Symphony of the Seas Review

2 Bedroom Grand Suite - ‘Two Worlds Collide’

Review for the Western Mediterranean Cruise on Symphony of the Seas
First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Aug 2023
Traveled with children

Where do I start? This was our first ever cruise. We decided to push the boat out and book a 2 Bedroom Grand Suite for a week. Worked out at €14,000 including gratuities so not cheap. We enjoyed it, but learned some lessons along the way. Would we go again? Probably.

The Mediterranean isn’t the best destination in the world for a ship like Symphony because the ports are miles away from the places they purport to be. It’s Ryanair-esque. Civitavecchia, for example, is 90 mins, at best, from Rome. That’s 3 hours of travelling, nevermind the waiting around time. The ports tend to be dodgy looking industrial places nowhere near the actual destinations.

Our cabin was lovely. The service generally was very good. However, there is an annoying aspect to the ‘pay extra’ restaurants. The staff harass you at the end of the night to leave ‘good reviews out of 10 at the end of the week’. One staff member told me that unless she gets 9s and 10s, she has to work seven days in a row and doesn’t get time off.

Cabin Review

The cabin is really nice and great for families with the two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

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