Leading cruise holidays provider Royal Caribbean International recently revealed its new state-of-the-art cruise ship, called “Wonder of the Seas.”
The latest evolution of Royal Caribbean International’s revolutionary Oasis Class, the Wonder of the Seas will set sail from Shanghai and Hong Kong, China, in 2022, on thrilling 4- to 9-night adventures through the Far East to ports in Japan and other Asian countries, the company announcement says.
Currently under construction in Saint-Nazaire, France, the Wonder will be the world’s largest cruise ship and the first of its kind to call China home, when it arrives in March 2022.
It is the fifth ship in Royal Caribbean’s renowned Oasis Class. With a gross tonnage of 236,857, the ship is 362 meters (1,188 feet) long and 64 meters (210 feet) wide, featuring a total of 18 decks and 2,867 staterooms accommodating up to 6,988 guests.
The Wonder of the Seas will be the first of its kind to be designed with eight neighborhoods, introducing the new Suite Neighborhood alongside returning favorites Central Park, the revamped open-air Aqua Theater, where jaw-dropping, high-diving acrobatic and aquatic performances take place; Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea; and a 25-meter zip line ten decks above the Boardwalk neighborhood.
The ship’s inaugural season cruises for 2022 are already open for bookings.
Royal Caribbean cruise ship to arrive in Greece
In March, Royal Carribean announced its all-new 7-night cruise holidays itinerary departing from Limassol, Cyprus, and sailing on to Athens, Greece and the Greek islands of Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini, in the Aegean Sea.
These new cruises, aboard Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas cruise ship, are planned to premiere on July 10.
Travelers can visit a combination of culture-rich cities and idyllic islands, including Limassol, Athens, Greece and the Greek islands of Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini.
While on board, guests can recharge at the Vitality Spa and Fitness Center and dine at complimentary and specialty bars and restaurants, including guest-favorites Chops Grille and Izumi.
Boasting 13 towering decks, the ship also boasts a rock-climbing wall, sports court, mini golf course and an outdoor movie screen.
“We warmly welcome the announcement of this new itinerary which will give the opportunity to even more visitors to create unique experiences in the Greek destinations this summer,” said Greece’s Minister of Tourism, Harry Theocharis in a statement.
“Our history, culture and famous gastronomy, together with our philoxenia, will make memories to last a lifetime.”
Major Cruise Operators to Restart Greece Cruises
German cruise operators TUI and AIDA as well as the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) recently announced the reboot of their Greece holiday cruises schedule beginning in May 2021, after the pandemic-ravaged past year.
The companies say they expect a phased-in approach to restarting cruise holidays, while taking into account the public health environment, global travel restrictions and port availability, among other considerations.
Cruise holidays by foreign operators to Greece had briefly resumed in September 2020.