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The World’s Largest Cruise Ship Has Set Sail

'The Wonder of the Seas' is now the world's biggest cruise ship to set sail. With an ice rink, 19 swimming pools and room for 9,200 people

Longer than London's Shard is tall; the cruise ship is set to sail for the first time on Friday, beginning its career with a seven-day cruise from Florida to the Caribbean. 

Boasting room for 9,200 people, the 'Wonder of the Seas' has a whopping 19 swimming pools, an ice rink, a Coney-Island inspired boardwalk, a Vegas-style casino and even a full-size carousel.

The record-breaking 362 metres (1,188 ft) long Royal Caribbean cruise ship carries 6,988 passengers and 2,300 crew. Plus, enough beer to fill each of her 19 swimming pools twice over.

For propulsion, the ship uses three 20,000 kilowatt diesel-electric thrusters under the stern and four bow thrusters, each with 7,500 horsepower, allowing her to cruise at 22 knots (25 mph).

Royal Caribbean claims bookings are back to pre-pandemic levels. Chief executive Jason Liberty said: 'We are eager to move forward this year. We expect 2022 will be a strong year as we bring the rest of our fleet into operations and approach historical occupancy levels.'