Set to become the world’s largest and most technologically-advanced ocean liner, Symphony of the Seas has made waves in the cruise world since Royal Caribbean announced its arrival in 2017 – with both the press and the public keen to find out more.
Now, with its launch date right around the corner, we want to find out just how well you know Symphony of the Seas, and how closely you’ve been following its development. So, whether you’re a Royal Caribbean devotee or simply a self-confessed fan of the world’s biggest and best cruise ships, we invite you to test your knowledge of Symphony of the Seas with our tricky cruise ship quiz – do you have what it takes?
How long, in feet, is Symphony of the Seas?
Symphony of the Seas is 1,188 ft. long, the same length as sister ship, Harmony of the Seas, and a foot longer than the other two ships in the Oasis Class: Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.
How much did Symphony of the Seas cost to build?
Royal Caribbean spent a whopping $1.35 billion (£970 million) on Symphony of the Seas, the same amount spent on Harmony of the Seas. Amazingly, this is $500,000 less than the Oasis of the Seas, which cost $1.4 billion when it was commissioned in 2006.
By which shipbuilder was Symphony of the Seas built?
Symphony of the Seas was built by STX France at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France - the same place Harmony of the Seas was built in 2014/15. The remaining Oasis Class ships were also built by STX Europe, but at the Perno shipyard in Turku, Finland.
How many international crew members will Symphony of the Seas carry on a single voyage?
The ship will carry 2,200 crew, 7 more than sister ship Harmony of the Seas, and the largest staff ever brought aboard an ocean liner. However, with a capacity of 6,680 guests, it's all hands on deck.
Which celebrity chef is once again partnering with Royal Caribbean to bring a taste of the Mediterranean to Symphony of the Seas?
Renowned British chef, Jamie Oliver, is bringing his famous Jamie's Italian franchise to Symphony of the Seas, offering guests the opportunity to indulge in delicious Italian-inspired favourites. Oliver's flagship restaurant is featured on four other ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet, including Anthem, Harmony, Ovation and Quantum of the Seas.
Symphony of the Seas will feature a 100-foot slide, the tallest at sea. But what's it called?
It's Ultimate Abyss. This colossal 'dry slide' drops passengers over 10 storeys through a series of tight bends and corkscrews, bringing them out on a lower deck. The ship also features The Perfect Storm, a trio of water slides that are also very much thrill-a-minute.
Which famous Broadway musical will take centre stage aboard Symphony of the Seas throughout its maiden season?
Hairspray will be heading up Symphony of the Seas' entertainment programme during its maiden season, bringing the story of Tracy Turnblad to the seas for the first time. Previous Broadway productions on Royal Caribbean ships include Cats, We Will Rock You, and Grease.
By how many tonnes is Symphony of the Seas heavier than Harmony of the Seas?
Symphony is 1,118 tonnes heavier than Harmony, with a gross weight of 228,081 GRT compared to Harmony's 226,963 GRT. This makes it the largest and heaviest cruise ship ever built.
Symphony of the Seas is divided into several 'neighbourhoods' - how many are there?
There are seven distinct neighbourhoods on board Symphony of the Seas, including Central Park, Boardwalk, Royal Promenade, Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone.
During its inaugural spring/summer sailing in 2018, which European city will serve as Symphony of the Seas' home port?
Barcelona will serve as Symphony's home port during its first summer season of sailing, before the ship crosses the Atlantic to its new home in Miami, Florida, where it will offer Caribbean cruises.
So, how did you do? And what surprised you the most about some of the amazing statistics and features of the world’s biggest cruise ship? We’d love to hear your thoughts on Symphony of the Seas, so head to the Cruise1st Facebook page to share your results and what you think about Royal Caribbean’s latest mega-ship.
Symphony of the Seas is set to make her maiden voyage on 7 April 2018, before offering a string of Mediterranean voyages throughout the spring/summer cruise season. Despite her immense size and the sheer number of staterooms, high demand means spaces are booking up extremely quickly for this first season of sailings – so you’ll need to be quick to secure your place.
A floating holiday resort of spectacular vision and scale, Symphony of the Seas promises a summer holiday at sea like no other. Spend your days basking under the Mediterranean sun, with an occasional trip to the pool, bar or Vitality at Sea Spa, before savouring an incredible roster of evening entertainment and fine at-sea dining, all while enjoying immersive shore excursions that show you more of the beautiful Med – what else could you need from your summer holiday?