World’s biggest cruise ship ready to set sail from Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Cruise enthusiasts anxious to get up close and personal with the world’s largest passenger ship — your wait is almost over.


On March 4, Royal Caribbean will debut its brand-new ship, Wonder of the Seas.

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The 1,200 foot ship will embark from Fort Lauderdale on its maiden voyage.

Wonder is outfitted to carry more than 6,900 guests and 2,300 crew members and boasts plenty of unique features, including:

  • 18 decks
  • 8 “neighborhoods”
  • A zipline that is 10 decks high
  • The tallest slide at sea
  • A Central Park neighborhood with 20,000 live plants

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Some three years after construction began in France, Wonder of the Seas officially arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 20.

Royal Caribbean said on its website that Wonder will initially set sail from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on seven-night excursions to the Caribbean and its own private island, CocoCay, in the Bahamas.

Beginning in May, the cruise ship plans to head to Barcelona and Rome to kick off summer vacations in the Mediterranean.

And there’s great news for Central Florida’s cruise lovers.

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Starting this fall, Wonder of the Seas will call Port Canaveral its year-round home and offer vacations to the Caribbean and The Bahamas.

For more information about Wonder of the Seas, including schedules and reservations, click here.

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