Royal Caribbean International’s search for a Wonder Mom and the Godmother of Wonder of the Seas is complete. Pennsylvania resident Marie McCrea, nominated by her daughter – Allie – in the #SearchforWonderMom TikTok contest, was chosen to take on the time-honoured role for the newest Oasis Class ship.
A devoted mom, wife and cancer survivor, Marie overcame adversity with incredible strength, and at the centre of her story are the memories she inspired and made with her family through it all. She will accept the honour of blessing Wonder during a celebratory naming ceremony at its first year-round homeport of Port Canaveral, Florida, on Dec. 9, 2022.
“The search for such an inspiring mom who embodies the spirit of Wonder of the Seas was anything but easy. Marie and her family have a heartening and encouraging story that made us cry and rejoice and hopeful, and throughout it all, she inspired wonder and adventure in those around her,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, of Royal Caribbean International. “I want to thank everyone who nominated the Wonder Moms in their own lives. More than 16,000 videos were created, and I was in awe of all the incredible stories of the everyday heroes who are motivating those around them to discover, wonder and make memories.”
As part of a longstanding maritime tradition, Marie’s blessing as Godmother will bestow safe keeping onto Wonder, its crew and the millions of families who will make vacation memories on board in the years to come. Marie and her family have in store one adventure after the next on board Wonder, beginning with an exclusive, invite-only naming ceremony celebration cruise that visits Royal Caribbean’s private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay.
They will also enjoy an epic 7-night Caribbean cruise and stay in a home away from home befitting of the Godmother of the new family vacation, the one-of-a-kind Ultimate Family Suite, which features an in-suite slide, a cinema and karaoke room, game consoles, a private balcony and more. Plus, they’ll have five-star hotel accommodations, first-class flights and spending money to round out their unforgettable family getaway.
“This is a tremendous honour to have been chosen amongst all the incredible nominees, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to serve as the Godmother for Wonder of the Seas,” said Marie McCrea.
In the widespread search on TikTok for the ultimate Wonder Mom, more than 16,000 videos were submitted as part of 10.6 billion #SeachforWonderMom hashtag views. A Royal Caribbean panel considered the top submissions, and from those compelling stories, Marie was chosen for the honour. The cruise line has also invited the Wonder Moms who were finalists to set sail on Wonder with their families, honouring their inspiring journeys and the lifelong memories they’ve created with their loved ones.
Today’s reveal of Wonder’s Godmother follows the largest cruise ship in the world’s first arrival at Port Canaveral on Sunday, Nov. 13. Royal Caribbean’s latest in the lineup of revolutionary Oasis Class ships is primed for memory-making with a thoughtfully crafted combination of new adventures and fan favourites across eight unique neighbourhoods. Highlights include the Suite Neighborhood, the new neighbourhood that welcomes Royal Suite Class guests to an elevated experience, and The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant & Bar which serves up Southern staples and classics with a twist for brunch, dinner and late at night, along with live country music and more.
Also on deck are more than 40 restaurants, bars and lounges, plus returning experiences like The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea; the FlowRider surf simulator; rock climbing walls, The Perfect Storm racing waterslides, newly designed areas just for kids and teens; and original entertainment across four “stages”: air, ice, water and theater.
For more details about Wonder, now sailing to the cruise line’s private destination – Perfect Day at CocoCay – and more on 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, vacationers can visit Royal Caribbean’s website. To hear more about Marie’s story, viewers can visit TikTok.
Reference: Royal Caribbean Presscenter