Royal Caribbean to Send Next Oasis-class Ship to China

Royal Caribbean is sending its fifth Oasis-class ship to China. Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley announced the new cruise ship’s homeport – Shanghai – and name – Wonder of the Seas – at an event in Shanghai. The ship will be the first Oasis-class vessel to sail in the Asia Pacific region, the cruise line said. 

On the same day as the announcement event in Shanghai, the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, also laid the keel for the new vessel, marking the start of the ship’s physical construction. During the keel-laying ceremony a 970-ton block, measuring 155 feet by 65 feet, was lifted onto the building dock with a 1,400-ton crane.

Wonder of the Seas will be part of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of ships, and the cruise line said that it will keep the classes’ signature seven-neighborhood design concept. More information on the new ship’s itineraries will be announced soon, Royal Caribbean said. 

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While information on the ship’s capacity has not yet been released, Royal Caribbean did describe it as the “world’s largest cruise ship.” That title is currently held by fellow Oasis-class vessel Symphony of the Seas, which launched last year and is currently sailing seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises out of Miami, with visits to the cruise line’s revamped private island destination in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay

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