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Wonder of the Seas to homeport in Port Canaveral?


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8 minutes ago, twangster said:

Maybe until Allure moves to Galveston.  They won't keep Harmony and Wonder in Port Canaveral.  One of them heads to FLL or Wonder leaves the US.  

Time will tell.  

The new Galveston terminal is scheduled to be completed in fall 2022 so it seems there will be shuffling of ships around as they come back to the U.S. in fall 2022. It's nice to see different ships at different ports. I live in Tampa and was happy to see Serenade take the place of Rhapsody

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12 hours ago, CruisingSteve said:

I live in Tampa and was happy to see Serenade take the place of Rhapsody

In my case, I wanted Rhapsody to stay in Tampa only because I have already sailed on the Serenade.  At the moment, I don’t book ships I have already sailed on. My bucket list is to sail on all Royal Caribbean ships. 
 

Funny, Royal took the initiative of replacing three of my bookings (Brilliance-Radiance-Rhapsody) with the Serenade.  Even after opting to take the refund for canceled sailings, the Serenade still appears in my Upcoming Cruises.

I’m sure, however, that you will enjoy the Serenade.  I was on her for 11 nights in an Eastern Caribbean sailing.

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15 minutes ago, Jaymac Radio said:

I think that is most likely the case that Wonder will use the Space Coast as her 2022 winter home port as the date that she gets to Port Canaveral is on a Sunday which is the day which Royal uses for turnaround day for the Oasis Class at the port. 

There’s another stranger coming home again !  Glad to see you back.

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Well I’ll tell you this: passengers in Hong Kong still think they’re sailing December 2022. Royal has not cancelled those bookings. I was reading this in a Wonder Facebook group and these people were surprised she was headed back here. However, you currently cannot book those sailings. They’re still there and you can start a booking but can’t finish it. 
 

Guess time will tell. I hope she stays here. If Playmakers still has the Chinese sign out front when she gets here that may give a clue. 🤷‍♀️ Gives us all something else to speculate on! 

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What is likely is that it will do a Panama Canal Sailing to the west coast from Port Canaveral, then a Pacific Crossing to China. That is the reason the winter China sailings have not been cancelled yet. They also have not posted past the USA arrival just in case they have to pivot.  

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1 hour ago, Egeria said:

What is likely is that it will do a Panama Canal Sailing to the west coast from Port Canaveral, then a Pacific Crossing to China. That is the reason the winter China sailings have not been cancelled yet. They also have not posted past the USA arrival just in case they have to pivot.  

Don’t think we’ll see any Oasis class in the Panama Canal any time soon as they don’t fit.  She’ll go through the Suez though.  And with that it will make those December dates in Asia… difficult.  

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3 hours ago, fireclan said:

Doesn't the back say Symphony of the Seas? 

At first I thought the photo was real but then I noticed there are no passengers anywhere in that photo so I started digging and found out the photo isn't real.  There are no records of Symphony of the Seas ever passing through the Panama Canal and if she did go through the canal what was her purpose in passing through the canal since she was built in Europe?  Also there are also no records of Symphony of the Seas ever sailing in the Pacific Ocean.  According to records the largest CRUISE SHIP that has ever passed through the Panama Canal is The Norwegian Bliss at 168,028 tons.

If and or when Royal moves Wonder of the Seas to Asia they are going to have to go the long way around not through the Panama Canal.  Even if they could get the ship through the canal can she fit under the Bridge of the Americas?  I know some time ago I posed the question what if Royal sends Odyssey to Los Angeles to combat both NCL and Carnival both of which before the pandemic were using new ships out of Long Beach.  Several posters pointed out they don't think Odyssey could fit under The Bridge of the Americas.  So if Odyssey can't fit I don't see how an Oasis Class ship could fit under the bridge.

 

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I think the issue for Voyager class, Freedom class, Quantum class and Oasis class for the Panama Canal is the side profile of the ship as much as the height. 

Take a close look at the NCL Joy, Bliss and Encore of their Breakaway Plus class.  The ships have no protrusions beyond the side profile of the ship until you are at or above the lifeboats.  The lifeboats tuck into the profile of the ship.  The Escape is the exception in this class - her lifeboats do protrude from the sides of the ship. 

Royal ships in the classes above have lifeboats and platforms that extend out from the ship.  The canal has limits on these and they must start above 55' from the water line.  Otherwise they would damage the ship and the canal as they scrape down the canal or take out buildings and things like railings, signs and light poles along the sides of the canal locks.  

You can't just look at the ship dimensions found on wiki pages and declare the ships fit in the new locks or under the bridge.

Oasis class can do the Suez canal from what has been reported.

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Latest on Wonder: 

Translation:
The new largest cruise ship in the world, built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique, will leave Saint-Nazaire in early November to join the Marseille Shipyard for several months.
A technical delivery to its owner RCCL will take place at the end of October, but it will remain docked, in the Phocaean city (Marseille), under the responsibility of the manufacturer while waiting to leave for Fort Lauderdale. The liner will start its season in the Caribbean, from March 2022, and then in the Mediterranean from Barcelona and Rome from May, rather than Shanghai as originally planned. The conditions of entry into China, due to the health crisis, are still too restrictive for the cruise line to plan reservations serenely.
This sheltering in Marseille will allow the shipowner to operate a "designation" of the ship designed for the Chinese market. Modifications to some locations, including kitchens, are also planned before crossing the Atlantic.
If the 362-metre-long liner (230,000 UMS, 6,988 passengers) cannot remain in the C armament basin, it is because the Chantiers de l'Atlantique must receive in November the beam and feet of their future very high gantry, before launching the MSC Europa World, whose assembly will be completed in November.

https://lemarin.ouest-france.fr/secteurs-activites/chantiers-navals/41091-le-wonder-seas-attendu-marseille?fbclid=IwAR2e2Ng9_2gxQgoZ-SYv59SaUH3U76iBbHjQex3isYjkPkkhIFJ5mDkxmCA

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