|Symphony of the Seas in port - Roatan, Honduras
"When Royal Caribbean's gargantuan and game-changing Oasis-Class ships debuted as the then world's largest ship in 2009, people wondered if anyone would bother to get off the ship in port, as it could take a week to try out all the onboard activities." (Cruise Critic)
The basics from my cruise last week: Symphony of the Seas is 1,184.42 ft. (almost one-quarter mile) long. It is the largest cruise ship in the world. It can handle 6,680 passengers, as well as a 2,200-person crew. There are 16 decks for guest use (18 total), 22 restaurants, 24 pools, and 2,759 cabins. I traveled out of Miami and my Western Caribbean destinations included Roatán, Honduras; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and Coco Cay, Bahamas. More coming on all the ports.
|Solarium glass front pool
Symphony has three multistory water slides, along with the Ultimate Abyss, a side-by-side pair of the tallest dry slides at sea that plummet 10 stories (decks). The ultimate in water fun is the ship's two "FlowRider" surf simulation pools for stand up surfing and boogie-boarding. If you're not up for public humiliation, grab a drink, find a bleacher seat and enjoy the wipeouts in shaded comfort. Symphony also sports a zipline above Central Park, two rock climbing walls and a sports deck for basketball (full size), volleyball, soccer, Ping-Pong and mini-golf.
The deep AquaTheater pool/theater (technically part of the Boardwalk neighborhood) does double duty as a venue for scuba lessons and a stage for whimsical performances that feature acrobats, high wire walkers, and divers jumping from two 55 ft. platforms. There is an ice-skating rink which hosts two outstanding shows, including micro drones that open the show with an aerial ballet. The ice-skating rink is open during the day for free skating.
Multiple daily lectures occur in the “Royal Theater” which seats over 1400 (18437 sq. ft.) where two major attraction are hosted on multiple nights. Hairspray! The Broadway Musical and Flight - Dare to Dream were shown my week.
For shopping and imbibing, the Royal Promenade (Deck 5, amidships) is sized like a real mall and runs the length of a football field. High end duty free shops abound; Regalia Watches, Bvlgari, Cartier... There is the Rising Tide Bar (which slowly travels up and down three decks between the Royal Promenade and Central Park). Tucked in one corner is the futuristic Bionic Bar with drinks prepared by robot bartenders. The Promenade also hosts activities like flash-mob dances, (80’s Night) and parades with characters in colorful costumes, and music.
|Pop-Art On the Promenade
I am sorry this got so long and I have only touched on a few of the many amenities. Needless to say, I was entertained for the total 8 day and seven nights. I will write more over the next few days about the destinations, outfit choices, my level of comfort, tips and some of the wonderful people I met. Nothing negative occurred from interaction with dinner mates, meal staff, ship's personnel or during off-ship excursions.
A super, wonderful ESCAPE.
|Symphony of the Seas in the background
Coco Cay, Bahamas