THE SEVEN NEIGHBORHOODS OF SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS
Symphony of the Seas is the ultimate family vacation with new surprises at every turn. The world’s largest cruise ship is designed with the unique seven-neighborhood concept exclusive to the Oasis Class ships, which offers a variety of features and experiences for families to explore together or on their own. The highlights of Symphony’s unique neighborhoods packed with fun and exciting new adventures include:
An Oasis Class favorite, the reimagined Boardwalk neighborhood touts fresh energy and swagger with the addition of all-new venues, for the whole family.
- During the day and into the late night, the 1,938-square-foot Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade is where families can cheer on their home team playing on any of the 31 big-screen TVs, as they enjoy American classics like wings, popcorn shrimp, sliders and picture-worthy sundaes along with craft beer and cocktails. Family-favorite tabletop games are perfect pastimes and available for play all day. The indoor and outdoor arcade is packed with more than 20 games, from Ms. Pac-Man and Star Wars: Battle Pod to Ice Skee-ball for those looking for friendly competition.
- Sugar Beach candy and ice cream shop is the sweet spot on the Boardwalk with more than 100 types of candies, a variety of ice cream flavors and toppings. Also featured at this colorful, interactive shop are family-friendly DIY activities, like cupcake and cookie decorating, for aspiring culinary artists.
- A remarkable outdoor, oceanfront venue, the AquaTheater is an amphitheater-style entertainment space unique to Royal Caribbean. The Boardwalk staple hosts movie screenings and game shows by day and stunning aqua acrobatics and high-diving performances by night.
- A full-size, hand-carved carousel joins only three others of its kind at sea, all on Oasis Class ships, with a variety of custom-built horses and other animals.
- In addition to the new Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade and Sugar Beach, other dining venues that line the Boardwalk are Johnny Rockets and the Boardwalk Dog House.
- Two 43-foot-high rock climbing walls flank the AquaTheater, providing multiple climbing routes and a unique perspective looking out to sea.
Pool and Sports Zone
An ample playground with a combination of relaxing and adrenaline-inducing experiences, this neighborhood is home to five types of pools and a lineup of the most active adventures on Symphony of the Seas.
- The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, towers 10 stories above sea level, overlooking the iconic AquaTheater at the back of the ship. The bravest ride the pair of side-by-side slides, and twist and turn until they reach the Boardwalk below in less than 13 seconds.
- The Perfect Storm trio of waterslides – Cyclone, Supercell and Typhoon – thrill vacationers of all ages. These multistory waterslides’ clear sections offer sliders views of Central Park down below.
- Families looking for fun in the sun can enjoy Splashaway Bay, a vibrant waterscape for kids and toddlers with sea creature water cannons, winding slides, a gigantic drench bucket and a multiplatform jungle gym.
- Another first-at-sea innovation, the signature zip line towers nine decks high above the Boardwalk, and takes guests on an exhilarating ride across the open-air atrium of the world’s largest cruise ship.
- The adults-only Solariumis a multistory indoor/outdoor retreat ideally positioned at the front of the ship. This glass-paneled enclave offers stunning sea views, a new pool, lounge areas and four cantilevered whirlpools suspended 136 feet (41.5 meters) above the ocean. New on Symphony, the Solarium is home to Hooked Seafood, Royal Caribbean’s first New England-style seafood restaurant featuring fresh seafood and a robust raw bar complete with oysters shucked to order.
- The sports deck boasts Royal Caribbean favorites, including two signature FlowRider surf simulators, a nine-hole miniature golf course, and the Sports Court for friendly games of basketball, volleyball and soccer.
Royal Caribbean brings the outdoors in with Central Park. At the center of the ship, the open-air signature neighborhood features more than 20,700 lush plants and winding pathways that lead to quiet nooks, retail boutiques, live entertainment and restaurants.
- Central Park is home to some of the ship’s most popular specialty dining restaurants, including 150 Central Park, with a new seasonal menu crafted by Royal Caribbean’ s very own dedicated chefs; Chops Grille, Jamie’s Italian by world-renowned chef Jamie Oliver, and Vintages wine bar.
- The redesigned Park Café offers an expanded dining area with additional indoor/outdoor seating – the perfect spot for meeting friends and people-watching.
The heart of the ship, Royal Promenade is where vacationers first step foot on board for an introduction of great proportions. This neighborhood is at the center of it all, bustling with parades, theme parties, eateries, retail shops, and bars and lounges.
- Bionic Bar, the bar with a twist has two robotic bartenders shaking things up and mixing a variety of drinks made to order
- The Rising Tide Bar – the world’s first moving bar at sea – transports guests enjoying their cocktails between the Royal Promenade (deck 5) and Central Park (deck 8) on an eight-minute ride.
- Dining options include Sorrento’s Pizzeria and Café Promenade.
- Guests can go out for a night on the “town” at Boleros Latin dance lounge, the English-style pub – Copper and Kettle, and On Air Club.
Entertainment Place is filled with life and energy day and night. Whether it is joining in on the new epic, glow-in-the-dark laser tag battle or ice skating at a full-scale ice rink, this vibrant district features everything from late-night dancing to after-hour comedy shows.
- Seating 1,401 guests, the Royal Theater is home to two headline shows: a bigger than ever production of Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Hairspray and Flight: Dare to Dream, a Royal Caribbean original production that brings guests on a thrilling journey through time chronicling humanity’s fascination with flying.
- Studio B showcases the original ice skating extravaganza named 1977, which follows Tempus, the time-traveling, dimension-jumping hero. He is called to London, England to recover Her Majesty’s Crown Jewels in time for the famous Silver Jubilee. The venue also hosts the new glow-in-the-dark laser tag adventure, Battle for Planet Z.
From adventurous tots to teens, young travelers can dive into the widest array of dedicated spaces and activities offered by the award-winning Adventure Ocean youth program. The program is tailored to entertain, educate and inspire the youngest of adventurers with science, arts and crafts, theater, sports and parades that make imaginations run wild.
- The age groups each have a dedicated space: Royal Babies and Tots, ages six months to two years; Aquanauts, ages 3 to 5; Explorers, ages 6 to 8; and Voyagers, ages 9 to 11.
- Royal Babies and Royal Tots is the cruise line’s fully-staffed nursery, where children can be dropped off in the care of Royal Caribbean’s trained professionals, and also is the space for various playgroups.
- Common play areas include Imagination Studio, where children can explore the world of color and imagination through arts and crafts; a fully-equipped lab for Adventure Science Lab, where Einsteins-in-the-making can expand their knowledge; Play, a circular area where children can participate in a variety of sports and games; and Adventure Ocean Theater, where kids can learn the art of theatrical productions and perform in talent shows.
- Longtime favorite Royal Caribbean teen-only spaces, Fuel Disco and The Living Room, as well as a spacious outdoor deck adjacent to these venues, give teens the freedom and opportunity to find new friends while on their cruise vacation.
Vitality Spa and Fitness
For a change of pace, vacationers can chill out or work out at Vitality Spa and Fitness. The relaxing getaway is where guests can put in for some “me time” and maintain their healthy lifestyles.
- The Vitality Spaincludes a Thermal Suite, featuring heated ceramic loungers, saunas and steam rooms; more than 50 facial and body services in various treatment rooms, including the Thai Herbal Poultice Massage, acupuncture and medi-spa services.
- In addition, the space offers a beauty salon and barber shop for hairstyling, hair treatments, manicures, pedicures, a clean share and more.
- Tweens and teens have a dedicated spa of their own at the Y Spa, in which to enjoy tailored services, from manicures and pedicures to mother/daughter and father/son massages.
- The Fitness Center offers a wide selection of exercise machines, including the latest cardio and resistance equipment for working out alone or joining one of the several group classes, such as spinning, Pilates and yoga.