A few weeks ago on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, I decided to try one of the seven extra cost specialty restaurants. One in particular, Wonderland, really appealed to me. Royal Caribbean describes the restaurant as “imaginative dinner”. Wonderland is a whimsical restaurant with an Alice in Wonderland theme.
I made a reservation for just two of us, my 11-year-old son and me. He is my most adventurous eater, and I knew he would be the only other person in my group willing to try new and different food.
I could have made the reservation ahead of time online, but I would have been charged for it at the time of reservation. Since I knew I had some on-board credit from my travel agent that would be in our account on board, I waited until we boarded to make the reservation to use that money. The cost to eat at Wonderland was $57 a person.
On the first night of the cruise in the main dining room, there was a separate kiosk to make specialty dining reservations. I had no problem finding a spot for the third night of the cruise.
My son and I found our way to Wonderland on Deck 5. The restaurant overlooks the Royal Esplanade below.
The outside of the restaurant has some whimsical touches.
The hostess, dressed as Alice, showed us to our table.
Our server, dressed like the Mad Hatter, introduced herself.
The menu is invisible. In order to see it, we had to paint a page with water.
Then, we saw an extensive menu appear with subcategories of Ice, Water, Fire, Earth and Dreams.
Our server explained that we didn’t have to choose anything from the menu, as we would be getting all of it!
We received lot of appetizers that were bite-sized, including hot and cold soups and other complicated dishes I could never recreate. Our server was great about explaining what was in each thing.
My son and I kept an open mind and tried everything! I thought it was all delicious. There was only one thing he tried that he wasn’t crazy about.
The salad was made to look like a garden. The dirt was pumpernickel bread crumbs.
The main entrees were roasted chicken, beef and fish. Our server explained that the fish was the most popular. She was right, we liked that the best!
Some of the dishes, including dessert, were presented in a whimsical way. I really don’t want to elaborate and spoil the surprise for anyone who plans to eat at Wonderland.
My son and I both loved Wonderland on Anthem of the Seas. It was our favorite meal of the cruise! We both left there stuffed, satisfied and entertained. It was a great use of our on-board credit!
I don’t recommend the restaurant for younger kids or for people who are picky eaters. My other two kids ate in the main dining room that night and had their usual steak. Everyone was happy.
Wonderland is currently on five Royal Caribbean ships: Anthem of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas. It is scheduled to be added to Oasis of the Seas later this year.
Have you eaten at Wonderland? What did you think?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.