Royal Caribbean’s search for a “wonder mom” who would become godmother of their largest ship Wonder of the Seas is complete.
Pennsylvania resident Marie McCrea, nominated by her daughter through the #SearchforWonderMom TikTok contest, was chosen to take on the important role. A wife, mother, and cancer survivor, Marie overcame adversity with strength, with memories made with family the center of it all. She will bless Wonder of the Seas during the vessel’s naming ceremony in Port Canaveral on December 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, 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.”
Following the ceremony, Marie and her family will enjoy a short naming ceremony celebration cruise that visits Royal Caribbean’s private island Perfect Day CocoCay. They will also enjoy a seven-night Caribbean cruise on Wonder, staying in the one-of-a-kind Ultimate Family Suite that features an in-suite slide, a movie theater, a karaoke room, and a private balcony.
In the widespread search on TikTok for the ultimate Wonder Mom, over 16,000 videos were submitted as part of 10.6 #SearchforWonderMom hashtag views. A Royal Caribbean panel considered the top submissions, and chose Marie for the honor. The cruise line has also invited the finalists in the contest to sail the ship with their families.
Wonder of the Seas is the latest in Royal Caribbean’s five-ship Oasis class, which are the largest cruise ships in the world. Wonder features eight neighborhoods, including the new Suite Neighborhood, plus the new Mason Jar Southern Restaurant & Bar, the 10-story Ultimate Abyss slide, rock climbing walls, and an ice skating rink.
Wonder of the Seas currently sails seven-night cruises from Port Canaveral to the eastern and western Caribbean.