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Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas

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Itineraries for this ship
Itinerary
7 Night Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean
Departure date
Saturday, 10/01/22
Route
Miami, Perfect Day at CocoCay, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Miami
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About
Passengers: 5,518   |   Crew: 2,200
Passengers to crew: 2.51:1
Passengers to space: 41.3:1
Launched: 2018   

Decks

  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 8
Additional decks
Deck 3 layout
Cabins
  Interior (1V)  
  Ocean View (2N)  
  Ocean View (1N)  
  Interior (2V)  
 
Amenities
Main Dining Room
Conference Center

Cabins

Balcony
Cabin size: 182 - 272 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 323
Accessible rooms: 32
Maximum passengers: 6
Number of cabins: 1796

Activities & entertainment

Activities (20)
  • CruiseCritic Meet and Mingle
  • Dance Classes
  • Dance Classes
  • Dance Parties
  • Fitness Classes*
  • FlowRider (2)
  • Hot Tubs (9)
  • Pool Games
  • Pools (4)
  • Rock Climbing Wall (2)
  • Running Track
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Sports Tournament
  • Trivia
  • Vitality At Sea Fitness Center
  • Vitality At Sea Spa*
  • Wine Tasting*
  • Zipline
  • Waterslides (4)
  • Luckey Climber
Entertainment (18)
  • Casino Royale*
  • Dazzles
  • Deck Parties
  • Demonstrations
  • Entertainment Place
  • Game Broadcasts
  • Game Shows
  • Jazz On 4
  • Karaoke
  • Live Music
  • On Air Club
  • Poolside Movies
  • Royal Promenade
  • Royal Theater
  • Royal Theater
  • Studio B
  • The Attic*
  • Wellness Lectures
Dining (23)
  • Main Dining Room - American
  • Wonderland - Avant Garde*
  • Sugar Beach - Candy*
  • Coffee Shop - Coffee Bar*
  • 150 Central Park - Farm to Table*
  • Boardwalk Dog House - Fast Food
  • Johnny Rockets - Fast Food*
  • Trellis Bar - Garden Bar*
  • English Pub - Gastropub*
  • Vitality Café - Health Conscious
  • Jamie's Italian - italian
  • Izumi - Japanese*
  • Boleros - Latin bar*
  • Park Café - Light Fare
  • Schooner Bar - Nautical bar*
  • Rising Tide Bar - Niche Bar*
  • Rising Tide Bar - Niche Bar*
  • Café Promenade - pastries
  • Sorrentos - Pizza
  • Bionic Bar - Robotic Bar*
  • Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade - Sports Bar*
  • Chops Grille - Steakhouse*
  • Vintages - Wine Bar
* May require additional fees
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Maria E wrote a review May 11
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We signed up for an excursion, the only in cococay bahamas that we wanted to do, the swimming pigs tour. We didn't find out that it was cancelled until we got to the excursion spot, there was no communication from the staff that it had been cancelled and seemingly for no reason, the weather was beautiful. When I went to confirm a different excursion the guest services desk told me that they wouldn't be able to tell me I had to go and check on the pier (the excursion person wouldn't have been there yet). One of my travel buddies had had too much to drink and wondered into the crew area and came back to our room bruised and without their clothes. They should never have been able to get into the crew area in the first place. I will never be taking a Royal Caribbean Cruise again and neither will my travel companions. The way they handled the situation with my companion shows they are not a safe ship and their crew is not well trained at all. Also, they charged for water bottles when claiming to be a green cruise and water bottles were supposed to be free with the refreshment package and they were trying to charges us.
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Ronnie F wrote a review May 9
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How can a worldwide company act so irresponsibly to disrupt potential passengers holidays and up prices? I booked a summer 23 cruise for me family to celebrate my 70th birthday. This consisted of 4 cabins for an 8 night cruise out of Barcelona in June ‘23. RC took a decision to cancel this cruise without motivation, leaving booked passengers either disappointed or eagerly searching for a similar alternative. Of course RC has an alternative out of Barcelona on their flagship Symphony of the Seas. 7 nights; less attractive itinerary and more expensive! Is this not “manipulative selling”??? My travel agents informed me that prices had increased over a 24 hour period, presumably since many passengers on my originally booked cruise had been faced with the same dilemma. I have booked the alternative option with Symphony of the Seas at a cost of £12,500. This will be my first cruise with Royal Caribbean and my last …. I hope that readers of this review will carefully review their options when booking cruises, not least with this company! Ronnie
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Scott B wrote a review May 7
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We are on a 10 day western Caribbean cruise on symphony of the seas. On day two my wife got diagnosed with Covid. We are in a one bedroom suite and spent almost 10000 on this cruise. They said we had to move out of our one bedroom suite deck 11 down to an interior cabin on deck three for quarantine. I refused their generous offer and told them I would not move. They bring us food in cardboard boxes and it’s always cold when it gets here. We have plastic cheap cutlery that won’t even cut through a chicken tender We don’t have access to the unlimited dining or deluxe beverage package. Their website says that with the Covid symptoms you should stay in your room and the medical team will come to you. Instead they insisted I load her up in a wheelchair and travel nine decks spreading Covid so they didn’t have to make the trip. I refused their offer and they finally showed up. They tried to give us DayQuil and NyQuil even though there are contraindications for both medications with my wife underlying illness. I told them there were contraindications and they said no it’s ok. Then they changed their mind and sent up Robitussin and Tylenol but only a two day supply when we have 5 days left on the cruise. Of course we ran out I asked them to send up some more they said they were too busy and to try again tomorrow. I had to tell them that I was going to the ships store to buy medicine and break my quarantine because they wouldnt send us medicine. They chose to send us Medicine. I can’t imagine getting treated more badly that they are treating us. No sign of any refund no promise of any refunds. They just keep adding adding adding to our ship account. Royal Caribbean needs to reevaluate how they treat their guests. Royal Caribbean International RoyalCaribbean Cruise Fans Michael Bayley Symphony of the Seas CDC Our luxurious accommodation experience continued. When we got off the ship we had five minutes notice of any protocol whatsoever required We were escorted by a man in regular uniform and then greeted by crew members wearing Fauci lab costumes complete with face shields and white gowns. I told them they forgot their oxygen tents. We were sent out to the pier where it was raining furiously with no offer of raincoats no offer of protection from the rain whatsoever. Before we drove away the driver requested a raincoat from the SUV behind him she came up and threw it in the window then he said to get in it was OK to go. By this time we were soaking wet. Michael Bayley Royal Caribbean International RoyalCaribbean Cruise Fans Symphony of the Seas CDC
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Jameison A wrote a review Apr 2022
Fairbanks, Alaska14 contributions17 helpful votes
The FANTASTIC: *Ophelia, our housekeeper...we had great, thoughtful communication with her throughout the cruise...she took care of us and our room, and we were very grateful. *Minhaj, our bartender at Playmakers...great conversationalist, and wasn't stingy with the bourbon he added to my drinks...unlike pretty much all the other bartenders on the ship making drinks. *Our Balcony Room...right in the middle of the ship, mid height, super-comfortable, loved, loved, loved being able to relax on the balcony with my Baby Love. *The boarding and disembarkment was surprisingly easy. As a newer cruiser, and totally green to RC, the anxiousness I felt when I first arrived on port was gone as soon as I got on the ship...less than 30 minutes afterwards. The food and drinks at CHOPS and IZUMI was PHENOMENAL!!!...We didn't try the experimental kitchen, but those two restaurants were well worth spending a little extra to go there. The PLEASANT SURPRISES: *The singing talent of Kenny James, formerly of the Hues Corporation ( of Rock The Boat fame), and a nostalgic voyage of ventriloquism comedy with Ron Lucas. They were both doing bits from the 70s and early 80s, but that was my childhood, and my wife and I were quite entertained. *The buffet food was better than the main dining...just a lot more variety and it had flavor. Their burger and taco joints were both satisfying as well. *The Lines...I believe the ship was at 1/2 capacity, and we were fine with that...there were a couple of crowded areas, but the lines to food/entertainment were a lot easier to wait in. *Coco Cay...an easy place to relax and drink and tan and eat at. We didn't buy into the water park, as we got our waterslide ya-yas out on the ship, but we had a blast on the island. The biggest bit of excitement, there, was when my wife had a nurse or lemon shark swim under her, when she was chillaxin' on a floatee (bit of a pucker moment for her). She made it back safe enough lol. *Waverunning at Labadee...as far as water activity is concerned, this was SO FUN...a little short, but we both had a blast and realized we may to get a couple of those for the summers. *The hot tubs...we didn't use them a ton, as there tended to be quite the crowd most of the time...when we did, we were happy that the temps were warmer than we thought they would be...I usually like them at LEAST 104. The MEDIOCRE: * The rest of the mixologists...I felt they gave you the minimum requirements for mixed drinks...we bought the big beverage package (and made sure to USE it)...didn't even achieve a buzz. Also, the same menu mixed drink would taste different at different areas of the ship...I would say the only mixologist that was consistent at all times was the machine. *The aquatic show...it was a mix of acrobatics, high diving, dancing, martial arts, and wire work. The diving was great, the wire work was great...but the performers were a group of mostly-white individuals having an appropriation fest of fusion kung fu and hip hop dancing in front of quite a lot of asian and black cruisers...I don't know...felt kinda cringy to me. The DISAPPOINTING: *Jamie Oliver's Italian...I wanted to like this place more...I was doing fine until the main coarse showed up. I ordered a lasagna, and it was greasy and the noodles were mushy...thank goodness for the chianti we drank. Can't remember what my wife ordered...service was mediocre, at best. *The Port we Missed...another ship was docked ahead of us, as we approached San Juan, PR. Apparently, one of the deckhands managed to get a deck tether wrapped up in that ship's propeller. This made it so we couldn't dock there in time for any excursions, or even to enjoy some night life, so we ended up with an extra sea day. *The Port we Should Have Missed...Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, USVI. We had a "5-Star Island Tour with Magen's Beach & Shopping". The tour van had open sides,
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baileys456 wrote a review Apr 2022
Saltash, United Kingdom172 contributions118 helpful votes
our first cruise and it blew us away. just perfect. Western Caribbean, another first for us. The ship takes your breath away, all the different bars, restaurants, areas, and the food was amazing everywhere we tried. MDR was like a 5star restaurant, the service from our waiters was second to none. We had the most amazingly funny night at Wonderland, which we booked as soon as we arrived on ship and there were only 2 remaining slots. The food was as entertaining as the staff. The shows and entertainment are superb. We will be booking another cruise, hopefully on this ship.
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