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Wonder of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s fifth Oasis Class ship, is now the largest cruise ship in the world. This new megaship welcomed her first guests onboard in March 2022, setting sail on a seven-night Caribbean cruise from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Is a vacation on a giant cruise ship a good fit for your family? Find out in our comprehensive guide to Wonder of the Seas!
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Go big or stay home, right? If you’re planning a family cruise, you’ll definitely want to check out Royal Caribbean’s new megaship, Wonder of the Seas. It’s the biggest in the world. How does that translate into guest experience? It means there is plenty of space to spread out so the ship doesn’t feel overcrowded. With eight neighborhoods, 20 restaurants, 11 bars and lounges plus five areas dedicated to kids and teens, Royal Caribbean’s Wonder has plenty of room for all. Read on for all the deets about the staterooms and suites, dining options and kid-friendly fun for all ages.
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!
Mega Fun on this Megaship
One thing is certain: kids will not be bored on Wonder of the Seas. The question is, will you be able to keep up with them? The ship has pools, whirlpools and splash areas galore. Adventurous guests can also try the FlowRider surf simulator and The Perfect Storm trio of extreme waterslides.
With both indoor and outdoor play spaces spread across the ship, it’s easy to fill a week with kids onboard. 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 and rock climbing wall.
Younger kids will delight in crawling and sliding their way through the unique Wonder Playscape, while older kids will enjoy the 10-story Ultimate Abyss Slide.
Adventure Ocean Kids Club
Kids ages 6 months to 12 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 p.m. After 10, it’s $7 per hour.
Fun for Teens 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.
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 the tap-dancing shenanigans in Tap Factory or 365, the ice skating spectacular. These shows last about 50 minutes and are fun for all ages.
In the ship’s AquaTheater, you can watch the all-female cast of inTENSE dance and dive from 30-foot platforms into a 14-foot deep pool. Sit in the first two rows of the splash zone and you will get wet!
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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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.
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 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.
Wonder of the Seas Ultimate Family Suite
Also in the new Suite Neighborhood is the Ultimate Family Suite, which sleeps 10. This is a pretty spectacular space, complete with a slide down to the living room. It was booked for the ship’s maiden’s voyage, but here’s a sneak peek from 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.
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.
Another great option for coffee is Café Promenade. The nearby Starbucks does not offer drinks that are included with the drink package, so walk the extra steps to get your morning caffeine.
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.
The Mason Jar
Brunch at The Mason Jar is a must. Here you can enjoy southern favorites like cornbread that melts in your mouth, deviled eggs and chicken and waffles. The farmhouse decor, complete with rocking chairs by oceanview windows, is very relaxing. You’ll definitely want a reservation to dine here.
Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar
Make a reservation for Giovanni’s as soon as you board, so you can enjoy an Italian lunch or dinner in Central Park. The garlic knots are to die for and the stromboli is delicious too.
Sorrento’s is your best option for free pizza on the fly. Hungry for a snack in the middle of the night? This fast-food joint has you covered. It’s open daily from 11:30 to 3 a.m. And the pizza is really good!
Wonder of the Seas Itineraries
Wonder of the Seas will sail Caribbean itineraries from Fort Lauderdale, Florida through April 2022. On its maiden voyage, the ship stopped in Labadee, Haiti.
Upcoming Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries include stops in Nassau, The Bahamas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Roatan, Honduras, Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico, and the cruise line’s private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay.
This summer, Wonder of the Seas will head to Europe for seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona and Rome to destinations including Naples and Florence, Italy, Provence, France and Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Then, the ship will return to Florida to offer year-round Caribbean adventures out of Port Canaveral.
To plan your next Royal Caribbean cruise on the world’s newest wonder, visit Royal Caribbean’s website.