This fifth Oasis-class ship was three years in construction and originally destined for China. It is due to debut March 4 at Port Everglades for a short series of weeklong sailings before heading to Europe in April for cruises from Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome). In November it begins year-round deployment from Port Canaveral.
Finishing in Marseille
Present for the handover were Royal Caribbean Group Chairman Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean Group President and CEO Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley and Chanters de l'Atlantique GM Laurent Castaing.
'Wonder of the Seas will energize cruising in a bolder and bigger way,' Liberty said.
30 months in the works
It is the 'culmination of 30 months of ingenuity and partnership across more than 2,000 committed crew members and workers who are among the best at what they do,' Bayley added. 'Along with taking the revolutionary Oasis-class ships to a new level of wonder, innovation and adventure, Wonder sets the stage for the spring and summer vacations families and all travelers alike are looking forward to in the new year.'
'Our teams have worked under difficult conditions but in a very united way to finally make major changes that enhanced the ship performance,' Castaing said. 'Wonder is really an outstanding new ship.'
Eight neighborhoods and other new venues
The ship has eight neighborhoods with the addition of the Suite Neighborhood and the largest Ultimate Family Suite yet, to host a family of 10.
The Mason Jar is a new restaurant and bar with live music and featuring Southern food, while Vue Bar is a new cantilevered venue with panoramic ocean views by day and a canopy after sunset. El Loco Fresh, the grab-and-go spot for Mexican food, now debuts Cantina Fresca, a bar serving 'aguas frescas,' margaritas and other Mexican staples.
Wonder Playscape provides a new underwater-themed play area for kids with slides, climbing walls, games and an interactive mural activated by touch.