Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Symphony of the Seas Debuts in April 2018

Update April 1, 2018

The world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas is complete, and is currently sailing from Barcelona. The 25th ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, Symphony of the Seas accommodates 5,518 guests at double occupancy in 2,759 staterooms, including 28 additional balcony rooms that overlook the ocean or signature Boardwalk neighborhood. One Oasis Class ship, seven distinctive neighborhoods, the tallest slide at sea with the Ultimate Abyss and countless adventures for guests of all ages, the family adventure of a lifetime has surprises at every turn.

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Symphony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, at sea.

New Culinary Adventures

  • Hooked Seafood: This upscale eatery atop of the world’s largest cruise ship in the Solarium serves up the real taste of New England-inspired seafood and unparalleled ocean vistas to match. Approachable and unassuming, the menu offers classic coastal favorites, such as lobster rolls, crab claws, signature fish sandwich, and a raw bar where oysters are shucked to order.
  • Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade: Stretching the length of a reimagined Boardwalk, now touting fresh energy and swagger, the whole family can watch the home team play across 31 big-screen TVs, during the day and into the late night. The indoor and outdoor arcade, packed with over 20 games, offers the opportunity for friendly competition. The on-point menu of classic American bar food features everything from wings, burgers and popcorn shrimp to picture-perfect sundaes; as well as craft beers and cocktails.
  • El Loco Fresh: Made-to-order tacos and burritos wrapped with fresh tortillas are among the Mexican “street food” favorites that will hit the spot for adventure seekers looking to fuel up with minimal downtime.
  • Sugar Beach: The signature candy and ice cream shop is the sweet spot on the Boardwalk with more than 100 types of candies, a lineup of ice cream flavors and even DIY activities for the aspiring culinary artist.
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Hooked Seafood onboard Symphony of the Seas. Credit SBW-Photo

New Ways to Play

  • Battle for Planet Z: Royal Caribbean’s first glow-in-the-dark laser tag game brings two teams of eight head to head in an out-of-this-world adventure to determine who will claim the last planet in the galaxy.
  • Escape the Rubicon: In the ultimate race against the clock, friends old and new must band together in the Rubicon submarine – a sophisticated, custom-built escape room – to solve a collection of puzzles before time runs out.
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The Battle for Planet Z onboard Symphony of the Seas. Credit SBW-Photo

Unparalleled Family Accommodations

  • Ultimate Family Suite: A two-level, 1,346-square-foot suite filled with awesome thrills offers more than enough room for the whole family – and friends – to come together and catch up on “me time.” Features include an in-room slide, a private cinema with an 85-inch HD TV, a floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall, a 212-square-foot balcony complete with table tennis and a full-size whirlpool. Complete with a Royal Genie, who caters to every whim, there are many more surprises awaiting guests along the way.
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Ultimate Family Suite onboard Symphony of the Seas

Original post from June 10, 2017 follows below

The 25th ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Symphony of the Seas, will be delivered to the company in April 2018 and will be the world’s largest cruise ship. In November 2018, Symphony of the Seas will arrive in Miami, FL to offer island-hopping adventures through the Caribbean to Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis and other ports of call. Continue reading for more highlights of Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, and we’ll continue to update this post as more information becomes available.

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Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas under construction at the STX shipyard in France. The ship is scheduled to be delivered in 2018. Image courtesy Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

From Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Press Release

The newest member of Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis class of ships, Symphony of the Seas, is now one step closer to full completion as her April 2018 debut approaches. With the exterior now complete, Symphony of the Seas was floated out of her dry dock to begin the next phase of interior construction.

Symphony of the Seas will spend her inaugural summer season exploring the awe-inspiring destinations of the Mediterranean calling on ports in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. She will then arrive to Miami in early November to begin 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.

Symphony of the Seas will claim the title of the world’s largest – and most adventure-filled – cruise ship, offering 28 more staterooms than her newest sister ship Harmony of the Seas and encompassing 230,000 gross registered tons.

Touting new features and amenities for guests, Symphony also will boast all the groundbreaking innovations and thrilling experiences that have garnered worldwide recognition for Harmony of the Seas. Among the award-winning and acclaimed favorites are the distinct seven-neighborhood concept, imaginative and sophisticated dining, Bionic Bar robot bartenders powered by Makr Shakr, Broadway-caliber entertainment, the iconic waterfront AquaTheater, the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, and Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea.

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Royal Caribbean’s new terminal under construction in Miami, FL. Royal Caribbean’s terminal will be home to the newest ship in the Royal Caribbean International fleet, Symphony of the Seas. Image courtesy Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

Symphony of the Seas will sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries beginning Saturday, November 17 from the state-of-the-art Terminal A, dubbed the ‘Crown of Miami.’ The 170,000-square-foot terminal, scheduled for completion for the arrival of Symphony of the Seas, will be the most innovative cruise facility in the U.S. generating at least 1.8 million passenger moves at PortMiami, 30 percent of the port’s projected passenger traffic.

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