The largest liner in the world makes its first rounds in the water at Saint-Nazaire

It was off Saint-Nazaire, Friday August 20, that “Wonder of the Seas” tasted the sea for the first time. An outing which is part of a series of technical tests before the delivery of the liner to client, an American bait boat.

Many came to admire the technical prowess. After wading in the waters of the Loire, “Wonder of the Seas” trod on the waves of the ocean. Built at Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, this giant of the seas, 362 meters long and as high as a 20-storey building, has finally left the nest. For three and a half days, 500 on-board technicians will carry out a battery of tests in order to push the liner to its limits.

More than 7,000 passengers

“We are going to run it and stop in extreme conditions,” says Jean-Yves Jaouen, operations director of Chantiers de l’Atlantique. And for good reason, “Wonder of the Seas” needs 2 kilometers to stop, so it is essential to check its performance.

The liner, with a capacity of 7,000 passengers, had already been launched in September 2020 during a basin transfer. Built for three years, it will not be delivered until November 2021 to its owner, the American shipowner Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL). “Wonder of the Seas” will then have to reach Shanghai (China), its home port for commercial exploitation throughout Asia.

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