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Planning the Best Family Cruises on Wonder Of The Seas

Wonder of the Seas® is one of the best ships for family getaways.

By Amanda Mesa | Published on June 20, 2022

When the Wonder of the Seas® debuted, it wowed the world — and for good reason, too. The biggest, boldest ship in the world is fully loaded with experiences, attractions, and amenities that help deliver the best vacation for all ages. Whether you’re into adrenaline-pumping thrills, sun-soaked tranquility, or a balanced blend of both, you’ll find endless opportunities to make every moment onboard unforgettable.  

While this cutting-edge cruise ship caters to all kinds of travelers, it’s quickly becoming known for offering some of the best family cruises. Even newcomers to the world of cruising know that Royal Caribbean has built a solid reputation for delivering incredible vacation getaways for families over the years. The Wonder of the Seas is the fleet’s most impressive example yet.  

Once onboard, little ones can have a blast at the Wonder Playscape℠ while their parents enjoy panoramic views and top-shelf cocktails al fresco at The Vue Bar℠. And the whole family can bond over epic onboard activities, like getting in on plenty of put-putting fun under endless blue skies at a completely reimagined mini-golf course called Wonder Dunes. When the sun goes down, you can settle in for dazzling performances by the cruise line’s award-winning entertainment team — like the brilliant AquaTheater production, inTENse.

Foodies will also find plenty of reasons to fall in love with the addition to the Oasis Class. Wonder of the Seas offers all kinds of delicious eats from around the globe, including cruise line classics like Izumi Sushi & Hibachi and culinary debuts like The Mason Jar℠. The ship is also home to iconic Royal Caribbean attractions — including the FlowRider® surf simulator, The Perfect Storm℠ waterslides, the Ultimate Abyss℠ , and the Boardwalk-crossing Zip Line.  

This is your guidebook to planning the best family cruise vacation onboard Wonder of the Seas. 

Chase Thrills With The Whole Family

Cruisers who are familiar with Royal Caribbean have probably heard of — or ridden on — The Perfect Storm waterslides. You’ll find this iconic attraction onboard Wonder of the Seas as a trio of slides that includes lightning-fast dual racers. Riders can compete with a relative or friend to see who can make it to the bottom fastest. The trio also boasts the first-ever boomerang-style and headfirst mat racer waterslides at sea. Admission to all three slides is free to cruise guests and open to anyone who meets the minimum height requirement. And guess what? The thrills don’t stop there — kids, teens, and parents alike can also test their bravery on the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea. It’s a white-knuckle plunge down ten stories over the stern of the ship, and it’s also complimentary to cruise guests. If you’re looking to take your adventure to the air, opt for a high-flying ride across the cruise ship’s family-friendly Zip Line, which doubles as the perfect photo opportunity while you soar ten decks above the Boardwalk® — no reservations necessary.  

Fuel Everyone’s Competitive Fire

A little friendly competition adds flavor to the best family cruises, and Wonder of the Seas offers endless ways to stoke it during your getaway. Pit your wave-taming skills against relatives and friends on the FlowRider® surf simulator, a Royal Caribbean classic where the surf’s always up and ready to be ridden. You can also tee up on the top deck with the whole fam at Wonder Dunes, an immersive, undersea-themed mini golf course that kids, teens, and adults will love. Find out who can get to the top of the guest-favorite Rock Climbing Wall fastest — the rewards are bragging rights and endless sea views. And if you’re craving a bit of courtside action, grab a basketball or volleyball and face off on the Sports Court, where it’s always game-time. The best part? All of these family-favorite activities are included in your cruise fare. 

Make Memories Over Every Meal At Sea

Royal Caribbean is known for delivering crave-worthy, foodie-approved dining concepts, and Wonder of the Seas offers something delicious for even the pickiest eaters. Elevate family dinners at the Main Dining Room, where the menu rotates daily to spotlight tantalizing cuisine from around the world. Take the whole family on a tasting tour to Tuscany with authentic Old-World eats at Giovanni’sSM Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar. Gather ‘round for homespun southern brunch classics that hit the spot at The Mason Jar, making its debut on the Oasis Class cruise ship. Or pair a Far East feast with tabletop entertainment at Izumi Sushi & Hibachi — a Royal Caribbean classic where the cooking is just as impressive as every bite. If you’re spending the day poolside, you can keep things casual with crazy good tacos, burritos, and nachos at El Loco Fresh® and yummy libations for parents next door at Cantina FrescaSM (here’s a pro tip: it’s stocked with a wide selection of premium tequilas, smoky mezcals, Mexican beer and some of the best margaritas at sea). Wherever you choose to dine, you can rest assured every meal onboard Wonder of the Seas will be memorable. 

Game-changing Spaces For Guests Of All Ages

Wonder of the Seas is home to unique spaces specially designed for all guests — from tots to teens to grown-ups. You can drop your little ones off at Wonder Playscape℠, an underwater-themed adventure zone that levels up playtime with slides, climbing walls, puzzles, and other supervised games and activities. Let teens unwind in their very own speakeasy-style hangout hideaway filled with video games, hit movies, comfy spaces to kick back, and a stellar soundtrack that keeps the vibes going strong. There’s even a breezy outdoor patio that’s perfect for lounging with friends beneath sunny or starry skies. And parents will find plenty to love about the Vue Bar, a top-deck dive that offers picture-perfect panoramic views, top-shelf sips, and all your favorite brews. No matter how many generations your adventure squad encompasses, you’ll find there’s something for everyone onboard this cutting-edge cruise ship.

Plan The Perfect Night Out

When you sail onboard Wonder to the Seas, the fun doesn’t end when the sun sets. Rally the whole crew and hit the stage at SpotlightSM Karaoke, one of the best places to end an adventure-filled day. The songbank at this guest-favorite hangout features thousands of jams to choose from. Steal the show on the mainstage with a dedicated emcee or reserve a private room for just the family. You can also head to the AquaTheater and settle in for inTENse, a dazzling performance that showcases world-class divers and aerialists as they tip-toe across tightropes and plunge into the deepest pool at sea. Or allow a talented team of singers and dancers to wow you with top-notch live and virtual performances inside the largest theatrical venue at sea during Voices: An Intimate Performance on a Grand Scale. 

Now that you’re acquainted with some of the many wow-worthy experiences onboard Wonder of the Seas, it’s time to start planning the perfect family cruise. Keep in mind, these are only a handful of the many attractions, shows, dining options, and activities that await — check your Cruise Compass or the Royal Caribbean app for daily pop-ups, deckside events, and more surprises at sea. 


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