Shipbuilding: Wonder of the Seas, the world’s biggest cruise ship, set sail from Saint-Nazaire

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On the 5th of November, the cruise ship Wonder of the Seas left the port of Saint-Nazaire where its construction was managed. It will begin service from Florida in March 2022. Measuring 362 meters long, it will be the world’s biggest cruise ship. 

The shipbuilding of the massive Wonder of the Seas started in Atlantic France in April 2019. The construction was undertaken by Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique on behalf of the cruise line Royal Caribbean International which was already behind the giant vessel and former biggest cruise ship Harmony of the Seas, also built in Saint-Nazaire. 

A floating city able to accomodate 9,000 people

Presented as the world’s biggest cruise ship, the Wonder of the Seas is 362 meters long and weighs 236,857 tonnes. It has 2,807 cabins and 64 suites. The colossus can accommodate 9,000 people, crew included, on 16 floors. 

It offers many things to do: pools and a spa, shops, restaurants, 14 bars and lounges, a mini golf course, ice skating rinks, a climbing wall and many other sport facilities, a casino and a comedy club, etc.

Official delivery planned for early 2022

The Wonder of the Seas departed from Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port in the Atlantic France region to receive its final touches in Marseille for the next three months. The cruise line will officially be delivered in early 2022. The first departure will be organised from Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA), with a cruise starting on March 4, 2022. Then, it will sail in Europe from May 2022. 

Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique has a full order book for the next few years and is currently working on the construction of the MSC Euribia, a cruise ship that will operate on LNG (liquified natural gas), a cleaner burning fuel. 

Join a guided tour of the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard

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