As cruise companies across the world announce the liquidation of cruise ships in an attempt to remain solvent, now does not seem to be the ideal time to launch an innovative new super ship. In the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Royal Caribbean has announced that it will delay the rollout of its newest vessel.
The Royal Caribbean Wonder of the Seas was set to begin operations in China in 2021. In a statement, Royal Caribbean said that the delay is the result of the coronavirus pandemic's impact on shipyard operations. The company added that it "look[s] forward to the arrival of (Wonder of the Seas) after the epidemic has been brought under control as soon as possible.” The statement notably did not indicate when the company expects to launch the ship.
ThePointsGuy.com reports that the Wonder of the Seas is set to be the world's largest cruise ship, eclipsing the Symphony of the seas which can carry up to 6680 passengers.
This announcement comes just weeks after Royal Caribbean postponed the introduction of the Odyssey of the Seas ship which had been scheduled for November. That ship is now scheduled to take to the seas in April 2021.