Royal Caribbean is officially debuting its biggest, baddest ship yet — the Symphony of the Seas.
Set to make its maiden voyage on March 31, the new cruise ship weighs nearly 230,000 tons and is over 1,000 feet long, just about 70 feet shy of being the length of the Empire State Building., a rock wall, an ice skating rink, three water slides, a surf simulator, stage performances, an onboard water park for kids, a wide array of dining options and a luxurious family suite that can sleep up to eight guests.
The ship is currently docked in Malaga, Spain, where it will spend its time in the Mediterranean between ports in Spain, France and Italy before it moves to its permanent dock in Miami on Nov. 24, 2018.
Symphony of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s fourth Oasis-class vessel. With each one slightly bigger than the last, every Oasis-class vessel has held the Guinness World Records’ title of World’s Largest Cruise Ship.
SYMPHONY OF SEAS
The 228,081-ton, 1,188-foot-long Symphony of the Seas boasts 18 decks, 24 guest elevators, seven distinct neighborhoods, and 2,759 staterooms, comfortably accommodating up to 6,680 guests and a 2,200-person crew.
Like the other Oasis-class vessels, Symphony of the Seas features a 10-deck slide, two FlowRider surf simulators, a zip line, twin 40-foot rock climbing walls, an ice skating rink and a bar staffed by robot bartenders. Unique to Symphony of the Seas is a glow-in-the-dark laser tag arena and a two-level Ultimate Family Suite, which includes a floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall.
“We’re excited to introduce Symphony of the Seas, our boldest composition yet, offering the best of Royal Caribbean with some new surprises for our guests to create a vacation that adventurers of all ages can enjoy together,” Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, said in a release. “We set out to create a new level of vacation adventure and deliver the ultimate escape for families of all shapes and sizes. Symphony will introduce the most cutting-edge, customizable, and digitally-enhanced experiences in the Royal Caribbean fleet.”
Beginning Nov. 24, 2018, Symphony of the Seas will make Miami, FL her year-round home, sailing 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages from the state-of-the-art new Terminal A at PortMiami.