Wonder Of The Seas

Wonder Of The Seas current position

Wonder Of The Seas current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 47.28408 N / -2.18905 W) cruising en route to SEA TRIAL1. The AIS position was reported 4 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Wonder Of The Seas

Year built2022 new ship
Flag state France
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassOasis-Plus
Building costEUR 1,2 billion (USD 1,35 billion)
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
OperatorRoyal Caribbean International
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)362 m / 1188 ft
Beam (width)64 m / 210 ft
Gross Tonnage236857 gt
Passengers5734 - 6988
Crew2394
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks17
Cabins2867
Decks with cabins11
Sister-shipsAllure OTS, Harmony OTS, Oasis OTS, Symphony OTS
Christened bytba
RCI-Royal Caribbean International Coronavirus update

Wonder Of The Seas Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Mar 04 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1037
2022 Mar 11 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $970
2022 Mar 18 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $985
2022 Mar 25 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1004
2022 Apr 01 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1047
2022 Apr 08 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1097
2022 Apr 15 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $822
2022 Apr 20 14 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona Fort Lauderdale $1439
2022 May 08 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1197
2022 May 12 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1201
2022 May 15 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1189
2022 May 19 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1192
2022 May 22 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1189
2022 May 26 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1226
2022 May 29 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1240
2022 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1353
2022 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1248
2022 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1269
2022 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1340
2022 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1353
2022 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1323
2022 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1377
2022 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1390
2022 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1404
2022 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1474
2022 Jul 07 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1504
2022 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1474
2022 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1529
2022 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1474
2022 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1487
2022 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1465
2022 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1487
2022 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1424
2022 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1429
2022 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1441
2022 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1436
2022 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1424
2022 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1412
2022 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1399
2022 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1353
2022 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1349
2022 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1328
2022 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1315
2022 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1303
2022 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1323
2022 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1311
2022 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1340
2022 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1311
2022 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1315
2022 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1253
2022 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1197
2022 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1169
2022 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1197
2022 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1161
2022 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1190
2022 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Civitavecchia $1161
2022 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Western Mediterranean Barcelona $1164
2022 Oct 27 3 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia $529
2022 Oct 30 14 days, one-way from Barcelona to Port Canaveral Barcelona $1404
2022 Nov 25 9 days, round-trip China, South Korea Japan Hong Kong
2022 Dec 04 5 days, round-trip China Japan Hong Kong $1078
2022 Dec 09 4 days, round-trip China Vietnam Hong Kong $840
2022 Dec 13 5 days, round-trip China Japan Hong Kong $1078
2022 Dec 18 4 days, round-trip China Vietnam Hong Kong $840
2022 Dec 22 9 days, round-trip China Japan Hong Kong $2288
2022 Dec 31 4 days, round-trip China Hong Kong $1117
2023 Jan 04 5 days, round-trip China Japan Hong Kong $1027
2023 Jan 09 4 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Shanghai Hong Kong

Wonder Of The Seas Review

Review of Wonder Of The Seas

The 2022-built Wonder of the Seas cruise ship is the third RCI "Oasis-Plus" class liner, with sisterships Harmony OTS (2016), Symphony OTS (2018) and TBN OTS (2023). Wonder OTS just slightly exceeds in size the original Oasis-class vessels Oasis OTS (2009) and Allure OTS (2010). The vessel has a building cost of USD 1,35 billion (2019 shiporder rates).

Wonder OTS is the 14th vessel delivered to Royal Caribbean by the French shipbuilding company Chantiers de l'Atlantique (St Nazaire, France), and RCI fleet's 28th liner.

In mid-July 2020, RCG-Royal Caribbean Group (via its subsidiary Royal Caribbean Cruises Asia) announced that due to delayed delivery from the shipbuilder, Wonder OTS' China debut (planned for 2022-Q1, with homeporting in Shanghai) is postponed "until further notice". In mid-September 2021 was announced that the ship's inaugural season will be in the Caribbean and Europe-Mediterranean.

When completed, Wonder OTS will be the world's ever-biggest cruise ship (preceding the current-largest Symphony OTS).

The vessel (IMO number 9838345) will be Bahamas-flagged (MMSI tba) and registered in Nassau.

History - construction and ownership

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is a US shipping company, trademarked brand and subsidiary owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL, shipowner). The 1968-fonded RCI currently has over 1/5 of the worldwide cruise market. RCI also has RCCL's largest fleet as both numbers of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). All RCI boats have names ending with "of the Seas".

Wonder Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

The 5700-passenger ship Wonder OTS comprises 8 neighborhoods - Royal Promenade, Central Park, Boardwalk, Entertainment Zone, Sports Zone, Youth Center complex, Wellness complex, Suite complex.

Wonder OTS (GT 236857) and Symphony OTS (GT 228081) are currently the world's largest passenger ships by GT-gross tonnage/volume - followed by Harmony OTS (GT 226963). Wonder also has the new RCI "Family Suite" (2-level / on 2 decks), redesigned Boardwalk, several new venues.

Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ship (raster image)

In comparison to the other sisterships, Oasis-Plus Class boats are heavier, wider and with bigger passenger capacity. Wonder is nearly 330 ft (101 m) longer than RMS Titanic and 165 ft (50 m) longer than Eiffel Tower (Paris City). The liner has several promenades, 2x FlowRiders, 2x Rock-Climbing Walls, an Ice-Skating Rink, world's largest theatre at sea.

Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ship (raster image)

Among Wonder OTS' most prominent features is the multi-deck waterslide  "The Ultimate Abyss". Introduced first on Harmony OTS, the waterslide swings down 10 decks, at over 150 ft (46 m) above sea level. Wonder is also the third Oasis-class liner with robot bartenders serving drinks at the Bionic Bar (introduced in 2014 on Quantum OTS). Wonder has bigger cabins than Allure and Oasis (in some categories) and windowless interior cabins (Virtual Balconies) offering real-time views (introduced in 2014 on Navigator OTS).

The next YouTube video shows the most prominent features and the shipbuilding process of the "Oasis 3 class"/Oasis-Plus.

 

Wonder's Suite passengers benefit from exclusive new areas including a Suite Bar Lounge, a private restaurant (Coastal Kitchen), a full-service Suite Sun Deck. New restaurants include the Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine eatery which first debuted on Quantum. Also added to Wonder is the new Mexican restaurant El Loco Fresh.

Decks and Cabins

Wonder Of The Seas staterooms (2867 total, in 37 categories) include 175x Suites, 1435x Balcony, 155x Oceanview, 527x Inside, also 477x Boardwalk-Central Park Balcony, 70x Boardwalk-Central Park Interior, 26x Promenade View. Wheelchair-accessible cabins are 44.

Most cabins are sized 150-180 ft2 / 14-17 m2. Most cabin balconies are sized 55 ft2 / 5 m2. The largest accommodation is the Royal Loft Suite (1530 ft2 / 142 m2, with terrace sized 850 ft2 / 79 m2 - a wraparound balcony with a Jacuzzi).

The boat has 17 decks, of which 16 are passenger-accessible and 11 with cabins.

The Ultimate Family Suite is unique for RCI loft suite featuring a slide (from the kid's bedroom down to the living room), floor-ceiling LEGO wall, hidden nooks for a chilling, air-hockey table. A 3D movie theatre-style TV room is fitted with a popcorn machine and a library of video games. The 210 ft2 wraparound balcony has a bumper pool table, kids climbers and a full-size whirlpool. Currently the largest "Family Suite" at sea accommodates up to 8 passengers.

Unlike the other Oasis-Class ships, Wonder OTS has an additional (8th) neighborhood that houses Suites and Suite-only facilities. The "Suite Class Neighborhood" (located midship-aft on decks 17-18) is designed as an exclusive VIP accommodation complex with its own Restaurant, Bar Lounge, Sundeck.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Wonder OTS' 3-tiered dining room, the Quantum is designed as three separate restaurants situated on different decks - American Icon Grill (Deck 3), The Grand (Deck 4) and The Chic (Deck 5). Wonder also includes some Quantum restaurants, such as Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine, Coastal Kitchen. Ship's Bionic Bar is famous for its dancing robot bartenders. Its location is on the Royal Promenade. Izumi Teppanyaki Restaurant features a la carte hibachi, teppanyaki and sushi menu. A total of 25 onboard dining options (14 complimentary, including room-service) are available to choose from.

Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ships - swimming pools

 

Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ships - Sports Court, Mini Golf, FlowridersFollows the complete list of Wonder of the Seas restaurants and food bars.

  • American Icon Grill (a la carte restaurant which offers open seating breakfast, lunch, "Brasserie 30" menu; with two assigned dinner seatings and Private Dining area.)
  • The Grande Restaurant (serves themed breakfasts and dinners / two fixed seatings and "My Time Dining")
  • Chic (features an expansive menu of dinner options; two seatings and "My Time Dining" program)
  • Johnny Rockets (128-seat fast food restaurant, complimentary)
  • Windjammer Marketplace buffet restaurant (offers Early Breakfast at 6:30 a.m., Breakfast between 7-11:30 am, Lunch 11.30-3:30 pm, Dinner 6.30-9 pm)
  • Giovanni's Italian Kitchen (96-seat specialty restaurant/reservations recommended)
  • El Loco Fresh (complimentary restaurant) offers fresh-made Mexican food. It is located in the Sports Zone and replaces Mini Bites (on Harmony OTS). Adjacent is the Cantina Fresca (bar-restaurant).
  • Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine (extravagant gourmet dishes)
  • Hooked Seafood is a specialty restaurant (in the Solarium) offering fresh seafood and a raw bar.
  • Sugar Beach Candy and Ice Cream (replaces the retail outlets on Johnny Rockets side of the ship's Boardwalk)
  • Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade (located on Boardwalk neighborhood it spans the entire length of Boardwalk neighborhood. Playmakers take the place of where Sabor and Starbucks are on Harmony of the Seas. Starbucks opens on the Royal Promenade, available during European season only)
  • Chops Grille (steakhouse/seafood)
  • Sorrento's (Italian restaurant)
  • Izumi Teppanyaki (Asian/Japanese restaurant for hibachi-style dining)
  • Solarium Bistro (healthy dining)
  • Vitality Cafe (spa/food and beverages)
  • Coastal Kitchen (Grand Suites and above passengers, Pinnacle members)
  • WipeOut Cafe (fast food bar)
  • Boardwalk Dog House (complimentary)
  • Park Cafe (deli food bar, casual-dining)

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Wonder OTS is a novelty mixture of Oasis-class deck layout and Quantum-class innovations. The brand-new additions include the first-ever Royal Caribbean waterslides created by ADE (Aquatic Design and Engineering); Wonder Playscape (2-deck indoor playground for kids); Suite Sun Deck (keycard-access-only/exclusive sundeck with plunge pool, bar, sunbathing area with loungers); Starbucks Coffee Shop and classic Arcade (video games) located in the Boardwalk neighborhood; 15x Studios (single cabins designed for solo travelers).

Among the modern technologies implemented on the Royal Caribbean's Wonder ship are the RFID wristbands or "WOWbands" - an optional choice to replace the SeaPass cards, allowing passengers to do purchases onboard and to access their cabins.

 

When arriving in the port, passengers can use their mobile phones to check-in and board the liner via just a security checkpoint between the ship and the curb. The new process leverages a combination of bar codes, beacons, and facial recognition, to make boarding fast. Guests check-in via the new mobile app of the brand.

Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ships - Aqua Theater

New Broadway-style musical productions and live show programming will be developed exclusively for the Wonder OTS ship and Royal Caribbean's Chinese customers. Among the onboard amenities are complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, supervised Youth Program for children of different age groups (Voyagers 9-11 yo, Explorers 6-8 yo, Aquanauts 3-5 yo), Royal Babies and Tots (complimentary nursery for toddlers 6 months to 3 years), shipwide Internet (WiFi access), self-serve laundry rooms.

Follows the complete list of Wonder of the Seas lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Royal Theater (capacity 1401 seats) offers 3D movies, aerial acrobatic performances and Broadway-style productions like Hairspray, Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, and Flight, one-of-a-kind show taking guests through the history and future of flying and the evolution of air travel which ends with a homage to the famous Wright Brothers)
  • Studio B Lounge (indoor ice-skating rink; also serves as a spot for ice shows, cooking demos, game parties; 1977 is a spectacular adventure on ice taking ice-surface video projection technology to a brand new level, pushing the limits of what's possible technologically; Laser Tag is a state-of-the-art and special effects ultimate laser tag arena to battle over the fate of the galaxy's last planet)
  • AquaTheatre (2-deck-high) features 600 seats, a deep swimming/dive pool and partial shelter (partially enclosed) for cooler temperatures. HiRo is a new show combining cutting-edge technology, aerial acrobatic stunts and future-forward choreography.
  • Entertainment Place nightclub; "The Attic" Comedy Club; Diamond Club Lounge and Bar (past guests only); Golden Room (Jazz Club & Bar); On Air Club (doubles as Spotlight Karaoke bar/nightly); Boleros (Latin Bar-Lounge; Cask & Clipper (English Pub); Rising Tide Bar (moving cocktail bar); Bionic Bar; Schooner Bar (piano bar); Starbucks Bar; Giovanni's Wine Bar; Dazzles Music Hall (2-deck disco nightclub); Suite Sun Deck (plunge pool, bar, sunbathing area with loungers), Social100 Patio (teen sundeck with a pool bar); The Lime & Coconut (2-deck poolside bar lounge)
  • Escape Room: Puzzle Break experience, where teams race against the clock and work toward escaping the submarine-themed room before their time runs out.
  • Art Gallery; Focus Photo Gallery and Shop
  • Boardwalk neighborhood (with games and attractions)
  • Central Park (outdoor area with live plants)
  • Carousel (with handcrafted wooden figures)
  • Casino Royale; Card Room
  • Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center; 9 jacuzzis (2 cantilevered); 4 swimming pools
  • Royal Promenade Boutiques (perfumes, jewelry, duty-free alcohol, general store, logo/souvenirs)
  • Solarium Lounge (includes Solarium Cafe, pool bar and adults-only pool area); Solarium Bar
  • Video Games Arcade; Explorers, Aquanauts, Adventure Science Lab; The Living Room and Night Club teen areas; Fuel Teen Disco; Royal Babies and Tots Nursery; Adventure Ocean kids lounge area; Kids Avenue; Workshop (family venue); H2O Zone family and kids area
  • Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, soccer; tennis tables); 2x FlowRiders (surf simulators); Zip Line (82 ft/25 m); Jogging Track; 2x Rock-Climbing Walls; Wonder Dunes (Mini-Golf Course).
  • The ship has a total of 19 pools.

New for RCI's Oasis-Class design are "The Vue Bar" (Deck 15 forward-portside/cantilevered pool bar) and "Wonder Playscape" (aft-starboard on decks 15-16/2-deck interactive indoor kids playground with slides, climbing walls, jungle gyms, puzzles, various games, a touch-activated interactive mural).

(NEW) Unique shipboard features

RCI Wonder and Symphony ships have some unique features not currently available on the other Oasis-class ships. These brand new for Royal Caribbean venues were revealed in October 2017 (during the vessel's construction) and include:

  • "Ultimate Family Suite" is a new cabin type (8-passenger, 2-bedroom loft suite sized 125 m2 / 1350 ft2) featuring exclusive / in-cabin slide from the kids bedroom (upper level) down to the living room (lower level), floor-ceiling LEGO wall, air-hockey table, 2 hanging egg swing chairs, separate TV room (3D movies, popcorn machine, media library, video gaming consoles with games), large wraparound balcony (sized 20 m2 / 210 ft2, fitted with bumper pool table, small climbing wall, full-size whirlpool).
  • "Hooked Seafood" - New England-style seafood specialty restaurant for lunch and dinner. It is located in the fully-eclosed Solarium complex (forward on Pool Deck 15) and offers fresh seafood and also has a cantilevered raw bar (The Vue Bar) where raw shucked oysters can be ordered.
  • "El Loco Fresh" is a Mexican restaurant (capacity over 100 seats) offering fresh-made favorites. It is located in Sports Zone (Pool Deck 15) replacing "Mini Bites" (food bar on Harmony OTS). El Loco Fresh offers Mexican fare with fresh-made mole sauce and salsa verde, made-to-order burritos and tacos.
  • "Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade" has 30 large-sized TVs for watching live sporting events, as well as a video games section fitted with arcade machines. The sports bar/arcade is located on Deck 6 (Boardwalk). It spans the neighborhood's entire length and takes the place of Sabor and Starbucks (on Harmony OTS). Starbucks was relocated on Deck 5 (Royal Promenade). Playmakers Sports Bar menu offers fast-food classics like chicken wings, burgers, popcorn shrimp, sliders, sundaes.
  • "Sugar Beach Candy and Ice Cream" is a premium shop for sweet treats located on Deck 6 (Boardwalk). The shop has colorful walls packed with candies, premium ice-cream, a huge variety of toppings and also offers family-friendly activities and workshops. Sugar Beach replaced "Johnny Rockets" (fast-food bar).
  • "Battle for Planet Z" / Laser Tag experience) is available at "Studio B" complex (Deck 3) and offers glow-in-the-dark laser tag gaming with top-notch special effects.
  • "Escape Room" (submarine-themed, located on Boardwalk Deck 6) provides puzzle-breaking team gaming experience.
  • On Deck 15 are installed three 24-hour, self-service vending machines (by Pharmabox Franchise). They allow purchasing of select merchandise, including Tech Shop (electronics, gadgets, batteries, headphones, walkie-talkies, Nintendo 3DS gaming consoles), Splash Store (sunscreens, skincare products, swim accessories) and Health Essentials Store (toiletries, medicines).

Note: Wonder OTS' Asian-themed food bars, specialty restaurants and unique lounges (as names and menus/amenities) are yet to be announced. Among the ship's show productions could be the Symphony OTS-introduced musicals:

  • "1977 "(at Studio B / ice-rink theater) - themed on time traveling and dimension-jumping, with Panasonic-developed video projection technology
  • "Flight - Dare to Dream" (at Royal Theater) - themed on the history of flying, featuring 3D video and automation technologies
  • "Hairspray" (at Royal Theater) - themed on the Broadway musical
  • "HiRo" (at Aqua Theater) - themed on heroes combat fighting, with high-flying acrobatics, diving and extreme-sport stunts.

Itineraries

Wonder of the Seas itinerary program was originally based on year-round deployment in Asia. This is the first Oasis-Class liner specifically designed for the Chinese source market. For the inaugural cruise season (starting March 2022) were scheduled 4-5-8-night itineraries from China to ports in Japan (Kobe-Osaka, Shimizu-Shizuoka, Tokyo, Hakata-Fukuoka City, Kagoshima, Yatsushiro-Kumamoto City, Naha, Sakishima-Ishigaki Island) with roundtrip departures from homeport Shanghai Baoshan.

  • With delivery planned for 2022-Q1, Wonder OTS' Maiden Voyage was scheduled for March 26, 2022 (5-day itinerary roundtrip from Shanghai to Fukuoka and Kumamoto). The liner could be also seasonally deployed in the Southern Pacific Ocean (Australia and New Zealand), with relocation voyages (RepositionCruises.com) via Singapore.
  • Bookings on Wonder OTS China cruises opened in mid-April 2021.

However, in mid-September 2021, RCI announced that instead of China, the ship's inaugural season will start in the Caribbean, with homeporting in Florida USA (Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale, Terminal 18).

  • The Maiden Voyage was rescheduled for March 4, 2022. Follows an eastbound Transatlantic crossing for the Western Mediterranean season (May 8 thru Oct 27, 2022) based on homeporting in Barcelona Spain and Civitavecchia-Rome and 7-day roundtrip itineraries.
  • In Europe (2022), Wonder OTS replaced Allure OTS, with all Allure bookings automatically transferred to Wonder.
  • Wonder OTS' Caribbean voyages were opened for booking on Sept 15th, the Mediterranean voyages - on Sept 22nd.

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Wonder OTS is Royal Caribbean Group's 5th Oasis-class liner, with sisterships Harmony, Oasis, Allure and Symphony. These are currently the world's biggest passenger liners ever constructed. RCCL planned ship's cost per berth to be lower compared to Allure and Oasis. Like the sisterships, Wonder OTS has telescoping funnels to be able to sail under bridges. Unlike the original/smaller Oasis-class ships, Wonder has no Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine (specialty restaurant) and 150 Central Park (dinner-only specialty restaurant), while the adult-only Solarium complex has a swimming pool and 2 additional whirlpools.

The following aerial photo shows an Oasis-class vessel (as looked from above).

Royal Caribbean Oasis-class cruise ship

The vessel's construction officially started with the steel-cutting ceremony held on April 24, 2019. The keel-laying was on October 10, 2019, held at Chantiers de l'Atlantique Shipyard in Saint-Nazaire (STX France). A 65x155 ft (20x47 m), 970-ton keel block (part of the midship hull section) was lifted by a 1400-ton gantry crane and placed into the shipyard's building dock. During the ceremony, under the first hull block were placed newly minted coins - to stay there until the end of the ship's construction. The steel-cutting ceremony was attended by Joseph Pineau (RCCL's Director Newbuilds), Beatrice Siri (RCCL's Associate VP, Architectural Design and Outfitting), Jean-Yves Jaouen (shipyard's SVP Operations), Florence Mauduit (shipyard's Oasis Contract Director) and Laurent Castaing (shipyard's General Manager).

Wonder Of The Seas cruise ship construction

On February 18, 2019, RCI signed a shipbuilding order with Chantiers de l'Atlantique for a 6th Oasis-class liner (planned delivery 2023-Q4). This was the shipyard's 23rd vessel built for Royal Caribbean.

Next RCI official YouTube video shows Oasis-Plus ships' fun statistics and best features.

 

The cruise ship was launched (floated out from drydock) on September 5, 2020. The complex operation started at ~at 7 am. With the assistance of 7 tugboats, the engines-free vessel was moved from the shipbuilding yard's Basin B to Basin C. The 500-m (1640-ft) long maneuvering was completed in ~1 hour.

Sea trials (in the Bay of Biscay) were conducted on August 20-24, 2021. The 4-day operation tested all the vessel's systems (navigation, propulsion, engines, etc) prior to its delivery.

Wonder Of The Seas cruise ship construction

Wonder OTS is the third Oasis-Class passenger liner built by STX France - after Harmony OTS (2016) and Symphony OTS (2018). A fourth vessel (TBN OTS) is currently on order and planned for inauguration in 2023-Q4.

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2022-2023

In September 2021, RCI changed the ship's inaugural deployment from Asia (China to Japan itineraries) to the Caribbean (homeporting in Fort Lauderdale) and Europe-Mediterranean (homeporting in Barcelona and Civitavecchia-Rome).

The Maiden Voyage was rescheduled from March 22, 2022 (5-day 5 days Shanghai China to Japan) to March 4, 2022 (7-day Eastern Caribbean from Port Everglades). Prices started from just USD 950 (EUR 810 / GBP 695) per person with double occupancy.

Date / TimePort
04 Mar 17:00Departing from Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale, Florida
06 Mar 07:00 - 16:00Labadee, Haiti/private island resort
07 Mar 13:00 - 21:00San Juan, Puerto Rico
09 Mar 12:30 - 21:00Nassau, Bahamas
10 Mar 07:00 - 17:00Coco Cay, Bahamas/private island
11 Mar 06:00Arriving in Fort Lauderdale

(Inaugural Transatlantic crossing) 14-day from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona (from $1440 pp)

Date / TimePort
20 Apr 17:00Departing from Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale, Florida
21 Apr 07:00 - 16:00Nassau, Bahamas
30 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Malaga, Spain Granada
01 May 08:00 - 18:00Cartagena Spain, Murcia
02 May 08:00 - 18:00Valencia, Spain
03 May 08:00 - 18:00Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Balearic Spain
04 May 06:15Arriving in Barcelona, Spain

(Inaugural Mediterranean cruise) 7-day Western Mediterranean roundtrip from Barcelona (from $1200 pp)

Date / TimePort
08 May 18:00Departing from Barcelona
09 May 08:00 - 16:00Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Spain
10 May 09:00 - 18:00Marseille, France
11 May 08:30 - 20:30La Spezia, Italy
12 May 07:00 - 20:00Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy
13 May 07:00 - 20:00Naples, Italy
15 May 05:00Arriving in Barcelona

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Inaugural China itineraries 2022 (canceled)

With RCI planning to deploy the boat year-round in Asia (China homeporting), Wonder OTS' Maiden Voyage was initially scheduled for March 26, 2022 (5-day roundtrip from Shanghai-Baoshan), priced from USD 1280 pp.

Date / TimePort
26 Mar 17:00Departing from Shanghai-Baoshan, China
28 Mar 07:00 - 19:00Hakata-Fukuoka City, Japan
29 Mar 07:00 - 18:00Yatsushiro-Kumamoto City, Japan
31 Mar 06:00Arriving in Shanghai

Royal Caribbean China's schedule for Wonder OTS included 4-5-8-night roundtrips from China to ports in Japan - Kobe-Osaka, Shimizu-Shizuoka, Tokyo, Hakata-Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto-Yatsushiro, Naha, Sakishima-Ishigaki Island.

The boat's inaugural program (March 2022 through January 2023) included the following itineraries (themes, length, call ports), with prices in USD per person (Inside cabin rates with double occupancy).

  • 4-Night "Chan May Cruise" - leaving roundtrip from Hong Kong (5 PM), visiting Danang-Chan May, Vietnam (7 AM - 7 PM) and ending in Hong Kong (7 AM). Prices started from USD 645 pp.
  • 4-Night "Fukuoka Cruise" - leaving roundtrip from Shanghai (5 PM), visiting Fukuoka-Hakata Japan (7 AM - 7 PM), and ending in Shanghai (6 AM). Prices started from USD 700 pp.
  • 4-Night "Okinawa Cruise" - leaving roundtrip from Shanghai (5 PM), visiting Naha-Okinawa Island Japan (7 AM - 7 PM), and ending in Shanghai (6 AM). Prices started from USD 700 pp.
  • 4-Night "Taipei Cruise" - leaving roundtrip from Hong Kong (5 PM), visiting Keelung-Taipei Taiwan ((7 AM - 7 PM) and ending in Hong Kong (7 AM). Prices started from USD 890 pp.
  • 5-Night "Okinawa and Ishigaki Cruise" - leaving from Shanghai (5 PM), visiting Naha-Okinawa Island Japan (7 AM - 7 PM) and Sakishima-Ishigaki Island Japan (9 AM - 7 PM) and ending in Hong Kong (7 AM). Prices started from USD 640 pp.
  • 5-Night "Okinawa and Ishigaki Cruise" - leaving roundtrip from Shanghai (5 PM), visiting Naha-Okinawa Island Japan (7 AM - 7 PM) and Sakishima-Ishigaki Island Japan (9 AM - 7 PM) and ending in Shanghai (6 AM). Prices started from USD 820 pp.
  • 5-Night "Okinawa and Ishigaki Cruise" - leaving roundtrip from Hong Kong (5 PM), visiting Naha-Okinawa Island Japan (11:30 AM - 9 PM), Sakishima-Ishigaki Island Japan (10 AM - 8 PM) and ending in Hong Kong (7 AM). Prices started from USD 800 pp.
  • 5-Night "Okinawa Overnight Cruise" - leaving roundtrip from Hong Kong (5 PM), visiting Naha-Okinawa Island Japan (overnight/ Day 3 arrives at 11:30 AM - Day 4 departs at 3 PM) and ending in Hong Kong (7 AM). Prices started from USD 845 pp.
  • 5-Night "Fukuoka and Kagoshima Cruise" - leaving roundtrip from Shanghai (5 PM), visiting Fukuoka-Hakata Japan (7 Am - 6 PM), Kagoshima Japan (10 AM - 8 PM) and ending in Shanghai (6 AM). Prices started from USD 730 pp.
  • 5-Night "Fukuoka and Kumamoto Cruise" - leaving roundtrip from Shanghai (5 PM), visiting Fukuoka-Hakata Japan (7 AM - 7 PM), Kumamoto Japan (7 AM - 6 PM), and ending in Shanghai (6 AM). Prices started from USD 780 pp.
  • 6-Night "Best Of Japan Cruise" - leaving roundtrip from Shanghai (5 PM), visiting Kobe Japan (overnight/Day 3 arrives at 12:30 PM - Day 4 departs at 4:30 AM), Osaka-Kyoto Japan (7 AM - 6 PM), Aburatsu-Miyazaki Japan (11 AM - 7 PM) and ending in Shanghai (6 AM). Prices started from USD 1420 pp.
  • 8-Night "Best Of Japan Cruise" - leaving roundtrip from Shanghai (5 PM), visiting Kobe Japan (overnight/ Day 3 arrives at 12:30 PM - Day 4 departs at 4:30 AM), Osaka-Kyoto Japan (7 AM - 4 PM), Shimizu Japan (10 AM - 8 PM), Tokyo Japan (8 AM - 9 PM) and ending in Shanghai (6 AM). Prices started from USD 1190 pp.
  • 9-Night "Best Of Japan Cruise" - leaving roundtrip from Hong Kong (5 PM), visiting Naha-Okinawa Japan (11:30 AM - 10 PM), Osaka-Kyoto Japan (9 AM - 9 PM), Kochi Japan (9 AM - 7 PM), Aburatsu-Miyazaki Japan (7 AM - 7 PM) and ending in Hong Kong (7 AM). Prices started from USD 1900 pp.
  • 9-Night "South Korea and Japan Cruise" - leaving roundtrip from Hong Kong (6:35 PM), visiting Jeju South Korea (7 AM - 7 PM), Busan South Korea (7 AM - 6 PM), Fukuoka-Hakata Japan (7 AM - 5 PM), Kagoshima Japan (10 AM - 8 PM) and ending in Hong Kong (6 AM). Prices started from USD 1460 pp.

Bookings on Wonder OTS China cruises opened in mid-April 2021.

However, in mid-September 2021, RCI announced that the newbuild will be redeployed (from Asia to the Caribbean and then Europe/Mediterranean) for its inaugural season 2022-2023, starting with homeporting in Fort Lauderdale. The decision was based on a significant increase in the company's bookings in the USA and Europe, which prompted to introduce this new/world's largest ship on these markets first.

Ship Facts

All Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ships are the world's first cruise vessels with a DNV Green Passport. This is a key element for the Clean Ship Design certificate. The certificate is not compulsory, but it shows the environmental commitment of the operator line Royal Caribbean International. Another interesting feature is that the hulls have a special non-toxic covering that minimizes friction and saves fuel.

 

Follows a list of fun facts about the RCI Wonder cruise ship - the world's largest ever built:

  • Draught: 31 ft (9,3 m)
  • Depth (below the waterline): 74 ft (22,6 m)
  • above the water line-height: 236 ft (72 m)
  • Deadweight Tonnage 19950 tons
  • Engines/powerplant: three Wartsila diesel (type 12V46D, power output 13860 kW each), plus three Wartsila diesel (type 16V46D, power output 18480 kW each)
  • Diesel-electric propulsion: 3x ABB thrusters (type Azipod XO, power output 20,5 MW each), plus 4x Wartsila bow thrusters (type CT3500, power output 5,5 MW each)
  • All Royal Caribbean Oasis-class ships are the world's first cruise vessels with a DNV Green Passport. This is a key element for the Clean Ship Design certificate. The certificate is not compulsory, but it shows the environmental commitment of the operator line Royal Caribbean International. Another interesting feature is that their hulls have a special non-toxic covering that minimizes friction and saves fuel.
  • Ultimate Abyss slide is at 150 ft (45,70 m) above sea level, featuring 31 sections, two 360-degree circles, 27-degree slide incline, a 28 m (92 ft) serpentine-like drop, 13,14 seconds average sliding time (top to bottom), around 300 small LED lights and graffiti artworks.
  • Aquatheater has two diving boards installed 10 m (33 ft) above its swimming pool.
  • The ship was constructed out of 500,000 individual pieces (27 times the pieces used for the Eiffel Tower's construction).
  • The shipboard art collection has more works than the Louvre museum (in Paris) has paintings. The onboard art's worth is over USD 7 million.
  • The ship has a total of 23 "water areas" (swimming pools, large-size outdoor jacuzzies, waterslides, flowriders).
  • The ship has 20 restaurants and offers over 300 individual menu options. Eight specialty restaurants offer over 200 different dishes daily. Total restaurant seating is 4908 seats.
  • The onboard bars menus have a total of 127 specialty cocktails, in addition to all the classics.
  • Each day are made 110,000 ice cubes.
  • Each day are consumed 480,000 gallons (1,87 million liters) of freshwater.
  • Daily food consumption statistics show chicken (9,730 lbs / 4,4 tons), eggs (10,000), beef (15,000 lbs / 6,8 tons), ice cream (700 lbs / 320 kg), baking potatoes (20,000 lbs / 9,1 tons), flour (12,600 lbs / 5,7 tons), salmon (2500 lbs / 1,1 tons), french fries (5000 lbs / 2,3 tons), bacon (5300 lbs / 2,4 tons), limes (800 lbs / 360 kg), pineapple (4000 lbs / 1,8 tons), oranges (5000 lbs / 2,3 tons), lemons (1000 lbs / 450 kg), cherries (40 jars), olives (20 jars).
  • The ship's food and drinks dedicated staff are 1056 in total, including 249 (culinary), 184 (beverage), 91 (kitchen stewards).
  • The ship weighs more than 17,000 African elephants. Note: Male elephants weigh between 10,360 - 13,330 lbs (4,7 - 6 tons).
  • Around 2350 tons of water is needed to be filled all the ship's 23 water facilities (swimming pools, jacuzzis, 2 FlowRiders, waterslides, the aqua park Splashaway Bay).

In September 2018, RCCL trademarked the Oasis-Class ships smokestack area (located top-deck midship). The design features a crown-shaped bottom section with 2 slanted funnels above. In October 2018 was trademarked ship's oblong-shaped stern. The design features AquaTheater Suites (with balconies), Ultimate Abyss (2 cascading waterslides) and RCCL's logo.

Wonder OTS has as namesakes the cruise liner Disney Wonder (Walt Disney) and the cruiseferry Moby Wonder (MOBY LINES).

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