The biggest cruise ship in the world was the Symphony of the Seas, which is operated by Royal Caribbean International. It measures 1,188 feet (362 meters) in length, and can accommodate up to 6,680 passengers and 2,200 crew members. Symphony of the Seas has 18 decks and features numerous amenities, including a water park, rock climbing wall, zip line, ice skating rink, and a Central Park with more than 20,000 tropical plants. It also has a wide range of dining options, from casual cafes to specialty restaurants.
The Symphony of the Seas also has a wide range of dining options. The ship has 23 restaurants, cafes, and bars, including a main dining room that serves a rotating menu of international cuisine, a seafood restaurant with fresh catches from around the world, and a Mexican cantina with a lively atmosphere. For passengers looking for a more exclusive dining experience, the Symphony of the Seas has several specialty restaurants that require an additional fee. These include a steakhouse, a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant, and a “Chef’s Table” experience where guests can enjoy a multicourse meal with wine pairings while interacting with the ship’s executive chef.
The ship also has plenty of activities for children, including a dedicated “Adventure Ocean” kids’ club with age-appropriate activities and programming. There’s also a teen lounge and disco, as well as a “Splashaway Bay” water park and a trio of waterslides. For adults, the Symphony of the Seas has several bars and lounges, as well as a full-service spa and fitness center. The ship also offers a variety of shore excursions at each port of call, ranging from cultural tours to adventure activities like zip-lining and scuba diving.
The Symphony of the Seas was built by the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France and was delivered to Royal Caribbean in March 2018. It is the fourth Oasis-class vessel in the company’s fleet, following the Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Harmony of the Seas. The ship weighs approximately 228,000 gross tons and is powered by four Wärtsilä engines, which give it a cruising speed of 22 knots. It also features state-of-the-art technology, including a smart check-in system that uses facial recognition to speed up the boarding process.
One of the most impressive features of the Symphony of the Seas is its entertainment offerings. The ship has a 1,400-seat theater that hosts Broadway-style productions, as well as an aqua theater that features high-diving acrobatics and synchronized swimming performances. It also has a “Boardwalk” area with a carousel and a “Central Park” area with walking paths, gardens, and outdoor restaurants. Accommodations on the Symphony of the Seas range from standard interior cabins to luxurious suites with private balconies and 24-hour butler service. There are also family suites with separate bedrooms and living areas, as well as “virtual balcony” cabins that feature floor-to-ceiling screens displaying real-time ocean views.