Meet Symphony of the Seas
Following 36 months of construction in France, Royal Caribbean took delivery of their newest ship, Symphony of the Seas. Weighing a mere 228,081 gross tons, Symphony of the Seas can now claim the title of the world’s largest cruise ship. It outweighs sister ship Harmony of the Seas by just over 1,000 tons.
Symphony of the Seas is the fourth in a series of Oasis-class cruise ships. With this new ship, Royal Caribbean added some changes and upgrades not built on the three previous ships. At maximum capacity, the Symphony can accommodate 6,680 passengers based on triple and quad occupancy. There will be 28 more staterooms with balconies on the new ship than the other Oasis-class ships, too.
New dining options include a new Mexican-themed restaurant, El Loco Fresh. There’s also “Hooked Seafood” restaurant, a sports bar and arcade and over in the Boardwalk section, a candy store named Sugar Beach.
Royal Caribbean is reviving their popular Royal Theater production, “Hairspray” in addition to their amazing and original show, “Flight.”
The outdoor AquaTheater debuts a new aqua show, “HiRo,” with more high-diving and acrobatics.
Studio B will showcase a new time-travel adventure. A high-tech ice-skating show,“1977” will bring guests to London on the eve of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee when her Crown Jewels are stolen in the heist of the century.
For thrilling live-action adventure at sea, guests can gear up for an epic glow-in-the-dark game of laser tag.
Experience the new Puzzle Break experience on Symphony, where teams race against the clock and to work together toward a mutual goal: escape the submarine-themed room before time runs out.
High Tech on the High Seas
New mobile check-in for guests on Symphony incorporates the latest technology. There’s a new check-in experience that eliminates lines and bypasses the wait at the usual check-in counter. The new process combinations facial recognition, bar codes and beacons to make boarding fast and easy.
Guests will check-in via Royal Caribbean’s new mobile app and seamlessly upload their security “selfie” to create their onboard account before they leave home. When they arrive, guests will go through a security screening and then head straight to their stateroom, where their key will be ready and waiting. Symphony will also feature “VOOM” – the fastest internet at sea, state-of-the-art wayfinding and virtual balconies.
Symphony of the Seas first cruise is March 31, round-trip from Barcelona on a five-night cruise to Naples and Rome. The world’s largest cruise ship will then reposition to Miami on a 12-night transatlantic crossing on October 28, 2018.
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