Wonder of the Seas, the world’s newest and largest cruise ship, has successfully floated out of the shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France.
On Saturday, 5 September, Wonder of the Seas touched water for the first time and was transferred from the drydock where the main construction took place, to the nearby outfitting dock.
Wonder of the Seas will now undergo an extensive fitting-out process, expected to take six months, where her interior spaces will be built, furnished and finished.
Wonder of the Seas currently has no propulsion system or electronics, so was assisted and carefully manoeuvred by tugboats during the float out.
When she makes her debut in 2022, as the largest cruise ship in the world, the vessel will carry around 5,500 passengers and have 17 decks.
The ship was due to launch in China from July 2021, but delays due to COVID-19 has pushed the maiden voyage to 2022.