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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
    CocoCay
  • 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

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
I was very excited to go on the Symphony of the Seas. This was my eighth cruise and I had been on a few Royal Caribbean ships before. Only my sister and I went on this cruise. Since I hadn’t been on a cruise in years I was interested to ... Read More
I was very excited to go on the Symphony of the Seas. This was my eighth cruise and I had been on a few Royal Caribbean ships before. Only my sister and I went on this cruise. Since I hadn’t been on a cruise in years I was interested to see what had changed on RC ships. This ship was almost identical to the Oasis, except for some new additions such as the specialty restaurants and the Ultimate Abyss dry slide. The Good: -Nice stateroom (balcony view) -Decks clean and well-maintained -All of the staff, except for one crew member who I will soon get to, were friendly and always greeted guests -Ice Shows -Hairspray -Aqua Show -Cruise Director Simeon -The Love and Marriage Game show (especially because of the awesome cruise director) -Solarium (very relaxing!) -Ports of Call (Bahamas, Costa Maya, Roatan, and Cozumel) -Boardwalk -Central Park and Park Cafe -Main Dining room experience including great food and excellent wait staff -Dry Slide (fun despite receiving a burn on my left thigh. I followed the instructor’s directions as best I could but I still got burned. I recommend wearing pants and not shorts!) The Bad: -Specialty restaurants ultra expensive -Reservations for shows (I’m not sure how new this is but it caused unnecessary stress) -Soda being included in some locations on the ship but not others (why is the price of soda included in Sorrento’s but not the main dining room?) -Flight (this show was at times cringe-worthy. Great concept, but not executed that well) -The price of Voom, the wifi package (my cruise was during the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash. When I heard about the crash, I asked the Voom worker if I could simply find out if my flight to go home was cancelled but I was told I had to purchase wifi.) -A very small bag of popcorn being $2 at shows. Seriously? -Tablets for Bingo. You still have the option of playing Bingo on paper but it’s hard to compete with someone who has 36 cards on their tablet and they don’t have to do anything other than say “Bingo” when their tablet says they won. It just never felt like a fair playing field which took away a lot of the fun -Self-serve ice cream on pool deck was watery and not firm -Windjammer food not always up to par -The yellow and green water slide. This is the one shaped like a funnel cone. Everyone stops sliding and gets stuck once they’re in the funnel cone part of the slide, and they have to inch their way into the slide tunnel so that they aren’t just sitting in the middle of the funnel cone. This happens to 40 lb kids and 150 lb adults. Seems like an engineering issue! Doesn’t happen at similar slides in other water parks. The Ugly: I have never seen such blatant unprofessionalism before I met our stateroom attendant. It all started on the second night of the cruise when my sister and I were getting ready in our room for Formal Night. The TV was on and I was doing my hair. We thought that we heard some knocking and I asked my sister, did someone knock? Suddenly, the door flew open and the stateroom attendant was standing in the doorway facing me as I stood there half-naked with only a shirt on. He did not immediately close the door. I had to say CLOSE THE DOOR and he then left and shut the door. A simple “sorry” would have sufficed. As a medical professional, I have accidentally opened the door on people at inopportune moments and I understand that it happens. HOWEVER, the stateroom attendant did not just apologize. Immediately after he shut the door he began knocking on the door demanding that I come out into the hallway. I told him through the door that I was getting dressed and I was not going to come speak with him in the hallway. He then began shouting saying I NEEDED to come outside. I said that I was not going to come outside. I asked him “why?” through the door and he said “It’ll only take a minute!!” He would not tell us why I physically had to come speak with him. Then, the room attendant called our stateroom phone. My sister picked up the phone and he began YELLING at her saying that we must open the door when he knocks on it, and that we are supposed to use our “do not disturb” magnet if we don’t want anyone entering. He was basically saying that him opening the door on us was all our fault, and he was enraged. This was the second day of the cruise and we honestly had not even noticed that we had this magnet to use. My sister and I never once argued back, we kept trying to diffuse the situation by responding “Ok, we understand, thank you” but he repeatedly yelled through the phone repeating himself until he finally just hung up. No apology received. I told my sister that I wanted to report our room attendant to Guest Services immediately but she was adamant that we give him a second chance especially since we did not want to receive any kind of retribution. The man clearly had anger issues. We did not report him and that turned out to be a mistake. On the fifth morning of the cruise, we received a phone call at about 9:45 AM in our stateroom on a day at sea that woke us up. Over the phone, an unknown caller said “Good morning, wakey wakey!!” and hung up. This disrupted our sleep but it was especially upsetting for my sister because she has a sleep disorder. My sister and I first thought that the call had been from our room attendant because he had called our room a few times before to see if we needed anything. We always thought this was strange and overbearing because no other room attendant has repeatedly called us on any other ships we have been on. Well, we saw our room attendant in the hallway when we exited our room that morning. My sister explained to him what had happened and simply asked him if he was the one who made that call. He went berserk and immediately began shouting at both of us. He was very defensive and showed us his phone saying “See, I made no call to you!” He then said CHECK THE CALLER ID ON YOUR PHONE. He also called his supervisor in front of us to report the unknown call we received. My sister and I took a few steps out of the hallway and back into our room to look at our phone for caller ID. Before we knew it, the room attendant was STANDING IN OUR ROOM blocking the door and shouting at us, saying that he was not the one who called us. He also brought up the situation from Day 2 of the cruise. This was scary and intimidating. Also, there is no caller ID on the room phones so I’m not sure why he told us to look at our caller ID. The room attendant then made this statement in a threatening tone, “By the way, I’ll have to see what I need to do about whatever dye you’re putting in the toilet! None of my cleaning solution can get it out. I’ll have to see what I need to do about that!!” I said, “we haven’t put anything in the toilet, what dye are you referring to?” and he just stormed out. It almost seemed like he made this statement as if to say, if you report me to guest services I have something on you too. He also seemed to be trying to embarrass us with this statement. This room attendant was on a power trip, the likes of which I have never seen before. This man was ageist and sexist. He clearly felt like he could act in this obscene manner because we were two 20-something year old girls and he was a 40-something year old man. He shouted at us as if we were brat kids, when we are well-behaved grown women. I once heard another guest who was an older woman speaking highly of him. Of course he is respectful to older adults. I know he would not have treated an older man how he treated us. After this second dramatic event, I went to Guest Services and explained everything that had happened. The response we received was professional and we had a different room attendant for the final two days, although we still had to see this man in the hallway outside our room. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
I choose this ship for my family vacation because of the size as well as the variety of activities, entertainment and open air spaciousness of Central Park and the Boardwalk. Members of my family vary in age and interests and there was ... Read More
I choose this ship for my family vacation because of the size as well as the variety of activities, entertainment and open air spaciousness of Central Park and the Boardwalk. Members of my family vary in age and interests and there was something on the Symphony for everyone. I first considered the Harmony until I discovered that the Solarium didn't have a pool. The Solarium is my favorite Sea day spot so this was an important feature for me. Dining: I read reviews about the food being average so we went to four speciality restaurants. Two for lunch and two for dinner. The service in the Main Dining room was amazing but the food was hit or miss. The food in the speciality restaurants was an all around amazing experience. Chops, Wonderland, 501 Central Ave and Hooked. We also had a Mediterranean buffet dinner in the Solarium which was also quite tasty. The only place that we would never eat at again was El Loco Fresh which was crowded, messy and did not have good food. Service: March Spring Break was a sold out sailing and a very full ship. The staff was on point and had everything under control. The waiters and bartenders kept orders moving quickly, the room attendant was pleasant and did a great job. Customer service was efficient and the ship was immaculate with the crew detailing the ship daily. World class shows and entertainment! This alone was worth the cost of the cruise. Casino: I wanted to try my luck at the slots or even play the lottery but I couldn't get near the casino because the cigarette smoke was so terrible. It also permeated the hallways, Dining room entrance and the entertainment areas on the fourth floor. Second hand smoke is a serious health hazard especially for people with asthma and those who work there. Royal Caribbean should do a better job on the air filtration or ventilation system. The Key: This is supposed to come with priority Embarkation & Debarkation, private time on activities, Internet, reserved seating at shows etc. The crew is still working out the kinks but things went smoothly in most cases so it was worth the added expense for this sailing. If I weren't on a crowded ship I would pass on the Key. Teen Center: My son only went on the first day, he had fun but preferred to hang with his older brother on the sports deck where there are tons of activities. Art: There is no shortage of spectacular artwork to discover around the ship. I sent my kids on a daily scavenger hunt and we still haven't found it all. On the last day we looked down the elevator shaft and noticed art in the elevator well below the third floor. Our family loves the Oasis class ships and Symphony of the Seas has all of the best features combined in one perfect ship. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
I recently just got off this boat a couple of days ago I am so sad! I have been on 7 or 8 cruises in the past, and symphony has been my favorite so far. I don't think I will be cruising on any other company besides Royal Caribbean. I ... Read More
I recently just got off this boat a couple of days ago I am so sad! I have been on 7 or 8 cruises in the past, and symphony has been my favorite so far. I don't think I will be cruising on any other company besides Royal Caribbean. I usually sail Carnival but this really changed my mind. This is the second Oasis Class ship I've been on(the first was Harmony) and RC does not disappoint. I sailed in a group of 7 with my boyfriend's family. I stayed on the 3rd floor and our rooms had ocean view windows that did not open. The size of the room was reasonable and the bathroom was nice. We sailed from Miami on March 9th, 2019. We sailed to Roatan, Honduras, Cozumel, Mexico, Costa Maya Mexico and Nassau Bahamas. We did Jet Ski in Honduras And Snuba Dive in Cozumel. In Nassau we payed for Day Passes at the Atlantis Resort but the ship left really early that day compared to the other days (3:30pm) So we didn't really get to experience much at Atlantis sadly. The other excursions we did were really fun and I enjoyed this itinerary. The food was good. We tried 2 of the specialty restaurants, A hibachi place (Izumi, I believe) and Hooked, the seafood restaurant. Both restaurants were delicious and definitely worth the price. For Hooked, the reservation was $46 and with that one price you could get anything on the menu, including a whole Lobster with as many sides, appetizers, and desserts that you wanted. When we did not eat at the specialty restaurants, we were often in Windjammer or getting 3-4 slices at a time from Sorrentos, which also had really good food. The entertainment was AMAZING. There were constantly parties or fun events going on, and there was never not anything to do. I loved the cruise director, Simeon, and one of the entertainment staff, Thomas from Wales. They were both incredibly funny and I hope to see them on my next cruise. The Hairspray Musical was great, as well as HIRO, the aqua theater show. The preforming staff were amazing and great at what they do. The service from the staff were great. They were very helpful and nice, and most received extra tips. When something was needed, they were glad to get it for us and even remembered our names. I rate this cruise a 10/10 and I would definitely go again. Read Less
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