Elements of wonder10 June 2022
/ Royal Caribbean unveiled their newest, biggest ship: Wonder of the Seas is now cruising /
Oops! They did it again: Royal Caribbean topped themselves, once again, for the biggest cruise ship in the world. After Harmony of the Seas in 2016 and Symphony of the Seas in 2018, in March the cruise line launched their newest, biggest ship on its maiden voyage. Called Wonder of the Seas, it’s 362m long, has a gross tonnage of 236,857 across 18 decks, and can accommodate up to 6,988 passengers plus 2,300 crew. It began cruising the Caribbeans, before sailing to the Mediterranean for the summer season.
But the wonder is not just for its sheer size. The ship features 8 unique neighborhoods, including one all-suite neighborhood that is a first for the company, with a private Suite Sun Deck with plunge pool and bar, as well as the grandest suite yet, which can host a family of 10. It also features an unrivaled lineup of adventures of all kinds, food and drink, and jaw-dropping entertainment.
Like other Oasis Class ships before her, Wonder of the Seas offers a combination of signature features and experiences, the most famous being perhaps The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, which allows passengers to slide down 10 stories in 13 seconds. Other attractions include the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides; newly designed kids and teens spaces at Adventure Ocean, Social100 and The Patio; a funfair in the Boardwalk neighborhood, inspired by Coney Island; and for adrenaline buffs a FlowRider surf simulator, twin rock-climbing walls and the 10-decks-high zip line.
The entertainment offer is also unparalleled, multisensory and original. The ship features several high-tech stages, and 4 different productions. The AquaTheater, combining an open-air amphitheater with the deepest pool at sea, hosts “inTENse,” a show of acrobatics and Olympic level diving with an all-female cast. Inside Studio B, a unique story of the Earth’s changing seasons is told through the artistic movement of champion ice skaters in “365: The Seasons on Ice.” The Royal Theater will be the stage of the superhero show “The Effectors II: Crash ‘n’ Burn” as well as “Voices,” a wondrous medley of music, singing and dancing. The shows are complemented by a lineup of live music throughout the ship.
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