Royal Caribbean International has announced the homeport and name of its fifth Oasis Class ship – Wonder of the Seas.
The next ship to join the cruise line’s innovative lineup will set sail from Shanghai, China. Details were revealed by Royal Caribbean president and CEO Michael Bayley at a global cruise industry conference event in Shanghai. Slated for a highly anticipated 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.”
The announcement came along with an important milestone for Wonder of the Seas – 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-ton block, measuring 155 feet by 65 feet, was lifted onto the building dock with a 1,400-ton crane.
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 bold lineup of experiences, imaginative dining, entertainment and the latest technology.