In March, we reported on Royal Caribbean International taking delivery of its newest ship, Symphony of the Seas. Since that time, the world’s largest cruise ship completed her honeymoon season sailing in the Mediterranean. The new vessel recently took up her permanent year-round residency at the new Terminal A at PortMiami.
The big girl (and we mean that in the most flattering of ways) now sails seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from Miami. In mid-2019, the ship will also visit Royal Caribbean’s new private island destination in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay.
The 25th ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, Symphony is joined weekly by 5,518 guests at double occupancy in 2,759 staterooms. This includes 28 additional balcony rooms overlooking the ocean or the ship’s signature Boardwalk neighborhood.
“[Symphony] is the perfect blend of our greatest hits we know guests love and a lineup of vibrant, new restaurants, activities and unparalleled entertainment – all purposefully designed around vacationers’ preferences.” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.
New Experiences Plus Old Favorites
Featured in TIME magazine’s first annual “World’s Greatest Places” list, Symphony features a collection of new experiences.
- The two-story Ultimate Family Suite for eight guests includes an in-suite slide, air hockey table, building block wall and “Royal Genie” concierge (it is definitely over-the-top—as is the rate, which can come close to $100,000 when fully occupied at a peak time)
- Playmaker’s Sports Bar & Arcade and the Sugar Beach specialty candy and ice cream shop, which are part of the ship’s Boardwalk neighborhood
- New restaurants, including Hooked Seafood (a specialty restaurant) with fresh, New England-style favorites, and made-to-order Mexican “street fare” at El Loco Fresh (a complimentary restaurant)
- A glow-in-the-dark laser tag adventure called Battle for Planet Z
- An always-evolving Royal Caribbean app enables expedited arrival, more personalization and interactive onboard features
The last in the series of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class ships, Symphony also offers many of the same features previously included on its sister ships.
- The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, a 10-story test of courage
- The Perfect Storm, a trio of thrilling multistory waterslides named Cyclone, Typhoon and Supercell
- Two FlowRider surf simulators, where adventurers can hang ten
- Twin rock-climbing walls, standing at 40 feet tall and boasting stunning sea views
- A zip line nine decks high, speeding riders 82 feet across an open-air atrium
- AquaTheater, an open-air theater with jaw-dropping, high-diving acrobatic and aquatic performances set at the deepest pool at sea
- Escape The Rubicon, a thrilling escape room challenge
- Central Park, a green sanctuary lush with more than 20,000 living plants and trees.
Contact our travel professional Adam soon to book your mega cruise on Symphony of the Seas.
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A member of the North American Travel Journalists Association, Troy Petenbrink loves sharing his travel experiences and his tips for traveling well. He invites you to follow his journeys at www.thegaytraveler.com.