A $1,400 Stateroom on Royal Caribbean Wonder of the Seas: Review

At 1,188 feet-long, it’s currently the world’s largest cruise ship.

The Wonder of the Seas.

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But for a ship this grand, I was underwhelmed by my stateroom.

My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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Before I dive into the negatives, I have to start on a positive note.

My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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My balcony stateroom was in a great location on deck eight, home of the ship’s Central Park neighborhood.

Central Park aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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And given its proximity to my stateroom, this tranquil park — which looked nothing like the rest of the ship — felt like my temporary backyard.

Central Park on the Wonder of the Seas


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But besides this optimal location, I don’t have an endless index of high praises to give my hotel room at sea.

My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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But given the price tag of this stateroom — which starts at $1,400 in 2023 — I believe these grievances are warranted.

My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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Like any typical cruise ship stateroom, the bathroom was well-sized for one person.

My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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Luckily I was traveling alone — This bathroom would’ve been uncomfortably small for two people.

My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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Despite its size, it had all the expected amenities.

My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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There were shelves that held my toiletries as the waves rocked the ship …

My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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… a glass-walled shower next to the toilet …

My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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… and a long countertop that led to the narrow sink.

My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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The clothesline and hooks in the shower were perfect for drying off my bathing suit.

My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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But the two-in-one body wash and shampoo felt cheap, although I am glad it was provided in a refillable dispenser.

My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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I acknowledge that I shouldn’t be too judgmental given the ship’s 7,084-guest capacity. That’s a lot of body wash and shampoo to provide.

My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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Outside the bathroom, I don’t have too many complaints about the bedroom. The “room” in “bedroom” is used loosely in this context.

My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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Stateroom closets are often tossed off to the side by the entry door or bathroom.

Inside the family balcony stateroom on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Prima


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The large dresser was located next to a desk facing the light-up vanity. I used this mirror more than the full-length one by the entry door.

My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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But the remainder of the stateroom felt muted and unexciting compared to the rest of the ship.

My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas


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