On March 4, the Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the Caribbean. The 400 mile journey marks the maiden voyage for the world’s biggest cruise ship.
At 1,188 feet long and nearly 237,000 tonnes, the 18-deck cruise ship took three years to build in Saint-Nazaire, France’s Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard. Wonder of the Seas can accommodate up to 6,988 guests and 2,300 crew members.
The ship is divided into eight neighborhoods, which include 20 restaurants, bars, and lounges; a mini putt course; a surf simulator; the tallest slide at sea; a 10-story-high zip line, rock climbing walls; a full-sized movie theater; plus ‘Central Park’, a section of the ship that includes 20,000-live plants.
Royal Caribbean operates the five largest cruise ships in the world. Before Wonder of the Seas, the company’s 2018 cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, was the world’s largest at 1,184 feet and 228,000 tonnes.
The ship is currently operating seven-night cruises to the Caribbean, visiting Roatán, Honduras; Cozumel, Mexico; the islands of St. Thomas and St. Maarten; and finally the Bahamas. In May, the ship will start operating cruises from Barcelona and Rome, exploring the Mediterranean.