Inside My $2,000 Cabin: My Seven-Night Experience on One of the World’s Largest Cruise Ships

In April 2022, I cruised on board Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas. At the time, it was the largest cruise ship in the world, but the title has since been replaced by Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas.

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

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. Take a look inside the 179-square-foot space.

I booked a mid-tier room — a step above interior staterooms, which have no window. It’s a category below staterooms with a balcony, and two steps below a suite.

I felt the most at peace in this particular section of the ship, making it my favourite spot to unwind.

Immediately, I was impressed at how well the cabin’s tiny area was maximized for utility.

The energy-saving mechanism definitely earned my appreciation.

The desk served a dual purpose for me – a place to dine and a spot to keep daily event flyers tidy.

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

Inside each closet, I found a rack of hangers, shelving, and a small safe. I thought it was plenty of space for a weeklong journey

In the bathroom, there were two glasses, a bar of soap, and a two-in-one hair and body wash.

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

Sometimes, the towels were folded creatively to look like animals.

All Royal Caribbean cabins come with this configuration, according to its website, so they may be separated for additional guests. I often woke up in the crevice.

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

The window was equipped with an electronic shade that could be opened during the day for grand views and closed when I was ready to sleep.

And watching the sun rise over the Caribbean Sea from the comfort of my room was the best part.

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