The world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas has been announced and promises a cruise experience that will be grander and more splendid than ever before. The ship is set to make its maiden voyage in April 2018 from St. Nazaire, France along the picturesque Mediterranean and Caribbean seas to its new home port in Miami. While there is plenty more to reveal about the ship, here are 5 things to look forward to on the magnificent Symphony that will excite you enough to plan a vacation on it right away.
1. A symphony of epic proportions
Symphony of the Seas surpasses its sister ship, Harmony of the Seas with its sheer size and grandeur. Symphony of the Seas with a 230,000-gross reported tonnage, can house 6,780 passengers and comprises 7 neighbourhoods – Central Park, Boardwalk, Royal Promenade, Pool and Sports Zone, Spa and Fitness Centre, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. The cruise ship is a whopping 215.5 feet wide, 1,188 feet long and has a cruising speed of 22 knots. Its massive passenger capacity also accommodates an international crew comprising 2,175 members. The cruise liner comprises 18 decks of which 16 are guest decks and has 2775 staterooms – 28 more than Harmony of the Seas – among 43 categories.
2. Adventure aboard for the adrenaline junkies
Besides claiming the title of the world’s largest ship, Symphony of the Seas is also set to be synonymous with the most adventure-filled ship. Like its sister ship Harmony, Symphony of the Seas boasts of the world’s biggest ship-mounted water slide ever – the Ultimate Abyss. It is the tallest slide at sea with a whopping 10 stories and a 100-foot drop that twists and turns in a serpentine-like movement as you slide down. The Pool and Sports Zone also houses The Perfect Storm, a trio of water slides and Splashaway, a children’s water-slide.
3. Culinary cruising for your palate
Symphony’s suite passengers will be privy to exclusive new dining areas and bars including a suite lounge and private restaurant called Coastal Kitchen and full-service Suite Sun Zone. The ship also boasts of restaurants such as Sabor Modern Mexican, Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine, Sorrento’s and Jamie’s Italian among others. The cruise also features The Bionic Bar famous for its dancing robot bartenders, and Izumi, a Japanese cuisine restaurant with an a la carte hibachi, teppanyaki and sushi menu.
4. A spectacular new itinerary
The grandest ship that the world has ever seen will be sailing to some new ports for Oasis class ships that include St. Kitts & Nevis, Costa Maya and Roatán. The ship will also explore awe-inspiring destinations of the Mediterranean calling on ports in Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Provence, Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples and some Eastern Caribbean sailings visiting Labadee, San Juan and St. Maarten.
5. New Miami port terminal
The new terminal at Port Miami, Terminal A promises to be a state-of-the-art cruise hub and future home of Symphony of the Seas. The terminal – dubbed ‘Crown of Miami’ – is a 170,000-square-foot terminal and is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2018 to welcome the new Symphony cruise will be.