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Symphony of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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Reviews: 2
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Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
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Symphony of the Seas

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 08, 2018

Ship: Symphony of the Seas

Cabin type: Oceanview

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Probably will not sail on this ship again. It is sort of like being stuck in the belly of an airplane with no view to the outside unless you are on the pool/sports decks, or unless you go suite class or have your own balcony. Even if you have your own balcony, if you are not suite class, the bars , lounges, card rooms etc are all windowless. Sometimes after I had all the sun and wind and noise I could tolerate on the pool deck I would just go sit in my room so I could look out the window.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Had restaurant and beverage package, never used main dining room. Drinks and restaurants were very good

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Best quality musical (Flight) I have ever seen on shipboard. Ice skating shows were incredible, international competition quality

Children's Programs

did not bring little ones on cruise

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

2 out of 5
Ship was new and well maintained. Did not like layout. Unless you were suite class, there were no bars or lounges with windows to see the ocean. Everything faced inward or was completely outdoors. There was no place sheltered from broiling sun and stinging wind where you could relax and look at the ocean while playing cards or enjoying a beverage. It was like being in a windowless hotel, sort of like Regency Suites, unless you were up on the pool or sports deck. If your idea of a great vacation is a water park in the hot sun with loud booming music or in a bar or restaurant looking at a courtyard with a lot of fake plants or jewelry and liquor stores, this ship is for you.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Cabin was clean and comfortable, window was large. The desk was too low, and the desk chair too high, so the desk was not really very usable

Ship tip

Go suite class or outward facing balcony or don't go.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

1 out of 5
Horrible storm totally drenched the place on return, flights cancelled, we had to spend hours sitting on the plane after it landed, all night to rebook and claim luggage, never really saw Miami, so maybe better another time

Basseterre, St. Kitts

4 out of 5
Paid a driver to take us around the island, stopped at Pirate Beach for drinks and snacks, saw all around the island, it was beautiful, was glad we did not go in a group because the driver took us where ever we wanted and dropped us off if we wanted to stop somewhere and came back to get us, and it wasn't expensive

Nassau, Bahamas

3 out of 5
No excursion. Visited brewery and Senior Froggies, took pictures of the beaches. It was a short stop

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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