1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Superb ship well appointed and the Bew year’s cruise was fun and relaxing. The food is good with thevdxprion of Chops as the food was bland. The cook has not been trained to properly season the meat. On a second visit even after ... Read More
Superb ship well appointed and the Bew year’s cruise was fun and relaxing. The food is good with thevdxprion of Chops as the food was bland. The cook has not been trained to properly season the meat. On a second visit even after noting the initial disappointment the food was bland again. Not worth the extra cost at all. We tried other specialty restaurants that were supetb in both setvice and good quality. Jaimie’s abd thr Ciastal Kutchen are sumply superb. The ibachi restsutant was pricey but the food worth the cost. Thevwindjamer testaurant is always good and a real alternative when late or tired. The service by Jackie the suite concierge is exceptional. She is remarkable and makes the cruising spectacular. Jackie constantly attempts to be of service and must be commended as truly special. Great ship with carefully chosen staff who knows what they are doing and how to please customers. Highly recommend this experience Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Cruise Review Template Background information: We are veteran cruisers with many years of cruising in different parts of the world on different cruise lines (includes Oceania, Disney, RCI, Celebrity, Princess, Holland America, Cunard). ... Read More
Cruise Review Template Background information: We are veteran cruisers with many years of cruising in different parts of the world on different cruise lines (includes Oceania, Disney, RCI, Celebrity, Princess, Holland America, Cunard). This was our 31st cruise, our third on an Oasis-class ship, our seventh on RCI (four of those were over 30 years ago), and our first on Symphony of the Seas. I have done several other cruise reviews on Cruise Critic. This cruise on Symphony was a seven-day New Year’s cruise to the Western Caribbean. We booked the cruise primarily to see the ship, after enjoying cruises on Oasis of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas. Symphony of the Seas is currently the world’s largest cruise ship and the Oasis-class ships are like cities at sea. We flew from our home city to Miami a few days prior to the cruise to explore the Florida Keys (the downside was major traffic and overpriced hotels in the Keys, not to mention we received damage to our rental car at some point during our exploration of Key West). Our hotel in Miami the night before the cruise was the Hampton Inn Downtown/Brickell area; we recommend this hotel and the hotel rate was quite reasonable for the time of the year and it included a very nice pool and bar area on the sixth floor and several decent restaurants within walking distance. Transfers and Embarkation: We booked a van transfer at the hotel to the ship terminal, which was quite inexpensive. The van was not in good mechanical condition, however, and the driver did not understand us when we told him we were going to Terminal A, so he dropped off all the other passengers at the Carnival terminal first (Terminal A should be first). We finally reached Terminal A and were somewhat dismayed to find that the embarkation process in this brand-new terminal was not nearly as efficient as the RCI terminal at Port Everglades. There was confusion about where the lines were for the check-in agents and for security. We finally got on-board more than 30 minutes later and found out our cabin (9182) was ready, so we brought the carry-on bags there and had lunch at Sorrento’s in the Promenade. Our checked bags arrived before departure from Miami. Cabin: For this cruise, we selected a 4D category outside balcony cabin 9182, located on deck 9 forward (a few cabins aft of the forward lobby) on the port side. This cabin was very roomy, with a queen-sized bed, a large couch, a nice desk, plenty of storage room, a decent bathroom with a large glassed-in shower, and a larger veranda than many other ships we have experienced. Unfortunately, we had lots of creaks and groans of bulkheads in the cabin (we had mild seas), wind noise, and a squeaky bathroom door, which was surprising in a new ship. We could also hear noises from adjoining cabins. The bed was not very comfortable (rather on the hard side). The artwork in the cabin was nice. Public areas: The Oasis-class ships have some of the most remarkable public areas due to their size. Our favorite space is Central Park, an outdoor deck area on Deck 8 mid-ships; this haven has thousands of live plants, low-key entertainment in the evenings, a great breakfast and lunch cafe that is included in the ship fare (Park Cafe), upscale retailers (Hublot, Bulgari, Cartier) and several of the specialty restaurants, including Chops Grill, 150 Central Park, Jamie’s Italian and Vintages (tapas and wine). The Boardwalk, on Deck 6 aft, is a busy and noisy place hosting the Aqua Theater, Johnny Rocket’s (snacks and low-price food options), the Hot Dog Stand, the carousel, an arcade, Playmakers Sports Bar, plus the base of the climbing wall. The Promenade on Deck 5 (and parts on Deck 6) is an indoor mall and has several shops, bars, the photo gallery and casual dining that is included in the basic fare (Promenade Cafe, Sorrento’s pizza). This area is the focal point for major activities like the New Year’s celebration. Deck 4 hosts the Entertainment Zone, with the casino, nightclubs, and another specialty restaurant (Izumi Hibachi and Sushi). The Royal Theater, home to major productions, is a two-story Broadway-style theater located forward on Decks 4 and 5. Deck 15 is the very popular pool and sports deck areas. There are several pools, many spas, casual dining options, basketball courts, flow riders, mini-golf and other activities. The pool area and sports deck are noisy, crowded and the decks near the pools are slippery and difficult to maneuver around due to the congestion. Deck 15 forward is the Solarium, an adults-only area with many loungers and small pools, plus the Solarium Bistro (included in the basic fare, but reservations are required at night). The Solarium on Symphony was redesigned to eliminate the very nice Deck 16 shaded bar area in exchange for another fee restaurant. This was not a good change, in my opinion, and we only visited this area once. There are other little public spaces tucked away in several areas of the ship; a seven-day cruise is not enough time to find them all. In most public areas, there are very comfortable chairs and seating options. Dining: There are numerous dining options on Symphony, including 7 included dining venues and 12 specialty restaurants. We have never eaten in the main dining room on any Oasis ship, nor have we ever visited the serve-yourself buffet options (Windjammers, El Loco Fresh). Serve-yourself buffets are often the focal points of Norovirus outbreaks. Our breakfast preference was the Park Cafe, where food is prepared for you (no grubby fingers on tongs) and there are pre-packaged options. Lunch is also good at the Park Cafe. On this cruise, we booked five specialty restaurants for dinner in advance and ate at two menu priced venues (Playmakers, Vintages). The specialty restaurants are quite good and we really enjoyed our dining experiences in Wonderland, Jamie’s Italian (twice), Chops Grill and Izumi Hibachi. The specialty dining is not cheap and there are cute little tricks to increase your costs even more at these restaurants, including premiums for certain entrees. The “nickel and dime” approach to cruising is not one of our favorite features of Royal Caribbean. We could probably be content with the included dining options, but after cruising on Oceania several times and experiencing the good food at the specialty restaurants on Oasis and Harmony, I guess you pay even more to have a more upscale experience on a mega ship. Bar offerings, wine selection, and service: We bought the “deluxe” beverage package before the cruise. This package includes most standard mixed drinks, wines by the glass (up to $13 in value) and most beers. You can also get a bottle of wine for 40% off. The standard wines and beers were acceptable. Another trick that they use on-board to garner more bucks is to price most wines by the glass in the top specialty restaurants at more than $13 a glass (this was our experience in Wonderland, Chops Grill and Vintages) so you pay the difference. The bar staff service was decidedly mixed: We had downright rude and surly service in several places, including the Trellis Bar, Playmakers and Vintages, plus we had an unpleasant experience with a bartender at the Solarium bar who chastised us like children for bringing a small plate of food from the Solarium Bistro over to the bar (apparently, there is some unwritten rule that no food is allowed at that bar, although two other passengers ate food there without any complaint). The pool deck bar staff is overworked - we were sitting near the Sports deck and the rum drink my spouse went and procured had no rum in it. The staff in the Copper and Kettle Pub on the Promenade deck was very good, as were the bartenders on the Rising Tide Bar. However, the Rising Tide Bar on this ship has very few seats compared to Harmony and Oasis and only had one or two champagne options that “fit” into the deluxe package limits. Activities and Entertainment: We are not much on activities and entertainment and this cruise was no exception. We did enjoy the jazz guitarist in Central Park and some of the roving entertainment. We did not attend any shows (“Hairspray” is the current major production on Symphony and once was enough for that show). We did not use the casino. Evening options are often quite late (after 10:00 pm). The New Year’s Eve entertainment was widespread and, as might be anticipated with 6600 passengers on board, jam-packed. We inquired about reserved seating in Schooner’s Bar or the Rising Tide for New Years and were aghast to find out they were charging $350 a person for seats at the bar in Schooner’s (not even at a table) and this included only one glass of mediocre champagne. After paying a premium for a holiday sailing, this seemed crass to us to charge even more if you wanted to be close to the action. We did buy a bottle of champagne and had a quiet New Year’s countdown in our cabin. There were seats in the Promenade and in Dazzles that were free, but you had to be there by 7:00 pm to get a decent one (not fun to sit there for 5 hours). Service: Our room steward provided excellent service and we gave him an extra gratuity. Service in the specialty restaurants was mostly good, with friendly and informative staff. I noted some issues with the bar staff in that section. We felt in many circumstances that the ship was understaffed, for example, tables at the Park Cafe would often not be cleared of dirty dishes for a considerable length of time. Ship cleanliness overall was quite good, considering the number of passengers. Internet: We purchased VOOM internet (standard package) before the cruise for both of us. It was excellent, with no drop-outs, quick downloads and easy log on and log off options. Ports and excursions: This cruise was a pretty typical Western Caribbean itinerary, with one exception: It included a stop at Roatan, Honduras. We did a fairly nice excursion there with only eight people on a mini-van that visited a monkey sanctuary (highlight: Holding a baby sloth) and an iguana and fish farm. This was our first visit to Honduras. We did not leave the ship in Costa Maya, Cozumel and Nassau (we have been to these places several times). A fun excursion we did purchase in Nassau to several brewpubs was canceled due to “operational constraints” before our cruise. Passenger Complement: This cruise had passengers from all over the world, with large family groups, first-time cruisers, and veteran cruisers like us. It was truly amazing to see how many folks enjoy cruising and we had lots of great conversations. Disembarkation: After the somewhat slow and confused embarkation, we wondered about our disembarkation. This turned out to be a legitimate concern. We had a late departure (9:30) due to a mid-afternoon flight but we didn’t even get off the ship until after 10:00 am because the customs area was swamped. After getting our bags, it took us nearly an hour to get a cab (long, long queue). We don’t recall these types of problems on the Oasis and Harmony cruises. Summary: Although we enjoyed our cruise and had lots of good relaxation time and beautiful weather, our curiosity about sailing on the “biggest ships” has now been satisfied, as there are only minor differences between Oasis, Harmony and Symphony. The cost of add-ons if you wanted a better dining experience, a better glass of wine, or even a more premium entree (e.g., Porterhouse steak) and the shock of the cost of a reserved seat for the Promenade New Year’s festivities was a bit off-putting after cruising on ships that are mostly or all inclusive of such options. Our next cruises are on Disney Wonder, Celebrity Edge, Avalon (river cruise in Europe) and Viking Ocean (Sun), so look for more reviews. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This is my first time going on a royal Caribbean cruise ship, our previous experiences have all been on Disney, but the kids are getting older (15 & 13) so we wanted to give RC a try. First thing I want to let families know, my room ... Read More
This is my first time going on a royal Caribbean cruise ship, our previous experiences have all been on Disney, but the kids are getting older (15 & 13) so we wanted to give RC a try. First thing I want to let families know, my room with a veranda room 9212 comes with a king bed and a sleeper sofa, but no where could I find how the sleeper sofa was set up and with two teenagers one girl and one boy it was important and a big concern for me. I'm happy to say that the sofa seat becomes a comfortable bed and then in opens in way of a trundle twin pulling out from under neither, therefore both teens had their own beds and different heights - perfect! Under the master bed is a ton of blanket and pillows which the room attendant will take out each evening for you. Differences? between royal Caribbean and Disney? The main two things we noticed right away, no soda included for the kids, which I'm ok with as they had fruit water and lemonade and when you board you can either stick with using your key card or you have to buy the wrist band (Disney the bands are free) I was prepared that you have to pay extra for the "good" resturants but all the food is good. I never got the hang of dinner, 6 or 8:30 dinning or make a reservation for "my time" dining. I never bothered to make a reservation, we showed up whenever and somehow they were equipped to seat us no problem. Disney had a better grasp of handling entertainment around the two dinner times so whether you're early or late dinner there's always a show for you. We were late dinners on RC and found all the shows were 8:45 The paid for resturants are far far far below the quality of disney, we were dissapointed in thinking 150 central park was going to be the same level as remmys. RC doesn't have anything at that level. RC foes have wonderland which is a resturant that presents the food interestingly which I love that kind of thing, unfortunately our waiter had a very thick accent and spoke very fast, we had no clue what he was saying and sadly he basically rushed thru the menu and insteaf of recommending thing he basically ordered for us and we didn't get to choose food we would have liked, it was sad because I personally was looking forward for that resturant all week and we were rushed through like cattle. I think that's one thing I noticed about all the sit down dinning, food comes very fast, which is one aspect is great but it was so fast we almost didn't get to enjoy dinning. The shows are fantastic, we watched them all whether they interested us or not when we read about them and I'm so glad we saw them all as they were all really really entertaining, Hiro and 1977 were our favorite but all are good. Bingo : I love Disney bingo, I still sing B11 to this day! RC bingo is super expensive and rushed, Disney for about $35 as I remember you get 4 games it takes about an hour. RC its $35 for one game and it goes very fast, always the same pattern, quite a let down seen as 99% of the people don't win. We only purchased one set, but the family next to us had 3 children so all 3 got their own set plus parents so 4 at $35 each for a 15min game, that's a lot of money for one chance. Disney really had much better bingo. My teens were supposed to be divided into younger and older rooms but they combined the two, which isn't a big deal normally, but my daughter who's the younger was very intimidated by the older room which was mostly boys so she spent most of the trip with us while my son was in heaven. I feel they had very little organized group activities for the kids so it being mostly video games in the room, more boys hung out there and being much older than her she felt out of place. Also they close the kids activites when at port so if your kids want to stay on board there's not the group supervision and activities like there are on Disney. Our cruise didn't stop at RC island, so I'm not sure if they have the teen excurison like they do with disney, my kids always loved leaving the boat with the kids group and returning with the kids. Despite all the diffetences, I think I have made Disney sound better which for kids maybe it is, but we have booked another RC cruise for next year, I think because the ship is bigger and there's more to do, we feel its a better fit for us, but I think there will always be many things Disney does better. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
The ship is an amazing ship for family cruising. Especially children 8 and older. There’s plenty to keep them busy. If you have children, choose an aft cabin. All activities for kids are aft. Otherwise you will be walking half the ... Read More
The ship is an amazing ship for family cruising. Especially children 8 and older. There’s plenty to keep them busy. If you have children, choose an aft cabin. All activities for kids are aft. Otherwise you will be walking half the the time. Plenty of restaurants both for children and adults. The dining staff in the main dining room which is cramped when the ship is full, were fantastic. The food was mediocre. The shows on board were different and eclectic. Lots of talent. I did not try any of the specialty restaurants as I was traveling with my family of 14. Make reservations early. The cabins were typical and very well taken care of. The shore excursions were terrible. All beach destinations were crowded and didn’t stay long enough. Avoid getting off the ship in Nassau. Always crowded and Atlantis shore excursions took forever to get there and the Atlantis staff were rude and the grounds dirty. The waits were so long, you didn’t get to stay long enough. The pier is very long and the traffic was horrendous. This is not a cruise for the elderly. Too big and too crowded. One big plus was the ease of getting off and on the ship. However , once off the ship the traffic is congested and slow moving. The private island of Labadee was great. Also the trip over to the deserted island. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This is a one and done for us. I'm only just finished day 3 and cannot wait to get off this boat with wayyyy too many people jammed in. Everything is chaos and a hassle. Crew shrugs and says "well it's over 6k passengers". ... Read More
This is a one and done for us. I'm only just finished day 3 and cannot wait to get off this boat with wayyyy too many people jammed in. Everything is chaos and a hassle. Crew shrugs and says "well it's over 6k passengers". Nothing relaxing about having to plan every second of your day. Tables are so closely packed you can hardly navigate. Long lines for everything. If you like to take your time and just go with the flow, this boat is not for you. If you can book and plan things MONTHS in advance, down to your every move, then sure. Not sure why they bother with the compass newspaper. Nothing is available, sold out months ago. Stupid to even advertise it. Oh and dont get me started, they price gouge you at every turn. Want a decent meal? Yiu can buy one for $70/pp. Yes, the food is as awful and everyone is saying. Nothing very fresh. Fresh vegetables are scarce. Oh and the gym? Packed like a nightclub. Huge lines to use the equipment. Forget about it. Do your push ups, sit ups, and squats in your room. I really could go on and on as to why I'll never step foot in this packed cattle car ever again. The reason for 2 stars and not 1? - the shows are excellent -beds comfortable -place is constantly being cleaned -room attendant is great -everything new and in working order. -good sound proofing between the rooms. -staff tries their best working in this crowded chaos of mass humanity. It has to be a complete nightmare. -great activities for kids when not horribly crowded. ***update, finished the cruise and my opinion has not improved. When being unleashed on these towns when you go to port the towns are completely over run, so more chaos. More problems the entire trip with compass not matching what was happening in the cruise and the app is useless. Great staff working on the ship doing the best in the midst of herding cattle. I was so grateful when we docked back in Miami when me and my 6,000 friends could part ways and get some breathing room. And once again the shows were incredible. That was the highlight. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Fantastic Family Trip! Beautiful Ship, lots of amenities,nice and helpful staff. Spoiled rotten in the Sky Suite Class and loved it! Did not feel the crowds at all. Getting off and on the ship at all of the ports was so simple and fast! ... Read More
Fantastic Family Trip! Beautiful Ship, lots of amenities,nice and helpful staff. Spoiled rotten in the Sky Suite Class and loved it! Did not feel the crowds at all. Getting off and on the ship at all of the ports was so simple and fast! We cruise every 4-5 years, this being our first time with Royal Caribbean. We chose the Symphony because we wanted to go on the World's largest cruise ship - it did not disappoint! So much to do. Stayed in Suite 11654 - great stateroom. Lots of room for 4 people (2 adults and 2 teens). No sound from any floor, very quiet and peaceful location. Very little ocean movement felt. Our favorite event on the ship was the Hiro Show. Really great, and love the Aquatheatre. We tried most of the dining options and really enjoyed Wonderland and Izumi Hibachi. Strongly recommend taking the Sushi Making class offered - it was amazing and very yummy! The food at the Main Dining Room was just so-so, same with the buffet. Labadee was fun, enjoyed the zip line, but would pass on other activities. Waterslide was not worth it, Coasters kept getting stuck on the track-so didn't do, and the water park was a little under maintained. Beach Cabanas and attendants were great, but beach was a little tight. Not sure what we would do there if we return...seems like we'd get bored...maybe Coco Cay instead. St. Thomas was fun. Went on Snorkel excursion to Buck Island and Honeymoon Beach. Not the best snorkeling, but was a fun day. Nassau was a VERY quick stop - only able to spend 4 hours there, so just enough to get a look at the Atlantis resort, but would have liked more time to have walked the downtown area - totally missed it. Looking forward to our next adventure - would definitely book with Royal Caribbean again. Very clean ship, worked hard at pleasing us and friendly staff. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We had a great time on this cruise. Grandparents and parents each had balcony room, and 2 grandkids had interior room across the hall. Checkin and Checkout were very easy once we got in the building. There was a ton of traffic ... Read More
We had a great time on this cruise. Grandparents and parents each had balcony room, and 2 grandkids had interior room across the hall. Checkin and Checkout were very easy once we got in the building. There was a ton of traffic getting to the building, the backup was probably 15 minutes long. But how they get 6000 people off and another 6000 people on w/in a couple of hours is amazing. The ship never really seemed that crowded. Even the first night of dinner in the main dining room was fairly organized. As with any vacation, and little pre-work and planning goes a long way. I think most of people who complain dont spend time before the cruise mapping things out, which is a mistake in my opinion on any vacation. We thought the food and service in the main dining room was good. We had dinner in the solarium (reservations accepted which we were able to do pretty easily) twice, and this was really nice. Decided not to eat at any specialty restaurants. At $50-70 per person w/ 6 people just didnt seem worth the extra expense. We only saw 1 show, hairspray and thought that was pretty good. It would be nice to have a few extra activities between dinner time and midnight. On the sea days their actually seemed to be close to adequate seating around the pools and on the other other decks and solarium. All of the bars were always nice w/out much of a wait to get a drink. We had been to all the ports before, but there is always something new to explore if you spend a little time planning. Cant wait to cruise again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise because it's a new ship and expected lots of shows and activities. The ship was new and had modern decor. The cabins were spacious for a balcony room The activities were good for children ex: face painting. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it's a new ship and expected lots of shows and activities. The ship was new and had modern decor. The cabins were spacious for a balcony room The activities were good for children ex: face painting. They did not have many things during the day for adults. When I was on the ship I usually went to the solarium. It was perfect for relaxing, but I could do that home. Usually they have parades and shows during the day but they only had it on the last day. I found my service good everywhere on the ship. Steward was always helpful. We had a different waiter each time since we had anytime dining.. The section head only wanted a perfect score from us and tried to bribe us with special dishes. The food was good. We also ate in the windjammer, the buffet. It was very good for a buffet. The ports didn't interest me since I had been there before. One of my friends would have liked to tour San Juan but we were only there till1:30. I probably would not go ona caribbean cruise agin but would go to other countries. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
After cruising on Allure, we thought Symphony would be a great way to assess RCCL’s progress. For us, Symphony crossed the line in the “bigger is better” theme. The ship itself is gorgeous and the cabins have a fresh ... Read More
After cruising on Allure, we thought Symphony would be a great way to assess RCCL’s progress. For us, Symphony crossed the line in the “bigger is better” theme. The ship itself is gorgeous and the cabins have a fresh feel to their design and layout. USB ports, better storage options and virtual windows for inside cabins all made spending time in your cabin more enjoyable. Unfortunately, the mass of unruly, screaming kids running up and down the hallways, combined with late night loud drunks in the passage ways ruined any chance of getting a full nights sleep. From the noticeable reduction in quality food choices to the crowded seating in the Windjammer, Symphony struggles to deal with its 6600+ passenger load. The staff was exceptional in their uniformity of quality service, attentiveness nd courtesy. Our cabin attendant was one of the best we have had in our 25 years of cruising. Still, that couldn’t make up for the bewildering array of mediocre food options, frustrating reservation only entertainment policy and pay-extra-for-it venues saturating the decks. Next cruise will be on a smaller, adult friendly ship. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this ship because we had never been on a Oasis class ship before. We have done the ports numerous times so it was all about the ship. The boarding was very fast and easy.The issue for us was the drop off and pick-up area was a ... Read More
We chose this ship because we had never been on a Oasis class ship before. We have done the ports numerous times so it was all about the ship. The boarding was very fast and easy.The issue for us was the drop off and pick-up area was a little crazy to say the least. There is very little signage to tell us where the areas are. The boarding was very fast and easy. The security check was very fast. The ship looks everything we had heard about it. It did not take us long the get down the lay out of the ship. You do not have to worry about places to eat or drink since they are located all over the ship. Our cabin was on deck 12 [12950] . It was a balcony cabin with a extra large balcony. The layout is nice with a nice bathroom. We felt the shower could have been bigger but it work for us. The T.V. is located in front of bed on the wall. The good part was that you could check your folio 24 Hrs. a day. The bad part was the programing was very poor. Only movies were Pay per View for $12 , the catch to that was you could view them at the Aqua theater for free at certain times of the day. The public areas of the ship are laid out very well and easy to find. The ship goes from early morning to late at night with plenty to do. We only ate in the dinning for dinner two nights. The felt the food for dinner was good, and service was fine. We ate lunch one time in the dinning room and was not impressed with the selection. Want back a second day and the selection was nothing to write home about so we want to Central Park [Park Cafe] which was very good. We ate specialty dinning 4 nights, Jamie's, Chop's and twice in "150" . The only comment I have is one of the nights in Chop's it was very loud and there were kids running around the place during dinner. I felt that they should have a age rule since people are paying for this venue. Also, the crew seems to be still keeping there feet on the ground still. The shows were the best we have seen on any cruise line and wood see them again. That is to say a lot since we live in Las Vegas and have seen just about everything under the sun. I usually do not go to shows on ships a lot since I was in the field for many years . The only thing I would change is the time of our cruise. I picked that date because of the ports for one, but did not figure for the amount of kids on the ship. I have no problem with kids on ships but a thousand was a little bit much for us. We usually travel the last week of Nov. and first two weeks of Dec. I only blame myself for that . The airport was also busy since it was the weekend just before Christmas. We loved the ship but we like the 3,000 to 3,000 passenger size ships. The 6,300 was little too much for us! Read Less
Symphony of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 5.0 4.5
Public Rooms 5.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Enrichment 3.0 4.0
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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