The official arrival of Symphony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean‘s next ship, is fast approaching and the excitement for 2018 is seriously setting in.

We know it’ll knock Harmony of the Seas off the top spot for world’s largest cruise ship, and we know it’ll sail the seas as the ship that’s impossible to miss with its glow-in-the-dark decking.

And with news that Symphony could arrive earlier than the predicted date in April next year, details of the ship’s onboard features have been released!

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“We’re excited to introduce Symphony of the Seas, our boldest composition yet, offering the best of Royal Caribbean with some new surprises for our guests to create a vacation that adventurers of all ages can enjoy together,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.

“We set out to create a new level of vacation adventure and deliver the ultimate escape for families of all shapes and sizes. Symphony will introduce the most cutting-edge, customizable, and digitally-enhanced experiences in the Royal Caribbean fleet.”

Click here to view Symphony’s 2018 sailings, on sale now!

Here is everything you need to know so far on your extra special home away from home…

 

Dazzling Entertainment

Theatre fans will be over the moon to hear that Hairspray will be Symphony‘s Broadway-busting hit musical onboard! The big-hair favourite show will be returning to Royal Caribbean bigger and better than ever so make sure you set aside a night of your cruise for this.

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The AquaTheatre never fails to amaze guests and this time you are promised out-of-this-world acrobatics and unexpected stunts right in front of your eyes. HiRO pushes the limits of you average theatrical production with its cutting-edge technology and jaw-dropping moves!

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You can keep getting lost in another world with show after show onboard Symphony, and it won’t stop at its multimedia ice skating rink onboard either. Time-travelling hero, Tempest, takes him on a new adventure in 1977 London where the challenge is on to catch the thief who stole her Majesty’s Crown Jewels…

Guests can still rely on the old favourites onboard their cruise: Casino Royale is still there for anyone fancying their luck with a martini in their hand, Jazz on Four promises you the most stylish setting for the sensuous sounds that give you some of jazz’s greatest songs, and dance lounges just got spectacular with Dazzles, Central Park’s three-deck disco venue.

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Newest, Freshest Restaurants

Hooked will serve Symphony

guests the freshest sea food, from raw bar favourites to fresh fish. There’ll be a wide selection of shucked oysters, grilled fish and crab claws for the real seafood fans.

El Lco Fresh is for the Mexican lovers who are on the hunt for spicy, wild flavours. The classics will of course be on offer, from chicken enchiladas to tacos and beef burritos, with the mind-blowing sides of guacamole and tangy salsa verde.

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Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade combines competition with mealtime so head here if you’re thinking about winning. You can watch your favourite team on screen or take to the arcade yourself with burgers, fries, popcorn shrimp, wings and ice cold beer on tap!

Sugar Beach is the spot to head to if you’re the one with the sweet tooth. Immerse yourself in all your favourite sweets, confections and ice cream with every flavour under the sun.

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Royal Caribbean fans don’t need to be too worried however; you can still rely on some old favourites to return! Expect to see Jamie’s Italian, Chops Grille, 150 Central Park, Wonderland, Izumi, Johnny Rockets and Sorrento’s around Symphony.

 

The Ultimate Suite Life

Families looking to sail with Symphony will be happy to hear about it featuring the world’s most adventurous and interactive family suite…

This is a dream come true for kids of every age as the two-level Ultimate Family Suite is next generation, offering eye-popping features like an exclusive slide from the kid’s only bedroom to the living room below, a floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall, an air-hockey table and hidden nooks for chilling.

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It’ll be better than any cabin before with its separate 3D movie theatre-style TV room, complete with a popcorn machine and a library of video games across multiple gaming systems.

The adults won’t be able to deny their family this 212-square-foot wraparound balcony that boasts a bumper pool table, a climbing experience and a full-size whirlpool for the sea views you really go on a cruise for!

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Families of up to eight can fit in the suite across two bedrooms, and the ultimate service comes with it as you will have your own personal Royal Genie to take care of every need.

 

Selfie Check-In

We’ve all been hearing of the latest technological innovations launching on cruise ships left, right and centre but with Symphony, you’ll enjoy a redesigned check-in experience that means none of the usual queues that delay you boarding…

Your new check-in will instead involve a combination of facial recognition and bar codes so you’ll be boarding quickly with no problems whatsoever.

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Just download Royal’s mobile app and upload your security selfie to create your onboard account in your own time from the comfort of your own home. Upon arrival, you’ll just go through a simple security screening before heading straight to your stateroom where your key will be waiting.

And Royal Caribbean happily offers you VOOM, the fastest internet at sea to ensure you can stay connected to loved ones at home or any online browsing you fancy doing at your leisure!

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Symphony of the Seas is set to be the 25th ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleetand is due to set sail in April 2018, kicking off a summer season in the Mediterranean and calling on ports in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; and Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy.

November 24th 2018 marks the day the 5,475-passenger ship will make Miami, FL her year-round home, sailing 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages from the state-of-the-art new Terminal A at PortMiami.

Click here to view Symphony’s 2018 sailings, on sale now!

 

What do you think of Symphony so far? Are you itching to get onboard and discover the world’s largest cruise ship for itself? Have you sailed with Harmony of the Seas or any other Royal ships? Leave us your comments!

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