She’s Wonder-ful! The world’s largest cruise ship is on its maiden cruise. Royal Carribean’s £1 billion Wonder of the Seas, which carries nearly 7,000 passengers, set sail from Fort Lauderdale in Florida.
It’s like a city on the water – 18 decks and 1,288ft long with 2,874 rooms, 31 bars and restaurants and an astonishing 19 pools.
There are 2,300 crew to look after guests, who are on their way to the Caribbean. The ship will head to Barcelona, Spain and Rome in April for a summer in the Mediterranean.
Highlights of Wonder of the Seas include:
Wonder Playscape – Day and night, the underwater-themed play area is a whole new, outdoor adventure for families. Slides, climbing walls, games, interactive activities that come alive by touch, imaginative puzzles and light shows engage kids. Nearby is Royal Caribbean’s signature mini golf course, Wonder Dunes, with a new look and features.
Caribbean Pool Deck – At the centre of the Caribbean vibes is the pool deck, where the new cantilevered Vue Bar joins the line-up of poolside hotspots, including the popular Lime & Coconut, live music; The Perfect Storm, a trio of high-speed waterslides; kids aqua park Splashaway Bay and the adults-only Solarium.
Fan-favourites – Thrill-seekers can chase 12ft-high waves on the FlowRider surf simulator, race down the tallest slide at sea –100ft from Deck 16 to Deck 6 in 13 seconds, brave The Ultimate Abyss, a 10-storey-high zip line or scale twin rock climbing walls.
Shows galore – inTENse, features high-divers plunging from 60ft boards in the Aquatheatre swimming pool and there are nightly ice-rink performances. There is also a performance by a Broadway cast of the musical Chicago. Add to that a video game arcade, casino, spa, gym and Central Park with more than 20,000 plants and trees.
Bars – You can have your drinks made by robots in the Bionic Bar. Or, sip a cocktail as your seat moves up and down between deck 5 and eight in the Rising Tide Bar.