World’s largest cruise ship to set sail from China

EXCITEMENT was in the air when Royal Caribbean International announced the homeport and name of its fifth Oasis Class ship.

The next ship to join the cruise line’s line-up is named Wonder of the Seas. It will set sail from Shanghai, China.

The details were revealed by Royal Caribbean president and chief executive officer Michael Bayley at a global cruise industry conference in Shanghai.

Slated to debut in 2021, the world’s largest cruise ship will introduce a new era of cruising as the first of the renowned Oasis Class to sail the Asia-Pacific.

“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, ” said Bayley.

“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.”

It was also an important milestone for Wonder of the Seas to be in China.

Halfway around the world in Saint-Nazaire, France, Wonder’s keel was lowered into place at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard, marking the start of the ship’s physical construction.

During what is known as the keel-laying ceremony, a 970-tonne block, measuring 155ft by 65ft, was lifted onto the building dock with a 1,400-tonne crane.

“Royal Caribbean International has been a market leader in China for more than 10 years by consistently showcasing bold deployment strategies and driving growth to the cruise market, ” said Royal Caribbean Asia chairman Dr Zinan Liu.

“The deployment of Wonder of the Seas is a new era for Royal Caribbean.”

Wonder of the Seas will be part of the Oasis class of ships, the largest in the world, and will combine the iconic seven-neighbourhood concept that her sister ships feature along with a line-up of thrilling experiences, imaginative dining, unparalleled entertainment and latest technology.

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