I am so excited to be back cruising again. It feels like we are finally getting back to “normal” travel, and boy does it make me happy.

I recently returned home from the 7-day inaugural cruise for Wonder of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship and Royal Caribbean‘s newest addition to their Oasis Class. As usual, I ate more than I probably should have, and for good reason. There are so many awesome specialty dining restaurants on Wonder of the Seas, including the brand new southern comfort food hot spot, The Mason Jar.

Food on Wonder of the Seas

Even though I wasn’t able to experience all specialty dining restaurants on this trip, here were my 5 favorite dining experiences on Wonder of the Seas:

1. Main Dining Room (dinner)

The Main Dining Room is a must at least one night of your cruise. I dined there 3 of the 7 nights during the inaugural sailing and can say I was pretty impressed overall. My favorite appetizers of the three nights are shown below: cheesy French onion soup and crab cakes.

Wonder of the Seas Main Dining Room - French Onion Soup
Wonder of the Seas Main Dining Room – French Onion Soup
Main Dining Room - Crab Cakes
Main Dining Room – Crab Cakes

2. Chops Grille (lunch)

If there’s a steakhouse, I’m going to eat there. The Colossal Shrimp and 8oz. Filet Mignon really hit the spot. Not shown are all the sides ordered for our table. I particularly loved the homemade tater tots, which were about 3x the size of a regular tater tot. Super delicious!

Colossal Shrimp Chops Grille Wonder of the Seas
Chops Grille – Colossal Shrimp appetizer
Chop Grille Filet Mignon
Chops Grille – 8oz Filet Mignon

Chops Grille is a specialty dining restaurant and requires a reservation and an additional fee. It’s always recommended to reserve a table ASAP.

3. Izumi Sushi (lunch)

Chef Travis, the founder of Izumi, hosted me to a very special lunch during the inaugural sailing. To say I was excited would be an understatement. This magical lunch came to be out of pure luck after he spotted me taking photos of the hibachi section of the restaurant. Here are just two of the many plates he surprised me with.

Azumi sushi roll

Azumi Sushi table on Wonderland of the Seas

Izumi is a specialty dining restaurant on Royal Caribbean cruises and will require an additional fee. I highly recommend you reserve your table ASAP.

4. The Mason Jar (brunch)

The Mason Jar is the newest restaurant to come to Royal Caribbean and is currently exclusive to Wonder of the Seas, though I can see it expanding to other Oasis Class ships soon. It was a very popular spot for brunch, dinner, cocktails, and their awesome live country band. If you’re interested in seeing the band, I would recommend getting to the bar a tad early to enjoy a few cocktails and wait for them to go on.

My reservation was for brunch, but am eager to get back on board to try their dinner menu. My table shared a bunch of different plates, but my personal order was Memaw’s Chicken & Waffles. It was SO GOOD!

Memaw's Chicken & Waffles with hot honey and hot syrup
The Mason Jar – Memaw’s Chicken & Waffles with hot honey and hot syrup

5. Hooked Seafood (dinner)

Seafood lovers like myself are really going to want to try Hooked Seafood on their next Royal Caribbean cruise. The oysters were salty, fresh, and delicious. Of course, I paired them with the recommended sparkling wine. *chefs kiss*

Oysters at Hooked Seafood

Not shown is my fried seafood platter. If you watch my video below I go more in-depth on why I regret ordering it.

My Wonder of the Seas Dining Experience Video

I go into depth more on my latest Wonder of the Seas video found below. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel since I will be producing more cruise content in the coming months.


There are countless things to eat while cruising and it is pretty much impossible to go hungry. If you didn’t like your meal, you can walk a few flights of stairs to another eatery and get your fill.

Royal Caribbean is continuing their domination at sea by providing guests endless experiences and a slew of firsts, especially when it comes to dining. I plan on revisiting the Wonder of the Seas again soon so I can properly review the rest of the restaurants and add to this review. Stay tuned!

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