A Symphony at Sea
A buoyant street party, a stroll down Santa Monica Pier, a quiet lunch in a shady park, a wild ride down a huge slide, a Broadway musical, a hip youth hangout, a luxurious massage—seven neighborhoods, one incredible ship. Royal Caribbean once again redefines the cruise experience with their brand new Symphony of the Seas. As the world’s largest cruise ship, this floating city of entertainment, restaurants, activities, and excitement proves bigger is better.
The itinerary we sailed alone—Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Marseilles, Florence, Rome, and Naples—is worthy of a separate blog post, but the focus here will be on the Symphony of the Seas and what this incredible, brandspanking new ship has to offer.
The Heart of the Matter
The Royal Promenade. The Corazón, Le Cœur, The Heart. The life beat of the ship manifests in this impressive central corridor in parades, dance parties, retail therapy, karaoke, and latin dancing. The people watching is epic, but the restaurants and shops are even more so. Recommendations: a hot slice of Sorrento’s pizza, my preferred late-night snack, and a Coconut Ranger cookie at the Promenade Café. Plus, check out the bionic robot bar. Yes, they have robot mixologists serving up drinks.
On the Boardwalk
Reminiscent of an old-fashioned seaside boardwalk, like Coney Island or Santa Monica pier, the Boardwalk has a fully functioning, antique merry-go-round. Hop on for a nostalgic spin on your favorite carousel horse! Grab a tasty hot dog at the Dog House. Hit Johnny Rockets for gourmet hamburgers and fries. Or the try the new concept Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade. Needing a sweet fix, then stop by Sugar Beach for over 100 kinds of candy and a tempting variety of ice cream, cookies, and cupcakes. The Aqua Theater hosts movie screenings and fabulous game shows by day and thrilling aqua acrobatics and high-diving performances by night. Because of the unique design of the ship, guests can choose a cabin that faces inward with a balcony overlooking the fun and excitement of the Boardwalk.
Peace and Quiet
Central Park. This revolutionary space sings to those who who need a vacation from their vacation. Complete with trees, flowers, and quiet pathways with light music playing in the background, this oasis of peace and serenity is the complete opposite of the Royal Promenade with its non-stop activity. Home to some of the top specialty restaurants—150 Central Park, Chops Grille, Jamie’s Italian by world-renowned chef Jamie Oliver, and Vintages wine bar—it provides the perfect location for meeting friends and relaxing over delicious cuisine. And speaking of amazing food, the redesigned Park Café which offers indoor/outdoor seating for breakfast and lunch is also found in this neighborhood. For those who prefer a quiet balcony cabin, choosing one overlooking Central Park would be perfect!