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New Features on Symphony of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas will be the worlds largest cruise ship when she launches at the end of March. Although she closely resembles her sisters, Symphony has some all new exclusives…
Changes to Boardwalk

The Boardwalk will remain largely the same as her sister ships, offering Johnny Rockets for an authentic 1950’s diner experience and the Boardwalk Dog House for the best hot dogs at sea. Sabor Modern Mexican, the arcade and Starbucks won’t be making an appearance however, replaced instead with a new venue, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade.

The huge venue runs the entire length of the port side of Boardwalk and promises a lively venue to watch live sports, enjoy a craft beers and bar snacks. Pub grub includes wings, popcorn shrimp and sliders. Aside from a new arcade featuring classics such as Ms. Pacman, the venue boasts 30 big-screen TVs, ensuring everyone gets the best seat in the house, no matter where they are sat.

Across the Boardwalk near to the iconic carousel, Sugar Beach Candy & Ice Cream shop provides a sugar high for kids and adults alike. Packed with colourful candy and delicious ice creams with a choice of toppings, the venue will also host family friendly activities for aspiring bakers.

As with her sister ships, the quickest method to get to Boardwalk is via the Ultimate Abyss, a huge 10-story slide twisting from deck 16 down to the Boardwalk, which is 150 feet above sea level at its highest point. Rumours are that the version on Symphony will features some upgrades over Harmony of the Seas – we will report back as soon as we’ve given it a go!

New Dining Venues

The cruise line’s signature culinary favourites, including Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine, Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver, 150 Central Park, Park Café and Izumi Hibachi & Sushi will be back on Symphony with refreshed designs and new menu specialities. Playmakers Sports Bar will not be the only new place to grab a bite however, with two more venues added to the lineup of over 20 speciality and complimentary restaurants.

Hooked Seafood, Royal Caribbean’s first New England-style seafood restaurant, will feature fresh seafood and a robust raw bar complete with oysters shucked to order. Located at the front of the ship in the Solarium, the casually sophisticated restaurant will offer expansive views of the open water, serving lunch and dinner.

Fans of Mexican cuisine need not be too upset about losing Sabor as the second new venue on our list, El Loco Fresh. It will offer mouthwatering made-to-order tacos, burritos and other popular Mexican fare. The open-air restaurant in the Sports Zone will seat more than 100 guests.

Lock & load, it’s laser tag time

Another first for Royal Caribbean, guests can gear up for an epic glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience like no other. State-of-the-art technology and special effects will transform the Studio B ice rink into the world’s largest and ultimate laser tag arena as family, friends and foes battle over the fate of the last planet in the galaxy.

Symphony will also have a new submarine themed escape room experience where guests have to put their minds to the test by working together to find and solve hidden clues in a series of riddles to unravel the mystery and escape. The clock is ticking and with only 60 minutes of play the excitement grows with each tick of the clock.

The Ultimate Family Suite

Symphony will introduce a two-level Ultimate Family Suite providing a dream come true for kids of all ages and will debut an exclusive slide from the kid’s only bedroom to the living room below; a floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall, an air-hockey table and hidden nooks for chilling.

A separate 3D movie theatre-style TV room, complete with a popcorn machine and a library of video games across multiple gaming systems will satisfy gamers in every family. Outside the 212-square-foot wraparound balcony offers a bumper pool table, a climbing experience and a full-size whirlpool that will provide unmatched ocean views. The Ultimate Family Suite spans 1,346 square feet, accommodating a family of up to eight in two bedrooms and provides the most brag-worthy accommodations at sea.

Mobile CHeck-in

New Mobile Check-in Debuts on Symphony using the latest technological innovations to eliminate lines and bypasses the counters. The new process will leverage a combination of facial recognition, bar codes and beacons to make boarding fast and friction-less.

Guests will check-in via the brand’s new mobile app and seamlessly upload their security “selfie” to create their onboard account from the comfort of their home. Upon arrival, guests will go through a security screening and then head straight to their stateroom, where their sea pass will be ready and waiting.

That’s it for our quick run down of the new additions, we look forward to bringing you the full review of the ship on our up-coming cruise on the 14th April, 2018. 



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