Wonder of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship, is the largest cruise ship in the world. She features the most modern activities, cabins, entertainment and dining options available on board, and it’s no wonder she’s a favorite among Royal Caribbean passengers.
While the entire ship is unique, there are a few key areas of Wonder of the Seas really stand out. From renovated swimming pools to exclusive oasis suites, here are 10 things Royal Caribbean has to offer with Wonder of the Seas.
Brunch at The Mason Jar Bar & Restaurant
The Mason Jar is Royal Caribbean’s most exclusive dining concept, with a menu inspired by cuisine from various regions of South America. From chicken pie to blackened catfish and St. John’s wort ribs. Louis, restaurants offer dishes you might not normally eat at home.
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In addition to dinner, The Mason Jar is also open for brunch on sea days. A sweet and savory brunch is available, with chicken and waffles, salmon-avocado toast, stuffed French toast and a sweet chicken sandwich.
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so when I heard that Royal Caribbean’s new restaurant was offering brunch, I couldn’t wait to try it.
I ordered the red velvet pancakes—the dessert equivalent of breakfast—and tried the restaurant’s giant cinnamon roll. As someone with a sweet tooth, I was in heaven, and will not hesitate to book brunch again on my next Wonder of the Seas cruise.
John’s Wine Bar
While Vintages Wine Bar can be found on many Royal Caribbean ships, they have taken the concept of vintage wine with Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar.
Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen is Royal Caribbean’s newest Italian dining concept. Giovanni’s Wine Bar is an extension of the restaurant, serving wine and à la carte, pizza and desserts from Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen.
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At Vintages, there is only a small tapas menu, so I like to have a large menu from the à la carte menu to choose from at Giovanni’s Wine Bar. The items are quite expensive (around $3-9 for appetizers and $9-12 for pizza).
I felt the wine bar made an excellent dinner (or snack) option for those who wanted to try Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen without spending more than $50 for dinner per person. Plus, I love the modern, bright look of the wine bar–a stark contrast to the darker, softer vibe of the Vintages.
inTENse AquaTheater show
The shows at Royal Caribbean’s AquaTheaters are always amazing, but the AquaTheater show on Wonder of the Seas is one of the best I’ve ever seen.
inTENse, the ship’s AquaTheater show, is the first to feature an all-female cast. Not only did I love the empowerment of women in the show, but the freediving, skydiving, aerial performances, and parallel swimming were incredible. The show lives up to its name; it is hard!
If you’re sailing on the Wonder of the Seas, don’t miss this show.
Wonder of the Seas is the first Oasis Class ship to have a designated Neighborhood Suite, available only to suite guests. This area includes the Suite Lounge, the Coastal Kitchen restaurant, and a private sundeck with a private bar and pool.
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The Neighborhood Suite on Wonder of the Seas is an upgraded version of the suite-only area on other Royal Caribbean ships. While other ships may have private sun lounges, lounges and restaurants for suite guests, they are rarely all in the same place. The Neighborhood Suite combines these features into one convenient area for suite guests, creating a “ship within a ship concept” that cannot be found on other ships.
Guests in Grand Suites and above have access to the Neighborhood Suite, and those in Sea Class (Junior Suites) can dine in the Coastal Kitchen for dinner only.
While I’m not sure I’d cruise in a $20,000 suite, the Neighborhood Suite certainly makes me dream about luxury cruising!
Size of windjammer
On other Oasis Class ships, the Windjammer is small compared to the number of guests on board. With so many other dining options available, Royal Caribbean wanted to make the Windjammer less prominent than the Oasis class.
However, they later realized that travelers prefer to have a large buffet with plenty of seating and endless food options. Therefore, the Windjammer was refitted on the Wonder of the Seas and is the largest buffet on the ship.
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As someone who likes to eat on the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch more than anywhere else, I enjoyed the larger buffet size on the Wonder of the Seas. I find that I rarely dine on Windjammer on other Oasis Class ships; the area always feels cramped for my liking.
On the Wonder of the Seas, however, I dined at Windjammer almost every day of my cruise and was amazed at the size and variety of offerings.
Cantina Fresca & El Loco Fresh
El Loco Fresh is one of my favorite dining options on Royal Caribbean ships, and I wouldn’t pass up a quick lunch of burritos, nachos and tacos.
Wonder of the Seas has taken El Loco Fresh to the next level by placing it next to a new bar, Cantina Fresca. Cantina Fresca is a Mexican bar featuring margaritas and aguas frescas, offering the perfect accompaniment to unlimited chips, salsa and guacamole.
Additionally, the bar’s location next to the Sports Court is perfect for those looking for a quick bite between time at the pool and signature activities like zip lining and the FlowRider.
Climate controlled solarium
The adults-only Solarium on the Wonder of the Seas may be the best on the plane. Unlike other Oasis Class ships it is fully enclosed and climate controlled. In my opinion, this makes it a much nicer place to relax than the outdoor Solarium on other Royal Caribbean ships.
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In addition to the climate control, the Solarium is beautiful. With vaulted ceilings, comfortable dining chairs, artwork, multiple pools and jacuzzis, it’s one of the best places on Wonder of the Seas.
100 Youth Only Social Patio
Wonder of the Seas features Royal Caribbean’s new Ocean Adventure kids program, which focuses on giving kids more fun to do than the old Ocean Adventure.
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Part of the new Adventure Oceans will include a renovated youth lounge, and Wonder of the Seas will have indoor lounges and a private outdoor lounge known as Social 100: The Patio.
The Patio features its own bar, hot tub, comfortable seating areas, large chess board and selfie backdrop. It’s a place where 13-17 year old passengers can meet and socialize with kids their own age, and I imagine it’s a popular place for teenagers on board.
I would have like this hangout place as a teenager, and I admit I’m a little jealous that there are no adults like this space!
Cowboy hat steps on the Royal Promenade
All Royal Promenades on Oasis Class ships feature a large piece of art. While I was impressed with the five-ton 3D metal head on Harmony of the Seas, I was particularly impressed with the use of art on Wonder of the Seas.
The Wonder of the Seas Royal Promenade features a giant cowboy hat topped with silver. At first glance, I didn’t care much for it.
Later on in my journey, however, I discovered that the artwork serves as a stage for the band The Mason Jar. I thought the concept was unique and enjoyed listening to the musicians while walking around the Promenade.
Brightly colored pool room
Wonder of the Seas’ pool deck instantly transports passengers to a Caribbean paradise, with brightly colored decor and a tropical-themed bar dotting the open space. I would argue that the pool on the Wonder of the Seas is the best on Royal Caribbean.
One of my favorite aspects of the pool is The Lime & Coconut, a Caribbean-themed bar owned by Royal Caribbean. This bar features the best of the airline’s tropical cocktails, including the Lime & Coconut Cocktail, Mai Tai, and Goombay Smash.
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I enjoyed the various seating options at the pool. Relaxing balconies can be found throughout the deck along with private casitas (available by reservation only), in-pool balconies, and even “theatre” seating in front of the pool TV screen. swimming.
The pool is sure to be busy on a Wonder of the Seas cruise, and it’s the perfect place to soak up the sun while sailing around the Caribbean.