The largest cruise ship in the world is finally here, settled in at its homeport in Miami, Florida, and it's a place where you’ll be hard-pressed to find yourself with nothing to do onboard.
From robotic bartenders to five-star dining options to flying acrobats at sea, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, the sister ship to the Harmony of the Seas, is re-inventing the cruising game. In its quest to become the greatest floating resort at sea, the Symphony of the Seas will have you rethinking everything you know about cruising.
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With an ocean full of cruise lines to choose from, here are our top reasons to book your next vacation aboard Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas.
1. Technology and Innovation
Speaking as someone who has never considered themselves a “cruise person,” the Symphony of the Seas woos younger, tech-savvy travellers with a few innovative touches. With the fastest internet at sea, you can easily stay in touch with family, friends, and of course post all your Instagram-worthy snaps in an instant.
If it’s robotic technology that you’re after, the Bionic Bar has got what you’re looking for. Order your drinks however you like from an electronic menu and watch the sleek and skilled robot bartenders mix your drink to shaken or stirred perfection!
Dining at sea has come a long way! Gone are the days where quantity reigns over quality with the especially when it comes to the buffet. Treat yourself at the Windjammer Marketplace or the Solarium bistro with foods from around the world or skip the buffet altogether and try one of the premium dining options available.
Try some hand-made pasta from Jamie’s Italian, a five-star meal at 150 Central Park, or if it’s something extra memorable you’re looking for, Wonderland brings fun and whimsy into your dining experience with menus that appear with a magical stroke of a paintbrush or your entrée that appears out of thin air. No matter your taste, there’s something for every craving.
Whether you’re looking for an experience for the whole family, a place to escape your parents or a place where you can be a kid at heart, there’s something for everyone. Keep your children entertained all day at the Youth Zone. There’s a science lab, art studio, kids' theatre, teen disco, arcade and indoor playground to tire kids out. There’s also free daycare available for those parents (or children) in need of more alone time.
If it’s family fun you’re after, try your hand at an exciting game of laser tag, or plunge down duelling waterslides. For those of us looking to be kids at heart, experience the rush of simulated surfing on the FlowRider or the thrill of plunging down the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea.
Looking for nighttime entertainment? Take your pick from Broadway and ice-skating shows to edge-of-your-seat acrobatic entertainment in the outdoor amphitheatre. Aboard the Symphony of the Seas, you’ll never experience a dull moment (unless you want to).
Let’s be honest, sometimes adults just need a place of their own. Thankfully, aboard the Symphony of the Seas, there are many places where adults can escape. With plush loungers, tranquil music that can lull you into an instant state of bliss, as well as a bar and eatery open only to passengers 18 and up, The Solarium is the place to be if you’re looking for a break from the bustle of a cruise ship.
For those more health-conscious, there’s Vitality at Sea, the onboard spa and fitness centre. Work off all your food and drink on the treadmill, take a spinning or yoga class, or get pampered with a makeover and massage. When you’re finally ready to let loose, there’s always the Schooner bar, late-night disco, and even a comedy bar.
Feel like booking the most expensive room on the Symphony of the Seas? You’ll be treated to an experience like no other. Spread across two levels of the ship, taking up 1,346 square feet, guests of the Ultimate Family Suite never have to leave their room. The suite features wall-to-wall ocean views, a ping pong table, air hockey table, whirlpool, sprawling balcony as well as a slide connecting the top floor kids room to the living room.
If that’s not enough, there’s also a Lego wall, cinema room (popcorn included) and a personal butler! The family room can sleep up to eight people and will set you back a whopping $50,000 for a seven-day cruise.
Symphony of the Seas State Rooms
Ocean View Staterooms
Virtual Balcony Stateroom
There are plenty more reasons to book a cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas.