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We had been on the Harmony in the Mediterranean and loved it, so when it came time to choose a special occasion trip for the family we decided on the Symphony. We had Grandparents, parents and kids (3,6,11,14) and need something that would appeal to everyone. The new RCCL terminal is gorgeous and check in was easy and fast. Two families stayed each in a Grand suite ( the grandparents had one and a family of four had another using the comfortable pull out sofa for the parents and separating the big bed into two for the little ones but the family with teens wanted two cabins because they wanted two bathrooms. They chose a balcony cabin and a Central park view cabin directly across from them for the teens and were very satisfied. But this made dinners complicated. Except for one dinner in Izumi ( the best Hibachi chef ever) and one in Chops Grill, also excellent, we ate dinner separately. The adults tried Hooked for lunch and loved it ( a good price $19 per for lunch) for delicious seafood and El Loco Fresh (self-serve free Mexican). Coastal kitchen is OK, the food often strange with breakfast and lunch menus never changing and the dinners just acceptable. The service in the suite dining room is disorganized and you can wait forever for a coffee refill. One excellent server (Cecil) stood out. The Concierge Ruhel e-mailed me before the cruise and was wonderfully helpful. We loved the setting and the new ship is just beautiful. My daughter was very happy with the kids club and used it in the morning for a break. In the afternoon the kiddie pool was fun. RCCL now provided lifeguards and swim vests ( excellent). The older kids did everything, zip line, The Abyss slide ,the water slides, basketball, ping pong, ice skating etc. We love suite class. We made reservations in advance for all the entertainment so we could sit together even though half of us could waltz in. For good seats you need to arrive when the venue opens a half hour before the show. Hairspray was fabulous and I saw it twice!! I had seen it on Broadway and I think this cast was just as good. The dancers were extremely talented. The Ice skating show was good but the sound was so loud it hurt your ears. I didn't like the Aqua show ( just me) as it was a lot of stomping around and fighting, although the performers were obviously talented. The two comics who did a late night adult show in the Attic were very funny. Our room was beautiful, spotless with a good number of outlets.. and two televisions. The bathroom was enormous with two sinks. The bathtub/shower was impossible to get out of without falling. A suite should have a walk in shower. The lounges on the balcony were comfortable. The only excursion we took was in Nassau - Deluxe beach break. There was nothing deluxe about it. Half the ship went on three crowded ferries. It took 45 minutes to get there and two hours later we had to go back. Unless you hurry off the ship and make the first ferry you won't get a lounge chair anywhere near the water. The lunch was OK, the people pleasant. 4 small bottles of water cost $13+. They drop you off in town and it is a very very long walk back to the ship in the blazing sun. Everyone had a good time, the weather was beautiful and the ship unbelievable.

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Symphony of the Seas Cruise Review by Travelartist16

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom
We had been on the Harmony in the Mediterranean and loved it, so when it came time to choose a special occasion trip for the family we decided on the Symphony. We had Grandparents, parents and kids (3,6,11,14) and need something that would appeal to everyone. The new RCCL terminal is gorgeous and check in was easy and fast. Two families stayed each in a Grand suite ( the grandparents had one and a family of four had another using the comfortable pull out sofa for the parents and separating the big bed into two for the little ones but the family with teens wanted two cabins because they wanted two bathrooms. They chose a balcony cabin and a Central park view cabin directly across from them for the teens and were very satisfied. But this made dinners complicated. Except for one dinner in Izumi ( the best Hibachi chef ever) and one in Chops Grill, also excellent, we ate dinner separately. The adults tried Hooked for lunch and loved it ( a good price $19 per for lunch) for delicious seafood and El Loco Fresh (self-serve free Mexican). Coastal kitchen is OK, the food often strange with breakfast and lunch menus never changing and the dinners just acceptable. The service in the suite dining room is disorganized and you can wait forever for a coffee refill. One excellent server (Cecil) stood out. The Concierge Ruhel e-mailed me before the cruise and was wonderfully helpful. We loved the setting and the new ship is just beautiful.

My daughter was very happy with the kids club and used it in the morning for a break. In the afternoon the kiddie pool was fun. RCCL now provided lifeguards and swim vests ( excellent). The older kids did everything, zip line, The Abyss slide ,the water slides, basketball, ping pong, ice skating etc. We love suite class. We made reservations in advance for all the entertainment so we could sit together even though half of us could waltz in. For good seats you need to arrive when the venue opens a half hour before the show. Hairspray was fabulous and I saw it twice!! I had seen it on Broadway and I think this cast was just as good. The dancers were extremely talented. The Ice skating show was good but the sound was so loud it hurt your ears. I didn't like the Aqua show ( just me) as it was a lot of stomping around and fighting, although the performers were obviously talented. The two comics who did a late night adult show in the Attic were very funny.

Our room was beautiful, spotless with a good number of outlets.. and two televisions. The bathroom was enormous with two sinks. The bathtub/shower was impossible to get out of without falling. A suite should have a walk in shower. The lounges on the balcony were comfortable.

The only excursion we took was in Nassau - Deluxe beach break. There was nothing deluxe about it. Half the ship went on three crowded ferries. It took 45 minutes to get there and two hours later we had to go back. Unless you hurry off the ship and make the first ferry you won't get a lounge chair anywhere near the water. The lunch was OK, the people pleasant. 4 small bottles of water cost $13+. They drop you off in town and it is a very very long walk back to the ship in the blazing sun.

Everyone had a good time, the weather was beautiful and the ship unbelievable.
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Cabin Review

Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom
Cabin GS 7650
Large, lovely suite with nice balcony with two comfy lounges and a table with two chairs. Big bathroom with two sinks. Bathtub shower combo dangerous to get in and out of. Be very careful. Plenty of outlets and huge amount of storage. Good location, easy access to elevators. Very clean and comfortable. Only a few bottles of water provided, then you have to pay. You can try to bring some down from the Coastal Kitchen although it is frowned on. Great suite amenities ( especially leaving the ship and beating the crowds)
Deck 14 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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