Wonder of the Seas
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Wonder of the Seas: World's largest cruise ship sails out of Hong Kong
When Wonder of the Seas joins Royal Caribbean's fleet in March 2022, it will become the world's largest cruise ship as well as the cruise line's first vessel to home port in China. The new Oasis class ship will sail out of Hong Kong with some voyages departing from the Shanghai and Beijing areas.
Given its itineraries, the 5,448-passenger ship — with a maximum capacity of 6,988 guests — will likely appeal to cruisers and visitors to the Asia Pacific region looking for a grand big-ship experience. At 236,857 gross metric tons, the ship features eight different neighborhoods, one more than on sister Oasis ships like Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas.
The open-air Central Park is an Oasis Class mainstay lined with upscale boutiques and elevated restaurants, like the guest-favorite Chops Grille. The Boardwalk offers casual eats, a merry-go-round and a reimagined AquaTheater. The new Suite Neighborhood is reserved for suite guests, providing access to Coastal Kitchen and other amenities. Other neighborhoods include the Royal Promenade, Entertainment Zone, Sports Zone, Youth Center and Wellness complex. The ship also has 19 pools.
Attractions on board include mini-golf, a sprawling water park, an ice-skating rink, Royal's signature Flow Rider, Zipline and the gargantuan Ultimate Abyss slide. The ship's 1,400-seat Royal Theater will showcase new Broadway-style productions eventually geared for Chinese passengers.
Where Wonder of the Seas sails
Home port: Hong Kong
Itineraries: Wonder of the Seas will offer itineraries that include Chan May and Halong Bay, Vietnam, and Okinawa, Ishigaki, Kyoto, Kochi, and Miyazaki in Japan. Some cruises will sail from Shanghai or Beijing, heading to ports in Jeju and Busan, South Korea as well as Taipei, Taiwan. Initially, the ship will call on Japan with 4- to 9-night cruises.
Wonder of the Seas readies for launch
Here's a video shared by Royal Caribbean that shows the progress made in readying this breathtaking ship for launch:
The ship's 41 stateroom categories include 200 suites and 1,828 rooms with balconies. Cabins start at 180 square feet. At the high end are the 1,528-square-foot Royal Loft Suites and the two-level 1,134-square-foot Ultimate Family Suites, including a slide from the children's bedroom to the living space.
- The ship cost $1.35 billion to build.
- At 10 stories high, Ultimate Abyss on Wonder of the Seas will sport the tallest waterslide at sea.
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