Royal Caribbean International officially welcomed Wonder of the Seas into the family with a ceremony appropriate for the world’s newest Wonder.
The cruise line’s latest ship was named by its Godmother and Wonder Mom, Marie McCrea, from Pennsylvania. It has the ultimate blend of firsts and signature favourites for parents, kids, and grandparents alike.
The night-time ceremony also marked the beginning of a new chapter for Wonder, which is making waves as Port Canaveral’s new year-round family vacation destination. Royal Caribbean executives and teams, families, friends, travel advisers, the cruise line’s partners, and others gathered on board the world’s biggest cruise ship to commemorate the event at the AquaTheater, one of the brand’s unrivalled entertainment venues.
In the traditional role of Godmother, Marie granted a blessing of safety to Wonder, her crew, and the millions of families who will build unforgettable memories on board in the years ahead. On stage with Marie were Royal Caribbean Group President and CEO Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley, and her daughter, Allie, who nominated her mother for the job as part of Royal Caribbean’s countrywide search, which began on Mother’s Day.
“Wonder of the Seas exemplifies Royal Caribbean Group’s focus on exceptional innovation, sustainable cruise ship design, and our dedication to sustainably delivering world-class, unforgettable holidays,” said Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean Group’s president and CEO.
“This landmark reflects the culmination of millions of hours of labour from the industry’s most brilliant minds to offer the world’s latest wonder.”
Wonder, a first in the groundbreaking Oasis Class, encourages astonishment and adventure in youngsters and visitors of all ages with feats and experiences spread throughout eight neighbourhoods.
To locate the perfect Godmother, Royal Caribbean turned to TikTok and launched the #SearchforWonderMom campaign, which resulted in 16,000 videos and 10.6 billion hashtag views.
The cruise line’s search ended when they heard Marie’s story about a loving mother, wife, and cancer survivor whose energy motivated her family and others around her to embark on excursions and cherish every minute together despite the challenges they encountered. “It was an honour to formally welcome Marie and Wonder of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean family,” Royal Caribbean International president and CEO Michael Bayley said.
The newest ship in Royal Caribbean’s groundbreaking Oasis Class offers a variety of new adventures and fan-favourite attractions for the entire family.
Highlights include the Suite Neighbourhood, the new eighth neighbourhood that welcomes Royal Suite Class guests to an elevated Suite Sun Deck with a plunge pool and bar, the most epic Ultimate Family Suite, and more; the first Mason Jar Southern Restaurant & Bar, which serves Southern staples and classics with a twist for brunch, dinner, and late night; and Wonder Playscape, a new underwater-themed play area for kids with slides, climbing walls, imaginative puzzles, and more.
On Wonder, in addition to more than 40 restaurants, bars, and lounges, there is also The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea; the FlowRider surf simulator; rock climbing walls; The Perfect Storm racing water slides; newly designed areas just for kids and teens; and original entertainment across four “stages”: air, ice, theatre, and water.