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Royal Caribbean Names Godmother of Wonder of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Names Godmother of Wonder of the Seas

The search is over for the new godmother of Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas! The cruise line announced that Pennsylvania mom Marie McCrea will take the honor.

Meet the new godmother of Wonder of the Seas

On November 18, 2022, Royal Caribbean International completed its search for a Wonder Mom to serve as godmother to their newest cruise ship, Wonder of the Seas.

Pennsylvania mom Marie McCrea was nominated by her daughter Allie in the cruise line’s TikTok contest #SearchForWonderMom.

Marie, a mother, wife, and cancer survivor, will accept the honor at Wonder‘s naming ceremony in Port Canaveral, Florida on December 9, 2022.

Marie McCrea, the Pennsylvania “Wonder Mom” named godmother of Wonder of the Seas (image courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Royal Caribbean’s search for the ultimate Wonder Mom

“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,” Bayley continued.

As godmother of Wonder of the Seas, Marie will bless the ship and bestow safekeeping on the vessel, her crew, and passengers.

Read more: What Is a Cruise Ship Godmother (or Godfather)?

After the naming ceremony, Marie and her family will embark on an invite-only celebration cruise that visits Royal Caribbean’s private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

As part of Marie’s prize, they’ll also set sail on a 7-night Caribbean cruise, staying in Wonder of the Seas Ultimate Family Suite. These luxe accommodations feature an in-suite slide, a cinema and karaoke room, game consoles, a private balcony and more. Plus, they’ll enjoy a five-star hotel stay, first-class flights, and spending money for the trip.

“This is a tremendous honor 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,” Marie McCrea told Royal Caribbean.

Marie with her late husband aboard RCI’s Song of America (image courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

During RCI’s TikTok search for the ultimate Wonder Mom, entrants submitted more than 16,000 videos, earning the #SearchForWonderMom hashtag 10.6 billion views.

A panel of Royal Caribbean judges chose Marie as the winner from the top submissions. You can watch Marie’s daughter’s TikTok entry honoring her mom below:


We’re trusting that TikTok can do it’s thing and we are reposting this video since so many tagged about this in our original video!@Royal Caribbean this is a true wondermom #searchforwondermom #contest

♬ original sound – Search For Wonder Mom – royalcaribbean

But the other top Wonder Mom finalists also earned a fantastic prize—Royal Caribbean has invited them all to sail on Wonder of the Seas with their families.

Wonder of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s reveal of the new godmother of Wonder of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, follows the vessel’s first arrival into Port Canaveral on November 13. The Florida port will be the ship’s year-round homeport.

The latest Oasis-class ship features new adventures as well as cruiser favorites throughout her eight unique neighborhoods.

Wonder‘s highlights include the Suite Neighborhood, an elevated experience for Royal Suite Class guests, and The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant & Bar, serving up Southern classics with a twist for brunch, dinner, and late-night, along with live country music.

Also aboard are more than forty restaurants, bars, and lounges, plus returning experiences like The Ultimate Abyss (the tallest waterslide at sea), the FlowRider surf simulator, rock climbing walls, and newly-designed areas just for kids and teens.

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Have you also been waiting patiently to find out who Royal Caribbean would announce as godmother of Wonder of the Seas? Have you had a chance to sail on this new ship yet? Let me know in the comments below!

Carrie Ann Karstunen