Gross Tonnage: 228,021
Guest Capacity: 5,518 double occupancy, 6,680 maximum capacity
Staterooms : 2,700
Decks: 18 high
Length: 1,188 feet
Max Beam: 215.5′
Draft: 30.6 feet
Cruising Speed: 22 knots
Ship’s Registry: Bahamas
Entered Service: 2018
MS Symphony of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International.As of 9 June 2017, she is the largest passenger ship in the world by gross tonnage, at 228,021 GT, surpassing her sister Harmony of the Seas.
Symphony of the Seas measures 1,188 feet (362 m) in length and has a gross tonnage of 228,081 across 18 decks. She is able to accommodate 5,518 passengers at double occupancy up to a maximum capacity of 6,680 passengers, as well as a 2,200-person crew.
Facilities include a children’s water park, a full-size basketball court, ice-skating rink, and two 43-foot rock-climbing walls. There is also a ‘central park’ which contains over 20,000 tropical plants.
Because it has a little something for everyone, Symphony of the Seas attracts families of all kinds and people of all ages, with more children on board during summertime and school breaks. You can expect to find a mix of many nationalities, but primarily an English-speaking passenger mix of North Americans and Brits.
Royal Caribbean’s once-casual dress code is even more so now, with crew telling us that the dress code in some specialty restaurants on Symphony of the Seas, like 150 Central Park, has been relaxed. During the day you’ll find everything from bathing suits (you’ll need a coverup and shoes, though, to eat in the buffet) to jeans and tees. Passengers tend to get a little more spiffed up at night with sundresses, khakis and button-up shirts or polos. There are two formal nights per seven-night sailing, and fashion choices vary widely, with passengers choosing to don anything from gowns and tuxes to pants suits or jackets and ties.
For those who never want to dress up at night, there is no formal dress code in the Windjammer Marketplace.
Daily gratuities — which go to all housekeeping, dining and back-of-house staff — are $14.50 per person, per day and $17.50 per person, per day for suite passengers. The amount is automatically added to your onboard account, but gratuities can also be prepaid so you don’t have a charge pending at the end of your cruise. Passengers are allowed to adjust gratuities by visiting the guest services desk. All spa services, specialty dining, as well as any drink purchased on the cruise come with the addition of an 18 percent auto-gratuity.