The CRUISE Royal Caribbean line is about breaking records.
With the new company Wonder of the Seas, it has restored the reference of the largest cruise ship in the world, for the second time in a row.
An epic 18 DECKS tall, the 1,188-foot-long transatlantic liner is as wide as seven double-decker buses parked end-to-end and can carry 9,288 people.
It is scheduled to debut in Europe this May, with eight distinctive “neighborhoods” on board, including a new exclusive suite area on the top two decks.
From the extensive pool deck to world-class entertainment, JESSICA LESTER marvels at its best and newest features.
EVERYTHING YOU CAN EAT
Royal’s Oasis-class ships are known for their variety of dining options, but Wonder surpasses them all, with more than two dozen different dining options.
While the beloved Windjammer Marketplace with a buffet of everything you can eat has returned for dinner every day, there are also new specialty restaurants to try.
There’s a brasserie, Chops Grille, Giovanni’s and the gourmet spot 150 Central Park, all proudly inside the giant Central Park complex on the ship’s belly.
But the new Wonderland concept is the star of the show. Combining molecular cuisine with a fairy tale theme, the restaurant serves both land and sea adventure dishes in a fabulous interactive setting.
Discover the menu by painting a picture and watch out for Alice and the Mad Hatter, who can accompany you between dishes as you sip creative Cheshire cat-inspired cocktails.
If you prefer to keep it causal, The Mason Jar South Restaurant is located at the top of deck 15, offering chicken and waffles, as well as whiskey cocktails, overlooking the grandstand ocean.
LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU
The boat has an amazing entertainment program.
Among the many delights, the new all-female show InTENse illuminates the latest AquaTheater technology, which includes the deepest pool ever created aboard a cruise ship.
The magic production sees professional acrobats diving and falling from 55 meters above the water, as well as synchronized swimmers, all moving to a dramatic soundtrack.
Royal Caribbean’s own superheroes, The Effectors, are also back for their second unreleased installment, using drone technology to illuminate the main auditorium with fabulous line-up.
MOUNTING THE WAVES
If the endless views of the ocean are not enough, the redesigned pool deck brings together a number of new water features, including four main pools and ten smaller hot tubs.
Thrill seekers will enjoy new water slides, a terrifying slide in the back of the boat and TWO surf simulator machines.
This means that cruise ships can practice hanging ten without having to disembark.
The whole deck is designed with relaxation in mind, with a series of lime and coconut cocktails spread all over the place.
And there’s an ice cream bar, Sprinkles, that serves a soft smoothie until well into the night.
encouragement for that
Why ask the bartender to serve you a cocktail when a robot can beat, shuffle and pour one perfectly at the Bionic Bar on the promenade?
Or there’s the Rising Tide Bar, basically a glorified elevator that allows passengers to enjoy a cocktail as they slowly go up and down three decks.
The Vue’s new bar complex is one of two unreleased concepts, next to the Solarium at the front of the boat and overlooking the pool deck and open water.
And while Giovanni’s and Chops Grille have the largest collections of dishes, the Cask and Flipper pub is the place to go to enjoy the comforts of home: a British-style venue serving a selection of beers and liquors.
YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS
The novelty for children is the Wonder Playscape: an underwater theme park with exciting climbing nets, puzzles and a sensory game.
And teenagers have their own outdoor space, Social 180, with a cocktail bar and relaxation areas.
But the boat’s emotions aren’t just for young people. Adults can tackle two climbing walls that are more than 40 feet above the pool deck on the 15th floor, as well as a giant zip line.
In addition, there is a games room, laser tag, mini golf and a casino with slot machines to compete with Las Vegas.
If you’re not tired of all the fun, Wonder of the Seas has one of the largest open-air gyms and a 600-meter running track that even professional athletes would envy for its endless sea views.
The track, which surrounds the outside of the boat and includes walking and running lanes, is surrounded by ping pong tables and areas for quieter fitness classes.
For those who are less eager to work out, there is a spa with a nail bar, a hairdresser, 29 spacious massage rooms, a mud room and a thermal suite.
RETIRE AND RELAX
With 2,867 state rooms on board, there are plenty of accommodation options.
But passengers after a highly skilled trip should book a Royal Class suite on the upper decks. This includes your own concierge and butler service.
The restaurants on decks 17 and 18 offer exclusive food.
There is also an outdoor lounge and sun terrace with a smaller, quieter private pool away from the hustle and bustle of the boat.
Naturally, the world’s largest cruise ship needs a shopping spree with shops to compete with the world’s major malls.
Design duty free products are available once the boat is in open water.
The ride brings together luxury items from around the world, such as handbags and clothes by Kate Spade and Michael Kors, to high-end jewelry ranging from Cartier to Bulgari and Hublot watches.
Wonder Of The Seas
Length: 1,188 feet (200 feet longer than HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier)
Height: 18 decks
Beam (width): 210 feet or set of two floors from end to end
Weight: 236,857 tons
Passengers: 6,988 Crew: 2,300
Swimming pools: 19
Bars / restaurants / lounges: 40+
Speed: 25 mph
GO: WONDER OF THE SEA
STAY / ARRIVE: A seven-night full-board cruise across the western Mediterranean costs from £ 569 per person, departing from Barcelona on 12 June and stopping in Palma de Mallorca, Provence, Florence / Pisa, Rome and Naples.