Royal Caribbean launched its latest and largest ship on its maiden voyage from Port Everglades to Fort Lauderdale on Friday: Wonder of the Seas.
The French-built ship is the largest cruise ship in the world, after Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas. Wonder of the Seas can accommodate 6,988 passengers and 2,300 crew. It weighs nearly 240,000 tons.
Royal Caribbean’s website says the ship is 1,118 feet long, 210 feet wide and cruises at 22 knots. Its 18 decks house 2,867 cabins, climbing walls, water slides, carousel, laser tag, mini-golf, arcade, outdoor cinema and zipline. The Miami Herald was denied access to a Wonder of the Seas media tour on Friday.
The mega ship has nine complimentary restaurants, 11 specialty restaurants, and 11 bars and lounges.
The ship is the newest in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of ships. The five Oasis-class ships are the five largest cruise ships in the world – part of former CEO Richard Fain’s vision to create floating mega-resorts.
This story was originally published March 4, 2022 7:19 p.m.