When Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas makes its first voyage in April of this year, it will officially be the largest cruise ship sailing the seas in the world. Thanks to a recent article by the Orlando Sentinel highlighting the ship’s construction, as well as new announcements from Royal Caribbean themselves, we have plenty of details on what to expect when the ship sets sail.
The Symphony of the Seas will spend its first sailing season in the Mediterranean, departing from Barcelona. On October 28th it will begin a 12-night transatlantic journey, finally settling in Miami, where it will begin regular 7-night Caribbean voyages on November 9th.
Here is what’s is in store for future passengers of the seafaring colossus:
The Symphony will include some Royal Caribbean regulars, like Chops Grille, Izumi, Jamie’s Italian, and Wonderland. Along with those, however, the ship will also boast some brand new options (descriptions taken from Royal Caribbean):
- Hooked Seafood – “This is the ultimate catch if you’re angling for the freshest seafood. It’s a real taste of New England.”
- Playmakers – “Score an awesome time at Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade— whether you’re watching your home team on one of dozens of TVs, making your own legendary plays at the arcade, or refuelling on your
game day favorites.”
- El Loco Fresh – “Fresh. Fast. Authentic. Satisfy your craving for fresh-made Mexican favorites — the craziest thing about it is just how good it is.”
This ship will also house a wine bar, Vintages, and a health food option, Solarium Bistro.
A new Ultimate Family Suite has been designed for the vessel which features an in-suite slide, a private 3-D theater, an air hockey table, a bumper pool table, a floor-to-ceiling Lego wall, and a 212-square-foot wraparound balcony complete with climbing wall and whirlpool.
Along with ocean view suites, guests on the interior of the ship will have the option to book virtual balconies or a suite overlooking Central Park.
The Symphony will have plenty of the amazing activities you would expect on a larger ship: a children’s aqua park, water slides including the 10-story Ultimate Abyss, a 40-foot-long FlowRider surf simulator, two 40-foot rock climbing walls, and an ice skating rink.
There will also be some entertainment options on board that are unique to the Symphony:
- Hairspray – “Big hair, big dreams and all the right moves — you can’t stop the beat in this Tony Award-winning Broadway hit.”
- Flight – “You’re cleared for takeoff in Flight, a one-of-a-kind show that takes you through the history — and the future — of flying.”
- 1977 – “Join the time-traveling hero Tempus in a brand new ice-skating spectacular as he sets out to recover Her Majesty’s Crown Jewels.”
- HiRo – “The newest AquaTheater production amazes with more high-flying feats, stunts, and acrobatics than ever before.”
- Laser Tag – “In a far-flung galaxy in a distant future, two forces are set to collide in Battle for Planet ZSM. Choose your side, grab your laser tag blaster and gear up for a glow-in-the-dark epic battle in Studio B.”
Weighing in at 230,000 tons, the 1,188-foot-long Symphony of the Seas will dethrone the current world record holder, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas. Here is a look at the work currently underway that will bring this monstrosity to life by April of 2018:
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Images: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line obtained through the Orlando Sentinel