World’s Largest Cruise Ship Marks Next Construction Milestone

The world’s largest cruise ship is one step closer to completion.

Royal Caribbean’s latest Oasis-class ship, Wonder of the Seas, departed the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France on Friday. The ship isn’t complete yet, though.

The vessel headed south and into the Mediterranean towards another shipyard, Chantier Naval de Marseille, on the other side of France. She’s scheduled to arrive there on Tuesday, November 9, where she has been allocated to Drydock 10 for interior finishings and final touches.

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Wonder of the Seas during sea trials this past summer (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Wonder of the Seas will remain under the control of Chantiers de l’Atlantique until the end of January 2022, when she is scheduled to be delivered to Royal Caribbean International.

“We are proud such a company as Royal Caribbean is putting its trust in Chantier Naval de Marseille,” President Jacques Hardelay said. “This decision also confirms our capacity to welcome and handle the largest cruise ships, as well as our very positive cooperation with Chantiers de l’Atlantique.”

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Wonder of the Seas is scheduled to stay in Marseille until it sets sail on its transatlantic crossing to Florida. From Port Everglades, it will begin weekly eastern and western Caribbean voyages starting March 4.

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(Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

On April 19, the ship will head back to Europe and operate western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona and Civitavecchia, which is the port for Rome.

After spending the summer in the Mediterranean, Wonder will cross the Atlantic yet again to head back to Florida. Royal Caribbean hasn’t revealed whether the ship will stay in Florida for the 2022-2023 winter season.

Highlights of Wonder of the Seas include The Vue cantilevered bar, the 10-story Ultimate Abyss slide, rock climbing walls, Splashaway Bay kids’ aqua park, an ice skating rink, a reimagined aft AquaTheater, and an all-new Suite Neighborhood.

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