Port Canaveral has announced that Royal Caribbean’s upcoming mega-ship, Wonder of the Seas, will be homeporting there starting in November 2022.
“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 Captain John Murray, Port Canaveral 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.”
The ship, which is the largest cruise vessel in the world, will operate seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises from the port.
Destination highlights will include Cozumel, Mexico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Each voyage will include a stop at Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay.
Wonder of the Seas will make her big debut in March 2022, sailing from Fort Lauderdale until mid-spring when she will move to Barcelona to operate Mediterranean voyages for the summer. When the ship was first announced, Royal Caribbean was going to base it in China before scrapping that plan.
Wonder of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean’s fifth Oasis-class ship, and the fourth to call Port Canaveral home. The other vessels in the class are Oasis, Allure, Harmony, and Symphony of the Seas.
The public spaces on Wonder of the Seas will be divided into eight “neighborhoods,” which is one more than any of the other Oasis-class ships thus far. The new neighborhood will be the Suite Neighborhood — exclusive to those staying in a suite.
Other features of the ship will include a cantilevered pool bar called The Vue, an open-air kids’ play area called Wonder Playscape, The Ultimate Abyss slide, rock climbing walls, a zip line, and a hand-crafted carousel.
Wonder will also include a Caribbean-inspired pool deck, the Central Park neighborhood filled with thousands of real plants, and dedicated spaces for kids and teens at Adventure Ocean, Social100, and The Patio.
The ship is currently in the final stages of construction at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.