Booking a cruise on a ship as impressive as the Wonder of the Seas is always going to be extremely exciting.
It can also be nerve-wracking – after all, you’re spending a lot of money on this cruise, so you want to make sure you get the right package, and that includes choosing the right accommodation for you.
But relax – nobody said you have to make the call alone. I’m here to help! In this guide, I’ll take you through all of the different stateroom and suite options on this incredible ship (and there are a lot), and I’ll tell you which ones are the best, and which you might want to avoid.
Between this, and my checklist, you’ve got everything you need to book the Wonder of the Seas cruise of your dreams.
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The Different Rooms on Wonder of the Seas
You really are spoiled for choice on Wonder of the Seas – there are 2,867 rooms in total, including 2,693 staterooms and 174 suites.
That’s split across an impressive 32 cabin types. I know, that might seem a little overwhelming, but they’re grouped together at least so you can narrow your search down a little easier.
Here’s a look at all of the cabin options on Wonder of the Seas:
|Room||Type||Max. guests||Decks||Average Size (sq ft)||Average Balcony Size (sq ft)|
|Interior with Virtual Balcony||Inside||4||6-14||172||N/A|
|Interior with Virtual Balcony Accessible||Inside||4||6||258||N/A|
|Promenade View Interior||Inside||4||7||172||N/A|
|Central Park View Interior||Inside||4||9||199||N/A|
|Ocean View||Outside View||4||3, 7-11||179||N/A|
|Ocean View Accessible||Outside View||4||3||264||N/A|
|Ultra Spacious Ocean View||Outside View||6||11||271||N/A|
|Ocean View Balcony||Balcony||4||6-14||182||50|
|Ocean View Balcony Accessible||Balcony||4||6, 9-14||272||80|
|Ocean View with Large Balcony||Balcony||4||6-14||182||80|
|Ocean View with Large Balcony Accessible||Balcony||2||6||272||80|
|Connecting Ocean View Balcony||Balcony||2||7, 9-14||182||50|
|Central Park View Balcony||Balcony||4||10-14||182||52|
|Boardwalk Balcony Accessible||Balcony||4||14||274||73|
|Central Park View Balcony Accessible||Balcony||4||14||274||86|
|Ultra Spacious Ocean View with Large Balcony||Balcony||6||11||271||82|
|Ultra Spacious Ocean View with Large Balcony Accessible||Balcony||6||11||374||108|
|Junior Suite Accessible||Suite||4||14||390||107|
|Grand Suite – 1 Bedroom||Suite||4||17||371||105|
|Grand Suite – 1 Bedroom Accessible||Suite||4||17||371||105|
|Crown Loft Suite||Suite||4||18||545||114|
|2 Bedroom AquaTheater Suite||Suite||8||8-10||823||772|
|1 Bedroom AquaTheater Suite||Suite||4||11-14||604||589|
|Royal Loft Suite||Suite||6||18||1,524||843|
|Ultimate Family Suite||Suite||10||18||1,134||212|
Wonder of the Seas Room Sizes
It’s important to bear in mind that the sizes given above are all averages. While a lot of the rooms are built to this standard size, there may be some slight variances even within a category.
It’s a good idea to browse the Wonder of the Seas deck plans if you’re getting used to the ship for the first time, because that’ll show you every stateroom and suite to scale. This context might be really useful when deciding which room you want.
Wonder of the Seas Cabins to Avoid
There aren’t really any bad staterooms on an Oasis-class ship like Wonder of the Seas. But there are some that might be a bad fit for you. It depends on a load of different factors, including your budget, how good a sleeper you are, how close to you want to be to amenities and so on.
Bear in mind that the ship is huge – if you don’t think carefully about where you’re going to book, you might have a very long walk ahead of you every day either for breakfast or to get your children to the kids’ clubs etc.
Here’s a look at some of the cabins that you might wish to steer clear of, depending on your personal situation and preferences:
1. Internal Balcony Staterooms
The Oasis-class ships (along with some others in the fleet) have internal balcony staterooms – as in, a room that has a balcony, but that faces the interior of the ship instead of facing out to sea.
These are fun, as they overlook the Boardwalk and Central Park neighbourhoods. But the problem with them is that they also directly face other staterooms across the way.
When you have a regular cabin, you don’t have to worry about people seeing into your room – but you do with an internal balcony. If you want to avoid keeping your curtains drawn every time you want to get changed, you might want to book elsewhere.
When I had one of these rooms, we hardly ever went out on our balcony. Sure, it might be good if you like people-watching. But on a ship like Wonder of the Seas, you’ll have so many more fun things to do instead.
2. Expensive Suites
There are some fantastic suites on Wonder of the Seas, including some with two levels. They’re extremely spacious, beautifully appointed, and they offer a range of benefits depending on which suite you book.
But they’re also pretty expensive – these rooms are in high demand, and Royal Caribbean can charge a pretty penny. The Ultimate Family Suite can cost $20,000 per person, per week – Yikes!
I get the feeling that at this point, Royal Caribbean is just putting ridiculous prices out there, knowing that there are enough people for whom money is no object that they’ll sell out fairly quickly anyway.
Even the entry-level suites are a decent jump in cost above a Balcony Stateroom, so it’s important to consider how much time you’re actually going to spend in your room, and how much you’ll use the extra benefits.
Suggested read: Royal Caribbean Suite Perks
With a ship that has so much to do, a lot of people will be just as happy saving money and choosing a smaller stateroom.
3. Rooms that might be bad for seasickness
Wonder of the Seas is one of the biggest ships in the world, and also one of the most contemporary. This means she has the best stabilizing technology on the ocean to help prevent movement, and she will rock less because she’s huge.
Still, that doesn’t mean she’s completely immune to motion, and if you’re particularly sensitive then you should avoid the cabins on a higher deck towards the bow (front) and aft (rear) of the ship. The accommodation on the highest decks is all in a mid-ship location but there are some on Decks 12 and 14 you might wish to steer clear of.
4. Connecting cabins if you don’t need them
Wonder of the Seas, like most cruise ships on the ocean, has connecting cabins. These are side-by-side cabins with a connecting door that can be unlocked by the cabin stewards, if you book both rooms together. They’re good for larger families who want the space of two staterooms, but the option of sharing access.
However, the connecting doors are thinner than a cabin wall. So, you can hear through them. If you aren’t booking both staterooms, try not to book one with a connecting door so that you can’t hear what your neighbours are doing.
5. Loud cabins
There are some cabins that run the risk of being in a louder location on Wonder of the Seas. These include:
Deck 14 staterooms 14162 to 14240, and 14562 to 14640 – directly below the pool deck, which can be loud in the morning.
Deck 6 staterooms 6130 to 6160 and 6530 to 6560 – directly above the Royal Theatre, which can be loud in the evening.
Deck 7 staterooms 7270 to 7334 – directly above the Playmakers Bar, one of the noisier parts of the ship at night.
Best Rooms on Wonder of the Seas
While there are plenty of great room choices on Wonder of the Seas, here are just a selection of the best for you to choose from:
1. Ultimate Family Suite
I know I’ve already flagged this as being extremely expensive, and it is. For most people on Wonder of the Seas, this isn’t going to be a realistic option.
But I have to include it in a list of the best rooms on the ship because it’s just so fun. It’s a room with its own slide – how many kids have dreamed of that?
It also includes an in-suite cinema, gaming tables, video games and so much more, as well as a quieter space where parents can relax. And you’ll get the services of a Royal Genie too, making the entire experience truly magical.
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2. AquaTheater Suites
AquaTheater Suites are another premium option, but again their unique feature means they are definitely worth of being included on this list. In their own rights, they are spacious accommodations in a prime location at the aft of the ship, with a heap of benefits too.
But the real reason to book these suites is the epic view you have of the AquaTheater. Never mind front row – this is a unique high-angle that lets you relax in the comfort of your own space with incredible entertainment right outside your balcony.
3. Virtual Balcony Staterooms
One of Royal Caribbean’s best features for cheaper staterooms is included on Wonder of the Seas – the virtual balcony. These staterooms are inside rooms, meaning normally you’d be stuck without any window at all. But these rooms have a giant screen that acts as a digital balcony for you.
OK, you’re not actually getting the benefits of sunlight, or the breeze. But you do get to see the live view, which can be handy for waking up or falling asleep, and it just brightens up the space too.
On many of the other ships, the virtual balcony rooms only sleep 2, so they’re no good for families. But on Wonder, many of them sleep up to four guests in comfort.
4. Deck 14 Staterooms with Kids
Deck 14 is not the place to book if you want a calm, peaceful escape. But if you have kids and want to make the most of the entertainment onboard, it’s a fantastic spot.
Firstly, you’re on the same deck as the kids’ clubs. This is a huge benefit – it’s easier to drop them off, and pick them up at the end of the day too, especially if they’ve fallen asleep and you need to carry them back to your stateroom.
Then, the pool deck is directly above, so you never have to travel far for a fun time splashing around. And towards the aft of Deck 15 is the Windjammer Buffet too, so you’re only one set of stairs away from a snack when you’ve a grumpy child feeling hungry.
What is the best deck on Wonder of the Seas?
There is no single best deck on Wonder of the Seas – it depends on the type of cruise you want. If you want the best suites, you’ll need to look at Decks 17 and 18. To be close to the pool deck and kids’ clubs, choose Deck 14. If you want to be in between all the features, and enjoy peace, choose Decks 9 to 12.
What is the best room on Wonder of the Seas?
The best room on Wonder of the Seas is the Ultimate Family Suite, if you’re travelling with kids. For adults, the Royal Loft Suite is the next-best choice, offering similar suite benefits but without the kid-focussed features.
Choose your own room or go for the ‘guarantee’ option?
When you book your cruise with Royal Caribbean, you’re given the choice of deciding on a category, and then letting the cruise line pick your exact room, or paying a little extra to pick the exact stateroom you want.
Choosing a category, and then letting the cruise line pick the room, is called a ‘Guarantee’ room. It’s a little riskier, since the cruise line could put you in a cabin of your chosen category but in a less appealing location, such as a noisier spot.
Benefits of choosing your cabin number:
- Choose your preferred location on the ship
- Book two cabins next to each other
- Avoid undesirable cabins
If that worries you, pay the extra to choose your own. If it doesn’t, save the cash.
Booking multiple cabins on Wonder of the Seas
One quick note to add – I’ve mentioned connecting rooms already, but you don’t need these if you’re travelling with family. It’s OK just to book adjacent rooms that aren’t connecting too.
However, if you’re opting for the Guarantee rate, you can ask for adjacent rooms but it’s not certain that you’ll get them. If adjacent rooms are really important, pay the extra to pick the rooms yourself.
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Find more information about Wonder of the Seas cabins
I’ve done a lot of digging to put together this guide, but if you want to do your own research to supplement it, then I’d recommend these resources:
- Royal Caribbean Wonder of the Seas – Facebook Group
- Wonder of the Seas – Facebook Group
- Wonder of the Seas Reviews
- Wonder Of The Seas Central Park – What To Expect
- Wonder Of The Seas Size (With Comparison Charts)
- Wonder of the Seas Suites Guide