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Wonder of the Seas: World’s biggest cruise ship, five times the size of the Titanic, set sail for the first time

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The world’s biggest cruise ship, which is five times the size of the Titanic, has set sail for the first time.

Wonder of the Seas weighs in at a staggering 236,857 tons and is fitted out with 19 swimming pools, 20 restaurants, 11 bars, an ice rink, a casino, and even its own Central Park.

Wonder of the Seas is five times the size of the Titanic

Wonder of the Seas is five times the size of the Titanic Credit: Alamy
Wonder of the Seas is the world's largest cruise liner

Wonder of the Seas is the world’s largest cruise liner
There are a total of 19 swimming pools on board

There are a total of 19 swimming pools onboard Credit: Royal Carribean
There are numerous bars and restaurants to choose from

There are numerous bars and restaurants to choose from Credit: Royal Carribean
Thrill seekers can enjoy numerous slides and water activities

Thrill seekers can enjoy numerous slides and water activities Credit: Royal Carribean
The Wonders of the Seas has 18 decks, 16 for passengers

The Wonders of the Seas has 18 decks, 16 for passengers Credit: Michel Verdure

The Royal Caribbean liner set out on her maiden seven-day voyage Friday from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, heading to the Caribbean.

The statistics for the record-breaking ship are staggering.

The colossal ship has 18 decks, 16 for passengers.

It has a top speed of 22 knots (25mph) thanks to three 20,000 kilowatt diesel-electric thrusters under the stern and four bow thrusters, each generating 7,500 horsepower.

She had originally been set to launch in China last year but those plans were shelved due to the Covid pandemic.

A source told the Mail on Sunday: “Restaurants have been renamed and signs in Mandarin have been changed to English. She will sail around the Caribbean before switching to European cruises this summer.”

On board is also a Boardwalk, designed on the Coney Island attraction and is lined with restaurants serving up Italian, French and German cuisine, along with US staples such as hotdogs and pizzas.

On another deck, there’s Central Park, complete with 20,000 plants and trees.

Passengers can sip cocktails made by robots in the Bionic Bar which is situated on the Royal Promenade.

If that doesn’t appeal, there’s the Rising Tide Bar, which has a moving platform where guests’s seats move up and down between the Promenade on Deck Five to Central Park on Deck Eight and providing great views.

There’s also lots of activities and entertainment on board including the musical Chicago, performed by a Broadway cast, an AquaTheatre where high-divers plunge from 60ft boards into a swimming pool and nightly “icetravanganzas” in the indoor ice rink.

There’s also a mini-golf course, Laser Tag game area, video game arcade, outdoor movie theatre, luxury spa and state-of-the-art gym.

VIP guests get to relax in their private suites and have a “royal genie”, or butler, on call.

The Ultimate Family Suite, which can hold 10 people, comes with a two-storey slide from the bedroom to the living room.

Thrills can also be found on the Ultimate Abyss, a 100 ft slide that drops from Deck 16 to Deck 6 in 13 seconds.

Royal Caribbean claims bookings are back to pre-pandemic levels.

Chief executive Jason Liberty said: “We are eager to move forward this year. We expect 2022 will be a strong year as we bring the rest of our fleet into operations and approach historical occupancy levels.”

Lots of activities are on offer for passengers of all ages

Lots of activities are on offer for passengers of all ages Credit: Royal Carribean
Lots of entertainment is on offer, including a production of Chicago with a Broadway cast

Lots of entertainment is on offer, including a production of Chicago with a Broadway castCredit: Royal Carribean
VIP guests get their own private suite and a butler on call

VIP guests get their own private suite and a butler on call Credit: Royal Carribean
Wonder of the Seas can carry 6,988 passengers along with 2,300 crew

Wonder of the Seas can carry 6,988 passengers along with 2,300 crew Credit: Alamy

 

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