5 Reasons to Get Excited About the Symphony of the Seas
Due to be delivered in April 2018, Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas is set to make some very big waves in the cruising industry. With anticipation building, we’ve decided to shine a spotlight on this amazing cruise-ship-in-the-making and highlight the top five reasons to get excited about its arrival.
Size can matter
Upon its completion, the Symphony of the Seas will be the world’s largest cruise ship. Weighing in at 230,000 gross tonnage and measuring 362 metres long and 66 metres wide, this giant vessel will feature 16 decks and carry 5,494 passengers. These numbers outstrip those of the world’s current largest cruise ship: the Harmony of the Seas, another Royal Caribbean vessel.
As the world’s largest cruise ship, you can bet the Symphony of the Seas will have plenty to offer to its passengers. Royal Caribbean’s distinct neighbourhood experience is back, with the Symphony of the Seas boasting seven distinct areas, including Central Park, which features over 12,000 trees and plants lining elegant walkways.
The Ultimate Abyss is back
Originally debuting on the Harmony of the Seas, the heart-racing, jaw-dropping Ultimate Abyss slide will be featured on the Symphony of the Seas. Beginning on the top deck (45 metres above sea level), riders enter a glass platform and grab a mat before launching down a spiralling tunnel of colour and sound. The tallest slide at sea, the Ultimate Abyss boasts LED lights, speakers, a twister light effect and a starry sky effect, as well as a 27-degree incline that means riders experience a G-force of 1.46 as they zoom down 10 decks of twisting tubes. The average ride time is 13.14 seconds and most riders have a heart rate of 101 beats per minute, making this the supreme adventure for thrill-seekers.
Surprises are in store
Launching in a year’s time, there are a few aspects of the Symphony of the Seas that remain a mystery. For example, Royal Caribbean have said the Ultimate Abyss will be back, but with a twist. On their website, they’ve also said they’re ‘composing a few new dishes’, hinting that new dining experiences and talents are coming aboard. Another mystery that remains to be solved is the ‘whole new challenge’, which promotes adventure and a ‘new scale of daring’. It’s official: we’re well and truly excited to discover what Royal Caribbean have up their sleeves.
If sailing on this floating wonderland wasn’t enough, you’re sure to get excited about the Symphony of the Seas’ travel plans. The cruise ship will spend its inaugural summer season in Europe, travelling to amazing destinations such as Barcelona, Rome, Florence and Naples. After that, it will make its way to the warm, welcoming waters of the Caribbean and continue to travel the area until April 2019.
It will have a brand new home
After its Europe travels, the Symphony of the Seas is set to dock at a new, 15,793-square-metre cruise terminal in Port Miami. Nicknamed the ‘Crown of Miami’ due to its distinctive crown-shaped design, the cruise terminal will be completed in late 2018 and will boast an array of state-of-the-art facilities.
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