Royal Caribbean today breaks ground on the dramatic new Port Miami Terminal A, which will herald the arrival of what will be the world’s largest cruise ship and the global cruise line’s newest addition, Symphony of the Seas. She and Oasis-class sister ship Allure of the Seas, each with a bold and unexpected lineup of thrilling experiences that have revolutionized the cruise industry, will unite in November 2018 to offer island-hopping adventures through the Caribbean from the Magic City and add Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis to other marquee Oasis-class ports of call. Symphony’s inaugural year of Europe and Caribbean itineraries will be available to book as of today. Allure of the Seas’ 2018-2019 itineraries will open for sale later in the month.
The 26th ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Symphony of the Seas, will be delivered in April 2018 and spend her inaugural summer season exploring the awe-inspiring destinations of the Mediterranean calling on ports in Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. She will then arrive to Miami in early November.
Symphony of the Seas’ Miami sailings begin with a four-night cruise on Nov. 9, 2018 that makes one stop in Cozumel, Mexico. It will then begin alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises. A new port of call is being added to some of the ship’s eastern Caribbean itineraries: Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis. Other eastern itineraries will make stops in St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San Juan or Nassau. Western trips will stop in either Labadee, Roatan, Puerto Costa Maya, Cozumel or Nassau.
Symphony of the Seas will claim the title of the world’s largest – and most adventure filled – cruise ship, offering 28 more staterooms than her newest sister ship Harmony of the Seas and encompassing 230,000 gross registered tons. Touting new features and amenities for guests, she also will boast all the groundbreaking innovations and thrilling experiences that have garnered world-wide recognition for Harmony of the Seas.
Just like Harmony, the ship will feature the 10-deck Ultimate Abyss dry slide and Perfect Storm water park as well as Royal Caribbean mainstay features like the FlowRider surf simulator and 40-foot rock climbing wall. The website teases one other adventure offering with no details other than “A new scale of daring. Adventure hits a high note with a whole new challenge” with details promised at a later date. Like all Oasis-class ships, it will feature seven distinct neighborhoods including the Oasis-class’ signature Central Park and the Boardwalk. There will be an ice skating rink, the AquaTheater at the aft of the ship,
Symphony will feature 28 more staterooms than Harmony of the Seas with a Royal Suite class, neighborhood balconies overlooking Central Park, virtual balconies on inside staterooms, and the highest number of ocean-view cabins at sea. which has 2,775 staterooms that can hold 5,494 passengers at double capacity, and 6,780 at full capacity as well as a 2,175-person crew.
Restaurants will once again include celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Italian dining venue as well as the Mexican offering Sabor, Japanese cuisine at Izumi, the Chops Grill steakhouse, Vintages wine bar and Solarium bistro. More than 20 dining options are promised, but details on any new venues have not been released yet.
Robots will be back as well with the Bionic Bar. Expect more details to come.
Royal Caribbean offers interline rates on most sailings into 2018 with InterlineTravel.com at 800 766-2911 and there are no extra booking fees!
Check out the trailer video Royal Caribbean released today on the Symphony of the Seas!