World’s Largest Cruise Ship Marks U.S. Arrival in Fort Lauderdale

There’s a new largest cruise ship in the world, and it just reached the United States for the first time. Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas arrived in Fort Lauderdale yesterday evening after being conveyed to the cruise line roughly three weeks ago.

Wonder of the Seas
Wonder of the Seas arrived in Fort Lauderdale, where it will start sailing beginning in March. Image courtesy of Royal Caribbean.

The massive ship — coming in at 237,000 gross tons and 1,188 feet long — just completed its journey from Europe across the Atlantic to Port Everglades in Florida. At that size, the ship is the largest of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class vessels, making it officially the largest cruise liner on the planet.

All told, Wonder features 18 decks, can carry nearly 7,000 guests when completely full and is home to 2,300 crew members.

The ship arrived in port last night after sunset, giving a chance to wow those lucky enough to see her by being completely lit up bow to stern.


Wonder of the Seas will mark her inaugural cruise with passengers on March 4, 2022 with a seven-day trip to Labadee, San Juan, Nassau, and CocoCay before returning home. And if you want to sail on her first cruise, cabins are still available, starting around $800 per person on

There’s plenty of excitement about the new ship. Not only is it the largest in the world, but it also features favorites of Oasis-class vessels such as the Aqua Theater, Central Park, The Ultimate Abyss slide, and the FlowRider.

Royal Caribbean is also adding a number of new features, such as The Mason Jar southern restaurant, a new Wonder Playscape for kids, and a cantilevered bar known as The Vue Bar with ocean views.

The ship will offer week-long cruises from Port Everglades for several months before heading back to sail Europe beginning in May.

Don’t be disappointed if you aren’t able to take a cruise before this summer. After a season in Europe, Wonder of the Seas will again make her way back to Florida to homeport in Port Canaveral near Orlando beginning in November 2022.

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