It is not sufficient to have the largest boat–you need to win the laser-tag arms race, also.
If it hits the water in April 2018, the world’s biggest cruise ship is going to soon be five times the magnitude of the Titanic by volume and then hold 2,774 cottages on 16 guest decks. Royal Caribbean’s latest attempt to amazement cruisers–and, it seems, make shore trips obsolete–Symphony of the Seas provides robot bartenders, a 10-story-high slide, and a duplex family package with its own film theater and floor-to-ceiling Lego wall.
Oh, and also a laser tag arena that Royal Caribbean says is the greatest at sea.
“We set out to create a new amount of holiday adventure and deliver the greatest escape for families of all sizes and shapes,” Michael Bayley, president and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean International, explained in a statement.
The company also owns the runner-up boats from the size class: Patches of the Seas, which was launched in 2016, is the exact identical width and length. But it’s a gross registered tonnage–which measures the quantity of enclosed space to a ship–of 226,963 vs. Symphony’s 230,000. In other words, Symphony has additional substance.
“This occurrence of these escapist onboard activities that nobody else gets, was happening for a few years,” explained Maggie Rauch, director of research for travel and hospitality research firm Phocuswright. Cruise organizations are trying to dazzle new guests in addition to get duplicate cruisers to open their wallets wider on board.
Some of the most attributes of the new ship are geared toward its guests. The 1,346-square-foot Ultimate Family Suite includes a slide that runs out of the kids’ area into the living room, a wall devoted to Lego drama, a whirlpool bathtub with a kid-friendly pool table scaling attribute, a full-size spa, plus a theater-style TV room, complete with popcorn system and several gaming systems.
Royal Caribbean hasn’t announced the price of the two-bedroom bundle yet, but says it can accommodate eight guests. (Rauch pointed out that you fancy package may not earn much money for Royal Caribbean–although it might be social-media gold. “If a family is posting videos in the child sliding down in their bedroom into the living room, that is free marketing,” she explained.) It also comes with a dedicated Royal Genie–that the railroad company’s model of a personal butler.
The Genies are individual, as the bartenders which are going to be working in the Bionic Bar, a fixture on Royal Caribbean’s three other Oasis-class boats. Produced by Italian firm Makr Shakr, the mechanical mixologists can muddle, shake, strain, and serve cocktails made from any mixture of 30 spirits and 21 mixers. (The robots work in pairs and on other boats have such titles as “Mix” and “Mingle” and “Shaken” and also “Stirred.”)
Royal Caribbean is also devoting its 10-story Ultimate Abyss slide a repeat operation. On the Seas, guests ride down a mat the sculptural purple tubes. On Symphony, it is going to end on the Boardwalk–one of the seven “areas” that split up the immense ship.
The ship will comprise beefed-up live entertainment, reestablish its at-sea variant of Hairspray and including Flight, a Royal Caribbean initial concerning the history of aviation. A brand new high-diving and acrobatics series will make its debut in the open-air amphitheater. There is a high-tech ice-skating show. That is in addition to this 20-plus restaurants, comedy club, waterslides, surf simulators, zip-line, mini-golf course, and more.
Symphony will devote the summer cruising the Mediterranean; in November it’ll move on to Miami, its base for weeklong excursions throughout the eastern and western Caribbean.
Cruisers should discover a smoother boarding experience, also–Royal Caribbean will allow them check in and upload a selfie into the new mobile app, then go straight to their cottages after passing through security. Finding their way away might end up being harder.