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Symphony of the Seas: The New Sound of Adventure

Symphony of the Seas, the latest addition to the Royal Caribbean Oasis Class of ships, is already making a splash. She will take the title of the world’s largest and most adventure-packed cruise ship, with more gross registered tons, more guest capacity, and 28 more staterooms than sister ship Harmony of the Seas. But like all Oasis Class ships, the newest member of our fleet is more than just the sum of its parts—Symphony of the Seas is the new sound of adventure.

Symphony of the Seas will redefine family and adventure travel in 2018, introducing new dining concepts, heart-pumping new shows, and the Ultimate Family Suite, the most cutting-edge family stateroom at sea. All of this, in addition to award-wining and acclaimed favorites like the Oasis Class neighborhoods concept; sophisticated dining venues; robotic bartenders in the Bionic Bar; high-flying, high-diving feats in the AquaTheater; The Perfect Storm trio of waterslides; and the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea. Plus, dazzling entertainment like the Broadway hit and Tony Award-winner Hairspray.

Following the inaugural voyage in April 2018, Symphony will spend the summer touring the Mediterranean, calling at ports in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence, Rome; and Naples, Italy. In November 2018, Symphony will begin offering Caribbean vacations year-round, sailing from the new state-of-the-art Terminal A at Port of Miami—built by Royal Caribbean, exclusively for their guests.

The Empress of Havana

Adventurers are finally getting what they’ve been waiting for. Royal Caribbean now offers a year-long program with sailings to Havana on Empress of the Seas. The renovated ship sails four- and five-night itineraries from January 2018 through March 2019.

Empress Of The Seas In Old Havana

Empress of the Seas heads into Old Havana's port.

“Since arriving in Cuba, we’ve seen the excitement of our guests when sailing into Havana and the passion they have for the city at sail away—its people, its architecture, its food, its music,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “This is the enthusiasm we strive to bring to adventure-seekers who vacation with us.”

From Tampa, Florida, Empress of the Seas takes guests on a thrilling journey calling on Key West; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and Havana, Cuba. The trip to the largest and most mysterious island in the Caribbean starts right when you hop aboard. From cortaditos and café con leche in Café Royal to salsa music and dancing in Boleros Latin lounge, guests enjoy a range of onboard activities designed to keep the spirit of the island alive throughout the entire journey. It’s just one of the many ways Royal Caribbean has asserted itself as the wold’s most adventurous cruise line.

Hurricane Relief

September, 2017, saw two massive hurricanes, Irma and Maria, rip through the Caribbean. In an effort to aid its neighbors in the region, the cruise line teamed up with emergency responders and regional officials.

“We had to redeploy eight of our largest cruise ships because of the hurricane. Four of those ships we allocated to humanitarian relief,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean, in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America. “Adventure of the Seas called into St. Maarten, we were escorted in by the Dutch Navy, and docked into port with much-needed provisions: water, ice, garbage bags, clothing, canned food. And we were able to evacuate around 320 tourists and local people who needed help.”

Like Adventure, Majesty of the Seas set sail to San Juan, St. Thomas, and St. John in the US Virgin Islands with emergency supplies. The ship offered meals to first responders before sailing with displaced tourists to safe harbor. Working closely with US State Department officials, the cruise line also coordinated the evacuation of more than 3,000 hurricane victims to Port Everglades.

“We have been such a part of the Caribbean and South Florida communities for so many decades,” Bayley told the Miami Herald. “At the end of the day, we want to try to help as much as we can.”

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