The Bahamas flag state has welcomed the world’s largest cruise ship, ‘Wonder of the Seas’, onto its register.
Built at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in St Nazaire, the 236,857 gt vessel, featuring 18 decks and accommodation for up to 6,988 guests, is the largest of Royal Caribbean Group’s (RCCL) ‘Oasis’ class cruise ships.
All of the Oasis class vessels – the 226,838 gt ‘Oasis of the Seas’; the 225,282 gt ‘Allure of the Seas’; the 226,963gt ‘Harmony of the Seas’; the 228,081 gt ‘Symphony of the Seas’ and now ‘Wonder of the Seas’, are currently flying The Bahamas flag.
A sixth vessel, due to be delivered in the fourth quarter of next year, is also expected to join The Bahamas registry.
Welcoming the addition, Stephen Keenan, Deputy Director and Head of Inspections & Surveys at the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA), said this now meant that 28 out of the world’s 50 largest passenger vessels by gross tonnage, were registered with The Bahamas.
“We are delighted that our friends at Royal Caribbean have once again put their faith in the Bahamas and we look forward to welcoming the sixth ‘Oasis’ class vessel to our flag in the coming months. We also look forward to continuing to support RCCL on the development of the novel design elements of the upcoming ‘Icon’ class.
“For us it has been really good to be involved with the ‘Oasis’ class vessels from the start, in particular the ‘Oasis of the Seas’ which was ground-breaking in her own right when she was delivered. We are proud to have these vessels under our flag,” he said.