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We traveled with friends and wanted to experience the largest cruse ship. The evening entertainment was excellent and the food was good. Then only down side was the need for reservations for almost everything, including anytime dinning, and the long waits for elevators. The highlights was the play Hairspray, and lobster night in the dining hall. They only use tiny paper straws so expect your milkshake from Johnny Rockets to be very runny, and avoid slush drinks. The TV programming was limited but had Fox News, CNN and BBC but I missed financial news such as CNBC or Fox Business. The service was fast in the dining hall. Both times we had dinner, we arrived at 6 PM and left before 7:30 PM to easily make our entertainment reservations. We were recognized for being Gold or better Crown club members with a diving show and champagne which was nice. Embarking and disembarking was very fast with no waiting which was surprising considering the number of passengers. I did noticed that compared to my cruise on the Allure, Royal is employing a lot of small cost cutting measures such as no pens in the state room, somewhat lame celebrations on the Boardwalk, no gifts for birthdays or anniversary's, and little food variation on the day to day menus. also, the public bathrooms are few and hard to find. Also, although the app is very good when it works, write down your reservations because the app would sometimes loose everything for several hours and you may not remember your next event.

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Symphony of the Seas Cruise Review by jelly.roll

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Central Park View Balcony
We traveled with friends and wanted to experience the largest cruse ship. The evening entertainment was excellent and the food was good. Then only down side was the need for reservations for almost everything, including anytime dinning, and the long waits for elevators. The highlights was the play Hairspray, and lobster night in the dining hall. They only use tiny paper straws so expect your milkshake from Johnny Rockets to be very runny, and avoid slush drinks. The TV programming was limited but had Fox News, CNN and BBC but I missed financial news such as CNBC or Fox Business. The service was fast in the dining hall. Both times we had dinner, we arrived at 6 PM and left before 7:30 PM to easily make our entertainment reservations. We were recognized for being Gold or better Crown club members with a diving show and champagne which was nice. Embarking and disembarking was very fast with no waiting which was surprising considering the number of passengers. I did noticed that compared to my cruise on the Allure, Royal is employing a lot of small cost cutting measures such as no pens in the state room, somewhat lame celebrations on the Boardwalk, no gifts for birthdays or anniversary's, and little food variation on the day to day menus. also, the public bathrooms are few and hard to find. Also, although the app is very good when it works, write down your reservations because the app would sometimes loose everything for several hours and you may not remember your next event.
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Central Park View Balcony
Cabin 2J 245
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