Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas: The Best Summer Vacation for Families

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Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas: The Best Summer Vacation for Families
Curator’s statement

Having planned countless summer vacations for my own family and many other families of all shapes and sizes, I know just how hard it can be to find a trip that is fun for the entire family. Whether you need a fully staffed nursery, an extra cool teens club, high adrenaline adventure, rejuvenating yoga or spa, smooth jazz club or full scale Broadway shows, a week or more on the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas is sure to be one of your best family vacations ever.

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Adventure Awaits for All Ages

Discover a myriad of activities tailored for family fun. From the youngest adventurers to the young at heart, the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas offers something for every member of the family. Check out just a few repeat favorites below.

1. Splashaway Bay Water Park:
Let the kids splash and play in this vibrant water park, complete with water slides for every family member, fountains and water cannons conveniently located on deck 15 just steps away from your cabin.

2. Ultimate Abyss Slide:
Brave the tallest slide at sea for an exhilarating family adventure with twists and turns that will leave everyone smiling. All family members who are at least 44 inches tall are invited to try this 10 story dry slide.

3. Taken in a show:
Enjoy nightly live entertainment including Broadway shows, original water based shows at the Aquatheater and figure skating on the ice rink, as well as parades and other surprises all over the ship throughout the day.

4. Adventure Ocean Youth Program:
The Adventure Ocean program divides kids up by age group where professionally trained staff engage your children in developmentally appropriate activities they will love, like science experiments, art, group games and of course the always popular dance party.

While the kids are busy in the Adventure Ocean, parents can enjoy some well-deserved relaxation, at one of the many adult only areas on Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas including the solarium or spa.

5. Try Something New:
Of course you can explore a new destination at one of the many family friendly ports of call, but even on sea days Symphony is prepared to give you the best summer vacation ever. Your family can cheer each other on at the climbing wall, fly high on a zip line across the ship or test your balance surfing on one of two Flowriders on board.

Comfortable Retreats for Every Family Size

Choosing the right cabin is crucial for the best family vacation on Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas. Here are a few of my favorite family cabins. Reach out to me today to find the perfect cabin for your family.

1. Family Ocean View Stateroom:
Enjoy spacious accommodations with breathtaking ocean views. These staterooms are great for families with young children who are nervous about curious little ones on the balcony.

2. Connected Staterooms:
Let the kids have their own space while the adults are still nearby to help with anything they might need but also be able to enjoy a quiet morning coffee to themselves on the balcony.

3. AquaTheater Suite:
Perfect for families with teens who need a little extra space and want to be in the middle of the action late into the night. Ask me how you can watch iconic Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas aqua shows from your balcony.

4. Ultimate Family Suite:
The name says it all! From a slide in the living room and climbing structure on the balcony, to multiple bedrooms and a butler at your service, everyone will have exactly what they need for the very best family summer vacation!

Insider Tips

Navigate the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas Like a Pro

1. Book your cruise with a Travel Advisor:
I am sharing a few of my tips here, but I save my best tips for my clients. When you book your cruise with me, it will cost you the same as if you book directly with the cruise line, but I will share my insider knowledge with you to ensure your family has the best family summer vacation ever.

2. Book Excursions Early:
Popular shore excursions can fill up quickly. Secure your spot by booking your family's adventures in advance to avoid disappointment.

3. Dine at Specialty Restaurants:
Treat your family to a culinary delight at the ship's specialty restaurants. For adventurous eaters you will want to check out themed dining Wonderland, For those who want a show and something more familiar will want to check out Izumi Hibachi and Sushi. Be sure to make reservations early to ensure you get the dining times that suit your family's schedule.

4. Utilize the Cruise Planner App:
Download the Royal Caribbean app as soon as you book your cruise to stay updated on daily activities, make dinner reservations, and keep track of your family's itinerary throughout the cruise.

5. Family Photoshoots:
Take advantage of professional photographers on board. Capture precious family moments during formal nights or at scenic spots on the ship.

Need to Know

Now is the time to embark on the best summer vacation for families aboard the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas. From thrilling activities for all ages to carefully curated family-friendly accommodations, this cruise promises an unparalleled experience that will be cherished by your loved ones for years to come.

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel by cruise. In need of further inspiration? Check out Diana Morales’s trip report, What to Expect Aboard Royal Caribbean Icon of the Seas.

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