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xSAILEDx Wonder of the Seas - Jan 15, 2023 - Jan 22, 2023 (7 Night Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day)


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Anyone able to bring this cruise up on the APP yet?   It shows up but when selected I get the beloved, "Still working on fun"  banner.   Totally understandable - but it is only 196 days out and they're done working on the fun  for our Allure cruise which is 336 days out.   So I guess its easier to finish fun on the older ships.

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On 7/3/2022 at 11:01 AM, cruisellama said:

Anyone able to bring this cruise up on the APP yet?   It shows up but when selected I get the beloved, "Still working on fun"  banner.   Totally understandable - but it is only 196 days out and they're done working on the fun  for our Allure cruise which is 336 days out.   So I guess its easier to finish fun on the older ships.

Fixed - just had to reload the APP and Wonder was accessible - Doh!

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On 9/7/2022 at 10:24 PM, cruisecontrol said:

Not sure how common this happens, but this far ahead what are the chances they move coco cay to Monday or Tuesday instead of the very last day? 

I guess weather could influence such a decision, but we wouldn't know that  until we're sailing.  And they couldn't reschedule unless there is room on the island.   Lots of demand from many ships and it can get very crowded.  All such factors would need to be considered.

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  • AshleyDillo changed the title to Wonder of the Seas - Jan 15, 2023 - Jan 22, 2023 (7 Night Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day)
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It’s our first cruise with Royal Caribbean (so excited!), so not sure how some things work. For example, when can we make reservations to the Broadway show? Is it only when we’re on board? Also, not sure I understand the ‘My time dining’: is that for the buffet restaurant or for another restaurant? Any help or tips much appreciated!

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On 11/17/2022 at 9:25 AM, Ana said:

when can we make reservations to the Broadway show?

Check the app 30-45 days prior to sailing and see if the shows are showing up to be reserved.  This feature just came back recently.

On 11/17/2022 at 9:25 AM, Ana said:

My time dining’: is that for the buffet restaurant or for another restaurant?

My Time Dining is for the main dining room. If you're on My Time you can make a reservation or you can show up as a walk-in and wait in line.  The other dining types is Early and Late dining where you will have a fixed time and an assigned table to eat at in the main dining room every night.

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On 1/18/2023 at 6:42 AM, cruisellama said:

Day 3&4 no hot water 

We were up on deck 17, as an early riser, was finding hot water not available early in the morning.  After a maintenance call, I was advised to let it run for 10 minutes first thing in the morning.  That seemed to work.  A feature of being on a high deck.

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Cruise summary:

Summary:  We sailed the week of 15 Jan 23 from Port Canaveral with about 6200 fellow passengers.  Wonder of the Seas lives up to its name.  Port visits included:  St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Coco Cay.  And it was a perfect day at Coco Cay - weather conditions allowed for the balloon ride.  Impressed with the updates from other Oasis class ships like the suite neighborhood,  kids dessert counter in the WJ, Mason Jar (needs to be bigger), and high energy entertainment.

 

Embarkation:  I find the Port Canaveral terminal is a bit dated for a very “up to date” Oasis class ship.  Its functional, but lacks comfort factor while waiting to board.   We faced a lot of car congestion as we approached the drop off point.  Signage for high tier and suite entry points weren’t obvious until we got pretty close.  An updated terminal  to match the updated ship would be appreciated.

 

Ship Experiences

Food & Dining:  Sky Suite so we used the Coastal Kitchen and specialty dining in lieu of the MDR.   We also grazed the WJ in between official meal stops.   The WJ has a very upgraded look.   There are even kid level dessert counters that allow the kids to better see and select their own treats.   The Falcon 9 launch on embarkation day was a treat.   Ship was in a great position to see the launch and the recovery of the boosters.

 

Chops

Coastal Kitchen  - Visited for breakfast and lunch.  Dining was fine except for 2 issues.   The Baja Eggs content/presentation was different from what I was used to on other ships.  When I attempted to explain to the waiter, he didn’t understand what I was trying to communicate (new guy with little English).  Second issue with a lunchtime Margarita Flatbread that had a blue food residue on the bottom.  Not knowing what this was (as it looked like mold), we informed the waiter resulting on a visit from the chef.  He apologized profusely, but admitted the blue material came from a placing the flatbread on a dirty tray  (that’s called cross contamination in a US restaurant kitchen).  We found out a few of the staff were on first contracts.  Which explained the low energy service and wait times.  Lunches could go 2 hours.

 

Suite Lounge :  Bright spot on the service.   Bar tenders were very enthusiastic and worked hard to take care of everyone.  Didn’t notice any backups on orders, just kept plugging away and keeping the energy high.  Happy hour hors d’oeveres were outstanding.   Nice selection and high quality.   There did seem to be a shortage of bottled water on several occasions.   We noticed  the bar only kept 1 case on hand. Many of the guests would request a bottle or 2 upon heading away from the bar and one of the bartenders would need to depart to restock.

 

150 Central Park :  Very enjoyable meal, service, and atmosphere.   Fully enjoyed the venison loin.  Perfectly cooked.  Pleasantly surprised because past experiences were not stellar, but it was on Wonder.

 

Giovannis:  Eh - not impressed.   Had a lunch and dinner at this venue.  Arrived for lunch at 11:30 on embarkation day.  Didn’t get out until after 1.  Server not engaged MIA.   We were seated with 2 other couples at the same time,  and none of us even got water in the first 20 minutes.  Once the dining are filled up, they started to attend to tables, but starting with the people that just arrived.    We went back the next night for dinner, and same thing happened.   On the bright side, we thought the filet was the best of the specialty restaurants.

 

Chops:  Ordered the bone-in-ribeye.   It wasn’t thick, but cooked properly.  Didn’t mind the size as I had filled up on appetizers and needed to still enjoy dessert.  Service was great.

 

Izumi : We visited just to round out our dining experiences with our UDP.    Food was fine, service very good and entertaining.  But its no different from any of the shore chain hibachi   restaurants.  IMO  - too much over seasoning with soy.  A restaurant you only need visit every couple of years.   (Enjoyed the sushi side more - they do a very nice job and prices are comparable to the on shore restaurants).

 

Hooked:   As we enjoy shell fish, we really enjoyed Hooked.  We are raw oyster fans and had our fill on a couple of nights.   Felt bad for the guy doing the shucking - we gave him  a work out.  Lobster was great as well as other dishes we sampled.

 

Wonderland:  Imaginative cuisine as advertised.  Dined twice to experience 2 different menus.  Its not for everyone, but we enjoyed it.  Thought the service to be very good (and entertaining).  DIdn’t mind the pace of the meal at all as it matched the complexity of the dishes.  They also offer a few unique drinks that venue that we really enjoyed.

 

Playmakers:  Best sports bar at sea (and better than a lot on land also).  Can’t stay away from the stack of onion rings and wings.  Great service also.

 

Johnny Rockets: Despite being just a burger joint,  the service staff was the most energetic and engaging.  Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and dessert

Onboard Activities

Entertainment:   I really enjoyed Voices and Effectors 2.   I appreciate when Royal produces original entertainment.  Superb vocalist and dancers are the norm on these ships.  Aqua Theater High Intensity was also off the wall good.   The above stage acrobatics and choreography  is captivating.  The 365 show is a well scored and choreographed iceskating show that is definitely worth seeing.

(IMO - I enjoyed Effectors type show far more than the Broadway productions on other ships). I think it allows the cast to shine in original story lines.)   Also enjoyed the small ensembles around the ship, especially the Mason Jar.  Although tough to find seating - needs to be larger.

 

Service & Staff:  As on any ship.  Some very good, some not so.  It appeared there were a lot of “first contract” people in visible positions.  Waiters seemed like they’re on their own - no support from bussing staff.  So they cannot provide attention we normally experienced (saw this on Allure recently too).  But overall - it was very good.  

 

Ship Quality:   The newest and brightest in the Royal fleet.  Ship is fantastic and it seems they applied practical lessons learned from earlier Oasis class ships.   We were on deck 17 and enjoyed the new suite neighborhood set-up.    Two noticeable issues, hot water first thing in the morning took a while - needed to run water about 10 minutes to get it.  Also elevator situation needs some rethinking and probably re-engineering in the future renditions.  Did find out a neat trick which was verified by the concierge.  If you’re in suite class you can tap you sea pass card on the readers on deck 17/18 and 4/5/6  elevator key pads to call the aft elevator bank (6 of them).  Those are the only elevators to service decks 17 & 18.  Others just service up to 16.  If you have mobility issues you must use one of the 6 aft (glass door) elevators.  Wait times during dining rush hours was crazy - some people had to wait 20 minutes to get on an elevator.  A must if you have mobility challenges as well as strollers.

 

Cabin/Stateroom:  1764 Starboard GS.  Deck 17 & 18 comprise the suite neighborhood which include the CK/lounge on 17 with a sun/pool deck on 18.   Cabin has plenty of room and storage.  Nice sized balcony with both lounging and dining furniture.   Enough USB charging ports throughout the room and the second pull down television over the bed is a nice bonus (but interesting that it can be inadvertently turned on while in the stowed position by the living area TV remote).  Observed an issue with having hot water early in the morning.  After 2 mornings I  called maintenance, they said run the water for 3 minutes.   I found you need at least 10 minute then it warms up.  Thought the light in the room safe was a nice touch.  Room steward was on 1st contract, but did a good job.  Suite concierges (Jorge and Noorina)  are  top notch.  

 

Summary:  So much to do, and not enough time on a 7-day cruise.  Wonder is more than a ship, its a floating resort.

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