The world's largest and Royal Caribbean's most environmentally friendly cruise ship was floated out at the Meyer Turku shipyard.
The dry dock, the 365-metre-long Icon of the Seas had resided up until now, was flooded, to allow the ship to exit for the first time. The huge dry dock gates were opened, and the ground-breaking new ship was floated out to the outfitting pier where it will stay until it's sea trials in 2023.
Image: Meyer Turku
Royal Caribbean International released episode 2 of its “Making an Icon” monthly video series, featuring the cruise line’s brand-new ship, Icon of the Seas.
At present, very Little is known about the highly anticipated new ship, which is currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. Icon of the Seas, which is expected to be the world’s largest cruise set, and Royal Caribbean International’s first ship powered by liquified natural gas (LNG) is scheduled to enter service in Autumn 2023.
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Royal Caribbean International is expected to premiere episode 2 of its "Making an Icon" series of online monthly videos, featuring the cruise line’s brand-new ship, Icon of the Seas.
Little is known about the ship, which is currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. Icon of the Seas, which is expected to be the world’s largest cruise set, is scheduled to enter service in Autumn 2023.
Adventures aboard the world’s newest wonder are on the horizon for vacationers of all ages. Today, Royal Caribbean International took delivery of Wonder of the Seas, the next highly anticipated and innovative ship in the cruise line’s award-winning lineup.
Marking the completion of three years of construction, a traditional flag-changing ceremony took place in Marseille, France, with shipyard partner Chantiers de l’Atlantique. Wonder will make its official debut in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on March 4, to begin sailing 7-night cruises to the Caribbean before heading to Barcelona, Spain; and Rome to offer summer adventures in the Mediterranean.
Welcoming Wonder to the Royal Caribbean family was Royal Caribbean Group Chairman Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean Group President and CEO Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley, and Laurent Castaing, General Manager, Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France.
“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,” said Jason Liberty, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group. “This is one more way that we’re delivering world-class and memorable vacations, responsibly, to guests around the world.”
“Taking delivery of Wonder of the Seas is the culmination of 30 months of ingenuity and partnership across more than 2,000 committed crew members and workers who are among the best at what they do,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Along with taking the revolutionary Oasis Class ships to a new level of wonder, innovation and adventure, Wonder sets the stage for the spring and summer vacations families and all travelers alike are looking forward to in the new year. The combination of brand-new features and favorites that span thrills, entertainment, dining and nightlife is unparalleled, and it’s what will make our latest and most innovative ship the world’s newest wonder and the ultimate vacation in the Caribbean and Europe.”
“Wonder of the Seas represents a new step forward in the Oasis Class ships. Our teams have worked under difficult conditions but in a very united way to finally make major changes that enhanced the ship performance,” said Laurent Castaing, General Manager, Chantiers de l’Atlantique. “Wonder is really an outstanding new ship.”
Highlights to Uncover on Wonder.
The fifth in Royal Caribbean’s revolutionary Oasis class of ships, Wonder has adventures across eight unique neighborhoods – a Royal Caribbean first – in store for vacationers of all ages. The young and the young at heart can discover, wonder and make memories in a variety of ways and places designed for family bonding and me time, including:
Upcoming U.S. and Europe Cruises
An update on the impact of the latest Covid-19 variant, Omicron, has been provided by the Royal Caribbean Group, the parent company of a handful of the world’s leading cruise lines.
The cruise giant stated that more infectious variant has caused significant problems, leading to cruise booking cancellations and disruption for the company. Ormicron is becoming the dominant strain in many countries around the world.
The 168,666 gross tonne Odyssey of the Seas, which is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, has had a giant name painted on its hull.
The name painted on the bow of the ship measures more than 87 metres in length. That’s longer than eight double decker buses! The ‘O’ alone, in Odyssey of the Seas measures 11.2 metres in height.
The new world’s largest cruise ship, Wonder of the Seas, has been floated out of the dry dock at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
At high tide on 05 September 2020, the 5,448-passenger ship was transferred from the dry dock where it was built, to a nearby basin for the outfitting to commence, expected to last around six months.
Wonder of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, which is currently under construction at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France is preparing for its float out.
The giant vessel is due to move from the dry dock to a nearby basin at the shipyard. The float out ceremony will be held on 04 September 2020.
Royal Caribbean International has announced the name of its highly anticipated fifth Oasis-class cruise ship…Wonder of the Seas.
At around 230,000 gross tonnes, Wonder of the Seas will be the world’s largest cruise ship when it debut in 2021.
Royal Caribbean International’s newest cruise ship, Odyssey of the Seas is to homeport at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in November 2020.
The ship, the second Quantum-Ultra class for the cruise line, will sail on its inaugural cruise from Port Everglades on 05 November 2020.