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A Cruise Expert's Review of Symphony of the Seas

31st July 2018

Updated March 2019

We love sending our staff out on various cruises and ship visits so that they can continue to hone their expertise and pass on knowledge to our customers. This being said, we felt it absolutely necessary to send a few of our guys out on what is now (at the time of writing!) the world’s largest cruise ship; Symphony of the Seas. Find out what cruise specialist Chelsea thought of this incredible ship.

 

 

There are many, many awe-struck moments that you will feel onboard Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas. But then, this is what they do best.

When you arrive you are hit instantly by her sheer size. She dwarfs all other ships in port and dominates the view. Many people are a little worried about the 5,518 passenger capacity onboard, but they really don’t need to be. Most of the time, you don’t even realise you are sailing, never mind on a cruise ship!

The ship is so vast that you don’t feel swamped by other passengers at all, and instead, you simply feel relaxed. The only time you might see the majority of the other passengers is in the theatre, which spans over two decks towards the front of the ship. I was lucky enough to watch Hairspray here, and was taken aback by the staging, the lights, and the whole performance. It really does rival the West End!

Inside the ship, you feel as though you are in a huge shopping centre. It’s filled with entertainment, restaurants, shops, and bars. Each ‘neighbourhood’ is truly amazing in a different way;

 

  • Central Park with its trees and plants really makes you feel like you’re having a coffee in a park
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  • The Boardwalk boasts the Aqua Theatre and sports bars
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  • The Royal Promenade is the heart of the ship, and where you will find the majority of shops and bars
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    Not to mention all the other amenities onboard the ship; waterslides, the Abyss, the Pools, FlowRider, the zip-line, rock-climbing walls, laser tag - is it possible there’s too much to do?

    The cabin we had was a Balcony cabin overlooking the Boardwalk. It was perfect for two people and had a sofa area by the balcony. We had a great view of the Aqua Theatre, but this did also mean we could hear the Aqua Theatre Show when our door was open. If the door is shut, you hear next to no noise at all which is great for the evenings.

    As great as our accommodation was, I would, in fact, recommend an Oceanview Balcony cabin on this ship. Aside from these cabins, you can only see the ocean beyond the Aqua Theatre and from the windows in the main restaurant - it isn’t visible elsewhere on the ship. By staying in an Oceanview Balcony, you would know you were holidaying on a cruise ship after all!

     

     

    A cruise isn’t a cruise if you don’t mention the food. The Main Restaurant on Symphony of the Seas is beautiful, and the standard of the food you just cannot fault. The Windjammer is everything you expect and caters for every fancy. The speciality restaurants that you see on other Royal Caribbean ships are also present; Jamie’s Italian, Izumi, and Chop’s Grille for example. As with some of the other large ships in the fleet, 150 Central Park and Wonderland are also both onboard. My only regret is not being able to try Wonderland’s ‘Imaginative dining’ - I would advise anyone to book a table here in advance through your Cruise Personaliser, so as not to miss out.

    As for the staff, we couldn’t fault any of them. They always - always - went above and beyond as usual.

    Take a closer look at life onboard Symphony of the Seas, or if you’re already sold, browse through our range of Symphony of the Seas cruises.


    Discover Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas

    14th June 2018

    Expected in June 2019, Royal Caribbean's Spectrum of the Seas brings with it some new and innovative features that will certainly have cruisers buzzing with excitement. With a homeport of Shanghai, she will be the largest ship in Asia – hosting up to 4,246 guests at a time. She will also be the first Quantum Ultra Class ship, sharing features with other Quantum Class vessels but introducing some extra special aspects too.

     

    Which destinations will Spectrum of the Seas sail to?

     

     

    In the summer of 2019 Spectrum of the Seas will depart from Barcelona and make her way to Shanghai on a 51- night voyage, taking in 13 countries along the way. After this, the itineraries will include some brilliant new ports:

    • Hakodate, Japan – located on the south side of Japan’s north island

    • Vladivostok, Russia – the final stop on the Trans-Siberian railway in eastern Russia

    • Niigita, Japan – found on the west coast of the main island of Japan

    • Ilocos, Philippines – the north-west region of the Philippines’ Luzon island

    The winter of 2019 will see the ship reposition to Hong Kong, from where she will embark on some fabulous Asian cruises. 

     

    What will dining be like onboard Spectrum of the Seas?

     

    Food on onboard the ship will feature a mix of Asian and Western dishes, with the main restaurant, and more casual Windjammer Marketplace buffet serving everything from pizzas to Chinese hot pots. Speciality restaurants will include:

    • Jamie’s Italian – for your favourite hearty Italian meals

    • Dadong Wonderland – serving succulent duck and other Chinese dishes

    • Chop’s Grille – a rustic steakhouse serving the best cuts

    • Izumi – where you’ll find tasty Japanese cuisine

     

     

    An authentic traditional Asian tea room will also feature on Spectrum of the Seas; the Leaf and Bean. Here you can indulge in some tasty cakes and pastries as well as sampling some Chinese teas and coffee.

     

    What kind of entertainment and activities will be onboard?

     

    There will be a wealth of choice when it comes to things to do onboard Spectrum of the Seas. Some of its fantastic features are:

    • SkyPad – a trampoline park with option virtual reality mask

    • Star Moment – an exhilarating Karaoke venue

    • SeaPlex – a sports and entertainment area with bumper cars and more

    • Flowrider – Royal Caribbean’s well-love surf simulator

    • RipCord iFly – an adrenaline-fuelling sky diving simulator

    An innovative venue known as Two70 will also be onboard. This is a space which uses Vistarama technology to project a range of digital shows on panoramic windows.

     

     

    What will accommodation on Spectrum of the Seas be like?

     

    The team at Royal Caribbean have opted to use this new Quantum Ultra Class vessel as the venue for their brand new private suite concept. This Golden and Silver suite level accommodation comprises a private space at the forward end of the ship, across decks 13 to 16, which can only be accessed with a key card. Here guests will enjoy a private lounge and restaurant, The Balcony for sunbathing, and The Boutique for private shopping experiences.

    Other accommodation includes a range of stateroom categories, as well as two Ultimate Family Suites which can cater for up to 11 guests.

    If you like the sound of cruising onboard this new ship, have a look through our range of Spectrum of the Seas cruises and speak to our sales team today.

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    Head to CocoCay for the Perfect Day

    11th June 2018

    We are thrilled to bring you the news that Royal Caribbean have opened another fabulous island resort in the Caribbean; CocoCay.

     

     

    The destination offers the whole package for singles, couples, and families, boasting exhilarating activities like North America’s tallest waterslide, and great spaces for relaxing in the form of over-water cabins. As soon as you step off your cruise ship and on to the island you’ll be met with a little piece of heaven, with a boardwalk across the clear sea guiding you toward idyllic palm trees peppered across white sands, the sound of birds soaring overhead, and the sight of huts, sun loungers, pools, slides, and more. Some of our favourite features of CocoCay are;

     

  • The wave pool – the largest in the Caribbean, the island’s wave pool is sure to provide fun and laughter for all ages
  • 400ft balloon – guests can climb aboard and take in the gorgeous views in this stationary balloon; the highest vantage point in the Bahamas
  • Beach side cabanas – these provide a peaceful haven for those looking to relax, but also boast an attached slide for quick and easy access to the sea!
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    Spend the day doing all the things you love, whether that’s dining on some freshly barbecued food, soaking up the rays while lounging with a book, testing your limits on some daredevil waterslides, or meeting new people in a great game of beach volleyball. Other CocoCay features to make the most of include;

     

  • Swim-up bar
  • Biggest freshwater pool in the Bahamas
  • Zip line
  • Renting beach equipment such as snorkelling kit, paddle boards, and even jet skis
  • A range of bars and restaurants
  • Take a look at our Royal Caribbean cruises in the Caribbean and start thinking about your own perfect day.


    Welcome Onboard Symphony of the Seas

    6th March 2018

    With the debut cruise of Royal Caribbean’s latest ship just around the corner, we decided to take a closer look at some of the wowing features and facilities onboard the largest cruise ship in the world; Symphony of the Seas.

     

     

    At 362 metres long, and designed to carry a total of 7,865 passengers and crew, it’s almost inevitable that Symphony of the Seas is stock full of all sorts of fun things to do, exciting things to watch, and a range of places to eat.

     

     

    Brand New Royal Caribbean Features

     

    Symphony of the Seas boasts some fantastic firsts for Royal Caribbean, here are some or our favourite innovations:

    The Accommodation

    Not only does this vibrant and fresh cruise ship boast some brilliant entertainment, activities, and cuisine options, but plenty of thought has also gone into the accommodation. The Ultimate Family Suite has all your family could need, from comfy bean bags and funky décor, to the foosball table and big screen TV.

    Laser Tag

    This activity is so much fun for friends and family, and indeed is a fantastic way to meet fellow cruisers. Unite as one or go head to head in a battle between robots and aliens, in which only one team can win. Laser tag is suitable for both adults and young cruisers.

     

     

    Playmaker’s Sports Bar & Arcade

    Spanning the entire length of the boardwalk, this new sports bar is the perfect getaway for any sports fans. It boasts 30 TV screens showcasing a range of popular sports, a bar serving a great selection of beers and favourite snacks like wings and burgers, and classic arcade games including Ms Pac-Man.

     

    Returning Features

     

    Returning on Symphony of the Seas are some of our favourite Royal Caribbean features, as seen on Quantam and Oasis class ships.

    The Bionic Bar

    This extraordinary venue will keep all guests amused and captivated, as they watch robots create their perfect cocktail. Order your own creation, or a classic cocktail, from a state-of-the-art computer tablet and prepare to be amazed.

     

    The Aquatheatre

    Professional performers will leave all members of the audience astonished by their skills in synchronised swimming and high-diving. The whole family can enjoy the production of Hiro in which acrobats showcase some incredible choreography combining lights, water, music, and of course their incredible physical abilities.

    Izumi

    Any lover of Asian food will certainly want to dine at this Japanese restaurant at least once during their cruise. With sleek and stunning Japanese décor, and a menu full of beautiful sushi, sashimi, and more, an evening meal at Izumi will be one to remember – not least because of the hot rock cooking right next to your table.

    Splashaway Bay

    Adults are bound to envy this adventurous, kids-only waterpark, which is also seen on Harmony of the Seas. Parents can enjoy some chill-time while safe in the knowledge that their little ones are meeting new friends and having great fun playing with the climbing frame, drench bucket, and several water cannons.

     

     

    Take a look at our selection of Symphony of the Seas sailings and discover this exciting new Royal Caribbean ship for yourselves.


    Iglu onboard Harmony of the Seas

    19th May 2016

    Harmony of the Seas is the biggest cruise ship in the world and breaks the mould when it comes to family fun cruising. Joining Royal Caribbean’s innovative Oasis Class, Harmony of the Seas will have all the same features as her class sisters (Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas) plus the smart technology seen on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class cruise ships (Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas).

    Harmony of the Seas has been in Southampton since early Tuesday morning awaiting passengers for her official maiden voyage (Sunday 22nd May) and we have been invited onboard to explore before she sets sail.

    Follow us as we take you on a digital tour of the biggest cruise ship in the world! Want to see something specific? Tweet us @iglucruise or find us on Facebook and let us know what you want to see onboard Harmony of the Seas.

     

     

     

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