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I spent 7 nights in a 179-square-foot room on the world’s largest cruise ship. Take a look inside my cabin.


The author stays in a stateroom on the largest cruise ship in the world

The author spent seven nights on board Wonder of the Seas, the largest cruise ship.Joey Hadden/Insider

  • I booked a stateroom on Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, the biggest cruise ship.

  • The 179-square-foot cabin came with a private bathroom, a king-size bed, and an ocean view.

  • I thought I’d feel cramped in the room, but it had everything I needed and left no space unused.

I sailed on the largest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas.

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The author in front of Wonder of the Seas.Joey Hadden/Insider

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For $2,000, I spent seven nights in an ocean-view stateroom on deck eight. The cruise was on sale, as it was originally priced at $3,000.

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The author in her stateroom.Joey Hadden/Insider

Insider paid for the room, per the company’s reporting standards.

During my voyage, the ship sailed to Roatán, Honduras; Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico; and Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas.

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Wonder of the Seas in the Bahamas.Joey Hadden/Insider

The ship has 2,867 staterooms, according to Royal Caribbean. My room was at the front of deck eight.

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Wonder of the Seas in Costa Maya, Mexico.Joey Hadden/Insider

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I booked a midtier room — a step above interior staterooms, which have no window, a step below staterooms with a balcony, and two steps below a suite.

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Outside higher-tier rooms on the ship.Joey Hadden/Insider

My cabin was on the same deck as Central Park, an outdoor space with 20,000 plants, according to Royal Caribbean. I thought it was the most relaxing area on the ship.

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The author in Central Park on board Wonder of the Seas.Joey Hadden/Insider

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To get to my room, I walked down a long hallway near the elevators.

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Deck eight on Wonder of the Seas.Joey Hadden/Insider

My room, 502, was 179 square feet with an ocean view.

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The door to the author’s room.Joey Hadden/Insider

When I stepped inside, I was surprised at how big it felt. I thought the stateroom made great use of a small space.

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Inside the author’s stateroom.Joey Hadden/Insider

On one side of the room, I had a mirror and a desk with several outlets to charge electronics with USB, American, and European ports.

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The desk inside the author’s stateroom.Joey Hadden/Insider

To operate most of the electricity in the room, I had to insert my room key into a slot on the wall.

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Electricity in use inside the author’s stateroom.Joey Hadden/Insider

I used the shelf above the desk to display photos to make it feel more like home.

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The author in her stateroom.Joey Hadden/Insider

I thought the desk was useful for eating, as well as storing daily flyers about the day’s events.

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The desk surface inside the author’s stateroom.Joey Hadden/Insider

Next to the desk, a set of drawers included a cabinet with a minifridge inside.

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Drawers and a minifridge inside the author’s stateroom.Joey Hadden/Insider

The drawers were mostly empty aside from a hair dryer, which I didn’t end up using.

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A hair dryer inside a drawer.Joey Hadden/Insider

Across from the desk, I had a couch in between two closets.

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The couch inside the author’s stateroom.Joey Hadden/Insider

Inside each closet, I found a rack of hangers, shelving, and a small safe.

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One of the stateroom’s closets.Joey Hadden/Insider

Next to the couch and desk area, a small bathroom used clever storage hacks, like placing the trash can and toilet paper under the counter.

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The bathroom inside the author’s stateroom.Joey Hadden/Insider

In the bathroom, I was provided with two glasses, a bar of soap, and a two-in-one hair and body wash.

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The bathroom shelving and shower.Joey Hadden/Insider

At the top of the shower, a pullout clothing line was useful for drying my bathing suits.

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Clothes hang in the shower.Joey Hadden/Insider

Each night, my stateroom attendant replenished my towels and brought flyers and schedules for the next day. Sometimes, the towels were folded creatively.

A towel folded like a monkey in the author's roomA towel folded like a monkey in the author's room

A towel folded like a monkey inside the author’s stateroom.Joey Hadden/Insider

My king-size bed at the back of the room was actually two twin mattresses pushed together. All Royal Caribbean rooms come with this configuration, according to its website. I often found myself waking up in the crevice.

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A wide view of the room.Joey Hadden/Insider

Source: Royal Caribbean

Skinny nightstands on either side of the bed held lamps, charging ports, and a room phone on one side.

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A nightstand inside the author’s stateroom.Joey Hadden/Insider

A large flat-screen TV was mounted across from the bed with storage hooks below.

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A TV inside the author’s stateroom.Joey Hadden/Insider

I booked an ocean-view room and was able to look out over the front of the ship from a window above my bed.

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A view of the bed inside the author’s stateroom.Joey Hadden/Insider

An electronic shade over the window could be brought down during the day for some grand views.

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Out the window of the author’s stateroom.Joey Hadden/Insider

While I thought the room might have been a tight space for a couple with a lot of luggage or a family, it was just right for just me.

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The author on the bed in her stateroom.Joey Hadden/Insider

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