Wonder of the Seas is officially part of the Royal Caribbean International family.
The vessel was named during a ceremony in Port Canaveral on Friday, with “Wonder Mom” Marie McCrea from Pennsylvania serving as godmother.
The event took place in the ship’s aft AquaTheater venue, where McCrea bestowed a blessing of safekeeping on Wonder of the Seas, its crew, and the millions of people who will sail upon her. On stage with McCrea were Royal Caribbean Group president and CEO Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley, and her daughter Allie, who nominated her mother for the role through a search Royal Caribbean started on Mother’s Day.
“It was an honor to officially welcome Marie and Wonder of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean family,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Marie’s story is one of incredible strength and family memories to last a lifetime, and those are the types of memories we’ve committed to creating with our guests and crew on every Royal Caribbean ship for more than 53 years. Wonder is the adventure of all adventures that combines what families know and love on our revolutionary Oasis Class ships with brand-new experiences, and it’s already delivered memorable vacations to more than 180,500 guests since first setting sail in March.”
To find a godmother for Wonder of the Seas, Royal Caribbean launched the #SearchForWonderMom contest on TikTok, which saw 16,000 videos posted. The search was complete when the line heard McCrea’s story, a devoted wife and mother who survived cancer and inspired those around her to enjoy every moment despite hardships.
“Carrying out my role as Godmother and a part of such an important moment for Royal Caribbean and Wonder of the Seas was an honor,” said Marie McCrea. “Having my family by my side to celebrate this incredible ship was yet another memory we’ve made together – and with our new Royal Caribbean family – that I’ll never forget.”
Wonder of the Seas is the latest in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class — which together make up the largest cruise ships in the world. Wonder is divided up into eight “neighborhoods,” including the brand-new Suite Neighborhood featuring spaces just for those staying in suites. Other highlights of the ship include the southern-inspired restaurant The Mason Jar, an underwater-themed play area for kids called Wonder Playscape, The Ultimate Abyss slide, rock climbing walls, and an ice skating rink.
The ship operates seven-night eastern and western Caribbean voyages from Port Canaveral, Florida.