The world’s largest cruise ship will have its home port at Port Canaveral from 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 Cruise Port Terminal 1 from November through April 2023.
“We are very proud to have Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas home port here, and look forward to welcoming it next fall,” said Captain John Murray, CEO of the port. “This is great news for our entire port community and further endorsement of our commitment to excellence in delivering a world class experience to our cruise passengers. “
Royal Caribbean originally planned to base the 236,857 gross tonne cruise ship in China, but instead chose to redeploy its new ship to the United States.
The Wonder of the Seas will take the title of World’s Largest Cruise Ship from its sister Symphony of the Seas on its maiden voyage in March 2022 from Port Everglades. The ship will offer seven-night trips to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from South Florida and will stop at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island destination in the Bahamas.
In May, the ship will head to Europe, where it 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 at Port Canaveral, the Wonder of the Seas will visit Cozumel, Mexico; Philipsburg, Saint-Martin; 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 quarters and a range of new adventures, including the new Suite Quarter; Le Vue, a cantilevered pool bar; and Wonder Playscape, an interactive outdoor play area for children. Returning favorites include The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest water slide at sea; Central Park, a neighborhood filled with thousands of real plants; and a Caribbean-inspired pool deck with 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 climbing walls, and a 10-deck zipline. The Boardwalk district returns with its handmade carousel, as does Central Park with its fine dining and evening concerts.
With space for 5,734 double occupancy passengers and 2,300 crew members, the Wonder of the Seas is 217 feet wide and features 18 decks and 2,867 cabins.
Built in a shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, the ship recently completed its first sea trials.