The World’s Largest Ship Disappoints Cruisers


Just look at it! It’s hard not to be impressed by the sheer size and magnificence of the world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas. If big is better, then this ship has got to be one of the best.

It has the tallest waterslide at sea, more artwork than the Louvre has paintings and the fastest Internet at sea. It is huge at 1,188 feet long with 22 restaurants, 24 pools and 2,759 cabins. The ship houses up to 6,680 guests plus 2,200 crew. It definitely has the “Wow” factor.

But Is It Luxury?

If you take a look at the scroller above, you can see just one of the rooms on board (where’s the window?). When I compare this to the rooms at one of my favourite hotels in the world, the Hermitage Monte Carlo. The ambience of the room on Symphony of the Seas is somewhat different in calibre and let’s face it, it falls horribly short.

Of course, on this ship you can do glow-in-the-dark laser tag, climb a rock wall, surf on simulators, zip down the nine-deck-high zip line and slide down the tallest water slide on any cruise ship which has a 10-story drop. Not to mention the light show and musical acrobatics! You will not find any of these activities at the Hermitage Monte Carlo.

Passengers are not all happy according to Cruise Critic: “The Windjammer restaurant has limited in opening hours and a limited variety of food… Breakfasts and lunches there are frenetic and far from relaxing.”

In addition, there is reputed to be a constant pressure to spend money, from all restaurants shutting at 9.30pm, so passengers may feel obliged to go into the (paid) bars, to service being added to every bill, whatever you buy.

You will have access to huge range of activities on board this ship, but you will not be made to feel special, and that is the point of luxury travel, right?

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