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Wonder of the Seas arrives in U.S. for her first sailings

21 Feb 2022
Matt Hochberg

The newest and biggest cruise ship in the world has arrived in the U.S. to begin offering cruises from her new home.

Wonder of the Seas aerial

Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday night.

With less than two weeks until her first sailing, Wonder of the Seas will debut with cruises from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in March and April.

Port Everglades welcomed the massive new cruise ship as she pulled into port on Sunday.

The new ship arrived in the evening, with her first sailings beginning March 4, 2022.

Wonder of the Seas measures 1,188 feet and has a gross tonnage of 236,857.  At double occupancy, she can handle 5,734 passengers along with 2,300 crew members.

Royal Caribbean released new photos of the ship, taken from the air to show off the splendor of this new ship.


Entertainment on Wonder of the Seas

Royal Caribbean revealed which shows passengers can look forward to seeing on Wonder of the Seas.

Three premier production shows have been announced, with a fourth show to debut later this year.

While Wonder of the Seas does not have a Broadway show like other Oasis Class ships, she does have a number of original performances.

Here's a look at each of the shows announced for Wonder of the Seas.


Set in the Aquatheater, inTENse features an all-female cast performing aerial and diving acrobatics.

In this new show, expect diving, slacklining feats, tumbling, aerial acrobatics and more, punctuated by inspiring lighting and sound.

365: The Seasons on Ice

The ice skating show in Studio B will tell the story of the earth’s changing seasons.

"Performers will embody the flow of time as their characters and their every move are accentuated by innovative projection mapping, colorful lighting and images, and sound, which transform the venue from one season to the next."

Voices: An Intimate Performance on a Grand Scale

In the Royal Theater, you will find a new type of show for Royal Caribbean that focuses on the power of live performances.

The Royal Theater’s bespoke show, featuring a wondrous medley of music, singing and dancing, will underscore the unifying power of performance art.

Effectors II: Crash ‘n’ Burn

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Coming later in 2022, Royal Caribbean will deliver the sequel to its super hero inspired musical, Effectors II: Crash ‘n’ Burn.

Effectors first debuted on Spectrum of the Seas & Odyssey of the Seas, and is about a group of superheroes with awesome abilities based entirely on creativity. 

Royal Caribbean says the latest installment of The Effectors is, "bigger and bolder, featuring trailblazing applications of autonomous technology pioneered by Royal Caribbean."

Live music

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In addition to the production shows, Wonder of the Seas will offer a variety of live music around the ship.

  • Live country music at The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant & Bar
  • Live Caribbean music and DJs poolside at The Lime & Coconut
  • Music Hall offers live performances every night with a tribute band, jazz ensemble, or Royal Caribbean house band.
  • The Stowaway Piano roving pianoplayer plays their own twist on classic tunes wherever the piano can roll.
  • Boleros features a six-piece band playing salsa, cumbia, merengue, samba and more.
  • The English pub, Cask & Clipper, serves acoustic performances every night.
  • Piano performers in the signature Schooner Bar.

Ready to sail in 2022

Her inaugural sailing will take place on March 4, 2022 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  She will sail to the Caribbean from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale between March and April 2022. The 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries include visits to Perfect Day at CocoCay and Nassau, The Bahamas; Roatan, Honduras; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Starting in May, Wonder heads to Europe to offer 7-night Western Mediterranean cruises will visit ports such as Naples and Florence, Italy; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; and Provence, France.

After her summer season, Wonder returns to Florida to offer year-round sailings in November 2022, when she sails from Port Canaveral. Destinations range from Perfect Day at CocoCay and Philipsburg, St. Maarten, to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Cozumel, Mexico.

Matt started Royal Caribbean Blog in 2010 as a place to share his passion for all things Royal Caribbean with readers. He oversees all the writers at Royal Caribbean Blog, and writes a great deal of content on a daily basis.  He has become one of the foremost expert on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Over the years, he has reached Pinnacle Club status with Royal Caribbean's customer loyalty program.

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