Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas: What You Need To Know

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by Marcello

Wonder of the Seas is the fifth Oasis Class cruise ship from Royal Caribbean.

At 236,857 GT, the new vessel is the largest cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage, and at 1,188 feet in length, it is also the longest.

Wonder isn’t just a bigger Oasis-class vessel. The new ship brings significant enhancement over previous vessels, including all-new features, activities, and entertainment options not seen on any other Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

If you’re one of the lucky cruisers who have snagged a spot on this incredible ship, here is everything you need to know about Wonder of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean Wonder of the Seas rendering of aerial view from the aft
Wonder of the Seas Cruise Ship (Rendering Courtesy: Royal Caribbean)

Wonder of the Seas Stats

At the time of her maiden voyage, Wonder of the Seas became the largest cruise ship in the world. So, it’s no surprise that the vessel boasts some impressive stats.

The ship boasts:

  • A gross tonnage of 236,857 GT
  • A length of 1,188 feet
  • A width of 210 feet
  • 22 knots cruising speed
  • 2,867 guest staterooms
  • 5,734 guests at double occupancy and 6,988 guests at maximum capacity
  • 2,300 international crew members
  • 16 guest decks and 18 total decks
  • 24 guest elevators
  • Four bow thrusters producing 7,500 horsepower each
Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas front view
(Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean International)

So, how does Wonder of the Seas compare to the second-largest cruise ship?

The previous record-holder is Wonder’s sister ship, Symphony of the Seas. Symphony measures at 228,081 GT, which makes Wonder nearly 8,000 GT larger.

Additionally, the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship has 100 fewer staterooms than Wonder.

Wonder of the Seas is also the first cruise ship that is longer than the U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carriers – the largest military ship during Wonder’s debut.

Construction

Exterior photo of Wonder of the Seas
(Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean International)

Royal Caribbean International announced the order of a new Oasis-class cruise ship in 2016, with a planned delivery in early 2021.

Construction on the new vessel went as planned until the Covid-19 pandemic-related pause in cruise ship operations. As a result of the cruise industry pause, and several shipyard delays, Wonder of the Seas delivery was pushed back to early 2022.

Itineraries for the world’s largest cruise ship became available in early 2021, with eager passengers ready to sail on the new ship.

Royal Caribbean took delivery of Wonder of the Seas in January 2022.

The ship’s maiden voyage is March 2022, from her homeport of Port Everglades, Florida.

What’s New on Wonder of the Seas?

Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas aerial view from the side
(Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean International)

If you’ve sailed on another of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships, you might be wondering what’s new on Wonder of the Seas?

Royal Caribbean has radically redesigned the ship’s top decks and added a new neighborhood.

Here are a few of the new features aboard Wonder of the Seas:

  • The new Suite Neighborhood
  • The new Mason Jar specialty restaurant
  • The Vue, a cantilevered pool bar
  • The new Wonder Playscape children’s area. An interactive, open-air kids’ play area complete with slides, puzzles, games, and an interactive mural.
  • Only one FlowRider surf simulator. Other oasis class ships have two

The new Mason Jar specialty restaurant features southern-inspired cuisine focusing on barbecue food, Bayou, and country flare.

The new restaurant offers southern-style comfort food such as Gran’s Fried Chicken and Lobster’ n Crawfish Gumbo. The brunch menu will feature southern-style breakfast favorites, including Sweet-Tooth Cinnamon Rolls and southern Chicken’ n Waffles.

In addition to the menu, the restaurant features live country music and an Instagram-worthy porch swing. If you’re thirsty, you can enjoy a spiked peach tea or a decadent shake made with peanut butter, banana, and bourbon.

The new Vue bar is a cantilever, panoramic bar overlooking the main pool deck. During the day, you can sip cocktails while enjoying stunning ocean views. At night, The Vue shines bright with a colorful mosaic light installation.

Lastly, the new Wonder Playscape kids area is an outdoor play space that kids are sure to love. The space features tot-friendly climbing walls, slides, games, puzzles, interactive murals, and more.

Eight Distinct Neighborhoods

Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas Boardwalk Carousel
The Boardwalk Neighborhood on Wonder of the Seas (Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean International)

In addition to the seven distinct neighborhoods featured on previous Oasis-class ships, Wonder of the Seas features a new Suite Neighborhood.

The eight neighborhoods provide a unique experience as you make your way around the ship.

Central Park

Central Park is the first living park at sea. It’s home to more than 20,000 plants.

Here, you’ll find great restaurants, boutique shops, and the popular Central Park Cafe.

During the day, the open-air oasis at sea makes a great spot for travelers to find solace and unwind. The park comes to life at night with live music under the stars.

Boardwalk

The boardwalk neighborhood is always buzzing with activity. The Boardwalk features twin rock climbing walls, a classic hand-carved carousel, and the popular AquaTheater shows.

Pool & Sports Zone

Pool Deck on Wonder of the Seas
(Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean International)

The pool & sports zone is the go-to spot for hear-pounding action.

Guests can hang ten on Royal Caribbean’s signature FlowRider, soak up the sun at the pool deck, soar over the Boardwalk on a 10-deck high zipline, or brave the 10-story plunge on Ultimate Abyss.

Royal Promenade

The Royal Promenade is home to shopping, dining, and entertainment venues.

During the morning, passengers can drop in for a morning coffee. The promenade comes to life at night with dancing, singing, live music, and pop-up performances.

Entertainment Place

As the name suggests, Entertainment Place is where guests can enjoy nighttime entertainment, from headline shows and original productions in the Royal Theater to breathtaking ice-skating performances.

Brave guests take to the stage at Spotlight Karaoke or participate in a live game show.

Vitality Spa & Fitness Center

The dedicated spa and fitness center offers various exercise classes, a full-scale gym, and indulgent spa treatments.

The Vitality Spa & Fitness Center is also home to Vitality Cafe, which serves a menu of light, tasty, and healthy snacks, including smoothies and fresh sandwiches.

Youth Zone

Home to Adventure Ocean youth program and a nursery for infants and toddlers, the Youth Zone is a favorite among family travelers. This neighborhood is full of innovative common spaces, educational activities, games, and more.

Young adults have a dedicated teen space to hang out and make new friends.

Suite Neighbourhood

Suite Neighborhood and Plunge pool on Wonder of the Seas
The Suite Neighborhood’s Private Sun Deck (Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean)

Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas is the first Oasis-class ship to feature eight neighborhoods with the Suite Neighborhood.

As the name suggests, this neighborhood is exclusive for suite guests. The zone features a bevy of VIP areas, including a private suite sun deck with a plunge pool, lounge space, and the intimate Coastal Kitchen restaurant.

Staterooms and Suites

Ultimate Family Suite on Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas
Wonder of the Seas Ultimate Family Suite (Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean)

Wonder of the Seas has an impressive 2,867 guest staterooms. Guests can choose from four primary stateroom categories; interior, oceanview, balcony, and suites.

No matter which cabin category you choose, you’ll find a modern interior with spacious accommodations, sleek furnishings, and a muted color palette.

Unlike previous Oasis-class ships, the interior cabins include sitting areas, a welcomed change.

Oceanview staterooms have large bedside windows, and balcony cabins feature floor-to-ceiling windows.

Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas aerial view from behind
(Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean International)

If you’re looking for the best accommodations on Wonder of the Seas, you’ll want to book a stay in one of the suites.

Royal Caribbean’s designed the suites after private-resort accommodations to provide a complete luxury guest experience. The suites are not only luxurious but also incredibly spacious.

Guests who upgrade to Royal Suite Class will receive special perks and benefits. The three tiers of Royal Suite Class are Star Class, Sky Class, and Sea Class.

Each tier in the Royal Suite Class includes perks such as:

  • Specialty restaurants included in your dining plan
  • Dinner at Coastal Kitchen private restaurant
  • Deluxe beverage packages
  • Luxury pillow-top mattress
  • Luxury bathroom amenities
  • Lavazza espresso coffee machine
  • Complimentary VOOM internet
  • Early seating at entertainment venues
  • Suite guest-only sun deck access 
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Laundry service
  • Concierge service
  • Gratuities included
  • Priority departure
  • Priority dining reservations
  • Suite lounge access
  • Luxury bathroom amenities
  • And more! 
Wonder of the Seas Royal Loft Suite
Royal Loft Suite

The Ultimate Family Suite is the standout among the ships suite accommodations. Wonder is the third Royal Caribbean ship to feature the Ultimate Family Suite.

The suite features sleeping accommodations for ten guests and comes with an in-suite cinema, game areas, an in-suite slide, a hot tub, and more.

Complimentary Dining

One of my favorite features aboard Wonder of the Seas is the impressive selection of complimentary restaurants. When you look at the list below, you’ll immediately notice much more complimentary dining options than Royal Caribbean’s older ships.

Included with your base fare, you’ll get access to:

  • The Main Dining Room
  • Windjammer Cafe
  • The Solarium Bistro
  • Cafe Promenade
  • Coastal Kitchen (Suite guests only)
  • Park Cafe
  • El Loco Fresh
  • Vitality Cafe
  • Sorrento’s
  • Boardwalk Dog House
  • And select room service options, 24/7

Wonder of the Seas features long-time passenger favorites, such as the Windjammer Cafe, Park Cafe, Solarium Bistro, and Cafe Promenade.

The three-story main dining room is where to go for elegant, sit-down meals.

Suite guests will have access to the exclusive Coastal Kitchen, with its California spin on Mediterranian cuisine.

Finally, there’s Sorrento’s pizzeria, El Loco Fresh Mexican restaurant, and Boardwalk Dog House for gourmet hot dogs for kid-friendly casual dining.

Specialty Dining

Rendering of The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant & Bar on Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas
The Mason Jar (Rendering Courtesy: Royal Caribbean)

If you’re a foodie, you may want to consider splurging at one of Wonder’s specialty restaurants. For an extra fee, passengers can enjoy meals at;

  • The Mason Jar
  • 150 Central Park
  • The Chef’s Table
  • Chops Grille
  • Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar
  • Hooked Seafood
  • Izumi
  • Playmakers Sports Bar
  • Wonderland
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Starbucks

As previously mentioned, The Mason Jar is the newest restaurant in Royal Caribbean’s fleet. It features southern-inspired staples, including Lobster’ n Crawfish Gumbo, Gran’s Fried Chicken, and Chicken’ n Waffles.

Wonder of the Seas also features Royal Caribbean staples Izumi, Giovanni’s, and Chops Grille, serving Japanese, Italian, and American Steakhouse menus.

The Chef’s Table offers an intimate five-course dining experience that’s well worth the price.

Bars and Lounges

The View on Wonder of the Seas
The Vue (Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean)

Passengers can enjoy a drink at one of the manyof bars and lounges around the ship, including:

  • Bionic Bar
  • Boleros
  • Cantina Fresca
  • Cask & Clipper
  • Rising Tide Bar
  • Schooner Bar
  • Solarium Bar
  • The Attic
  • The Lime & Coconut
  • Trellis Bar
  • The Vue Bar
  • Wipeout Bar

If you’ve previously sailed on other Royal Caribbean ships, you’ll recognize many of the bars listed above, such as the Schooner Bar and Solarium Bar.

But, if you haven’t sailed on a newer Royal Caribbean cruise ship, you won’t want to miss the Lime & Coconut. Lime & Coconut is a resort-style, pool-side bar with a rotation of live music and live DJs.

Royal Caribbean's Bionic Bar
The Bionic Bar Featuring Two Robotic Bartenders (Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean)

Another fun spot is the Bionic Bar, which features two robotic bartenders mixing and shaking drinks for passengers. This futuristic bar concept looks like something straight out of “The Jetsons” with futuristic decor, hundreds of bottles hanging upside down from the ceiling, and two robotic arms serving drinks.

Entertainment

Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas AquaTheatre
(Rendering Credit: Royal Caribbean International)

Wonder of the Seas has so many entertainment choices that you may not be able to experience them all in a single 7-day cruise.

One of the most popular entertainment venues on the ship is the redesigned AquaTheatre. Located at the vessel’s aft in the boardwalk neighborhood, the AquaTheatre is home to breathtaking performances. The shows feature Olympic-level divers, acrobats, dancers, and more. If that’s not enough, the venue also boasts the deepest pool at sea.

The Royal Theatre is home to nightly performances, including Broadway shows, original productions, live game shows, and more. At night skating ice skating rink features a must-see ice show.

The brand new Spotlight Karaoke is your place to be for passengers who want their turn on stage. With thousands of songs to choose from and a dedicated MC, you can take center stage in front of a live audience. For those who want a bit more privacy, you can host your own show in one of the private karaoke rooms.

Finally, the ship features an intimate Comedy Club sure to keep you laughing through the night. The adult-only venue hosts guest comedians who promise to keep you laughing all night long.

Onboard Activities

Photo Credit (Royal Caribbean)

Active cruisers will find no shortage of activities in this city at sea. Each day on the ship, you’ll receive the Crown and Anchor News Letter, which outlines the next day’s activities, shows, and lectures.

It’s impossible to get bored with so much to see and do aboard Wonder of the Seas.

There are far too many onboard activities for us to list, but here are some of our favorites:

  • Flowrider
  • Laser Tag
  • 2 Rock Climbing Walls
  • Zip Wire
  • Mini Golf
  • Sport Court
  • Studio B Ice Rink
  • The Perfect Storm Water Slides
  • Ultimate Abyss
  • Puzzle Break Centre
  • Wonder Playscape Area
  • Wonder Dunes Miniature Golf
  • Carousel

Kids Clubs

Wonder Playscape on Wonder of the Seas
Wonder Playscape (Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean)

Royal Caribbean is perhaps best known for its impressive variety of amenities for guests of all ages. The cruise line places a heavy emphasis on families and is one of the only cruise lines with a nursery for babies and toddlers.

The kid’s clubs available on Wonder of the Seas are:

  • Adventure Ocean Babies 6- 36 months
  • Aquanauts 3-5 years
  • Explorers 6-8 years
  • Voyagers 9-11 years
  • Youngers Teens 12-14 years
  • Older Teens 15-17 years

Aside from the kid’s clubs, there are plenty of activities for kids and teens around the ship.

Spashaway bay promises hours of fun with its outdoor play area, and the sports deck is a perfect fit for teens.

Final Thoughts on Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas

wonder of the seas aerial sailing render
(Rendering Credit: Royal Caribbean International)

Wonder of the Seas cruise ship offers the latest evolution of the popular Oasis-class of ships. The vessel provides many improvements over her previous sister ships, which prove it is more than just a bigger Oasis-class ship.

Passengers can expect to find updated decor and furnishings, along with all the bells and whistles that a Royal Caribbean cruise is famous for delivering.

The cruise ship’s impressive lineup of entertainment, activities, and bars and lounges provides plenty to do for passengers of all ages and interests. Most importantly, it is nearly impossible to get bored in this city at sea.

Wonder of the Seas FAQ

How Big is Wonder of the Seas?

Wonder of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world at a length of 1,188 feet and an internal volume of 236,857 GT.

The ship features 2,867 guest staterooms with room for 6,988 passengers and 2,300 crew members. Wonder of the Seas has 18 total guests, 16 of which are accessible for guests.

What's Different About Wonder of the Seas?

Wonder of the Seas boasts various new features and amenities compared with previous Oasis-class vessels.

What Class Ship is Wonder of the Seas?

Wonder of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class cruise ships.

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class cruise ships rank among the largest ships in the world. The oasis-class includes Wonder of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean Group has an unnamed sixth Oasis-class cruise ship on order, scheduled for delivery in 2024.

How Many Pools are on Wonder of the Seas?

Wonder of the Seas features four swimming pools and ten hot tubs.

How Many Elevators are on Wonder of the Seas Cruise Ship?

Wonder of the Seas features an impressive 24 guest elevators throughout the ship.

Is Wonder of the Seas Bigger Than Symphony of the Seas?

Yes, Wonder of the Seas is bigger than Symphony of the Seas.

On her debut in 2022, Wonder of the Seas took over the world’s largest cruise ship title from her sister ship, Symphony of the Seas.

Wonder of the Seas has a gross tonnage of 236,857 GT, compared to Symphony’s 228,081 GT. This means Wonder of the Seas is nearly 8,000 GT larger than Symphony of the Seas.

Additionally, Symphony of the Seas has 100 fewer staterooms than Wonder of the Seas cruise ship.

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I’ve been cruising since I was 11 years old. I love the freedom that cruising provides, meeting new people, and exploring amazing new ships. I love to share my passion for cruising and travel with readers.

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