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I stayed in a $ $1,400 stateroom on Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas — see what my room on the world’s largest cruise ship looked like


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

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  • Royal Caribbean International invited me to spend two nights in a balcony stateroom on the Wonder of the Seas.
  • The stateroom aboard the world’s largest cruise ship will start at $1,400 per person in 2023.
  • Take a tour of spacious my hotel room at sea complete with views of the ocean and two beds.
In early December, Royal Caribbean International invited me to spend two nights in a balcony stateroom on the cruise line’s newest mega ship, the Wonder of the Seas.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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Let’s take a look around my room complete with views of the ocean, two beds, and plenty of storage.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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My balcony stateroom was located on deck eight, the same deck as the ship’s Central Park neighborhood …My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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… an open-air walkway filled with plants, specialty restaurants, and shopping.Central Park aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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My stateroom was in a uniquely prime location. But inside, it had all the expected amenities available on any typical cruise ship.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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When I tapped my room key card and opened the door, I was immediately greeted by the bathroom to my left, a full-length mirror to my right …My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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… and the bed, couch, desk, and balcony in front of me.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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Let’s start in the bathroom.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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Like any stateroom, the bathroom had a shower with a built-in clothesline, a series of shelves to hold toiletries …My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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… a long yet narrow countertop that ended at the small sink, and a toilet.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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The shower notably had a two-in-one body wash and shampoo but no separate conditioner, which had to be purchased at the ship’s essentials store.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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And besides the small backsplash under the mirror and above the counter, the bathroom was minimally decorated.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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Back outside, the bed was positioned in front of the bathroom door.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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It faced a row of storage hooks and a wall-mounted television, perfect for pre-bedtime TV shows.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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And the two bedside lamps conveniently had built-in outlets.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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The plush queen bed was then surrounded by a wood structure with two large closets on either side of the bed.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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This bulky tan structure served two purposes: It provided ample storage space and helped separate the bed from the living room and bathroom.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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Cruise ship staterooms are notorious for small storage spaces.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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But the closets in my stateroom were large and lined with hangers, shelves, drawers, and a safe.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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If that’s not enough storage for the ship’s week-long itineraries, the living room also had a separate dresser.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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This dresser then extended into a lower desk facing the brightly lit vanity.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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The pillow-lined couch — which could pull out into a separate bed — ran parallel to this desk and storage combination.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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My stateroom finally ended with the balcony located just past the living room.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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Some of the ship’s staterooms faced Central Park.Wonder of the Seas Central Park

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Instead, my furnished balcony had views of the ocean. No complaints here.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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Overall, my Wonder of the Seas’ stateroom had all the classic furnishings that make it a good option for families looking to spend a bit more money on a balcony.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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But if you prefer fully decorated staterooms, you may be disappointed.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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Unlike Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest Prima ship (shown below) or the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise …Inside the family balcony stateroom on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Prima

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… this stateroom was surprisingly devoid of decor with the exception of some pillows, ombre curtains, and a small cluster of wall art.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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The neutral tan, blue, and white color palette was a contrast to the rest of the ship …My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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… which was filled with vibrant spaces like colorful water slides and a bright boardwalk. Definitely far from being plainly decorated.A candy shop on the Wonder of the Seas

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But to some travelers, the unembellished staterooms could make the hotel rooms at sea feel like a tranquil escape from the bustle of the ship.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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The cruise line covered my two-night non-revenue sailing held for travel agents and media.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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The stateroom starts at $1,400 for the Wonder of the Seas’ 2023 itineraries, a spokesperson told Insider in an email.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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This price then skyrockets to a little over $1,840 per person — with the same discount — for an eight-night sailing in late December from Florida to three Caribbean islands and Perfect Day at Cococay.My balcony stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas

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Source: Royal Caribbean International

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