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Royal Caribbean Reveals New Ship Name, Announces Chinese Homeport

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Royal Caribbean International announced Thursday its fifth Oasis Class ship would be named the Wonder of the Seas and homeport in Shanghai, China.

At a global cruise industry conference in Shanghai, Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley revealed details of what will become the world’s largest cruise ship when it makes its scheduled debut in 2021.

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Wonder of the Seas will be the first Oasis Class ship to sail the Asia Pacific.

“Royal Caribbean is known for its innovation and constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and an Oasis Class ship in China is proof of that,” Bayley said in a statement. “Wonder of the Seas will redefine the ultimate vacation and be revolutionary in her own right, and she marks one of Royal Caribbean’s most exciting chapters to come.”

“Royal Caribbean International has been a market leader in China for more than 10 years by consistently showcasing bold deployment strategies and driving growth of the new to cruise market,” Royal Caribbean Asia Chairman Dr. Zinan Liu said. “The deployment of Wonder of the Seas is a manifesto of new era for Royal Caribbean.”

Thursday also saw the Wonder of the Seas’ keel lowered into place at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard, marking the start of the ship’s physical construction. The ceremony featured a 970-ton block lifted onto the building dock with a 1,400-ton crane.

When it debuts, Wonder of the Seas will become the largest cruise ship in the world and combine the seven-neighborhood concept of the Oasis class of vessels with a lineup of new experiences, imaginative dining, unparalleled entertainment and latest technology.

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Royal Caribbean Makes Additional Comment on Future of Buffets

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The buffet—as much a staple on cruise ships as anything—will live on in a different form, at least on Royal Caribbean vessels.

A week after Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, intimated that buffets would likely not exist when Royal Caribbean returns to the sea, CruiseRadio.net reports something of an evolution on that stance.

Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, appeared on Coffee Chat, a weekly talk with travel advisors with host and Senior Vice President of Sales and Trade Support and Service Vicki Freed, and said buffets will change but not go away entirely.

“(Where) everybody reaches in and everybody touches the same tongs, you’re not going to see (that) on land or sea,” Fain said. “(But) it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a buffet. You might have it where all of that is served to you by other people. And there (are) other possibilities. But the point is that it will evolve.”

By way of example, Fain said to consider the Midnight Buffet.

“I don’t think anyone says, ‘Where’s the midnight buffet?’” he said. “You haven’t seen the midnight buffet for years and that was long before we had COVID-19. Tastes change and people change, and cruise lines change to accommodate.”

Fain told TravelWeekly, sister publication to TravelPulse.com, that cruisers will adapt, much as air travelers did in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

“If you remember after (that), all of a sudden you had to do a strip search at the airport. You couldn’t take a bottle of water on the plane,” he said. “A lot of people said, ‘Nobody’s ever going to fly. Who’s going to want to go on an airplane?’ Airplane travel didn’t end. In fact, it grew. But it evolved. So it isn’t the same when you go today. You do go through security checks, and you do go through identity checks and frankly, we’ve become accustomed to it and the technology has helped make it easier.”

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