PORT CANAVERAL — Royal Caribbean International’s highly anticipated new ship, Wonder of the Seas, has an official new home: Port Canaveral in Florida.
The ship, said to be the largest in the world at 1,188 feet long, 217 feet wide and with 18 decks and 2,867 staterooms, will homeport at Port Canaveral beginning November 2022 following its official debut next March. It will sail seven-night itineraries to the eastern and western Caribbean, with destinations that include Cozumel, Mexico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Each cruise will also visit Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island destination in The Bahamas.
Wonder of the Seas will be the fifth of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class cruise ships, and the fourth overall to call Port Canaveral home.
“We’re very proud to have Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas homeport here, and we look forward to welcoming her next fall,” said Capt. John Murray, Port CEO. “This is terrific news for our entire Port community and another endorsement of our commitment to excellence in providing a world-class experience for our cruise guests.”
Wonder features eight neighbourhoods – an Oasis Class first – and a range of new offerings, including the Suite Neighbourhood, The Vue (a cantilevered pool bar), and Wonder Playscape, an interactive, open-air kids’ play area. Returning favourites include The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, Central Park featuring thousands of real plants, and The Lime & Coconut pool bar.
Additional experiences include dedicated kids and teens spaces at Adventure Ocean, Social100 and The Patio, the FlowRider surf simulator, twin rock-climbing walls, and a 10-deck-high zip line. The Boardwalk neighbourhood returns with its handmade carousel, as does Central Park featuring fine dining options and live music in the evenings.
Wonder of the Seas is in the final stages of construction at Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.