Symphony of the Seas rocks! Loved this cruise so much!

Symphony of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 38

Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
Symphony of the Seas

7 Night Western Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 21, 2018

Ship: Symphony of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 10570

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Our family really enjoyed this cruise! I admit as a travel agent I was a bit skeptical of the number of passengers on this ship as we are used to traveling with 3,500 or less passengers. We had never experienced this volume of passengers but Royal Caribbean did an outstanding job of creating spaces everywhere on this ship. It actually never felt crowded. There was just so much to see and do and the ship is so large. The entertainment was exciting and refreshing! We went several times to see some shows again because they were that good. There was never a line in the buffet. We rarely ever saw anyone in our hallway. We had no trouble at all disembarking at any port or embarking either. Its like they took all the feedback of past customers of all cruise lines and fixed everything! A big plus for me was no one soliciting beverage packages, squirting me with hand sanitizer (there was a mandatory hand washing area before entering the buffet) GREAT idea to have soap and sinks to wash your hands and real shower doors and not those flimsy curtains. We were really impressed with this ship. The service was really attentive. Surprising is how friendly and willing to chat the staff was. The staff was making sure we were satisfied and happy. Thank you, we loved the cruise!

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Since we inter ported it was an absolute breeze getting on this ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
There are so many activities we could use another week just exploring the ship.

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone was so chatty and helpful. Even in the Windjammer cafe we could order a specialty coffee and they would go and get it for us.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
So clean and no ship smells. Smelled brand new.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Keep you eyes open for fun pop up events around the ship. We especially loved the surprise of the piano player who was jamming in the elevator one evening. We rode the elevator for several songs. Good times.

Ports of call

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
Rome is great. Did a 3 day pre-cruise visit. Civitavecchia where the port is has nothing but the ship.

Naples, Italy

4 out of 5
Great jumping off point to Amalfi Coast, Pompeii or Capri. We did them all.

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
Could have spent more time in Barcelona as there is so much to see and do.

Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands

4 out of 5
Pleasantly surprised

Marseille (Provence), France

4 out of 5
Went to Aix-en-Provence which was lovely.

La Spezia, Italy

4 out of 5
Great to start Cinque Terre tours from. We had an excellent private guide.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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