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Symphony of the Seas ads amenities to families

Royal Caribbean International is redefining family and adventure travel with its newest ship, . Bringing to life every family’s vacation dreams, the ship is a playground of thrill and chill experiences carefully designed with guests of all ages in mind. Families can go head to head in a glow-in-the-dark laser tag adventure, take the plunge down the tallest slide at sea, or soak up some sun after getting drenched on the ship’s epic waterslides and surf simulators, discovering exactly how Symphony of the Seas is the new sound of adventure for the whole family.

The Ultimate Family Suite

The new Ultimate Family Suite is two stories of thrills on every level. Imagination brings this one-of-a-kind home away from home to life with swoon-worthy features, whimsical color schemes and a whole lot of awesome. The 1,346-square-foot interactive space is designed for both the young and young at heart, providing a space for families to come together during their cruise vacation, while also offering enough room and amenities to relax during that special “me time.”


– Accommodates up to eight guests across the two bedrooms – with a “Magic Door” crawl space in between – and a living room
In-suite slide, where even the biggest of kids can slide into fun from one level to the next
– Private cinema with an 85-inch HD TV, featuring the ultimate family movie library (streaming services included) and video games on multiple consoles
– LEGO wall, spanning floor to ceiling, for the smallest of aspiring architects
– Hidden nooks to chill and recharge and enjoy some privacy
– Royal Genie, the epitome of an ultimate insider and concierge extraordinaire, on hand to deliver surprise and delights as part of the many services and premium amenities included in the luxurious experience
– And that’s just the inside; the 212-square-foot balcony touts table tennis, an interactive, three-dimensional vertical maze for kids called the Luckey Climber, and a full-size whirlpool that provides unmatched ocean views while guests soak in the sun.

Palate-pleasing menus

Symphony will have taste buds tingling as families restaurant hop from bow to stern. There’s a little bit of everything, ensuring even the choosiest culinary connoisseur has something to enjoy in between adventures. Symphony will make it easy for families to taste the ultimate kid’s menus at sea across more than 20 restaurants found on board, four of which are new concepts for the cruise line.

– Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade is where families cheer on their home team playing on any of more than 30 big-screen TVs, while they munch on American classics like wings, popcorn shrimp, sliders, burgers and picture-perfect sundaes. After finding inspiration in celebrating a win, it is game on at the arcade with Ms. Pac-Man, Star Wars Battle Pod, Ice Skee-ball and a lineup of other popular arcade games.
– El Loco Fresh is perfect for the family on the go with a fiesta of flavors, from made-from-scratch mole sauce and tangy salsa verde to the made-to-order tacos and burritos. This crazy delicious Mexican fare is fresh and fast for those looking to fuel up for their next onboard adventure.
– Hooked Seafood is the ultimate catch for families looking for fresh seafood. Those angling for a real taste of New England-inspired classics can enjoy lobster and crab claws, or take their pick of local fish and just-shucked oysters at the ice-cold raw bar.
– Sugar Beach candy and ice cream shop is the ultimate spot for that sweet tooth. Adults and kids alike can take their pick from a family’s favorite confections and ice creams, alongside a few sugarcoated surprises. The sweetest place on the high seas also features family-friendly DIY activities for aspirational culinary artists.

Entertainment amped up

Travelers will discover an unmatched variety of thrilling entertainment, with a lineup of high-tech, high-energy original productions that will captivate children and grownups alike. Shows spanning ice, water, air and stage will keep guests wowed, while brand new live-action adventures will bring out the kid in everyone.

– Battle for Planet Z has family, friends and foes go head to head for control of the last planet in the galaxy in this new glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience, complete with state-of-the-art technology and special effects.
– Puzzle Break: Escape the Rubicon challenges teams to race against the clock as they learn to work together toward one common goal – to escape the submarine-themed room before time runs out.

Adventure for all ages

Alongside new experiences, Royal Caribbean continues to offer family favorites like the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea; The Perfect Storm trio of waterslides; two FlowRider surf simulators; Splashaway Bay, a vibrant waterscape for kids and toddlers; skating in a real-ice rink at Studio B, a mini-golf course, a nine-deck-high zip line, two rock-climbing walls that stand 43 feet high, a full-size basketball court, table tennis, and 19 pools across 1,188 feet. The adventure extends on land for the whole crew. From grandchild to grandparent, guests can create lasting memories and discover new destinations together with a variety of shore excursions specifically designed with families in mind.

The cruise line’s robust and complimentary Adventure Ocean youth program continues to offer young vacationers, ages 3 to 17, a wide array of entertaining and educational experiences and activities infused with innovative fun and excitement. Highlights include:

– Royal Babies (ages 6-18 months) offers the tiniest guests and their parents interactive classes filled with enriching activities developed by early childhood experts.
– Royal Tots (ages 18-36 months) provides 45-minute interactive playground sessions filled with age-appropriate activities and toys.
– Aquanauts (ages 3-5 years) serves up cool experiments and the chance to become Certified Jr. Adventure Scientists.
– Explorers (ages 6-8 years) includes fun events and adventures, such as themed parties.
– Voyagers (ages 9-11 years) offers a range of activities that puts the "cool" back into learning.
Tweens & Teens Program (ages 12-17 years) allows older kids the freedom to come and go from their dedicated spaces on board, while checking out games, sports and parties with others their age.

Symphony of the Seas to operate from Barcelona and Miami during inaugural season

Royal Caribbean recently broke ground on the dramatic new PortMiami Terminal A, which will herald the arrival of what will be the world's largest cruise ship and the global cruise line's newest addition, Symphony of the Seas. She and Oasis-class sister ship Allure of the Seas will unite in November 2018 to offer island-hopping adventures through the Caribbean from the Magic City and add Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis to other marquee Oasis-class ports of call. Symphony's inaugural year of Europe and Caribbean itineraries are now available to book; Allure of the Seas' 2018-2019 itineraries will open for sale later in the month.

The 26th ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Symphony of the Seas, will be delivered in April 2018 and spend her inaugural summer season exploring the Mediterranean calling on ports in Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. She will then arrive to Miami in early November to begin seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries on Saturday, November 17 from the state-of-the-art Terminal A, dubbed the 'Crown of Miami.' Symphony of the Seas will claim the title of the world's largest – and most adventure filled – cruise ship, offering 28 more staterooms than her newest sister ship Harmony of the Seas and encompassing 230,000 gross tons. Touting new features and amenities for guests, she also will boast all the groundbreaking innovations and thrilling experiences that have garnered world-wide recognition for Harmony of the Seas. Among the award-winning and acclaimed favorites are the distinct seven-neighborhood concept, imaginative and sophisticated dining, Bionic Bar robot bartenders powered by Makr Shakr, Broadway-caliber entertainment, the iconic waterfront AquaTheater, the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, and Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea.

The 'Crown of Miami,' a 170,000-square-foot terminal, scheduled for completion for the arrival of Symphony and Allure, will be the most innovative cruise facility in the U.S. with an expected $500 million in revenue and the addition of 4,000 jobs to Miami-Dade County. It is anticipated that Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. will generate at least 1.8 million passenger moves at PortMiami, representing 30 percent of the port's projected passenger traffic.

Harmony of the Seas sets sail on first official cruise from Barcelona

Royal Caribbean International’s President and CEO, Michael Bayley, sends off the cruise line’s newest ship, Harmony of the Seas, as she departs on her inaugural cruise from her summer homeport of Barcelona, Spain this week. Coming off of receiving stellar guest satisfaction scores and feedback on its first repositioning cruise, from Southampton, U.K. to Barcelona, the world’s largest cruise ship is sailing an exclusive five-night Western Mediterranean itinerary with visits to Rome (Civitavecchia) and Naples, Italy at full capacity, with guests representing more than 34 countries.

Guests will enjoy a bold and unexpected lineup of thrilling features as they sail to the most popular Mediterranean destinations. The ship combines the distinct seven-neighborhood concept that Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of ships are known for with some of the most modern and groundbreaking vacation amenities, including the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea with a 10-story plunge; robot bartenders at The Bionic Bar, powered by Makr Shakr; interior staterooms with virtual balconies that provide real-time views of the destinations, and VOOM – the fastest internet at sea – so that guests can stay connected, stream their favorite entertainment and share their adventures with family and friends back at home.

Harmony of the Seas’ inaugural summer season will offer 7-night Western Mediterranean itineraries, showcasing Europe’s most popular destinations – Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence (Marseilles), France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. The adventure-packed ship will reposition to the U.S. in November, where she will make Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL her permanent homeport.

Wärtsilä powers Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas, featuring Wärtsilä engines, propulsion equipment, exhaust scrubber systems, Wärtsilä NACOS Platinum navigation and dynamic positioning systems, as well as Wärtsilä CCTV systems and various electrical & automation solutions, is now in commercial operation.

The 'Harmony of the Seas' has also been included in a service agreement between Wärtsilä and Royal Caribbean covering technical management and monitoring under Wärtsilä Genius services. The ship was delivered from the yard on May 12. With a length of 362 metres the ship, which was built at the STX France shipyard in the French port of Saint-Nazaire, is the world's largest cruise vessel. .

Wärtsilä has also provided the engines and thrusters to the vessel's sister ships, the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas, thus emphasising the trust and cooperation that exists between Wärtsilä and Royal Caribbean International.

"Wärtsilä congratulates both Royal Caribbean and STX France on this milestone delivery of the world's largest cruise ship. We are proud to have been selected to provide a comprehensive scope of Wärtsilä solutions and we wish good luck and success for the vessel throughout its lifecycle," says Fred Danska, Director, Cruise Business, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

The Harmony of the Seas is powered by four 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 46F engines and two 16-cylinder Wärtsilä 46F engines, featuring best-in-class fuel economy, and outstanding power-to-weight and power-to-space ratios. For effective manoeuvring, the ship has four Wärtsilä CT3500 transverse thrusters.

The two Wärtsilä hybrid scrubber systems represent the world's biggest marine exhaust scrubber installation so far. They feature the latest in exhaust cleaning technology thus minimising sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions and allowing the vessel to comply with emission control regulations around the world. Wärtsilä hybrid scrubber system solutions have the flexibility to operate in both open and closed loop using seawater to remove SOx from the exhaust.

The Wärtsilä NACOS Platinum navigation and dynamic positioning systems are a popular choice of cruise ship operators and feature highly advanced integrated navigation technology. Other electrical & automation solutions have been provided by Wärtsilä Funa for this vessel, including a house light dimming system for all public venues, a dimming system for the suites, and a low resolution LED wall for the theatre.

STX France begins construction on world's largest cruise ship

Royal Caribbean International cut the first piece of steel today for its third Oasis-class ship, marking the first construction milestone for a vessel that, at approximately 227,700 GRT, will be the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Richard D. Fain and Royal Caribbean International President and CEO, Adam Goldstein together with Laurent Castaing, chief executive officer, STX France, attended the event at the STX shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, where the ship will be built. The cruise line’s third Oasis-class ship is expected to be delivered in mid-2016.

"The Oasis-class ships have fundamentally changed the cruising landscape with the cornucopia of amenities and innovations that can be found onboard,” said Fain. “We are delighted to be offering a third Oasis-class vessel for our guests as well as to be back at STX France after such a long tradition of building amazing ships together."

"We are excited to once again partner with Royal Caribbean International," said Castaing, "We have built 12 ships for Royal Caribbean and are extremely proud of the strength of our relationship. Oasis 3 is one of the biggest challenges ever undertaken in the history of our company and our teams are excited and ready to make this a successful project."

 Oasis 3 joins sister-ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas which took the cruise industry by storm with their introduction in 2009 and 2010, respectively, featuring a revolutionary design with a split superstructure and the cruise line’s neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas. At 225,282 GRT and spanning 16 decks with 2,700 staterooms, the Oasis class ships also introduced extraordinary “firsts” at sea such as an 82 foot-long zip line, a handcrafted carousel, the Rising Tide elevating bar, the AquaTheater high-diving performance venue, and the Central Park with more than 12,000 live trees and plants. The Oasis class also offers amenities that can only be found on Royal Caribbean, such as twin FlowRider surf simulators, cantilevered whirlpools, an ice-skating rink, the H2O Zone kids aquapark, and the Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard that stretches nearly the length of the ship and flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques, among many others.

"Our Oasis-class ships have led the charge in delivering the WOW for which Royal Caribbean is known," said Goldstein. "We are delighted to get the building process underway and look forward to the next chapter of this amazing class of ships."

Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas sail weekly, alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In October 2014, Oasis of the Seas will sail a short autumn season in Europe from Barcelona, Spain before entering drydock for routine maintenance at the Képpel Verolme shipyard in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Details of the third Oasis-class ship will be revealed in the coming months.