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Wonder of the Seas Review

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When Wonder of the Seas joins Royal Caribbean International's fleet it will become the world's largest cruise ship and the line's first vessel to be based in China.

The fifth of the line's Oasis-class ships, the 5,448-passenger, 228,081-tonne Wonder of the Seas incorporates the seven signature neighbourhood areas of its Oasis-class siblings and is likely to be tweaked with additional facilities, such as dining and entertainment, specifically aimed at the Asian market.

In September 2020 the giant ship was floated out Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, marking the 14th vessel built for RCI at the French shipyard and the 27th ship in the fleet. Wonder of the Seas was originally due to be launched in spring 2021, however due to delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic the date has now been pushed back to 2022.

Wonder of the Seas has 2,744 cabins -- 28 more than sisters ships Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas -- along with some that are larger. The 41 stateroom categories include 200 suites and 1,828 cabins with balconies. Cabins start at 180 square feet and the largest are the 1,528-square-foot Royal Loft Suites and the two-level 1,134-square-foot Ultimate Family Suites, with a slide from the children's bedroom to the living area, which first debuted on Symphony of the Seas.

The ship has a redesigned central indoor Boardwalk, which forms the heart of the vessel and is one of the neighbourhood areas along with the Royal Promenade, Central Park, Entertainment Zone, Sports Zone, Youth Center and Wellness complex. It will also have 19 pools.

Passengers can expect to see plenty of innovations found on other Oasis-class vessels, such as robotic bar tenders, FlowRiders for surfing, rock-climbing walls, an ice-skating rink, carousel and multi-deck waterpark. It is expected there will be some 25 dining venues, around 14 of them complimentary, with a selection of Asian-themed restaurants.

The main entertainment venue is the 1,400-seat Royal Theater which will showcase new Broadway-style shows that are likely to be produced exclusively for Chinese passengers.

Wonder of the Seas will sail year-round in the Asia Pacific region on round-trip itineraries from its homeport in Shanghai.

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