Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas: Who Should Sail on This Megaship?

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Wonder of the Seas docks in Labadee, Haiti
The Royal Caribbean Wonder of the Seas. Photo credit: Melody Pittman

Get ready for an incredible, one-of-a-kind adventure with Wonder of the Seas, sailing from Port Canaveral. With amazing amenities like pools, whirlpools and a FlowRider surf simulator, there’s certain to be something fun everyone will enjoy. Royal Caribbean’s fifth Oasis Class vessel brings the excitement for those looking for the ultimate cruise getaway. See what this megaship has to offer for your sailing needs in this comprehensive post.

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For the ultimate family cruise experience, Royal Caribbean’s new megaship Wonder of the Seas is a must-see! This one-of-a kind beauty has 18 decks and 2,867 cabins for plenty of space to spread out.

There are 20 delicious restaurants to try, plus 11 bars that offer something special. From budget staterooms, so you can save money on your vacation, to high end cabins with amazing luxuries, you’ll find accommodations to meet your needs.

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Royal Caribbean Wonder of the Seas. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

How Big is Wonder of the Seas?

Weighing in at 236,857 GT, Wonder is the largest cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage, passing her sister ship, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas. Wonder of the Seas is 1,188 feet long, 210 feet wide and 18 decks tall.

The ship can accommodate up to 6,988 guests (5,734 at double occupancy) and an international crew of 2,800!

Read More: Prefer a luxury cruise? Check out the new Celebrity Ascent ship!

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So much fun to be had at the Wonder of the Seas pool and slides! Photo credit: Melody Pittman

Mega Fun on this Megaship

Kids will thrive in the five areas dedicated just for kids and teens. With both indoor and outdoor play spaces spread across Wonder of the Seas, it’s easy to fill a week with kids onboard. Younger kids will delight in crawling and sliding their way through the unique Wonder Playscape.

For starters, try mini golf, laser tag and the ice skating rink. Then, give the carousel a whirl or try the ship’s zip line (that zooms over the Boardwalk neighborhood) and rock climbing wall.

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Super fun climbing apparatus on Wonder of the Seas. Photo credit: Melody Pittman

Kids will thrive in the five areas dedicated just for kids and teens. When it comes time for thrilling onboard fun, take advantage of the Ultimate Abyss slide towering high at sea; spend some time in the flashy video arcade, catch an awe-inspiring performance in Wonder of the Seas’ Aqua Theater or test your prowess on the FlowRider (boogie boarding & standup surfing).

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Ultimate Abyss Slide. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

Adventure Ocean Kids Club

Kids ages 6 months to 12 years old can play the day away in Adventure Ocean. There are several rooms to explore, with an indoor playscape and an arts and crafts workshop.

Themed evenings include pirate night, carnival games and a talent show. Reservations are required, and the club is free until 10 pm. After 10, it’s around $7 per hour.

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Even adults will want to play in this fun arcade. Photo credit: Melody Pittman

Teen Fun on Wonder of the Seas

Teens onboard Wonder of the Seas can hang out indoors at Social100 or outdoors on The Patio. The outdoor space has a private whirlpool, lawn games and a menu of mocktails and shakes.

Giant chess board on the Social 100 patio on Wonder of the Seas.
Social 100 Patio. Photo credit: Royal Caribbean International

Read More: Tips for Planning a Royal Caribbean Cruise with Kids

Entertainment Onboard Wonder of the Seas

Once onboard, use the Royal Caribbean app to make reservations for all the evening shows. You won’t want to miss out on Royal Caribbean’s ice skating arena and performance venue – with extremely talented professional skaters – a perfect way to cool off during hot days! Shows last around 50 minutes and are family-friendly.

Rainbow unicorn costumed ice skater at 365 Ice Skating Show on Wonder of the Seas
365, the fast-paced, energetic ice skating spectacular. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

In the ship’s AquaTheater, you can watch Olympic-level high divers dance, entertain and dive from 30-foot platforms into a 14-foot deep pool in a most riveting performance. InTENse, the show of all shows, is a true nail-biter!

Sit in the first two rows of the splash zone should you wish to get soaked!

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This inTENse Aqua Showcase makes a splash. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

Wonder of the Seas Cabins

Thanks to the open-air center of the ship, you have options when it comes to staterooms with balconies. You can either overlook Central Park, in the middle of the ship or have an ocean view.

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Stateroom with balcony. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

Wonder of the Seas Stateroom

This typical stateroom sleeps four and has a balcony with two chairs and a small table. With a desk and plenty of closet space, you won’t feel cramped in here.

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Grand Suite. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

Wonder of the Seas Grand Suite

For even more spacious accommodations, try a Grand Suite. This suite also sleeps four but has two desks and a larger living room, a more spacious balcony with a larger table and a bath tub in the bathroom.

Grand Suites are located in the exclusive new Suite Neighborhood on Decks 17 and 18. Suite Class guests have special access to the Suite Sun Deck with a private plunge pool and bar, the Suite Lounge with a concierge and Coastal Kitchen, a private restaurant that serves three meals per day.

Suite Sun Deck in the Suite Neighborhood of Wonder of the Seas
Suite Sun Deck in the Suite Neighborhood. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

Wonder of the Seas Ultimate Family Suite

Also in the new Suite Neighborhood is the Ultimate Family Suite, possible of sleeping 10. This is a spectacular space, complete with a slide down to the living room, chock full of colorful furnishings.

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Ultimate Family Suite on Deck 18. Photo credit: Royal Caribbean

Wonder of the Seas Restaurants

From casual grab-and-go drinks and snacks to sit-down meals, Wonder of the Seas offers a nice mix of dining options. Here are a few to make sure to try, but even the main dining room and buffet have exceptional food and kid-friendly stations.

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Adorable, kid-sized buffet tables make meal-time fun! Photo credit: Melody Pittman

Vitality Spa Café

Start your day with a protein smoothie or café latte from the spa. This out-of-the-way café provides a variety of quick and delicious breakfast options.

Café Promenade

Another great option for coffee is Café Promenade. The nearby Starbucks does not offer drinks that are included with the RC drink package, so walk the extra steps to get your morning caffeine fix.

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Park Café is an easy option for a light breakfast. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

Park Café

This is one more off-the-beaten-path breakfast joint where you can grab a free bagel or fruit cup to start your day. As a bonus, it’s located in the lovely Central Park which is home to 20,000 live plants.

Izumi Hibachi & Sushi 

For a nominal fee, enjoy one of the best-loved specialty dining cruise restaurants on Wonder of the Seas. The menu consists of Asian-inspired apps, sushi rolls and a teppanyaki menu with mains such as sea scallops, beef tenderloin and teriyaki chicken breast.

The Mason Jar

Make the most of your trip with a memorable meal at The Mason Jar! Enjoy classic southern delicacies like melt-in-your mouth cornbread and deviled eggs, or indulge in fluffy chicken and waffles while taking in beautiful ocean views. Brunch is a must! And don’t forget the specialty cocktails!

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A perfect cocktail from The Mason Jar. Photo credit: Melody Pittman

The farmhouse decor, complete with rocking chairs by oceanview windows, is very relaxing. You’ll definitely want a reservation to dine here.

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New Orleans-inspired meal from The Mason Jar. Photo credit: Melody Pittman

El Loco Fresh

As a professional cruiser, I always enjoy the Mexican buffet on the Lido Deck, perfect for a tasty breakfast or lunch, and with optimum scenery. Start your day off with a hearty breakfast burrito or quesadilla. Then, from noon to 6 pm, try your favorite Mexican dishes, like tacos and nachos.

Desserts are included, plus there is a condiment bar to load your dishes up how you see fit.

Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar

If you’re looking for something more intimate, stop by Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Bar on Central Park. Reservations are recommended. Don’t forget to order up some garlic knots before digging into their amazing stromboli.

Sorrento’s

Treat yourself to the best pizza on-the-fly at Sorrento’s, which serves up delicious free pizza late into the night–perfect for an after hours snack craving! 

Sorrento’s is open daily from 11:30 to 3 a.m. And the pizza is really good!

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Sorrento’s serves pizza slices until 3 am. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

150 Central Park

This is my top pick for an elegant and memorable meal on Wonder of the Seas. Showcasing locally-sourced ingredients, expect menu items such as Crispy Berkshire Pork Belly over a parsnip puree and Braised Short Rib with mascarpone polenta.

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Bite-sized samplings of the amazing dishes at 150 Central Park. Photo credit: Melody Pittman

Wonder of the Seas Itineraries

Sailing from the beautiful Port Canaveral, Florida, cruise port, you can enjoy a voyage to the Eastern or Western Caribbean, plus a stop at the highly desirable CocoCay island in the Bahamas.

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View from the zip line tower in Labadee. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

Eastern Caribbean stops include Philipsburg (St. Maarten) and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas (USVI), while the Western itinerary features Roatan (Honduras), and both Cozumel and Puerto Costa Maya (Mexico). Both are 7 night cruises and include your “Perfect Day” at CocoCay.

Perfect Day at CocoCay
Perfect Day at CocoCay. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

To plan your next Royal Caribbean cruise on the world’s newest wonder, visit Royal Caribbean’s website.

When not running around on adventures with her five children, Heidi Gollub volunteers for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and creates content for the local news. She frequently appears on television and was recently a speaker at Mom 2.0 and the Texas Conference for Women.
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