Royal Caribbean International recently announced the name and homeport of its newest Oasis Class ship: Wonder of the Seas, and she will set sail from Shanghai, China during her highly anticipated debut in 2021. As one of the world’s largest cruise ships, she will have the distinction of being the first Oasis Class vessel to tour the Asia Pacific.
Wonder of the Seas will have a similar design to her four sister ships with a few new innovations. She’ll come equipped with the iconic seven-neighborhood concept and will feature exquisite dining, unforgettable experiences, riveting entertainment, and the latest technology the world has to offer.
Royal Caribbean’s President and CEO, Michael Bayley, made the official announcement at a global cruise conference in Shanghai. “Royal Caribbean is known for its innovation and constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and an Oasis Class ship in China is proof of that,” he said. “Wonder of the Seas will redefine the ultimate vacation and be revolutionary in her own right, and she marks one of Royal Caribbean’s most exciting chapters to come.”
At the same time, in Saint-Nazaire, France, professional shipbuilders began Wonder of the Seas’ physical construction. They held what is known as its keel-laying ceremony, where a 155 by 65 foot, 970-ton block is lifted onto a building dock by a 1,400-ton crane.
When reached for comment, the Chairman of Royal Caribbean Asia, Dr. Zinan Liu said, “Royal Caribbean International has been a market leader in China for more than 10 years by consistently showcasing bold deployment strategies and driving growth of the new to cruise market.” He concluded, “The deployment of Wonder of the Seas is a manifesto of new era for Royal Caribbean.”
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SOURCE: Royal Caribbean