There’s something pretty magical about the Central Park neighbourhood on Wonder of the Seas – a real park, with thousands of real plants, slap-bang in the middle of one of the biggest cruise ships in the world. And you’re free to enjoy it when sailing on this incredible ship.
Whether you head here just for a calming stroll during the day, or you want to try one of the speciality restaurants in the park that’s open for dinner, you’ll find it to be a peaceful and picturesque area to relax.
Here’s a full look at what you will find at Central Park on Wonder of the Seas.
Does Wonder of the Seas have Central Park?
Wonder of the Seas does have a Central Park neighbourhood. Central Park appears on all of the Oasis-class ships (Wonder of the Seas is the fifth ship in that class) and will also appear on Icon-class ships.
Central Park is open to all guests and it doesn’t cost to explore the area, although most of the venues you’ll find in Central Park do charge a fee, including the speciality restaurants and the bars. The only one that is free is Park Cafe.
You’ll also find some of the high-end stores in the park. Take a look at this video for a closer look at the park…
What is Central Park on Wonder of the Seas?
Central Park is one of the main neighbourhoods on Wonder of the Seas. It’s an outdoor space designed to be like a real park, with thousands of live plants. Nature sounds are piped into the area to add to the overall ambiance.
As you walk through Central Park, you’ll find weaving paths to the sides that run beneath trellises that are wrapped in vines. It’s a great sensory area of the ship, with a wonderful fresh scent accompanying the sights and sounds of the flora.
It’s not just an outdoor space though – there’s a lot more to it than a pathway and some plants. Central Park is a great place to relax, with various seating areas amongst the foliage. It’s also lined by some of the more popular restaurants and shops on the ship.
Here’s the full list of venues you’ll find at Central Park on Wonder of the Seas:
1. Chops Grille
Chops Grille is the American steakhouse restaurant on Wonder of the Seas. The entrance is right at the entrance of Central Park, and you can get a window table with a view out onto the park as well – great when it’s all lit up at night. The restaurant serves premium steak and seafood dishes.
2. 150 Central Park
Directly opposite Chops Grille is 150 Central Park, a modern restaurant with a wide-ranging menu, created using locally sourced ingredients. Some of the dishes will even be prepared at the side of your table. Again, views out onto the park are available if you get a table by the window.
3. Rising Tide Bar
The Rising Tide Bar is a fun place to grab a drink. Part bar, part elevator, it’s pretty unique – the entire bar and seating area moves between the Royal Promenade up to Central Park. Seating is limited but it’s worth trying it once if you get the chance.
4. Trellis Bar
The Trellis Bar is an outdoor bar area with casual seating, perfect for a pre-dinner drink you’re eating at one of the restaurants in the area. In the evening, musicians will play to serenade you while you sip your cocktail or glass of wine, enjoying the calm outdoor ambiance.
5. Park Cafe
Something a little more casual, Park Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch and serves a selection of deli sandwiches. Grab yourself one of the amazing Kummelweck roast beef sandwiches, find a seat and enjoy a luxurious picnic right amongst the plants.
This is the only venue in the Central Park area that is included in your cruise fare.
6. Giovanni’s Kitchen
Another restaurant found in Central Park, Giovanni’s Kitchen offers rustic Italian dishes. There is limited outdoor seating for this restaurant, so order your favourite pasta, meat or seafood dishes and enjoy them in the comforting atmosphere of the park at dusk. It’s a beautiful location that matches the beautiful food.
7. Giovanni’s Wine Bar
Pull up a seat indoors or outside at this premium wine bar and enjoy some wonderfully crisp whites and some deep reds, along with a great selection of sparkling wines and Champagnes. Not sure what to pick? The servers are experts and can happily recommend some choice selections.
Regalia is a luxury jewellery store on Wonder of the Seas, selling a range of necklaces, rings, watches, bracelets and more including fine diamond accessories.
9. Coach Store
Wonder of the Seas’s Coach Store is a leather goods boutique – expect various accessories including designer handbags, along with sunglasses and scarves.
What deck is Central Park on Wonder of the Seas?
Central Park is situated on Deck 8 of Wonder of the Seas. It takes up most of the entire deck – the exceptions are at the forward part of the deck, which hosts a number of staterooms, while towards the aft there is the Music Hall.
Because the park is open air, the space directly above it is empty until you get to Deck 14, where there are walkways built above the space that host the Lime and Coconut bar.
What is a Central Park View Balcony on Wonder of the Seas?
A Central Park View Balcony Stateroom is a stateroom that has a balcony on the inside of the ship, overlooking the Central Park area. They were the first inward-facing balconies to be featured on cruise ships.
They have their plus points and their downsides. People enjoy them because the view can be a little more interesting – you can people-watch, and see everyone milling around. Looking outwards, you might only be able to see the horizon.
Some people have said that the balconies are noisier, which is to be expected. And also remember that since you can people watch, people can also see you, especially on the equivalent balcony staterooms that are opposite.
This might feel like it invades on your privacy a bit, and you’ll need to remember to draw your curtains every time you’re getting changed – not usually a problem on an outward-facing balcony.
Suggested read: Wonder of the Seas Staterooms to Avoid
On a warm day, Central Park is a great place to relax with a light bite from Park Cafe, and at night it comes to life with the vibrant bars and speciality restaurants on offer, with musicians creating a fun and relaxing atmosphere.
It’s a quieter, calmer space than the Royal Promenade and Boardwalk, and a good spot if you need a break from the vibrancy of the pool decks too. Being surrounded by so much plant life, you can’t help but just feel at peace.
Make sure you explore Central Park at least once on your next Wonder of the Seas cruise!