Chantiers de l'Atlantique laid the first block of keel for Wonder of the Seas this October (Image: Royal Caribbean)
Royal Caribbean International has revealed that its fifth Oasis class-ship will be named Wonder of the Seas and will initially homeport in Shanghai, China.
To debut in 2021, Wonder of the Seas will offer the same seven-neighbourhood concept as her sister ships, as well as a new line-up of “thrilling experiences, imaginative dining, unparalleled entertainment and the latest technology”. The vessel, which will be one of the largest cruise ships in the world, will be the first in the Oasis class to sail in the Asia Pacific region.
“Royal Caribbean has been a market leader in China for more than 10 years by consistently showcasing bold deployment strategies and driving growth of the new to cruise market,” said Zinan Liu, chairman of Royal Caribbean Asia. “The deployment of Wonder of the Seas is a manifesto of new era for Royal Caribbean.”
Construction work has already started, with Chantiers de l’Atlantique laying the first 970-tonne keel block at its shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France on 10 October.
“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 Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean. “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.”
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