Symphony of the Seas by Royal Caribbean: A Tour (and the Cheapest Cabins)
When the Symphony of the Seas was launched in the spring of 2018, it was billed as the largest cruise ship in the world. This was true—but only by a very small degree over the previous title holder, Harmony of the Seas, and it won't be true for long. Its maker, Royal Caribbean has learned how to keep itself in the headlines by repeatedly crowning its newest ships with the title. But in style as well as substance, the Symphony, which cost an astounding $1.5 billion to make, is very much like the other Oasis-class vessels.
While above decks, Royal Caribbean is establishing a predictable continuity of its basic product, it's changing things radically below decks, where customers can't see the innovation. This ship looks very much like its predecessors, but it's the beneficiary of technology that makes it 25% more efficient than its sisters built just a few years ago. Among them: 100% LED and non-incandescent lighting that makes everything easier to keep cool, a layer of microbubbles that enables the hull to coast through the water with significantly less friction, and a waste-and-exhaust system that retains toxins for safe and controlled disposal on land.
2,759 total staterooms
228,081 gross registered tons
215.5 feet wide
238 feet tall
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