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 currently has no propulsion system of its own, so was assisted and carefully maneuvered by tugboats at the shipyard during the float out.
The ship is the fifth Oasis-class vessel to be built for Royal Caribbean International. At around 230,000 gross tonnes, Wonder of the Seas will be the world’s largest cruise ship when it debuts.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the delivery of the new ship to Royal Caribbean International has been delayed. The ship was due to enter service in July 2021, but has now been rescheduled to 2022.