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We chose this ship because it is brand new, and we had a very good experience on Liberty of the Seas in its inaugural season. Food was overall good. Dinner in 150 Central Park was outstanding with great service, unique dishes, and very upscale ambiance. Food in the various buffets was sometimes served warmish at best. A great variety of dishes to choose from. El Loco Fresh served a tasty selection of Tex-Mex options. I was not impressed by the Solarium restaurant, which had a pleasant atmosphere but only lukewarm food. Breakfast at Johnny Rockets was good if you don't mind a little wait while they cook it to order. It gets very busy at times. Dog House was novel but ordinary and only warm cole slaw to go with the sandwiches. Park Cafe was good for a quick bite and pleasant to sit in Central Park, which is less busy and congested than Royal Promenade. Did enjoy all the options at Royal Promenade, especially Sorrento's, and the Rising Tide which was my favorite bar on the ship with its personable bartenders and great drinks. The drink I ordered at Bionic Bar was not to my liking because it had coconut flavored liquor in a vodka/cranberry drink. Had a blast on the water slides and the Ultimate Abyss, and appreciated the staff who kept things moving and made sure everyone was safe. Pools were best earlier in the day or on port days when they weren't as crowded. We used My Time dining, on Deck 4. Big complaint here, the Casino is directly in front of the lobby for the dining room and the stale smoke drifts back, which is uncomfortable for those of us who are sensitive and a general appetite killer. We requested Savory Bites, the little rolls that used to be a regular part of the bread basket. The first few nights they were hard as rocks, but after a couple days the bakery must have made a fresh batch and they were better. We like our iced tea with lime, but in the dining room we could only get lemon unless we brought limes from the bar on our way in. We did get lime in our iced tea at 150 Central Park with nary a lifted eyebrow. I enjoyed some spa treatments but was annoyed by the push to sell costly products. If you have internet access, go online and look up the products to read reviews before you buy. Another big complaint is that the deck area that is a Promenade Deck on other classes of ships is a narrow running track behind the lifeboats. No more pleasant strolls looking out at the water. It's great for joggers but it's a dark tunnel if you just want to walk the deck and you have to try to stay to the side which isn't easy in the confined space. The upper decks are crowded with lounge chairs for sun bathers and not pleasant for just walking.

Lots to enjoy but a few disappointments

Symphony of the Seas Cruise Review by CSMiaCruiser

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We chose this ship because it is brand new, and we had a very good experience on Liberty of the Seas in its inaugural season.

Food was overall good. Dinner in 150 Central Park was outstanding with great service, unique dishes, and very upscale ambiance. Food in the various buffets was sometimes served warmish at best. A great variety of dishes to choose from. El Loco Fresh served a tasty selection of Tex-Mex options. I was not impressed by the Solarium restaurant, which had a pleasant atmosphere but only lukewarm food. Breakfast at Johnny Rockets was good if you don't mind a little wait while they cook it to order. It gets very busy at times. Dog House was novel but ordinary and only warm cole slaw to go with the sandwiches. Park Cafe was good for a quick bite and pleasant to sit in Central Park, which is less busy and congested than Royal Promenade. Did enjoy all the options at Royal Promenade, especially Sorrento's, and the Rising Tide which was my favorite bar on the ship with its personable bartenders and great drinks. The drink I ordered at Bionic Bar was not to my liking because it had coconut flavored liquor in a vodka/cranberry drink.

Had a blast on the water slides and the Ultimate Abyss, and appreciated the staff who kept things moving and made sure everyone was safe. Pools were best earlier in the day or on port days when they weren't as crowded.

We used My Time dining, on Deck 4. Big complaint here, the Casino is directly in front of the lobby for the dining room and the stale smoke drifts back, which is uncomfortable for those of us who are sensitive and a general appetite killer.

We requested Savory Bites, the little rolls that used to be a regular part of the bread basket. The first few nights they were hard as rocks, but after a couple days the bakery must have made a fresh batch and they were better. We like our iced tea with lime, but in the dining room we could only get lemon unless we brought limes from the bar on our way in. We did get lime in our iced tea at 150 Central Park with nary a lifted eyebrow.

I enjoyed some spa treatments but was annoyed by the push to sell costly products. If you have internet access, go online and look up the products to read reviews before you buy.

Another big complaint is that the deck area that is a Promenade Deck on other classes of ships is a narrow running track behind the lifeboats. No more pleasant strolls looking out at the water. It's great for joggers but it's a dark tunnel if you just want to walk the deck and you have to try to stay to the side which isn't easy in the confined space. The upper decks are crowded with lounge chairs for sun bathers and not pleasant for just walking.
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Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 6D 12538
The cabin was spacious for two, at the front of deck 12, balcony. Well laid out and comfortable. We liked the firm beds. Bathroom also nice, but no lotions or other niceties, and no facial tissue dispenser. There was a box of tissues in the cabin. Shower had a dispenser for shower gel/shampoo and there were bar soaps for hand washing. Really appreciated the built in night light in the bathroom.
Seating area was comfortable and converted to a pull out bed to accommodate a third and fourth passenger. That would have made it crowded.
Our cabin attendant was prompt to bring extra pillows and drinking glasses at our request. He was efficient and accommodated our lazy habits, keeping things tidied up while we were out.
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