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7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Miami

7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Miami

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  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Perfect Day at CocoCay
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    St. Thomas
  • Day 5
    St. Maarten
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Miami

Symphony of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

The range of activities, restaurants and lounges make it a highly customizable ship

Cons

If you choose to indulge in specialty dining, you'll pay a premium

Bottom Line

Royal Caribbean has taken the best features of its most popular ship class and improved upon them


Cruise Reviews

We booked this cruise well in advance after accidentally hearing about this once in a lifetime cruise with President Michael Bayley on their newest, biggest ship. It did not disappoint. We expected a great celebration and special events, ... Read More
We booked this cruise well in advance after accidentally hearing about this once in a lifetime cruise with President Michael Bayley on their newest, biggest ship. It did not disappoint. We expected a great celebration and special events, but we did not envision that every day would be another surprise. Mr. Bayley was very accessible throughout the ship and conducted a question answer session that went for about two hours in a packed theatre. Drawings were held for quite fantastic prizes like free airfare and cruises, as well special logo merchandise commemorating this special cruise event. We even voted on the next years presidents cruise! Each night in our cabin we were surprised with a free gift such as logo caps, beach towels, fleece blankets and even a retro coupon book like used to be used instead of adding specials onto your Sea Pass card. These were all top quality gifts, nothing cheap here. All of the crew seemed pretty excited about being part of this event and many additional crew who normally work shoreside were onboard as well. Pinnacle members were treated to a special luncheon on shore in San Juan at the historic former casino building, a private dinner at the Solarium Bistro, as well as a concert by Hall and Oates on the last night. This was followed by a really wonderful fireworks display for all from the private RCI island Coco Cay, while we remained docked there after sunset. As if all these special events weren't enough, all of the regular entertainment was indeed super. Two ice shows, two aqua theatre shows, the production show "Flight" and the Broadway musical "Hairspray" were presented. The high divers and synchronized swimmers in the second aqua show were fantastic and the special effects in "Flight" were some I have never seen before on a cruise ship. This was one cruise where the event was the event. The massive balloon drops in the Royal Promenade completed the celebration of a truly one time cruise. At least until next years? Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
RCCL always delivers the best all around experience. Symphony, the newest Oasis class ship, offers the very best entertainment of any line. The water show Hiro, in the outdoor aqua theater, is absolutely thrilling and amazing. Best part, ... Read More
RCCL always delivers the best all around experience. Symphony, the newest Oasis class ship, offers the very best entertainment of any line. The water show Hiro, in the outdoor aqua theater, is absolutely thrilling and amazing. Best part, it appeals to any age passenger. The professional ice show surpasses any I've seen on land, and the Broadway production of Hairspray was top quality, and another "do not miss" was the main theater production of a show called "Flight". Through music, costumes, dance, and AMAZING technical aspects, the audience experiences the entire history of "flight". Again, a show that surprises, amazes, and appeals to any age passenger. The range of activities on RCCL Oasis class ships is nearly endless, from a full size carousel, to 17 deck high zip line to rock climbing, that is only the beginning of the choices on the Symphony. The promenade, main indoor area of the ship has a "mall like" atmosphere with parties, parades, plenty of shopping and many eating and drinking choices. The outdoor "boardwalk" area features Johnny Rockets and a wonderful sports bar called Playmakers which rivals any found on land. Short comings on Symphony were limited and could be overcome. One of the most frustrating aspects on any RCCL ship is the number of times you are given information and then, when you comply, are given exactly the OPPOSITE information or direction by another employee. I find this maddening on almost all RCCL ships. Cabin service is over all excellent, but, over the years it seems to me the number of new ships coming into service must be cutting the time shorter for proper training of cabin attendants. Most try VERY hard, but several in my party on the 11-02-19 cruise had personable, but rather poorly trainer, attendants. The hotel desk on EVERY RCCL ship employs (apparently ?) the most haughty, superior acting, personnel they can find. On this cruise I was told my refundable deposit could NOT be applied back to my credit card because it was "not on file". Of course this was ridiculous; I travel on RCCL often and always use the same card, an RCCL Visa. When I returned from my cabin WITH the card I had been asked to go get, stood in line a second time, and was told by a very haughty and superior young woman "WHY in the world did you bring THAT ?" When I explained, she (with a very patronizing voice and continence) said, "MADAM, we do NOT give refundable OBC back on credit cards, that is done in CASH". I had never found that true previously ! I decided to wait a day and try another employee. Next afternoon, another superior acting (and also bored looking) hotel desk clerk "barked" at ME, "what ever gave you THAT idea" when I relayed that I understood refundable OBC can no longer be put back on a guest's credit card. I simply replied, " what gave me THAT idea is your employee working the a.m. shift yesterday" ! While other areas of the ship employ people who are exceptionally friendly and helpful, the hotel desk's continue to employ the most superior acting individuals I have met at any hotel. While I love RCCL for the over all experience, the company needs to consult with Disney as to how to select and train employees for front desk hotel and ship hotel desks ! Food on Symphony was very acceptable for such a huge ship. Plenty of variety, much more than on NCL ships for sure, and of average quality. Some brands of products are very poor, lots of nice breakfast choices in waffles and pancakes, but the syrup is EXTREMELY poor, nothing more than high fructose corn syrup in several forms ! No actual maple syrup is even available when asked for ! Yogurt is also very poor quality. But most dishes are very good, though warning, the chefs have a VERY heavy hand on the salt in these days when heavy use of salt is frowned on. Perhaps allowing passengers to use salt to taste at the table would be a better choice ! The embarkation and debarkation could not have been faster or easier, though the port terminal in Miami is beautiful but really crowded due to extreme traffic congestion. Our driver spent over an hour just trying to enter the terminal to pick us up, and then had to make additional circles once in. The cabin, a boardwalk balcony, was small but efficiently planned. The bed was comfortable, however, be aware if you are sailing solo, the two twin beds will be pushed together with a huge uncomfortable gap in the middle of your "mattress" and NO memory foam toppers are available. Therefore, you will always have to adjust to a narrow twin bed. The balcony is extremely small, probably 50 sq. feet or less, but holds two chairs and a table that is nice for a.m. coffee and pastry while watching the open ocean and the activity down on the boardwalk. Physical activities are so numerous and geared to every age. Enrichment and cultural activities are almost non existent. All discussions are limited to selling, nothing really enriching or learning. There are no port talks (other than where to shop, shop, shop) on cultural or historical aspects, no cooking demonstrations or lessons, no craft or computer lab instruction, the ships is geared to high energy physical activity and the magnificent water parks, slides, etc. Photo department was a disaster ! The last night there was over an hour wait to purchase previously order photos ! The space is limited and the line went well into other venues. Also, no order or organization, as if it was a "surprise" that many people would be picking up photos on the last night ! ? Two individuals I know had photos delivered to their cabin. NEITHER recognized any of the photos or the individuals in the photos ! Something is wrong here, a photo department if one of the biggest money makers on a ship, again, though I am very "loyal to royal", they could take a major lesson from how Disney handles photo organization and sales on their ships. Coco Cay, the RCCL island, has been completely "revolutionized". Absolutely outstanding ! The food facilities are really exceptional ! ! Clean, glassed in kitchen/prep area, nice, new, and clean tables in the eating area, and actual hand sinks to wash hands, not just hand sanitizer dispensers. Also RCCL HONORS the drink packages their guests have purchased, something most cruise lines do NOT do. They shamelessly charge guests for drinks on their islands, even though they have already extracted some $600 to $800 dollars PLUS 18% tax for drinks ! Kudoos to RCCL for not following this shameful practice ! Every detail has been carefully thought out on the island, I even saw beach wheelchairs, and a tram comes right down the quay and picks up passengers just steps from the gangway and take them to the tram station where they can transfer to another tram that circles the island. Great accessibility for infirm and disabled. Did not travel with children this time, but the children's facilities on Symphony and other Oasis class ships are beyond anything I have ever seen on any ship, nearly an entire "school", complete with auditorium, science lab, and classrooms. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We booked the President Cruise to attend the Hall and Oats concert live. We are diamond members and were told on the ship that we could not attend the live concert due to high demand. You would think if Royal was Loyal to their customers ... Read More
We booked the President Cruise to attend the Hall and Oats concert live. We are diamond members and were told on the ship that we could not attend the live concert due to high demand. You would think if Royal was Loyal to their customers they would add a extra show. This is not rocket science just good customer service. and planning. Poor planning and customer service made for a bad experience. On this cruise, all the specialty restaurants are booked and all the shows are overcrowded. The shows are outstanding if you can get in. Food was good and we have a nice cabin and a great room steward who is very attentive. Generally not a relaxing vacation as there is a fair amount of stress with not getting into these events. This will be our last President s Cruise. It’s just not worth the effort and was no way special. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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