Recently my family and I were lucky enough to be invited on board the Royal Caribbean’s newest liner and the largest cruise ship in the world “The Symphony of the Seas” for a 2 day taster cruise off the coast of Barcelona. This was our first cruise and we were a little apprehensive as to whether or not it would be for us….what can I say, I have already thought about booking for next years holiday we honestly loved it that much! I would recommend it to anyone with or without kids! It is a great way of visiting multi destinations and enjoying cultural experiences in between the relaxation and grandeur of the ship. The ship would usually sail at night and you’d wake in your next port ready to hop off and explore, you can either go it alone or book onto one of the many excursions. We are thinking of doing a week in the med next year so the kids can see Rome among others places, to check out the routes click here
The ship is huge, almost like a floating city. There are 16 decks, countless bars and restaurants and enough entertainment to keep the kids busy for your whole trip. We tried to tour the entire ship but every time we started something else would stop us in our tracks, it was quite mind blowing. The Bionic bar is a sight to behold which I had to stop and test of course!
I didn’t get a chance to look in many other cabins but ours was a junior suite with a sea view balcony, it was spacious for the 4 of us and the bed was super comfortable, I slept so well on the ship even when it was moving. The kids were happy as there was a giant flat screen tv and I loved the L’Occitane products in the bathroom, the touches are fab and it does feel more like a luxury hotel than a ship! We were also lucky enough to spot dolphins in the morning while having our coffee from the balcony, so do keep your eyes peeled! There are many cabin options which will vary I price, some are internal so no sea view but I don’t think this would be a problem for me as there are so many decks you can sit on if you fancy looking out to sea. There were also a few luxury suites including one named The Ultimate Family Suite, this room is crazy with a slide from the upstairs bedroom level into the living area below, there is a also an air hockey table and around 4 games consoles linked to the largest tv I had ever seen in my life! This would be pure luxury, not in my price range thats for sure!!
If you are travelling with kids there are so many activities on board to keep them busy, the kids club wasn’t open on this trip but I have heard it is fab with different age groups from babies to teens. Find out about the different clubs here
While the kids are in the club it would be the perfect time to try out the spa which is huge!!!! There is also a well equipped gym if you fancy a run while looking out to sea!
My boys loved the florider which is a 40 foot surfing simulator, also the arcade was a highlight of course! We travelled with another family that we know (Kat from @Doesmybumlook40) they also have 2 boys who got on with mine like a house on fire, we lost them to the arcade for a good few hours but it was perfect as an after dinner treat, the adults could stay for a drink in the restaurant and the kids were happy!
I say there is lots to keep the kids entertained but my hubby had a go on the zip wire, sadly my boys were too light to have a go, you must be at least 72 lbs, there are two climbing walls, 3 water slides, a carousel, a laser tag arena, an ice rink, a running track, mini golf, sports arena, 2 swimming pools, countless hot tubs and a splash park for the little ones….I almost forgot to mention the Ultimate Abyss which is a 10 story tube slide, myself and Kat went down this and screamed from top to bottom!
In the evening the dinner options are immense from fine dinning at Wonderland, Sushi at Zumi, Jamie’s Italian, the list just goes on! We ate in the main restaurant both evenings which is quite a formal a la carte with around 4 options for each course, I thought the quality was amazing especially as this is the largest restaurant on the ship. I also loved grabbing lunch at the Mexican El Loco I could not fault the food there it was delicious, I also tried the pizzeria which stays open until 3am!
After dinner we headed to the wine bar called Vintages located in Central Park, the wine selection was fab and you would not even realise you were out at sea being in this part of the ship, they even play cicada sounds in the trees!!
You have the choice of a few shows in the evening, we popped in to watch Hairspray in the main theatre which is bigger than the west end and the show was as good as any I have seen there, the scale of the production is just amazing. While we were there we also had the option to watch the iceskating show which sadly we didn’t get time to do but we did see the incredible high diving, I had to cover my eyes a couple of times as I just couldn’t believe they dive backwards from that height on a ship!!
If you have any questions, please do let me know, I can answer anything about the experience itself but I’m afraid I do not have a price for a trip as it differs so much depending on what package you go for, if you click this link you can either call the booking line or email them to get a quote.
This post was written as part of a paid partnership with Royal Caribbean but all views are my own