The construction of world’s largest cruise ship delays due to COVID-19
Construction by French shipbuilder Chantiers de l'Atlantique of the new Oasis-class cruise ship, Wonder of the Seas, has been postponed due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The cruise major clarified that the ship's delivery is scheduled to occur once the pandemic is brought under control.
The colossal ship was expected to debut as the world's largest cruise ship in Shanghai, China in 2021, as announced by Royal Caribbean in October 2019. This was also the first Oasis Class ship scheduled to cruise the Asia Pacific.
Wonder of the Seas is the third class ship to be constructed by Chantiers de l'Atlantique following the completion of the 2016 and 2018 Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas respectively. In total it is the fifth ship of the Oasis-class.
The first two class ships, Oasis of the Seas, and Allure of the Seas, were delivered by STX Europe Turku Shipyard in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
In October 2019, Wonder's keel was lowered in place at the shipyard, marking the ship's physical construction start.
A 970-ton container, measuring 155 feet by 65 feet, was raised onto the building dock with a 1,400-ton crane during what is known as the kneel-laying ceremony.
The Oasis-class ships are rated as the largest passenger ships in the world, at 362 meters long and 66 meters wide. The ships are capable of carrying 2,732 crew members and 6,780 passengers, respectively.
A sixth ship to the class, which is scheduled to join the fleet in 2023, was also ordered.
Royal Caribbean Group said in its latest statement it expanded sailing suspension to include those leaving on or before September 30, 2020.
Maritime Business World