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RCCL's new embarkation process at their new terminal in Miami is nothing less than state of the art and smooth. Prior to arrival, we completed the necessary check-in, uploaded photos of passport and picture ID. A bar code was created and we needed to show the barcode and Passport for boarding. We had a short wait in the lounge prior to our time being called and boarded. NO room keys were given at check-in. Keys were in an envelope on the outside of the cabin when cabins were released for occupancy around 1:30 pm. The cabin we had (J4) Junior Suite had a nice sized walk-in closet, bathroom with tub/ shower and a spacious balcony. There was far more storage in the cabin than the two of us could have filled for a 7-night cruise. Our Cabin, 9226, was located mid-ship on the port side. With having 5,500 passengers aboard, it was rare to feel like you were packed onto a ship. With so many dining options, the Windjammer around 12/ 12:30 on sea days was about the only time you really saw a long line for dining. The Diamond Lounge (for those Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle) is located on Deck 4 next to Studio B (the ice rink) and the Main Theater. There are also a couple other smaller club venues in the area. No windows, seating for about 60 and also very crowded at the start of their happy hour/ open bar service. Debarkation, we did self-assist, started around 7:30 am. It was a very quick and painless process to exit and through customs if you had a passport. Friends traveling with me had a birth certificate and Driver's license. They took a little longer to get through, but less than 15 minutes total. KEY ADVISE: Book your shows, dates and times prior to sailing. The final night, there were over 300 people in line for the stand-by seats for the aqua theater show.

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Symphony of the Seas Cruise Review by GSBrockman

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RCCL's new embarkation process at their new terminal in Miami is nothing less than state of the art and smooth. Prior to arrival, we completed the necessary check-in, uploaded photos of passport and picture ID. A bar code was created and we needed to show the barcode and Passport for boarding. We had a short wait in the lounge prior to our time being called and boarded. NO room keys were given at check-in. Keys were in an envelope on the outside of the cabin when cabins were released for occupancy around 1:30 pm.

The cabin we had (J4) Junior Suite had a nice sized walk-in closet, bathroom with tub/ shower and a spacious balcony. There was far more storage in the cabin than the two of us could have filled for a 7-night cruise. Our Cabin, 9226, was located mid-ship on the port side.

With having 5,500 passengers aboard, it was rare to feel like you were packed onto a ship. With so many dining options, the Windjammer around 12/ 12:30 on sea days was about the only time you really saw a long line for dining.

The Diamond Lounge (for those Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle) is located on Deck 4 next to Studio B (the ice rink) and the Main Theater. There are also a couple other smaller club venues in the area. No windows, seating for about 60 and also very crowded at the start of their happy hour/ open bar service.

Debarkation, we did self-assist, started around 7:30 am. It was a very quick and painless process to exit and through customs if you had a passport. Friends traveling with me had a birth certificate and Driver's license. They took a little longer to get through, but less than 15 minutes total.

KEY ADVISE: Book your shows, dates and times prior to sailing. The final night, there were over 300 people in line for the stand-by seats for the aqua theater show.
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Junior Suite
Cabin J4 9226
The cabin is located mid-ship on the port side. The room is 1.5 times larger than the standard balcony cabin with lots of storage and features a walk-in closet and bathroom with shower/ tub combination. The JS is part of the Royal Suite class and has the added perks of the Sea Class Suites. Our Cabin Stew, Eddie, was amazing. We never really saw him. The room was refreshed quickly and sometimes we had no idea how he got in and out so quickly when running to grab a cup of coffee or a short walk.
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