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My 9 Favorite Amenities on Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas Cruise


It’s now my favorite cruise ship I’ve traveled on for work.

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And much to my surprise, all of the typical complaints I have about cruise didn’t apply to this behemoth floating city.

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My biggest qualm with cruise vacations is that it’s often easy to feel trapped and bored. I can only sit by the pool for so many hours before feeling tireless.

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And as much as I love staring at the ocean, I don’t think I could do it for hours while sitting inside a cruise ship lounge.

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But it’s hard to feel stuck on a ship designed to entertain up to 9,288 occupants, guests and crew included.

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The Wonder of the Seas’ 18 decks are filled with amenities for every intergenerational family, whether it be children with boundless energy or adults who want some quiet relaxation.

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I can’t speak for children or older adults, but these were my 9 favorite amenities aboard the mega cruise ship as a solo adult passenger who was new to the brand.

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Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class Wonder of the Seas is a behemoth of a vessel.

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The floating city has 24 elevators, 2,867 staterooms, and eight neighborhoods.

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And these neighborhoods are all vastly different from its counterparts.

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No matter where I went, I was amused and captivated by the variety of sights and spaces, many of which looked nothing like a cruise ship.

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There were so many attractions pulling me in different directions, I had a hard time picking where to begin.

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I was consistently lost even after two nights at sea.

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But there’s something enjoyable about learning your way around a ship this large. It kept my short trip entertaining, busy, and exhausting.

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2. To feed up to 7,084 guests, the ship has over 20 dining venues.

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But there’s options for all picky eaters, whether they like teppanyaki, seafood, Southern comfort, or Johnny Rockets.

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The seafood-forward Hooked Seafood served up a satisfying and fresh meal. It didn’t blow my mind but I had no complaints.

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Unfortunately, the new-to-the-brand Southern restaurant Mason Jar fell short of offering a satisfying meal.

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But the option is there for travelers who can’t go a few days without gumbo and fried chicken.

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3. The complimentary food venues were just as enjoyable as the specialty restaurants.

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The Italian pizza shop and open-air build-your-own taco bar were both decent fast-casual eateries.

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While the food wasn’t outstanding, these options were great for grabbing a quick mid-day snack.

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But to my surprise, the buffet was the best I had ever seen on a cruise ship.

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Some of the most memorable bites were at this buffet, something I never thought would happen aboard a cruise ship.

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There were plenty of options like international fare, classic hits, and seafood. The latter — some raw — was just as craveable as the options at Hooked Seafood.

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The buffet was consistent. And in retrospect, I would’ve been content eating most of my meals here.

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