Credit: Simon Waldron

Competition winner sails on Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas: ‘World class as standard’

Author: Gary Peters

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Travelserv travel consultant Simon Waldron, who attended sister title Cruise Trade News' Cruise Challenge event this year and won a cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, shares his experience onboard.

What did you enjoy most about your cruise on Wonder of the Seas?

It is very difficult to single out one thing that made our cruise on Wonder of the Seas enjoyable, as it was really a fantastic trip from start to finish.

However, at the end of the day, it has got to be the dedication and friendliness of the crew, from the dancing and singing welcoming us into the restaurants to the numerous towel sculptures we discovered each night in our cabin.

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What surprised you onboard?

I have to admit, pre cruise, I did fear there would be long queues and people everywhere but how wrong I was.

From our embarkation, where our bags were whisked away to our cabin, and we were checked in with no queue (even though we were half an hour early) to the excellent layout of the ship making it very easy to navigate – it all worked well.

The spacious cabins highlighted the experience that Royal Caribbean has in meeting and exceeding customer needs, including mains and USB sockets in the bedside lights.

One of the best surprises was being able to sleep with the balcony door open every night, thanks to the incredibly smooth sailing provide by such a large ship, even on the night when there was a storm.

Embark on Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas. Credit: Royal Caribbean

How impressive was the entertainment on board?

It was world class. The intense show in the Aqua Theatre has got to be one of the most spectacular shows I have ever seen, closely followed by Voices in the Royal Theatre, and there were plenty of other attractions around the ship, such as musicians and an afternoon family party on the Boardwalk.

There are dining options to suit just about everyone. The Windjammer self-service restaurant serves a very wide range of dishes while providing spectacular views from deck 15, and the Solarium Bistro provides a more relaxed eating space with a different self-service selection every evening.

The quality of the food and service was excellent.

How did the experience compare to other cruises you have been on?

As a relative newcomer to cruising, I do not have many other cruise lines to compare Royal Caribbean to, but it certainly comes out top for everything I would want for myself and many of our clients.

Wonder of the Seas appeals to people of all ages. Credit: Simon Waldron

Now you’ve been on Wonder of the Seas, who would you say that Royal Caribbean appeals to?

We talked to a range of customers on board – singles, couples and families of all ages – and because of the excellent design and diverse range of activities, everyone was thoroughly enjoying their cruise.

While it does not fall into the luxury cruise category, we think that Royal Caribbean has come up with the ideal getaway for the mass market.

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About Gary Peters

Gary is an experienced cruise journalist and editor who has been at the helm of Cruise Trade News since 2019. In that time, the brand has focused on investigative journalism and long-form feature content. Gary has also overseen the launch of new digital publications. Prior to joining Cruise Trade News – initially as deputy editor in 2018 – Gary worked in music and sport journalism, and as a senior editor for B2B magazines in the transport and environment sectors.