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Royal Caribbean's New Build Arrives in Lauderdale

Monster ship can carry 6,988 guests and block the sun in most small ports.

The 236,857 gross ton Wonder of the Seas arrived in Fort Lauderdale over the weekend to being its Caribbean season. Replacing its sister ship, the Symphony, as the "The Largest Cruise Ship in the World," Royal Caribbean built the Wonder for the Chinese market, but she will now sail the Caribbean in the winter and Europe in the summer.

Like her sister, the Symphony, the ship has a double-occupancy passenger capacity of 5,518 guests. Still, the Wonder of the Seas is equipped with more multi-berth cabins and can host up to a maximum of 6,988 guests, whereas Symphony of the Seas can only set sail with a maximum of 6,680 passengers.

The ship was constructed in St. Nazaire, France, then moved to Marseilles for interior outfitting. The Wonder was officially delivered to Royal Caribbean International on January 27, 2022.

At that time, Jason Liberty, now president and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group, said:

"Wonder of the Seas will energize cruising in a bolder and bigger way. Adding this ship to our already best-in-class fleet elevates the company in continuing to lead the industry with new features and innovation."

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