The world’s largest cruise ship has been delivered to Royal Caribbean and the vessel left the shipyard on 5th November. Being named ‘Wonder Of The Seas’, this newest member of Royal Caribbean’s fleet will operate in March 2022, from Florida.
This vessel measures 1,188 feet in length, is at 236,857 gross tons and can take 6,988 passengers in addition to 2,300 crew members. Special care has been taken to ensure that the vessel is cozy and unintimidating. Measures have been taken to make the ship appear smaller than it is to its passengers.
Matthew Colette, Assistant professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan said: “This is done to prevent passengers from feeling as though they were simply a commodity. Such a feat is achieved by dividing the ship into various zones. This particular ship will have zones for entertainment, accommodations, dining, and a special zone for suite passengers furnished with a lounge, restaurant, and private outdoor deck space.”
This vessel is the 5th in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class. Another vessel of the same class will enter service in 2024 whose details have not been disclosed yet. It is, however, safe to assume that any other ship is unlikely to challenge The Wonder of the Sea’s status anytime shortly. The fervour of cruise lines for larger ships has cooled down to a noticeable degree since the coronavirus pandemic badly affected the demand for cruises, with Royal Caribbean itself failing to negotiate for a 7th ship in the Oasis-class that was to be delivered in 2026.