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  1. We will be on Symphony Of The Seas next month. We are trying to coordinate something in Roatan. I need to know if the ship stays on Miami time or switches to local time?
  2. Can anyone tell me which pay for venues would be open at lunch time? One of our stops on our next cruise on Symphony is Coco Cay. We are not waterpark people anymore, so just a dip in the beach and the pool, then we will be back on board. This might be the perfect opportunity to explore a nice venue for lunch. Thank you for your help.
  3. I don't plan on purchasing any internet or wifi package on Symphony will the RCCL App be of any use to me? Will I be able to check my account or my planner with show and dining times?
  4. Does Symphony's in room TV's offer Pay Per View movies?
  5. Hi, Can anyone tell me if you have been on The Symphony were you able to get a memory foam or egg crate topper for the beds. Someone posted on FB that they asked and got one. When we were on Harmony last year we were told they no longer had toppers. I need to know if we have to bring our own or not. Thanks.
  6. We are looking at ocean view (outside view) cabins on the Symphony of the Seas on deck 9. Does anyone have pictures of the cabins on the very front of the ship? It looks like the window is a rectangle and the ones in the front on the side a circle? Is there is any difference between cabin 9508 and 9526? Also, do the cabins have a couch? Is there any of the outside cabins that are better than the other outside of the large ones because they won't let us choose that one because there is only 2 of us. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
  7. Just wanted to write a hopefully helpful review and try to answer any questions if anyone has them.A little about me- I'm 33 and this was my 16th cruise (Most with RCCL). My husband and I traveled with his parents, his brother and sister and law, and their two sons (7 and 10). This was our first cruise as Diamond. We pre-purchased the drink package at $49 per day, the Escape Room at $20, and the Thrill Waterpark at Coco Cay for $79 per day. Overall, we had a great cruise but after the Oasis last year, and being on the Symphony this year, I think we are ready to go back to a slightly smaller ship. While the Oasis of the Seas didn't seem incredibly crowded, there were a lot of crowds on the Symphony at certain times. It didn't ruin our trip or anything, but it definitely felt like there were a lot of people on the ship most of the time (besides before 8 am). Feel free to ask any questions! Pre-cruise: We flew in to FLL a day early and stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn South Brickell. It was about $125 for one night but there was a $25 valet parking charge. They have a very nice pool area and a decent gym, but it is not really within walking distance of any restaurants or shops. It was a short and relatively cheap Uber ride to the port. Embarkation- Very fast. We had already signed in online and it took about 5 minutes from start to finish. We got to the port around 11:15 and were onboard and at the Park Cafe for lunch by 11:30. Staterooms were ready by 1. We were in 8298 (oceanview balcony) which we felt was pretty convenient. It was relatively close to stairs and it was very close to Central Park. Made it easy to go to the Trellis Bar really quick and grab a glass of wine to drink on the balcony. Only on one night did we really hear any noise from Dazzles and it did not really bother us.We ended up sailing away around 7:30 that night due to some Maintenance. This worked out well because we usually miss the sail away getting ready for early dinner. We were able to catch it this time!
  8. Does Symphony has a place to store carry on bags before rooms are ready so we don't have to carry them around with us?
  9. Hello, Does anyone know the current cost and expected service charge for Wonderland on Symphony of the Seas? is it $55 + 18%? Thank you :)
  10. Hi all Does anyone know which nights are formal on Symphony Western route? Also, do specialty restaurants require formal attire on formal nights? Thanks ahead! 😊
  11. We just got off of symphony and are waiting at the airport. We had a really nice cruise, but symphony felt really crowded. We have been on Oasis 2x and allure 1x and for some reason they didn't feel crowded. Did they make a change with symphony? More cabins? Thanks
  12. It's been a long wait of 731 days since booking this Symphony cruise. But that just meant lots of time to plan and be excited for this.... To Sum It up.... The Good OMG…what an amazing ship! The ship is Allure on steroids. It has the familiar layout…plus the addition of water slides, The Abyss, Laser Tag, Bionic Bar, and some new restaurants such as Hooked (but didn’t try it) and El Loco Fresh (yum). The ship is just beautiful with the décor. I loved how every staircase has different art, and there are a few interactive pieces around the ship. There are always hits and misses, but the food was really good and wonderful service. The shows are incredible, top notch Broadway and their own shows (Flight, Hiro, 1977) were so well done). I definitely have a new favorite ship! The Bad <empty, as nothing to report> The Ugly Having to come home The End….. Ok...well that was the Coles notes. Or you can continue reading with all the details. I always find that writing reports helps with those post cruise blues, and it's a nice way to capture the memories.
  13. Here we go! So we flew into FLL the night before the cruise and stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. It was a short ride to the cruise port and the hotel was near stores to get things for the cruise. We had stayed at the Hyatt Centric in South Beach when we cruised Allure before, and I thought that hotel was much nicer. I also liked being in South Beach a bit more. This was our second time sailing out of Terminal A and the experience was great once again. From curbside to ship was about 15 minutes and we were able to use our mobile boarding passes. I'll touch on this later, but traffic management around the Terminal is atrocious and RCL did an awful job with it. Everything about the ship was great. We had a boardwalk balcony room and fit 4 people inside. It wasn't ideal, but it was cost effective. We didn't spend a ton of time in the room anyway so it was doable. The couch turned into a sofa bed and the bottom pulled out to create a second sofa bed. The room was super clean and had ample storage, we had no problem fitting clothes for four people. The activities on board were endless. HIRO was outstanding. We did like Ocean Aria on Allure a bit better, but HIRO was still top notch. The activities manager (Katy) was more involved than the cruise director, but they did a great job making sure there was a ton of things to do. There was also great bands and musicians on board providing entertainment in Central Park, Boardwalk, etc. The Piano player in the Schooner Bar wasn't all that great. We did the Sushi Class on the ship. We had done this before and at this point we do it just to get a nice lunch. The amount of sushi you get makes it well worth the $30 charge for the class, and on top of it the class is fun. The only other specialty dining experience we had was at Jamie's Italian and it left a lot to be desired. The pasta dishes we had really didn't taste much different than what you would get in the MDR, and it was fairly expensive. I would definitely pick 150 Central Park or Chops, I feel like it's a much better value for the price. Speaking of food, everything else on board was SO good. El Loco Fresh was amazing, it did get slightly crowded at times, but it was never that long of a wait. They had tacos, burritos, chips, salsa, guac, etc. We stopped here for lunch a good bit. I also really loved the addition of Playmakers. We bought food here one night, the poke nachos, and they were so so so good. My only gripe with Playmakers is that RCL needs to strike some sort of deal with DirectTV or whoever to get live sports each night. The sports bar atmosphere was fantastic, but for nights in late May, they had no NHL playoff games, a few NBA games, and like 2 MLB games. Most of the time it was just soccer replays. A lot of people seemed to be watching sports on their phones at the bar, which kind of defeats the purpose of the sports bar. The atmosphere was great, but they really need to get better sports programming. Speaking of, VOOM was great as well. We had the Surf + Stream package and had no problems with it all week. It was more than enough to stream video and podcasts. Our MDR staff was also top notch. Felipe and Khem took great care of us every night and the food was just outstanding. All of the staff we encountered on board was friendly as well. I would like to specifically mention Aladdin and Roman at the Schooner bar. Aladdin was one of the funniest and most entertaining bartenders we've ever had on a cruise. We ended up at this bar almost every night. Our room steward (Jeffery) was very attentive and our room was always spotless with the beds made. The ports were great. We didn't end up getting off at St. Kitts and stayed on the boat. If you aren't attached to a port, I'd recommend doing this at least once, especially on an Oasis class ship. St. Thomas was great as well. We took the Secret Sands Beach Excursion and Lindqvist Bay was absolutely beautiful. The tour bus was a little bit late but once we got going everything was good. We got about 2.5 to 3 hours at the beach. The ride was very scenic. There were chairs, snacks, and drinks provided. They will expect you to tip if you take advantage of the food. There was also excellent snorkeling at the beach. We saw several turtles, rays, and there was a large reef just off the coast. We were super excited to visit CocoCay because of the Perfect Day renovation and we were not disappointed. Everything on the island was 10x better than before. First off, the island is much more broken out now, with 6000 people it didn't feel crowded and it was easy to get a lounger. The food was what I was most impressed with. Before when we were there, it was just generic and bland. This time it seemed like they had a ton more options and they even had a snack shack with funnel cakes and special chicken sandwiches. It was very good. We did do an excursion which was a huge mistake. We did the reef snorkeling and sandbar getaway. The reef we went to wasn't exactly a reef. It was a couple of rocks in an area of construction. There weren't many fish and the bottom was pretty much barren. We then went to a sandbar which was nice, but we only had a little bit of time. Given the activities on CocoCay, I would definitely stay on the island next time. The tour was a complete waste. We did spend some time at Oasis Lagoon and that was another awesome aspect of CocoCay. The pool is enormous and the swim up bar was super convenient. The best part of all is that there is now a dock, so we don't have to worry about a tender. The only thing (out of our control) that wasn't great was the water was pretty rough. But that's to be expected there. We would definitely sail Symphony again. It was one of the best cruises we have ever been on. Despite the size of the ship, it never felt crowded. The shows, the entertainment, and the activities were all top notch. I also put together a short video so you can see all of the goings on. Symphony is a really beautiful ship. If there is any questions I will answer them!
  14. I just purchased and made a reservation for the Hibachi Experience on Symphony. Does the $45 fee I paid include the 18% gratuity?
  15. Have a questions about the time that Bolero's is open on embark day. There are 32 of us and we like to meet up before muster drill for a quick meet and greet. Does anyone know if Bolero's will be open on Symphony of the Seas around 2:30pm. Thanks for any assistance.
  16. Anyone who can tell me what the prices particularly on beer and what the heck Scotch are on Symphony if the Seas.
  17. Our cruise is March 7th when can we expect to see the "Showtimes at a Glance" and be able to make reservations?
  18. We are a group of 21 on the Symphony in October. There are many of us that would like to do laser tag. I see that you can sign of for this activity on the APP or in person on embarkation day. Does anyone know if we can sign up multiple rooms at one time with the APP? If not, if we have to go in person, does someone from each room need to be there to sign up or will they let one person in the group sign up everyone?
  19. When I made our UDP reservations when we boarded Symphony on Saturday I had to pay an extra 14.00 pp up charge to make our reservations for Izumi Hibatchi. I was told since Hibatchi is 49.95 and Izumi Sushi was a 35.00 credit as an ala carte restaurant, this was to cover the difference between the 35.00 credit and the price of Hibatchi. So it sounds to me like they are trying to treat Hibatchi like an ala carte restaurant. This sounds bogus to me. Am I wrong? Would like advice to challenge this as I have copies of all the descriptions of the UDP from the website including the one that lists Hibatchi with all the other restaurants. Nowhere can I find Hibatchi described as being in the ala carte category or any mention of an up charge. Mary Ann
  20. symphony of the seas deck 8 forward vs deck 6 aft which do you prefer and why?
  21. If we do one of the dining packages, can we book reservations online prior to sailing? If not, do people typically have trouble getting reservations once on board? Can laser tag and escape room be book in advance? Pros/Cons of the CP balcony rooms. Thanks so much!
  22. Can someone tell me if they are still giving the Central Park perks on Symphony? In the past, it was a bottle of wine and a lunch. If so, which restaurants can you visit? Thanks!
  23. We will be on Deck 7 aft and wondering if there is an exit at the back of the ship (near the climbing wall) so we can go out that way and then down the stairs to the aqua theater and boardwalk? Or am I gonna have to go ALL THE WAY to the elevator/stairs and down and around? AND at PerfectDay... wondering if there's still an inflatable fun area anchored out in a bay? It used to be there, but not sure since the "improvements" have been made with the water park etc. Also, if you are reading this and have ever cruised with a multigenerational group of 15+ please let me know what worked best for you on any and every subject. I'd like to make sure we have an actual good time. 🙂 Thanks!
  24. We're in a GS on Symphony in November. How do we book CK reservations? I thought I read somewhere that the concierge will contact us by email a couple of weeks before the cruise and ask about reservations, but I want to confirm that this is correct. We're also interested in trying Wonderland. Are we better off booking this pre-cruise or waiting until we get onboard. We're Diamond if that matters. Thanks.
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