Like sister ship Harmony of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas will carry 5,479 passengers, making it slightly larger than its 5,400-passenger classmates Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. (All four ships are part of the line's Oasis Class, despite their size differences.)

Oasis-class ships are categorized by their vast size and neighborhood layout, a concept first introduced on Oasis of the Seas in 2009.

A few quick highlights

  • Redesigned Boardwalk with arcade games
  • Laser tag arena
  • Full-scale stage production of "Hairspray"
  • Three water slides, the sheer-drop Ultimate Abyss and multiple FlowRiders

Restaurants and Bars

Many of Royal Caribbean's most popular restaurants will be onboard Symphony of the Seas including Sorrento's, Izumi, Johnny Rockets, Chops Grille, 150 Central Park, Wonderland and Jamie's Italian, among others. Two new eateries will also be onboard.

El Loca Fresh will be located in the Deck 15 Sports Zone and focus on quick bites such as tacos and Mexican food to go.

On Deck 16, seafood-lovers will be able to get their fill of New England-inspired fare at Hooked Seafood. The casual venue will feature a menu of fresh seafood and a raw bar, and will be open for lunch and dinner.


Bars

Playmakers Sports Bar (Deck 6): This sports bar will span the length of the Boardwalk and feature more than 30 TVs streaming sports games (such as professional football, college basketball and soccer) and a variety of arcade games including Ms. Pacman and Skeeball. A menu offering craft beer and pub-style fare such as wings and burgers also will be available.

Boleros (Deck 5): A Royal Caribbean staple, Boleros on Symphony is located on the Promenade and features a Latin flare with live music and dancing late into the night. Usually the best spot on a Royal Caribbean ship for a specialty mojito.

English Pub (Deck 5): While this pub is still unnamed, it will be a English pub-style lounge with occasional live music and the best place onboard to grab a beer.

Bionic Bar (Deck 5): Quickly becoming one of Royal Caribbean's most popular bars on its newest ships, the Bionic Bar features "Robot bartenders" making cocktails while shaking their groove thing to music.

Schooner Bar (Deck 6): Another one of Royal's signature bars, this nautically themed piano bar is one of the hottest spots for nightlife onboard.

Vintages (Deck 8): Royal Caribbean's popular wine bar is where you can find wine by the bottle or glass, and an occasional extra-fee tasting event.

Trellis Bar (Deck 8): Royal Caribbean's standard Central Park open-air bar.

Rising Tide Bar (Deck 8): Another Oasis-class signature bar, the elevator-esque Rising Tide Bar moves up and down between the Promenade Deck and Central Park, a three-deck ride.

Dazzles (Deck 8): The ship's nightclub.

Solarium Bar (Deck 15): The Solarium Bar will serve passengers relaxing in the adults-only Solarium.

Pool Bar and Sand Bar (Deck 15): Two poolside bars.

Mast Bar (Deck 16): A Royal Caribbean signature top-deck bar with a view.

Wipe Out Bar (Deck 16): An outdoor bar, located at the tippy-top of the ship and situated perfectly for watching passengers try out the FlowRider surf simulators.


Outdoor Excitement

Symphony of the Seas will have plenty of fun and adrenaline-pumping activities for cruisers on its top decks. There will be multiple FlowRider surf simulators, a sheer drop Ultimate Abyss slide, the three-water slide Perfect Storm attraction, kid-friendly Splashaway Bay splash zone, mini-golf and three pools. 


Cabins

Symphony of the Seas will have many of the usual Royal Caribbean suspects including insides, virtual balcony insides, Promenade- and Central Park-view insides, ocean-views, balconies, and Central Park- and Boardwalk-view balconies. There will also be many types of suites, including the one-of-a-kind Ultimate Family suite.

Junior Suite: This 287-square-foot cabin features a bedroom area with two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, full bathroom with tub, sitting area with sofa bed and an 80-square-foot balcony. (Accessible versions of the same cabin are 390 square feet, with a 107-square-foot balcony.)

Suites

Grand Suite: Two Grand Suite configurations will be available on Symphony of the Seas: a 371-square-foot one-bedroom and a 580-square-foot two-bedroom. In the one-bedroom configuration the bedroom has two twin beds that convert to a Royal King; the cabin also has a full bathroom with tub and two sinks, a living room with sofa bed and a 105-square-foot balcony with seating and dining areas. The two-bedroom variation has two rooms with two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, plus a vanity with chair; one of the bedrooms has two Pullman beds as well, and the living area has a double sofa bed, 238-square-foot balcony, marble entry and entertainment center. There are two bathrooms including a master bath with tub.

Owner's Suite: This one-bedroom suite is 556 square feet and has two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, a bathroom with tub and two sinks, oversized closets, living area with table and sofa and marble entry. The 243-square-foot balcony comes with a table and chairs.

Crown Loft Suite: A two-deck high cabin with panoramic views, a master bedroom with Royal King-sized bed and bathroom on the second level. The main level has a dining area with dry bar, a table/desk, living room with double sofa bed and a guest bathroom with shower. The entire suite is 545 square feet, while the balcony is just 114 square feet. (Accessible versions of the same cabin are 734 square feet, with a 140-square-foot balcony.)

AquaTheater Suite: There are four versions of the AquaTheater suite, which are situated at the end of the Boardwalk overlooking the AquaTheater. One-bedroom varieties come in standard and "spacious" though they're both the same size -- the balcony is actually smaller in the spacious variety (589 square feet vs 631). Both types feature a bedroom area with two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, one bathroom with tub, large closets, and a sitting area with table and sofa bed. The balcony has enough from for seating and dining areas. The two-bedroom version is similar -- a standard is 739 square feet with a 610 square foot balcony and a "spacious" is 823 square feet with a 722-square-foot balcony. Both rooms have a master bedroom with a king-sized bed, a second room with two twin beds that convert to a Royal King and two Pullman beds, a living room with double sofa bed and entertainment center, and a dining room. There are two bathrooms, one a master bath with tub.

Star Loft Suite: This suite is a two-deck-high, 722-square-foot cabin with panoramic views, and a master bedroom (with king-sized bed) and bathroom on the second level. The main level has a dining area with dry bar and living room with double sofa bed. The 410-square-foot balcony has both seating and dining areas.

Villa Suite: The 1,142-square-foot four-bedroom Villa suite has two master bedrooms with king-sized beds; each also has its own master bathroom with tub. Two other bedrooms have two twin beds that convert to a Royal King and two Pullman beds -- only one of these has a bathroom. There's also a dining room with dry bar, living room with double sofa bed, and guest bathroom with shower. The 476-square-foot balcony has a whirlpool, dining area and bar. The suite can sleep up to 14 people, and cruisers must have a group of at least eight to book it.

Ultimate Family Suite: The one-of-a-kind, two-story, 1,134-square-foot suite is a playground for families with a private 3D cinema, air hockey table, a slide from the kids-only bedroom to the living room, popcorn machine, floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall and a 212-square-foot wraparound balcony with a whirlpool, climbing wall and kid-friendly pool table.

Royal Loft Suite: At 1,744 square feet, this suite boasts panoramic views, a master bedroom with king-sized bed, master bathroom with a tub, shower and two sinks, a second bedroom with closet and two twin beds, a dining area with dry bar, living room with sofa bed and a guest bathroom with shower. The 843-square-foot balcony has a whirlpool and dining area. Sleeps up to six.


Entertainment, Public & Spa Spaces

Like all other Oasis-class ships, Symphony of the Seas will feature a neighborhood concept that includes Central Park, the H2O Zone, Kid's Avenue and the Boardwalk. However, the Boardwalk on Symphony is being reimagined with the oversized Playmakers Sports Bar, which will feature a large arcade; also new on the Boardwalk will be Sugar Beach, an expanded version of the candy shop found on other Oasis-class ships. There will still be a few Boardwalk staples including the carousel, a Johnny Rockets, and the Boardwalk Dog House.

Main theater entertainment on Symphony of the Seas will include a full-scale production of "Hairspray," as well as a just-for-Royal Caribbean show called "Flight," a historical satire following the evolution of air travel.

Both the AquaTheater high-diving outdoor theater and Studio B ice rink theater will feature new shows: HiRo (a high-energy acrobatic show) and 1977 (a time-traveling extravaganza), respectively.

Another first for the line will be a laser tag arena; the experience will be located in Studio B and will be glow-in-the-dark and have a galactic theme.

Like sister ship Harmony of the Seas, Symphony will also have a dedicated Puzzle Break escape room, in which participants will have to work together to solve puzzles in order to escape.


Itineraries

Symphony of the Seas will sail Mediterranean itineraries in spring and summer 2018 from Barcelona before heading over to the U.S. in the fall, where it will sail to the Caribbean from Miami.

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By Dori Saltzman
Cruise Critic Senior Editor

Symphony of the Seas Overview

Like sister ship Harmony of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas will carry 5,479 passengers, making it slightly larger than its 5,400-passenger classmates Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. (All four ships are part of the line's Oasis Class, despite their size differences.)

Oasis-class ships are categorized by their vast size and neighborhood layout, a concept first introduced on Oasis of the Seas in 2009.

Find a Symphony of the Seas Cruise

A few quick highlights

  • Redesigned Boardwalk with arcade games
  • Laser tag arena
  • Full-scale stage production of "Hairspray"
  • Three water slides, the sheer-drop Ultimate Abyss and multiple FlowRiders

Restaurants and Bars

Many of Royal Caribbean's most popular restaurants will be onboard Symphony of the Seas including Sorrento's, Izumi, Johnny Rockets, Chops Grille, 150 Central Park, Wonderland and Jamie's Italian, among others. Two new eateries will also be onboard.

El Loca Fresh will be located in the Deck 15 Sports Zone and focus on quick bites such as tacos and Mexican food to go.

On Deck 16, seafood-lovers will be able to get their fill of New England-inspired fare at Hooked Seafood. The casual venue will feature a menu of fresh seafood and a raw bar, and will be open for lunch and dinner.


Bars

Playmakers Sports Bar (Deck 6): This sports bar will span the length of the Boardwalk and feature more than 30 TVs streaming sports games (such as professional football, college basketball and soccer) and a variety of arcade games including Ms. Pacman and Skeeball. A menu offering craft beer and pub-style fare such as wings and burgers also will be available.

Boleros (Deck 5): A Royal Caribbean staple, Boleros on Symphony is located on the Promenade and features a Latin flare with live music and dancing late into the night. Usually the best spot on a Royal Caribbean ship for a specialty mojito.

English Pub (Deck 5): While this pub is still unnamed, it will be a English pub-style lounge with occasional live music and the best place onboard to grab a beer.

Bionic Bar (Deck 5): Quickly becoming one of Royal Caribbean's most popular bars on its newest ships, the Bionic Bar features "Robot bartenders" making cocktails while shaking their groove thing to music.

Schooner Bar (Deck 6): Another one of Royal's signature bars, this nautically themed piano bar is one of the hottest spots for nightlife onboard.

Vintages (Deck 8): Royal Caribbean's popular wine bar is where you can find wine by the bottle or glass, and an occasional extra-fee tasting event.

Trellis Bar (Deck 8): Royal Caribbean's standard Central Park open-air bar.

Rising Tide Bar (Deck 8): Another Oasis-class signature bar, the elevator-esque Rising Tide Bar moves up and down between the Promenade Deck and Central Park, a three-deck ride.

Dazzles (Deck 8): The ship's nightclub.

Solarium Bar (Deck 15): The Solarium Bar will serve passengers relaxing in the adults-only Solarium.

Pool Bar and Sand Bar (Deck 15): Two poolside bars.

Mast Bar (Deck 16): A Royal Caribbean signature top-deck bar with a view.

Wipe Out Bar (Deck 16): An outdoor bar, located at the tippy-top of the ship and situated perfectly for watching passengers try out the FlowRider surf simulators.


Outdoor Excitement

Symphony of the Seas will have plenty of fun and adrenaline-pumping activities for cruisers on its top decks. There will be multiple FlowRider surf simulators, a sheer drop Ultimate Abyss slide, the three-water slide Perfect Storm attraction, kid-friendly Splashaway Bay splash zone, mini-golf and three pools. 


Cabins

Symphony of the Seas will have many of the usual Royal Caribbean suspects including insides, virtual balcony insides, Promenade- and Central Park-view insides, ocean-views, balconies, and Central Park- and Boardwalk-view balconies. There will also be many types of suites, including the one-of-a-kind Ultimate Family suite.

Junior Suite: This 287-square-foot cabin features a bedroom area with two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, full bathroom with tub, sitting area with sofa bed and an 80-square-foot balcony. (Accessible versions of the same cabin are 390 square feet, with a 107-square-foot balcony.)

Suites

Grand Suite: Two Grand Suite configurations will be available on Symphony of the Seas: a 371-square-foot one-bedroom and a 580-square-foot two-bedroom. In the one-bedroom configuration the bedroom has two twin beds that convert to a Royal King; the cabin also has a full bathroom with tub and two sinks, a living room with sofa bed and a 105-square-foot balcony with seating and dining areas. The two-bedroom variation has two rooms with two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, plus a vanity with chair; one of the bedrooms has two Pullman beds as well, and the living area has a double sofa bed, 238-square-foot balcony, marble entry and entertainment center. There are two bathrooms including a master bath with tub.

Owner's Suite: This one-bedroom suite is 556 square feet and has two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, a bathroom with tub and two sinks, oversized closets, living area with table and sofa and marble entry. The 243-square-foot balcony comes with a table and chairs.

Crown Loft Suite: A two-deck high cabin with panoramic views, a master bedroom with Royal King-sized bed and bathroom on the second level. The main level has a dining area with dry bar, a table/desk, living room with double sofa bed and a guest bathroom with shower. The entire suite is 545 square feet, while the balcony is just 114 square feet. (Accessible versions of the same cabin are 734 square feet, with a 140-square-foot balcony.)

AquaTheater Suite: There are four versions of the AquaTheater suite, which are situated at the end of the Boardwalk overlooking the AquaTheater. One-bedroom varieties come in standard and "spacious" though they're both the same size -- the balcony is actually smaller in the spacious variety (589 square feet vs 631). Both types feature a bedroom area with two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, one bathroom with tub, large closets, and a sitting area with table and sofa bed. The balcony has enough from for seating and dining areas. The two-bedroom version is similar -- a standard is 739 square feet with a 610 square foot balcony and a "spacious" is 823 square feet with a 722-square-foot balcony. Both rooms have a master bedroom with a king-sized bed, a second room with two twin beds that convert to a Royal King and two Pullman beds, a living room with double sofa bed and entertainment center, and a dining room. There are two bathrooms, one a master bath with tub.

Star Loft Suite: This suite is a two-deck-high, 722-square-foot cabin with panoramic views, and a master bedroom (with king-sized bed) and bathroom on the second level. The main level has a dining area with dry bar and living room with double sofa bed. The 410-square-foot balcony has both seating and dining areas.

Villa Suite: The 1,142-square-foot four-bedroom Villa suite has two master bedrooms with king-sized beds; each also has its own master bathroom with tub. Two other bedrooms have two twin beds that convert to a Royal King and two Pullman beds -- only one of these has a bathroom. There's also a dining room with dry bar, living room with double sofa bed, and guest bathroom with shower. The 476-square-foot balcony has a whirlpool, dining area and bar. The suite can sleep up to 14 people, and cruisers must have a group of at least eight to book it.

Ultimate Family Suite: The one-of-a-kind, two-story, 1,134-square-foot suite is a playground for families with a private 3D cinema, air hockey table, a slide from the kids-only bedroom to the living room, popcorn machine, floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall and a 212-square-foot wraparound balcony with a whirlpool, climbing wall and kid-friendly pool table.

Royal Loft Suite: At 1,744 square feet, this suite boasts panoramic views, a master bedroom with king-sized bed, master bathroom with a tub, shower and two sinks, a second bedroom with closet and two twin beds, a dining area with dry bar, living room with sofa bed and a guest bathroom with shower. The 843-square-foot balcony has a whirlpool and dining area. Sleeps up to six.


Entertainment, Public & Spa Spaces

Like all other Oasis-class ships, Symphony of the Seas will feature a neighborhood concept that includes Central Park, the H2O Zone, Kid's Avenue and the Boardwalk. However, the Boardwalk on Symphony is being reimagined with the oversized Playmakers Sports Bar, which will feature a large arcade; also new on the Boardwalk will be Sugar Beach, an expanded version of the candy shop found on other Oasis-class ships. There will still be a few Boardwalk staples including the carousel, a Johnny Rockets, and the Boardwalk Dog House.

Main theater entertainment on Symphony of the Seas will include a full-scale production of "Hairspray," as well as a just-for-Royal Caribbean show called "Flight," a historical satire following the evolution of air travel.

Both the AquaTheater high-diving outdoor theater and Studio B ice rink theater will feature new shows: HiRo (a high-energy acrobatic show) and 1977 (a time-traveling extravaganza), respectively.

Another first for the line will be a laser tag arena; the experience will be located in Studio B and will be glow-in-the-dark and have a galactic theme.

Like sister ship Harmony of the Seas, Symphony will also have a dedicated Puzzle Break escape room, in which participants will have to work together to solve puzzles in order to escape.


Itineraries

Symphony of the Seas will sail Mediterranean itineraries in spring and summer 2018 from Barcelona before heading over to the U.S. in the fall, where it will sail to the Caribbean from Miami.

Additional Symphony of the Seas Information

Symphony of the Seas Details
  • Crew: 2,300
  • Launched: 2018
  • Decks: 16
  • Passengers: 5,497
  • Registry: Bahamas
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