Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas Delayed After Diversion

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Wonder of the Seas‘ arrival at Port Canaveral is delayed due to a diversion of the cruise ship on November 25. After a person onboard suffered a medical emergency, the Royal Caribbean cruise ship diverted to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to be able to get the person the necessary attention. 

The largest cruise ship in the world was making her way from St. Kitts to Port Canaveral when the Captain announced the vessel would be turning around and sailing to San Juan.

Wonder of the Seas is expected to arrive at Port Canaveral at 4:00 AM on Monday, November 28. The late arrival means the following seven-night Western Caribbean & Perfect Day cruise will be delayed by one day and sail on November 28. 

Wonder of the Seas Makes Unexpected Call to San Juan

The biggest cruise ship in the world, Wonder of the Seas, made an unexpected call to San Juan, Puerto Rico, due to a medical emergency onboard. 

Although the Oasis-class cruise ship has a large medical center capable of providing at least primary medical care, those responsible onboard and at Royal Caribbean’s head office decided, on November 25, that the vessel would need to divert to San Juan.

Wonder of the Seas
Photo Credit: Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale

Wonder of the Seas was sailing back to Port Canaveral after concluding her last call of the cruise in St. Kitts on November 24. As the cruise ship had already passed San Juan, she made a u-turn to be able to get the passenger the medical care they needed. Upon arrival, the person was disembarked and taken to the hospital by ambulance.

During the cruise, Wonder of the Seas also visited St. Thomas and Perfect Day at Cococay

Delay for Wonder of the Seas Cruise

The unexpected and unfortunate events mean that Wonder of the Seas will now be delayed for her arrival at Port Canaveral. The vessel left San Juan late on Friday night. Currently, the ship is making around 22 knots and is expected to arrive in port around 4:00 AM on November 28. Guest disembarkation is set to begin at 4:30 AM.

In a letter sent to guests booked on the cruise, Royal Caribbean International informed them their voyage departure had been delayed by one day, while a call to Nassau had also been canceled.

Aurora Yera-Rodriguez, Guest Experience AVP for Royal Caribbean International, said the following:

“Due to a medical emergency on our current sailing, our arrival to Orlando (Port Canaveral) has been delayed until Monday. As a result, we’ll now set sail on Monday, November 28th, 2022, and boarding will begin at the original time planned. Regrettably, we won’t be able to visit Nassau, Bahamas, and good news – we’ll visit our private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, as planned.”

Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas Cruise Ship
Photo Courtesy: Royal Caribbean

The seven-night Western Caribbean & Perfect Day cruise was scheduled to depart at 4:30 PM on November 27. With the delay, the ship will now visit Perfect Day at Coco Cay on November 29, Falmouth in Jamaica on December 1, and Labadee, Haiti, on December 2. The original call in Nassau, Bahamas, has been canceled.

If guests decide not to sail due to the delay, Royal Caribbean is offering guests a 100% Future Cruise Credit. Guests who decide to sail, will receive the value of 1 day of the cruise fare as a refundable onboard credit.

Plus, they’ll receive a prorated refundable onboard credit for any pre-cruise packages purchased, including RoyalUp. If guests pre-purchased any Royal Caribbean International shore excursions for Nassau, they will be refunded as a refundable onboard credit.

At 236,857 gross tons, Wonder of the Seas is the world’s biggest cruise ship, surpassing her fellow Oasis-class cruise ship Symphony of the Seas. Construction on the vessel started at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in 2019 and was completed in 2022. 

The cruise ship is permanently based in Port Canaveral, offering guests a range of Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises ranging in length between three,- and eight nights. 

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