Port Canaveral is now home to the world’s largest cruise ship

PORT CANAVERAL, Florida. – After sailing this year from Fort Lauderdale and Europe, Royal Caribbean has announced that its fifth Oasis-class ship will now call Port Canaveral for at least the next two years.

Weighing over 230,000 tons for a total capacity of nearly 7,000 passengers, Wonder of the Seas is currently the largest cruise ship in the world.

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Strategic account manager Joanne Cotterman says all guests are now welcome – a big change from when the cruise restarted a year ago during the pandemic.

“We’ll take guests whether they’re vaccinated or not,” Cotterman said. “And we’ve actually just eliminated testing requirements for all guests, regardless of their vaccination status.”

By eliminating the COVID-19 rules, Cotterman said Royal Caribbean was increasing ticket sales.

A Wonder of the Seas passenger aboard the ship on Sunday shared his thoughts on how the cruise industry has navigated the pandemic.

“I think the industry is doing a lot to keep everyone safe,” Gary Emard said.

After seven nights across the Caribbean, Wonder Of The Seas is scheduled to return to Port Canaveral on Sunday morning and depart for another voyage Sunday afternoon.

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