Never before has a cruise ship launch been more hotly anticipated than Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, and with excellent reason. Offering an impressive 18 decks of accommodation, entertainment and leisure facilities, the planet’s largest liner truly redefines the luxury cruise experience. From robotic mixologists and multimedia ice rinks to 10-storey water slides and cuisine from every continent, a world of opportunity awaits – and it’s all in one place.
In this guide, we show you exactly why a voyage on Symphony of the Seas is the hottest ticket around.
With four styles of accommodation available in a variety of configurations, Symphony of the Seas has the right space for all types of at-sea living.
If peerless refinement is the standard, nothing compares to the top-of-the-line 1,744-square-foot Royal Loft Suite. A plush home-from-home spread over two storeys, this stateroom has it all, including space for six, king-size bed with premium Duxiana mattress, private balcony with whirlpool Jacuzzi, dining area, and panoramic sea views. Love being waited on hand and foot? Be sure to check out the Star Class Suite, which comes with your very own Royal Genie personal assistant – happy to attend to your every whim from the moment you set sail.
Those travelling with kids can enjoy the best of both worlds in the Ultimate Family Suite, a stunning two-deck stateroom blending elegant décor with fun at every turn. Whether it’s the in-suite slide or private 3D cinema, parents and children alike are spoilt for choice in this amazing family-friendly suite.
There is also a range of premier accessibility-friendly rooms, luxurious ocean-view staterooms, and spacious interior quarters with floor-to-ceiling virtual balconies – so you don’t even have to step outside for spectacular vistas.
People often say three weeks isn’t enough time to explore everything on board a luxury cruise liner, and in the case of Symphony of the Seas, that is an understatement. Royal Caribbean has outdone itself with Symphony of the Seas, and the proof is in its entertainment. Here’s our pick of the best attractions for the young and young at heart.
Without doubt one of the most exciting inclusions in Symphony of the Seas’ programme, the official cast of Hairspray take to the stage to perform this feel-good Tony-award-winning Broadway musical. Sit back, relax and prepare to be uplifted – not unlike Tracy Turnblad’s roots!
Extreme acrobatics on rail-thin balconies; motion sequences that blur land and water; breathtaking plunges from unknown heights; what could be more exhilarating than HiRo, Royal Caribbean’s mesmerizing aquatic dance extravaganza? As one of Symphony’s most popular spectacles, you won’t want to miss the show everyone is talking about.
At the heart of Symphony of the Seas, you’ll always find music, and nowhere is this better showcased than Dazzles, the venue that has a genre for everyone. Polish off your dancing shoes and foxtrot to the big band, or, if Saturday Night Fever is more up your street, head down to disco night. There’s even a professional instructor on-hand if you need a little extra tuition.
Food and drink
Royal Caribbean certainly knows a thing or two about culinary excellence, and Symphony of the Seas is no exception. Home to 18 food establishments, the ship offers a taste sensation the likes of which you’ve never seen before. World-renowned Mediterranean classics straight from Jamie’s Italian; fresh, mouth-watering cuts at the All-American steakhouse; and traditional Mexican dishes so hearty they might just leap off the plate and hug you – there’s no such thing as a fussy eater when you’re dining aboard Symphony of the Seas.
There are also plenty of cosy cafes where you can kick back with a barista-perfected cup of joe. Or for something a little stronger – and with a kooky twist – stop by the Bionic Bar. Simply order on a tablet and watch as robotic barmen blend your cocktail in a matter of minutes. It’s the future of mixology, making waves of a totally different kind. What’s your poison?
Who doesn’t love a good old retro arcade game? Or a chilled out (but secretly competitive) game of mini-golf? Or, perhaps you’re more into perfecting that ace shot on the tennis courts? Whatever you love to do in your free time, you can bet Symphony of the Seas has it covered. Sports nuts will love catching the wave on FlowRider, a 40-foot surf simulator ideal for brushing up on your technique. Alternatively, for something a little less intensive, try either of the two rock-climbing walls, or zoom along the nine-deck-high zip line.
Talk of Symphony of the Seas’ activities wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the piece de resistance: Ultimate Abyss. This 10-storey slide is a ‘see it to believe it’ experience, unique in its multiple twists and turns which will leave you gasping for breath. The Perfect Storm will seem like a piece of cake afterwards, and a great way to finish your swim as you speed along the three-storey Cyclone, Supercell and Typhoon slides.
Symphony of the Seas thinks about your time in-room too, with Voom internet technology delivering the fastest online experience at sea. You’ll also benefit from Royal Caribbean’s Royal IQ app, which helps you organise your time on and off the ship. This is a great way to plan your time and the day’s activities – whether that’s booking a slot at your favourite restaurant or scheduling trips ashore.
Royal Caribbean has commissioned Symphony of the Sea’s maiden voyage from Barcelona, as the ship stretches its legs across Europe for the first time. During the summer, the ship will showcase the very best of the Mediterranean, including Palma de Mallorca, Marseille, Pisa, Rome and Naples. During the cooler months, Symphony takes to the Caribbean, on a route that covers Roatan Honduras, Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico, Cozumel, Mexico, Nassau Bahamas, St Kitts and Nevis.
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