Symphony of the Seas — a stunning floating resort at sea

Fiona Flaherty and Caroline O'Toole of Fahy Travel at the launch of Royal Caribbean’s newest ship in Barcelona.

Fiona Flaherty and Caroline O'Toole of Fahy Travel at the launch of Royal Caribbean’s newest ship in Barcelona.

Royal Caribbean launched its latest ship, Symphony of the Seas, last week in Barcelona. Caroline O'Toole and Fiona Flaherty from Fahy Travel cruise department were invited to the launch and spent two nights on board what is now the largest ship in the world.

At 18 decks high and 1,188ft long, it can carry up to 6,600 passengers and 2,200 crew. It has its own park (Central Park ) with 12,000 plant and trees, shopping area and boardwalk, as well as a 10-story slide (Ultimate Abyss ), water slides, and flow rider where you can surf.

You can choose from 19 places to eat, ranging from hot dog kiosks to huge dining rooms. For something extra special, you can pay a supplement to eat in Chops Grille steak house, or try some sushi in Izumi. Hooked Sea Food restaurant is a new addition to Royal Caribbean. Jamie’s Italian is an all time favourite, or why not take a journey into the unimaginable and dine in Wonderland. The choices are endless.

If you want to burn off some calories, you can find a walking track on the top deck, plus a gym which offers numerous classes including Pilates and yoga, so be sure to pack the runners. Or you can chill out in the Terminal suite and have a full body massage, the choice is yours.

Prepare to be dazzled by the incredible entertainment on board Symphony of the Seas. From singing along to Broadway-busting hit musical Hairspray to watching the amazing multimedia ice rink spectacular and the awe-inspiring acrobatics of the AquaTheatre, you will be blown away. From silent discos to the casino, you definitely will not be bored.

Choices for accommodation on board have never been better. From the new Ultimate family suite to interior cabins, there is something to suit all budgets.

Children of all ages will have the perfect holiday. From Splashaway Bay Aqua Park to Laser Tag, ice skating, zip wiring, and a rock climbing wall, they will be entertained from dawn to dusk.

Symphony of the Seas is operating seven night itineraries from Barcelona and Rome until October, when she will move to the Caribbean and operate seven night itineraries from Miami. Caribbean prices are from €1,799pp. This ship really is extraordinary.

For first hand information Symphony of the Seas contact Caroline O'Toole or Fiona Flaherty on 091 594747, email [email protected], or visit the cruise shop above Fahy Travel, 2 Bridge Street, Galway.

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