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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    St. Kitts
  • Day 5
    St. Thomas
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Nassau
  • Day 8
    Miami

Symphony of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

The range of activities, restaurants and lounges make it a highly customizable ship

Cons

If you choose to indulge in specialty dining, you'll pay a premium

Bottom Line

Royal Caribbean has taken the best features of its most popular ship class and improved upon them


Cruise Reviews

2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We went on the Symphony of the Seas with a group of 8 couples all traveling without our kids. We go on a vacation every two years together and this was our fourth Royal Caribbean cruise as a group. We all flew into Miami the day before and ... Read More
We went on the Symphony of the Seas with a group of 8 couples all traveling without our kids. We go on a vacation every two years together and this was our fourth Royal Caribbean cruise as a group. We all flew into Miami the day before and had a relaxing day at the hotel pool to start the vacation off right. We stayed at the Marriott Biscayne Bay and had a beautiful view of the port. Embarkation was as smooth and easy as everyone says. Terminal A has an excellent system in place. We used the app to check in and we were on the ship within 15 minutes. We usually board early but arrived around 1:00 this time. It was a nice change as we had immediate access to our room and dropped off our carry ons. After a quick freshen up we opened the door to go to lunch and our luggage was already in the hall! We had a 1D balcony room on deck 8 right in the center of the ship. I loved the location and spent a lot of time enjoying the balcony. The rooms are the nicest I’ve seen and there are no complaints about the space. We were able to unpack everything and keep the room looking tidy with all the storage space. One note is that I did bring my own twin mattress topper for my side of the bed as I was worried about the firm mattresses. I think this was the right call and I would do it again. We waited in a short line to get our Wow bands at Boleros. Yes, these are totally worth it for convenience. The staff makes an effort to have the electronic pads available to just tap your band and pay. It works at the towel stand and anyplace you can use your sea pass, including for show reservations. Every part of the ship is beautiful! I made an effort to explore and still didn’t get to see everything. I loved finding all of the imaginative artwork. We mostly ate in the main dining room for dinner. Because of our large group we had late seating at 8:00pm. This meant getting a late afternoon snack of pizza or appetizers at Vintages or elsewhere to tide us over until dinner. Our whole group decided dinner does take a little too long there and I think we will eat there less on future cruises. Most of the group ate dinner at the Windjammer on the last night and thought it was great. The food in the main dining room was fine. Occasionally very good and occasionally not. Trust the wait staff if they question your choice. Every time they tried to sway us to not order something and we did, we realized they were right. We did try most of the included dining places and appreciate being able to find something to eat at almost any time of day. I loved the specialty coffee drinks at the Cafe Promenade and the fruit smoothie at Vitality. HIRO was my favorite show. It’s in the Aquatheater and you do need to get there early for seats. All of the shows are entertaining in some way. There were too many activities to be able to try all that interested us. We did the Escape Room and had a lot of fun, this was worth the extra money. This particular itinerary was more about the ship for us. We only got off at St. Kitts to shop so I can’t comment on the excursions. But I did enjoy being on the ship in port while it was less crowded. Speaking of crowds this week was packed! I was expecting that because it must be spring break in a lot of places. The kids took over every pool and hot tub. There was nothing relaxing about the pool deck. I give the bartenders a lot of credit because they were kept busy non stop! Yet we rarely had to wait more than 5 minutes at a bar. We made use of the deluxe beverage package which was easily worth it. Shout out to the staff at Vintages! The Solarium is a wonderful retreat. I was able to get one of the round beds one day and take a relaxing nap. For the most part the staff was top notch, friendly, helpful and constantly cleaning. The rest rooms were always clean and I love the system to wave your hand and open the door. Disembarkation went faster than I remember from previous cruises. Overall I would definitely recommend this ship! I wish I could go again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Back from a family cruise with teens. Embarkation and desembarkation: fast and easy. Despite the 6500+ passengers, you never feel crowded (except in Windjammer). Stateroom: We had 2 balcony rooms, ocean view. The room attendant ... Read More
Back from a family cruise with teens. Embarkation and desembarkation: fast and easy. Despite the 6500+ passengers, you never feel crowded (except in Windjammer). Stateroom: We had 2 balcony rooms, ocean view. The room attendant came twice a day to clean. Dining: Disappointed by Windjammer. Everything was fresh but the choices were greatly reduced. Breakfast was particulary below expectations. No omelette station, no more little croissant, the apples and oranges are behind a window so you have to wait in line to ask for some, the bread is already toasted and put in a basket but only in a couple of place, so quite cold by the time you get some. Main dining room: We found out that the good breakfast is at the main dining room (a la carte or buffet). One morning the even had a chocolate fountain that was spectacular. Dinner was good. Lobster night is back at no charge, serving only the lobster tail. Specialty dining: Chops and Izumi were delicious. Jamie's Italian was very good but lacked the Wow you expected from a specialty restaurant. We wanted to tried it but I would not return. Climatisation: That was a problem throughout the cruise, in our room and on the ship. The main area were either cold or hot, depending ot the days. At one point on the Royal Pormenade, the air conditionning was working mainly in the area at guest services but it was really hot around the shops and Boleros. Staff told us that this is usual and that climatisation needs improvment. Shops: For alcohol and make-up, you better check the price at home. Some items were a deal, some others not so much. Medical clinic: Went there for a minor issue. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Consultation was 180$. Though the sanitation is a priority everywhere, the medical clinic restroom strangely had no motion sensor soap dispensor. If the clinic is closed, there is a vending machine on the 15th floor where you can get a variety of medication (ex: advil) and personnal hygiene products. You can get free medication for seasickness if need be, in a box at the entrance of the clinic. Entertainment: Amazing! There were so many shows to enjoy and the whole family loved it.We were really impress by Hiro at the Aquatheater. If the show you want to see is sold-out, go wait in line and 10 minutes before the beginning you will likely have a place. Slides: Water slides are much fun and the whole family will enjoy it.. The Ultimate Abyss is OK but after 1-2 times you will have enough. Ports of call: Nassau: Stayed on the ship to enjoy it. St-Thomas: Went to the beach by taxi and had a great day St-Kitts: We booked a private tour with Royston and that was the highlight of our trip! We visited Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park in the morning, saw many off the path places on the island and went to the beach after. Symphony is a great ship with many things to offer. However, the difference with the other Oasis class ships is not that significant to me, except for the slides. Read Less
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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We went on SOTS with high expectations considering the price we paid. After we booked, we were disappointed to review the beverage package price. It was 1100$ for 2 adults to get the deluxe package. Then the number of restaurants you ... Read More
We went on SOTS with high expectations considering the price we paid. After we booked, we were disappointed to review the beverage package price. It was 1100$ for 2 adults to get the deluxe package. Then the number of restaurants you can eat at are limited. Windjammer and main dining room are included. You may also have a slice of OK pizza at Sorento, or grab a quick snack at cafe promenade. As for the rest, you have to pay extra and they were fully booked when we tried to go. Food at the main dining room was average at best. My pastas on a busy Tuesday night are better that what we were served, for instance. It is very annoying to pay a huge price and get that kind of food. Basically, good food is not included in the package and even if you want to pay, you have to schedule in advance. There are a lot of extras on the ship. Kids wanted to watch a movie at night in our stateroom while we went to an adult show. We paid 12$ for a movie that was on Netflix, plus 6$ for popcorn. This is abusive. The configuration of the dining rooms are confusing. Spoons are not with the soup, dressing for salad is not with the salad, etc. Except for deck 15, water is hard to find on the ship. You are not allowed to refill your bottle of water, for public health and safety issues! They give you plastic bottles instead, which is a huge environmental fail according to me. Toilets are difficult to find. On the Promenade, you have quite a few restaurants and you have to go all the way to the staterooms to find one single toilet. You have to adjust to the ship schedule. When on holiday, you don't want to follow schedules. Yet, zipline is closed between 12h to 2h, and so is the kids club. I never managed to do the wall climbing, as we were never on schedule. You'd better carry your running shoes, shorts and t-shirt with you when you go to the Abys and zipline, otherwise, you will be sent back. We never managed to do the laser tag. It was already fully booked on Wednesday for the whole week. Essentially, all we could do during the day was the pool and slides. It get boring after a couple of hours. SHOWS are excellent. We loved the aqua theater show, as well as the comedy show. The pianist was excellent, and so was the bands. We were very impressed with the quality and the talent. Karaoke was fun too! The beverage package was expensive and red wine was warm. There is very little selection. If you like French or Italian wine, you will find it hard to find. Otherwise, you have to go to Vintage and pay extra. Service is top. Kids club is very basic. Just a playroom with computers. No multilingual personnel when we tried to go. We couldn't enjoy it. Solarium was the best, but we only managed to go for 15 minutes because it is for 16 YO and more. Food was good too. Read Less
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