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JHS6223YL wrote a review Jul 2020
47 contributions49 helpful votes
Wow! How can I some up a seven day cruise. One word. Excellent! We went on this ship in mid December 2019 for a Caribbean cruise. It was my first time. This is a newer ship and was very nicely appointed. This was before Covid, but the detail in cleaning on the ship was not expected. I went out early every morning, and sometimes just getting back from the night life, and there were hundreds of people cleaning the decks, stairs (outside and inside) and the constant cleaning in the restaurants was a pleasant surprise. The even have banks of sinks at the entrance to the buffets to wash before you ate. They had a young girl stationed by the sinks with a pleasant greeting of, "washy washy" to encourage people to wash their hands before eating. The restaurants were all good and the casino and bars a lot of fun. Get the unlimited beverage package if you drink alcohol at all! I am not sure I would ever go on a cruise again what with the current health crisis, but I thoroughly enjoyed my cruise in December. It seems like a lifetime ago!
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Sail Date: December 2019
Cabin Type: Outside
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Destination: Caribbean
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Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas

193 reviews
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Itineraries for this ship
7 Night Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean
Departure date
Saturday, 12/11/22
Miami, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, Miami
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Passengers: 5,518   |   Crew: 2,200
Passengers to crew: 2.51:1
Passengers to space: 41.3:1
Launched: 2018   


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


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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Ralph D wrote a review 6 Jan
5 contributions2 helpful votes
Terrible cruise! Do not go!! Boring Boring Boring! My 2 kids and myself are currently on this ship... first Puerto Rico canceled and Bahamas put in its place... then St. Thomas canceled and just another Boring day at sea. Most shows canceled and the entertainment is absolutely terrible! No cruise director... nothing to do! Food not good! Even though ship is running at only 50% capacity at most... we went to dinner tonight and literally were walked into dining room twice and no tables available...then walked out to buffet...buffet was horrible, mostly closed down with cold food...q representative came up to try and bring us down to try and find a table at dining room, at this point we declined, went back to our room and to rent a 3rd movie and lay in bed with Nothing to do again . Terrible terrible family vacation.... do not make the same mistake....keep your $8k plus and save it for your children
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Thomas R wrote a review Dec 2021
1 contribution
While our trip aboard Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas has been wonderful, I strongly discourage you from taking your family to see the show "Hairspray." It is filled with sexual inuendose of interracial sex and oral sex and disrespect to parents. I was agast having brought my 14 year old daughter to the live performance. The performance is definitely not family friendly.
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Dan P wrote a review Dec 2021
Spring Hill, Florida4 contributions2 helpful votes
Went on a cruise on this ship last week. It is a great ship, which one would expect from the largest cruise ship in the world. The entertainment is outstanding. Have been on several cruises with different cruise lines and the entertainment on this ship was the best I have seen. Was fortunate to eat at all the specialty restaurants except Wonderland and they were all quite good as was the dining room. Central Park is my favorite area on the Oasis class ships and again found a stateroom close by to be very nice. Sliding down The Ultimate Abyss was certainly something unusual to do on a cruise ship. All in all, I certainly recommend o cruise on this ship.
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ELDIABLOU wrote a review Nov 2021
Miami, Florida36 contributions29 helpful votes
Me and my wife love cruises and we had the opportunity to work as a contractor with a Lab doing Covid19 test for all 2000 crew members on board the Symphony of the Seas for 8 consecutive weeks without debarking. I get to explore every corner of the Cruise ship and I can tell you that is a totally rewarding experience! All shows are at a Broadway or Las Vegas level!! Very professional actors and performers. To mention a few: HIRO the Aqua show is amazing, the Ice skating show is superb! Singer Mark Preston former lead vocal of the Lettermen's has a clear and powerful voice still. Jazz club and performers are high quality and this is only on the entertainment part. The dining experience has a wide variety of restaurants and bars, and all of them are the best choice for your palate! Now on the STAFF part I was not able to remember all crew member names but just to mention some are: Carlos, Eloy, Pachi, Diego, Kevin (Mexico) Benedicto, Herbert, Sherwin, Rommel, Vance, Arico, Melanie (Philippines), Roxana (Romania), Alick, Sudeep, Priya (India), BeerSee, Depak (Mauritius), Alper (Turkey), Maria Sol Popovich (Argentina) The Dolgovas, Marina (Ukraine) Captain Rick (Canada) and many more staff members that make an unforgettable experience on board of the largest ship in the world weighing an outstanding 228000 tons Symphony of the Seas! Thank you crew members!
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DublinGemologist wrote a review Nov 2021
Katy, Texas47 contributions134 helpful votes
Not too much I didn't enjoy about this cruise experience. This ship is huge and offers pretty much everything you could possibly want. We actually had a hurricane heading toward Miami and decided to go ahead and fly to Miami, take a wait and see attitude as to whether then ship would depart with passengers. About half the passengers cancelled, so we had plenty of room and service. We maneuvered around the hurricane, ended up cruising an extra day due to the storm (ok by me!)
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