Symphony of the Seas will join the Royal Caribbean fleet in April 2018. This superliner showcases limitless fun for all the family and thrills and spills around every corner, coupled with seven unique neighbourhoods, round-the-world dining experiences and show-stopping entertainment. Watch robots mix your cocktail at Bionic Bar, enjoy the adrenaline rush of Ultimate Abyss, whizz down The Perfect Storm water slides, and glide around the ship's amazing ice rink. The latest on-board technology includes SMART check-in facilities for a speedy service and RFID WOW bands for making payments at sea.
Life on board is all about doing as little or as much as you wish. Relax in one of the cantilevered whirlpools at the adult-only solarium or enjoy a hot stone massage at Vitality at Sea Spa. Adventure-seekers get to ride the Zip Line, ascend the rock wall, show off their surfing prowess on the FlowRider, or join in a game of basketball on the sports courts. Discover family fun at the Harmony Dunes minigolf course or play retro-style video games at Gaming Arcade. Tots to teens uncover water-based fun at Splashaway Bay along with fun and activities at Royal Babies, Royal Tots, Aquanauts, Explorers, Voyagers, and Teen Clubs. On top of this, Harmony of the Seas docks in exciting ports with sightseeing and adventures ashore.
From casual snacks to special occasion dinners, there's plenty to tempt your taste buds in the on-board restaurants and eateries. The Main Dining Room combines an elegant setting with Royal Caribbean's signature service and a menu of round-the-world treats. Windjammer Marketplace is the ship's casual eating, serve-yourself dining venue, offering international buffet-style dishes at mealtimes. Wood-fire pizzas are complemented by sweet gelato and panna cotta in Sorrento's, or you can tuck into hot dogs with toppings in the casual Boardwalk Dog House diner. Made-to-order panini, salads and sandwiches are on the menu at the deli-style Park Cafe, or savour 24/7 speciality coffees, sandwiches and cookies at Cafe Promenade.
A selection of speciality restaurants enhances the on-board culinary journey. Burgers, fries, malted milkshakes, and a jukebox add to the 1950s atmosphere in Johnny Rockets. Food is a multi-sensory experience in the unique Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine venue or treat yourself to an exclusive, fine-dining experience at 150 Central Park. Handmade Japanese-style sushi, sashimi and fresh dim sum are served in Izumi, and you can relish spicy Mexican tacos, sizzling fajitas and tangy margaritas at Sabor. The chic Coastal Kitchen, exclusive to suite guests and Crown and Anchor Society Pinnacle Members, presents a menu of Mediterranean and Californian dishes.
The plethora of bars and lounges on board Symphony of the Seas offers something for everyone. Drinks at the Rising Tide Bar are a unique experience as the bar ascends and descends over three decks. Sabor Taqueria and Tequila Bar combines vibrant cuisine with heady tequila shots. Robot bartenders serve up perfectly-mixed cocktails at Bionic Bar, or you can delight in drinks with friends at the nautically-themed Schooner Bar. Sip your favourite wine at Vintages or sit under the glass-dome canopies at Trellis Bar. Live music, mojitos and Latin beats set the scene at Boleros Lounge. You can even stretch your vocal chords with karaoke at On Air Club. Enjoy the English pub atmosphere and ice-cold beers at Boot & Bonnet Pub.
The night scene on Symphony of the Seas can't fail to impress. Entertainment Place hosts award-winning Broadway-style shows at the Royal Theater, live stand up at The Attic Comedy Club, intimate jazz and blue performances at Jazz on 4, and slot machines, blackjack and roulette tables at Casino Royale. The al fresco AquaTheater combines ocean views with aerial acrobats, water shows, and an eclectic mix of entertainment. Dance until late at the two-storey Dazzles music and dancing lounge.
Day 1: UK to Barcelona, Spain
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Barcelona and take your transfer to port to board Symphony of the Seas for your cruise around the Mediterranean.
Day 2: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Palma sits on the south coast of Balaeric island of Majorca and is the island's capital city. The streets of this vibrant port city are lined with an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, galleries, shops, and heritage buildings. Explore the narrow alleys and lanes of the old town, before spending time at the impressive Palma Cathedral. Indulge in retail therapy on Avenida Jaume III, Passeig de Born, and the streets around the Placa Major. Palma Aquarium, Bellver Castle and the Joan Miro Foundation are well worth a visit, too. The dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows at Marineland and Poble Espanyol — a collection of Spain's famous buildings in miniature — are great for family times. Or why not take a scenic train ride to the town of Soller or travel inland to the Caves of Drach?
Day 3: Marseille, France
Marseilles sits on the Cote d'Azur on the south coast of France. Meander around the Vieux-Port and watch the fishermen land their day's catch, before heading uphill to explore the local artisan boutiques and art galleries in Le Panier old quarter. Pay a visit to Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Cathedrale de la Major de Marseille. Step back in time at Musee des Civilisation de l'Europe et de la Mediterranee (MuCEM) and Musee d'Histoire de Marseille. Spend some time enjoying the grand park, 19th-century water features, and museums at Palais Longchamp. Take a short ferry ride to admire the 16th-century Chateau d'If fortress.
Day 4: Florence/Pisa, Italy
Livorno — Tuscany's second-largest city — is home to one of Italy's largest cruise ports. The city's main Terrazza Mascagni square with its grand pavement and seafront promenade is a common meeting place for locals looking to relax. The 16th-century Old Fortress faces the harbour and sits at the entrance to the canal-lined Venezia district. Enjoy gourmet dishes and sample local seafood, which is said to be the best on the Tyrrhenian Coast. Head to Central Piazza Cavour or the car-free Via Ricasoli for shopping, try Via Magenta and pick up some quirky souvenirs, or stop by Via dei Pensieri's street market for a great selection of food, clothing, accessories, and homewares. If you're looking to travel further afield, Pisa is just a short drive away.
Day 5: Rome, Italy
History is around every corner in Rome. ‘The Eternal City’ is one of the world’s most historically significant destinations, home to the Pantheon, piazzas, and Vatican City’s Sistine Chapel. Discover cultural remnants of the Roman Empire, awe-inspiring Renaissance art, numerous historic landmarks, as well as the culinary delights of la dolce vita - the sweet life.
Day 6: Naples, Italy
Naples on Italy's Amalfi Coast is your next port of call. Visit Piazza del Plebiscito to admire the Royal Palace, Galleria Umberto and San Carlo Theatre. Step inside the Duomo to view the Cappella di San Gennaro, the baptistery, and colourful frescoes and mosaics. Enjoy family-time at Acquario Della Stazione Zoological Di Napoli. Join a tour to the ruins of Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and picturesque Sorrento and Positano. Or take a scenic boat trip to the beautiful island of Capri.
Day 8: Barcelona, Spain
Disembark and take a private transfer to Barcelona Airport for your flight back to the UK.