Top 6 things to love about the world’s largest cruise ship - Symphony of the Seas
By: Annie Cicvaric
What comes to mind when you’re about to sail on the biggest ship in the world? Would you be intimidated by the sheer size and possibility of never finding your cabin? Or would you have a bit of FOMO – that’s fear of missing out – about not being able to squeeze in all the incredible must-see shows, coolest activities and culinary delights from the countless number of options during your sailing? Here are ShipsAhoy’s top 6 reasons this Royal Caribbean newbie more than hits the mark!
1. New Home Port
Symphony’s home in the newly-opened (and largest cruise terminal in the U.S.) Terminal A in PortMiami provides a seamless experience from the moment you drive up. Equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology, this facility sets the tone for an expedited and hassle-free boarding.
2. Bigger & Better
Slightly larger, faster and more energy efficient than sister ship Harmony of the Seas, the Symphony of the Seas sets a new record for being able to hold up to 6,680 passengers at full capacity. Designed for vacationers who love big, energetic mega-resorts, this new ship hits high notes for its seven distinct neighborhoods. With plenty of signage and an easily navigable neighbourhood concept, it’s hard to get lost onboard. Some of the new feature differences include more lounges, bars and restaurants along with added cabins, and a number of deck-top activities.
3. After the Sun Sets
After a day in the sun there are plenty of fun-filled activities to enhance the evenings. Royal Caribbean has recently added the must-try action-packed glow-in-the-dark laser tag game, ‘Battle for Planet Z”, offering an intergalactic experience. And those looking for a heart-pumping thrill can take a plunge on the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest water slide at sea towering 10 storeys high. Good news – both these must-try activities are without a surcharge. On a more relaxing note, the Tony-award winning Broadway musical, Hairspray, together with the newest ice production, ‘1977’, (which comes complete with a jaw-dropping live drone opening), were among our favourites.
4. New Culinary Additions
Love to eat? Symphony of the Seas does not disappoint when it comes to dinning options. Boasting a total of 20 restaurants, almost half complimentary, there is a plethora to choose from. New to the list are: Hooked, a New-England style seafood restaurant; El Loco Fresh, a casual Mexican eatery offering mucho tasty tacos and burritos; Playmakers, a sports bar and arcade ideal for sport enthusiasts and casual family dining; and for those with a sweet tooth, Sugar Beach. This candy shop extravaganza offers more than 200 types of candies including a vast choice of ice cream flavours with toppings to boot.
5. Stateroom Options
With 34 cabin categories, and balcony cabins accounting for more than half, there are loads for options for the cruise vacationer. A Symphony highlight is the new Ultimate Family Suite. This one-of-a-kind, two-storey home away from home is the perfect family stateroom that comes equipped with a signature in-suite slide and private cinema. Regardless of category, all cabins carry a clean design and modern décor, with plenty of storage space.
6. Coolest Art Collection
You can’t explore this state-of-the-art ship without taking in the vast and bold collection of contemporary art displayed throughout. With more than 13,000 aesthetically offbeat pieces, ranging from text-based to immersive multimedia, something is sure to capture your fancy. One of our standouts was a display of over 2,200 colourful kites offering an abstract rainbow-like experience. We were also completely intrigued and enjoyed a ‘hidden’ piano staircase which plays a tune with each step.