A Look at the World’s Largest Cruise Ship, Debuting in 2018

Oct 13, 2017

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Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas has just been replaced as the world’s largest cruise ship by … Royal Caribbean. The newest member of its International Oasis class of ships, Symphony of the Seas, just got one step closer to its April 2018 debut.

The new ship weighs in at 230,000 gross tons — nearly 3,000 more tons than its predecessor — and measures nearly 1,200 feet in length and 215 feet wide. The ship will have 2,759 staterooms that will house 6,870 guests and crew and 18 total decks.

The best and newest addition to Symphony is the addition of the Ultimate Family Suite. The interactive space will span two levels and will feature a slide from the kid’s-only bedroom to the living room below. There will also be a floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall, an air-hockey table and a few hidden nooks if you need some quiet time. The list goes on: a 3-D movie theater complete with popcorn machine and video games, a 212-square-foot wraparound balcony with a pool table, a climbing experience and a full-size whirlpool.

The bi-level Ultimate Family Suite will debut features like a slide from the kid’s bedroom down to the living room below.

In addition to its “world’s largest” title, the architectural marvel will have more balcony staterooms than ever before. The Symphony will introduce the newest features in its famed Boardwalk and Central Park neighborhoods. The Boardwalk will have interactive experiences and plenty of  entertainment for all ages, including the addition of Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade: the place to watch the big game — whichever big game is happening from around the world. The sports bar will span the length of the boardwalk and house 30 big screen television sets. Adjacent to the Boardwalk will be Sugar Beach, an ice cream and candy shop likely to be the sweetest spot on the open seas.

Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, onboard Symphony of the Seas, offers a new spot to watch the big game.

Another new feature of Symphony will be how guests check in. Cruisers will be able to use the new mobile app and upload their security “selfie” to create their onboard account from home. Additionally, guests will also have access to VOOM, the fastest internet at sea, state-of-the-art wayfinding and virtual balconies.

As for in-ship entertainment, Hairspray will be back by popular demand and a new, original Royal Caribbean show, Flight, a historical satire on the evolution of air travel, will also be performed on the ship.

Symphony will kick off its summer season in the Mediterranean in April, but will be permanently sailing out of Miami beginning November of 2018. Once stationed in Miami, the ship will sail its seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages.

Images courtesy of Royal Caribbean 

Have you ever been on one of Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis fleet? Let us know in the comments below. 

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