I traveled on the world’s largest cruise ship and here’s what it was like! It was insane — I had no idea how big it was.
I visited the World’s Largest Cruise Ship for a day and experienced some amazing things about roaming around on such a big vessel. Here’s what my day was like!
Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas is an excellent vessel for a nervous first-time cruiser. The variety of things to do is staggering and it will be sure to provide you with an amazing experience.
I love to take risks, so I always travel on the most incredible and biggest cruises while they’re still available. March Madness on the open ocean? Sure! I’m fully booked for 2020, but that’s just fine. It’s funny to think that I’ve never been on a cruise like this before, but there are probably a few good reasons for that. Maybe it just wasn’t right in my price range or I never got around to picking one out for myself!
I’ve been waiting to take another vacation for a long time, so it was with eager anticipation that I put the trip on ice in March 2019 as the COVID-19 pandemic began its global spread. But a year later in March 2020, I decided to give it a go again with Royal Caribbean’s new 1,188-foot-long Anthem of the Seas. Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas.
Image: Royal Caribbean International The COVID-19 virus was transmitted by mosquitoes, and while the travel industry is generally quick to adapt to new epidemics, I found that some cruise lines are not as prepared when it comes to potential pandemic outbreaks. For example, Royal Caribbean’s website doesn’t say anything about COVID-19, although the company’s website says that it has a “strong contingency plan” in place for “any future health concerns.
I’ve never enjoyed cruising as much as I did when I cruised the seven-day jaunt on a ship called the Pride of America.
As you’ve had an extended period of no travel, it can appear confusing when you sit down to start planning your next vacation. Fortunately, with the help of Wonder of the Seas, your plans were all sorted out!
Before leaving for a cruise, everyone was advised to download the Royal Caribbean app and prepare. There was everything laid out from activities & menus to what the weather would be like. Social events gave me a great way of meeting people.
I was on the world’s largest ship for the first time and I felt overwhelmed. I knew navigating this huge ship would be a challenge but surprisingly, it wasn’t as difficult as I expected. When I felt like socializing, I ventured to the pool deck. There are 18 decks, in total.
But when the introvert in me just needed a good drink, I had a few options like the quiet bar at Central Park or one of the ship’s eight ‘neighborhoods’. Once you put your order in, it’s pretty much an automated system. You no longer have to deal with annoying droids who don’t know what they’re doing, you can enjoy the drinks produced by robots!
I managed to find the best seat in this adults-only zone (?) for most of the day through trial and error, but this area had the best view of the ship.
One activity I saw on the calendar was a solo travelers meetup. This one caught my eye because I’m all about traveling with myself, so this had to happen. Sadly, no one showed up to either of the two sessions I attended that day.
My fellow passengers predominantly appear to be older couples, but I did encounter a few younger travelers when we docked at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private Bahamian island. Though many may have been from the other Royal Caribbean ship dock. During this visit, I visited the island’s Oasis Lagoon and one of the largest freshwater pools in the Caribbean.
I was able to enjoy both dining experiences, but I enjoyed the buffet style of dining more, as I wouldn’t be worried about having food-borne illnesses. During the first day, the staff would remind people to wash their hands before they ate their meals. By day 2, most people caught on to this and began washing their hands just outside of the dining hall.
The food was really good and I enjoyed it very much. I ordered escargot at least three times in that 7-day period because its buttery, garlicky goodness is just too good to not enjoy back to back. The food is good, but the service is subpar. After I paid for my meal and received it, I noticed that the creme brulee on top of my banana bread was not as creamy as it should have been.
The waiter had not taken out the vanilla bean from its jar to sprinkle on top of the dessert. Though most people like traditional French toast, I personally preferred the PB & J-stuffed French toast. The southern restaurant called The Mason Jar was recommended and I am very glad that I finally got to try it out.
Most of the travelers I met were seasoned cruisers, and initially, I didn’t understand them. But after a week, I got it. A good traveler, like anyone, has a routine. It’s the same thing at home. They eat breakfast and lunch on the boat, do their laundry in the evening, and stop for dinner along the way.
I got caught up in my own routine of waking up early to go jogging and then doing some personal errands before boarding a ferry to work. My routine had become so routine that I didn’t even think of getting off the ferry until it was docked in my city. Yes, the multi-destination tours are like a dream for travelers! You’ll feel confident about things because it’s on us at Airbnb.