Royal Caribbean’s fifth Oasis Class cruise ship had her keel laid today at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
The new ship will carry the name Wonder of the Seas when she sets sail in 2021.
Also announced is the homeport for the new ship. Upon completion, she will head to her homeport of Shanghai, China for her first season.
The details were revealed by Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley at a global cruise industry conference event held in Shanghai.
Slated for a highly anticipated debut In 2021, the world’s largest cruise ship will introduce a new era of cruising as the first of the renowned Oasis Class to sail the Asia Pacific.
“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 Bayley. “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.”
Today also marked an important milestone for Wonder of the Seas. Halfway around the world in Saint-Nazaire, France, Wonder of the Seas’ keel was lowered into place at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard, marking the start of the ship’s physical construction. During what is known as 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.
More information on Wonder of the Sea’s itineraries and brand-new adventures will be announced soon.
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