late night. Completing the experience is live country music, farmhouse-style decor, a collection of American whiskeys and spiked shakes.
  • Wonder Playscape – The underwater-themed play area for kids is a whole new adventure with slides, climbing walls, games, an interactive mural activated by touch and imaginative puzzles.
  • The Vue 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 bright with a colourful mosaic canopy.
  • Caribbean Pool Deck – At the centre of the Caribbean vibes is The Lime & Coconut, alongside the trio of high-speed waterslides, The Perfect Storm; kids aqua park Splashaway Bay, Casitas, in-pool loungers, live music; and more.
  • El Loco Fresh and Cantina Fresca - The grab-and-go spot for Mexican delights, like made-to-order tacos, burritos and quesadillas, now debuts Cantina Fresca. 

Other returning favourites on board Wonder include Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Royal Caribbean’s latest twist on the Italian trattoria; the tallest slide at sea, The Ultimate Abyss; the newly designed, dedicated kids and teens spaces at Adventure Ocean, Social100 and The Patio; the FlowRider surf simulator, twin rock-climbing walls, the Central Park neighborhood lined by more than 20,000 real plants; and more.

Upcoming U.S. & Europe Cruises

  • Sailing from Fort Lauderdale Wonder will set sail to the Caribbean from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale between March and April 2022. The 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries include visits to the cruise line‘s private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay and Nassau, The Bahamas; Roatan, Honduras; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Sailing from Barcelona and Rome – Starting in May, the new Oasis Class ship charts course for summer vacations in the Mediterranean. The 7-night Western Mediterranean cruises will visit marquee destinations like Naples and Florence, Italy; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; and Provence, France.
  • Sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida – Year-round adventures on Wonder begin in November 2022, when the newest addition to the Royal Caribbean lineup cruises to the Caribbean from Port Canaveral. The destinations vacationers have in store range from Perfect Day at CocoCay and Philipsburg, St. Maarten, to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Cozumel, Mexico.

For more info on Wonder of the Seas, click here.


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