Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas leaves for its maiden voyage : Travel Weekly
Royal Caribbean’s fifth Oasis-class ship, Wonder of the Seas, made its maiden voyage Friday from Port Everglades to Fort Lauderdale.
With the debut of the Wonder, Royal Caribbean once again presents the largest cruise ship in the world, surpassing her twin, the Symphony of the Seas. The Wonder can accommodate 5,734 people in double occupancy and a maximum of 6,988.
The Wonder has eight neighborhoods, including the new Suite neighborhood, with what Royal Caribbean calls “the largest ultimate family suite yet” accommodating a family of 10.
The Ultimate Family Suite can accommodate 10 people. It’s in the Suite area of the ship. Photo credit: Royal Caribbean
The Suite area also features a Sun Deck Suite with plunge pool and bar, the exclusive Coastal Kitchen restaurant and the Suite Lounge.
With the Wonder’s debut, Royal Caribbean is also introducing a new restaurant, the Mason Jar Southern Restaurant & Bar, where guests dine on Southern favorites for brunch, dinner and late nights while listening to live country music. . Mason Jar also serves 19 American whiskeys.
Another novelty on the Wonder: the Wonder Playscape, an underwater play area with slides, climbing walls, games, interactive activities that come alive when touched, puzzles and light displays. Nearby is Royal Caribbean’s signature mini-golf course, Wonder Dunes, with a new look and new features.
The Wonder Playscape, an underwater-themed outdoor playground. Photo credit: Royal Caribbean
On the pool deck, guests will find the new cantilevered Vue Bar and a Royal Caribbean favourite, the Lime & Coconut Bar.
Other familiar favorites on the Wonder: the trio of Perfect Storm waterslides, Splashaway Bay children’s water park, adults-only sundeck, FlowRider surf simulator, Ultimate Abyss waterslide, 10-story zipline, two rock climbing walls , the Central Park district and its more than 20,000 real plants, and entertainment at the AquaTheater.
Social 100 and The Patio are hangouts for teens on Wonder of the Seas. Photo credit: Royal Caribbean
The Wonder sails on seven-night Caribbean cruises until April before heading to Barcelona and Rome for a summer sailing the Mediterranean.
Following her European season, the Wonder will return to the United States to operate Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida.