Royal Caribbean to Showcase New Cruise Ship With Interactive London Pop-up Experience

February 1, 2018
Symphony of the Senses Ball Pit Family Suite

(12:01 a.m. GMT) -- Dubbed "Symphony of the Senses," an immersive, interactive pop-up experience will give potential new cruisers a glimpse of what it will be like to sail on Royal Caribbean's newest megaship, Symphony of the Seas.

The event highlights several of the vessel's offerings, with corridors mimicking the LED-laden 10-deck Ultimate Abyss slide; an adult-sized rotating ball pit that ties in with the ship's family suites; a faux jungle with a costumed guide who touts Royal Caribbean's variety of shore excursions; a room with a giant pinata and mariachi band to showcase El Loca Fresh, a new Mexican restaurant; a dressing room where an actress portraying Tracy Turnblad teaches participants a brief song-and-dance number from "Hairspray," which will be performed onboard; and a room made entirely of giant sweets. Figure out the combination to the fairy's treasure chest, and she'll give you candy you can actually eat -- similar to that found in the sweet shop in the ship's Boardwalk neighbourhood.

Symphony of the Senses Mariachi Band and Giant Pinata

The experience, previewed Thursday by members of the media and social influencers from various countries across the UK and Europe, is open to the public at Victoria House in the Holborn area of London Friday and Saturday, 2-3 February.

Although tickets for Friday were snatched up in 10 hours, free walk-in slots are still available for Saturday.

The experience accommodates six people at a time and takes 30 minutes to complete. The cruise line says it expects about 400 people to take part in the event over its two-day run. During the experience, visitors are encouraged to snap photos and post them to social media for a chance to win a cruise for four on the new ship.

Debuting in March, 5,479-passenger Symphony of the Seas will also feature seven neighbourhoods, a laser tag arena, three waterslides, multiple FlowRider surf simulators, a new seafood restaurant, two-deck loft suites and more than a dozen bars.

--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor