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Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas

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Passengers: 5,518   |   Crew: 2,200
Passengers to crew: 2.51:1
Passengers to space: 41.3:1
Launched: 2018   

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  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 8
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  Ocean View (2N)  
  Ocean View (1N)  
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Cabin size: 182 - 272 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 323
Accessible rooms: 32
Maximum passengers: 6
Number of cabins: 1796
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Senior traveler wrote a review Jun 2024
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We totally agree with some of the travelers. Adventure Ocean was total disappointment. We are Diamond Plus members. This is the 1-st time that we hear so many negative reviews about their Adventure Ocean. Stuff was very rude and not accommodating. We took our 5-year-old granddaughter there only once and after that, we entertained her ourselves. Ship has a lot of activities, without the kids' club. (Really terrible for her age group).
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Ilene A wrote a review Jun 2024
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This was my first cruise. The ship is beautiful. Our cabin on deck 9 aft was comfortable and spacious. There is plenty of closet and drawer space for 2 people who overpacked for a one week cruise. Loved the balcony with ocean view. The food is good and plentiful. The buffets get crowded and it’s difficult to find a table. The Slarium buffet is not as bad and more pleasant.. If you don’t need to drink sodas or alcohol there are enough options included. You are allowed one bottle of wine per adult in carry on. There is always music and fun. The shows are beyond amazing and Hairspray is Broadway quality. There is a fun ice skating show choreographed around a story. The skaters I believe to be Russian. The other shows great. Lots of fre entertainment. Pools are crowded, a new concept just find a spot to hang out, people being served alcohol in the pool. Coco Cay private island great. Safe! Fun! We spent a little extra to go to the adults only Hideaway Bay. Many chaise lounges with umbrellas around the aqua blue lagoon. The pool area is one huge party for all ages over 18. There is the covered swim up bar, there’s a DJ, everyone happy, beach balls bouncing back and forth. A young woman spraying champagne at guests in the pool. There are nice restrooms. A walk up lunch restaurant with nice meal selections, walk up bars, soft ice cream. I’m sure the rest of the island is just as much fu. There is a section that is good for families with kids no extra fee. There is for extra fees a water park, hot air balloon and other activities. One of the highlights of the cruise is the crew! They are the nicest, friendliest, aim to please people ever!
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Travelbuggy2019 wrote a review Jun 2024
Connecticut31 contributions7 helpful votes
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Pros: Entertainment: Spectacular! Hairspray, Flight, the ice skating and water shows were all fantastic. Music and dancing: The lounge performances were excellent. The cast of Hairspray sang Broadway tunes one night and there were two other great bands that performed. There was great music everywhere! Activities: there is something to do every hour- you’ll never get bored. Karaoke, fun love and marriage shows, trivia, Pickleball, just a lot to always do. On our last afternoon we watched the water show, Aqua Nation rehearse and that was incredible! Ship: huge, impressive, fun to walk around. Loved stopping in the cafe in Central Park. Watching the sunset on Deck 15. Food: I loved the variety in the Windjammer. Service: Impeccable. Tip well. (Shout-out to Alan, our wonderful room attendant on Deck 9 aft) Cons: Solarium: tiny pool where too many people stood in with drinks. The solarium is huge and there’s more than enough room to have an actual adult pool. It was so disappointing. Also, it’s like being in a greenhouse. There was no shade and it was too hot and uncomfortable to stay in. Smoking: The smoking section is very large and right by one of the main pools. We had to walk around a different way to avoid it but the smoke wafted over that entire side. They should not be allowed to smoke in such a popular area. Piano stairs: Ok, this is probably a random complaint but there is a stairwell by the Windjammer that plays one of two sad, morose piano pieces 24/7. (One is Romance Anonimo which I used to love). It speeds up or slows down depending on how you walk on the steps. They should have cheery, upbeat music instead! Overall: Huge, beautiful ship that’s fun to explore, great shows, non-stop activities, liked the food, excellent service, no adult pool, crowded, hot solarium, big smoking area.
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Dr. D wrote a review May 2024
Boynton Beach, Florida18 contributions1 helpful vote
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This is a review of Symphony of the Seas. But, I want to give a shout out to Oasis of the Seas for making me want to go on another Royal Caribbean ship only a couple of months later. Symphony is beautiful! I loved just walking around and discovering different things to do, artwork and live music. There is beautiful artwork all over the ship. There is always live music from noon to night. The pool deck, the main promenade and central park are some of the places where you can find some-not to mention some of the bars feature live musicians as well. I said the same thing for Oasis of the Seas- the ship itself is a destination. The ports are just a bonus… The activities: My mom and I only slept 3-4 hours a night trying to get to as many activities, events as possible. We loved all of them! There was one day that we missed nearly all of the events we wanted to go to. Tip: Jamaica is 1 hour behind (certain times of year?) and my phone was set to Jamaican time until the next day around 4PM. Because of that I missed some of the things I wanted us to attend, however we ended up stumbling into a carnival on the boardwalk. The scene: Balloon twisting, cotton candy, carousel, live band, cupcakes and more. So much fun. Another thing we stumbled upon was the belly flop competition on the pool deck. It was hysterical. In addition to that we caught the live Caribbean band a few times at the pool deck and they were fantastic! We did do karaoke the first night as my mom loves to sing and it was a great venue for that. This was just a sampling of the events that we attended. They also have trivia, gameshows, scavenger hunts, disco parties and much more. The Solarium/Adults only section: Loved this. We hung out here mostly because it was just the two of us with no kids. It’s a beautiful space. I wish the pool was a little bigger in here but otherwise I enjoyed this area. Watching the views as we sailed away from one of the sky decks there was beautiful too. The Stateroom: It was a nice room with a big window. We were right over the gangway so that was kinda funny, but we enjoyed the room. Enough closet and drawer space. The only thing I’d wish they had in the rooms were more hooks/edges so there is a place to hang wet bathing suits and such. The stateroom attendant was great. We had to ask for a few things and he brought us whatever we needed. The shows: We saw Hiro which was the Aqua show. This included diving, tight rope walkers and dancers. It was great! I liked the Aqua show a little better on the Oasis just because there was more diving in that particular show and I am partial to swimmers/divers. But it was still very entertaining. What a cool concept. You just gotta see it. The ice-skating show: 1977 plus the Iskate 2.0. Wow!! Such talented skaters/athletes. The choreography, the music and the stage settings all were fantastic. Highly entertaining. The Broadway show on this ship is Hairspray and WOW. This surprised me. I heard great reviews and it really lived up to the hype. The entertainers were just fabulous. I would see all of the shows again. Also, did not get a chance to see the Flight show, but I heard good reviews. The Food and Service: The food was great overall. Some things I liked more than others, but the great thing is if you don’t care for something too much you can go to a variety of complimentary places such as the Windjammer, the Solarium, Sorrentos pizza, the Mexican restaurant on the pool deck and more so you won’t go hungry and there is something for everyone! The main dining room: I really liked some of the dishes such as the escargot and others were just so so. Again, you can ask for whatever you want if you do not care for something or if you love something you can order it again. I really liked the breakfast at Windjammer. We went to try it for dinner once (on the last night) but it was so crowded we decided to go somewhere else. Not sure if it was just because it was the last night. The Solarium bistro was beautiful inside. It is buffet style. The food is great, if you like Mediterranean. My only recommendation would be to change the plates that the food is served on because they are hot plates and it’s hard to pick up with the pie like utensil that they put out to grab your individual hot dishes on the buffet. I really liked the lamb, fish and desserts. The baklava I absolutely loved. We did one upgraded dining: Wonderland. This was a great experience. The food was super unique. They brought us out a lot of appetizers/tapas to start. Then we picked our main dish. Then the dessert. I really enjoyed most of the items and was always left wondering what it all was and how they made it which I found to be fun. The dessert was the highlight! You just got to try it, I thought they could have done a little better job with the concept experience. Maybe telling some kind of story or being more interactive with the theme, but other than that the staff was great. It’s nice that you can see the Aqua theater from there. When we were dining, we saw them practicing. However, I’d recommend they take at least 1 of the tables away from the window so you can have an even better view of that! Miscellaneous: I am a big fan of Jacuzzis, so I was in at least one of them daily. I would recommend, if possible, to have the timer of the jets go more than just 10 minutes or so. We had to keep pressing the button. This is minor, of course, but not sure why it’s on just a short timer. The same on the Oasis, not sure why you cannot hear the captains’ announcements from the stateroom. Wondering if this is just how it is on all ships.. Final comments: Overall, the crew was fantastic and friendly. We were very pleased with the experience. Lots of great times and memories. The crew and the amount of excitement and entertainment has me ready to get back on the next cruise and I would choose the Symphony of the Seas again!
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Shanessa M wrote a review Apr 2024
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We just sailed on 4/20/2024. We had a group of over 30 people on this trip to celebrate my sister's wedding. I had 300 dollars worth of royal caribbean gifts cards to use. I called ahead of time and was directed to redeem them once on the ship. Once I got on the ship, prior to setting sail, I was told by guest services that I could no longer redeem the gift cards, they need to be redeemed prior to the trip! Next I spoke to multiple people at headquarters by phone and email. Two separate people assured me it would be taken care of and credited to the account by 4/22/24. It never was. I had to email customer service 3 times over the next 4 days to just get a response. (Which, by the way, costs atleast $230 to use the internet on the cruise in the first place) Our group altogether probably spent atleast 80k combined on this trip and they want to be petty about 300 dollars worth of gift cards. So they are receiving this petty 1-star review for an otherwise decent vacation. Oh yeah, and make sure you take your own luggage down because they broke all the wheels off my brand new suitcase.
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