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Hello all, we Macon and Shane and we are currently aboard the Symphony on her pre opening cruise! A little background, Shane has 10 prior cruises, three with Royal (Splendour way back when, Liberty in 2011, and Enchantment in 2014) and Macon has 3 prior cruises, one with Royal (Enchantment). Our most recent cruise was onboard MSC Meraviglia in December. We have been super excited about the idea of cruising an Oasis class ship, so when this one was announced, it worked perfectly with our schedule. We snagged a Central Park Balcony, 10229. This one of the larger balconies aft of the living wall.

 

Enough background, on to the first installment...

 

Because of all my (Shane's) excitement, we arrived to the Barcelona port super early, like 8am. Needless to say, we were the first in line to drop off luggage and enter the terminal. They opened up early because of a rapidly growing crowd, and we were first through. Check in wasn't quite ready so we filled our health form out and took some seats. As soon as I saw the check in clerks get into position we rushed up to the front of our high class "Gold" line.

 

Who says loyalty doesnt have it's perks lol

 

After check in we walked up to the next barrier to our cruise, a simple rope in front of the boarding photo op. During our wait, I back tracked to duty free shop to pick up some wine, because you just can't cruise without the essentials.

 

After the rope drop, it was the running of the bulls. More like near olympic power walking for myself and an out of breath wife trying to keep up. I had been first all day and I was bound to be first onboard! And great success as we were! The Hotel Director, both Cruise Directors (Bobby and Michele) we're waiting for us and the party is started!

 

Jumping to the liveish part...

 

We are getting ready for assembly drill. Then more exploring. We will start the photo spree then, and spam this thread with pictures as we remember to do so.

 

Tomorrow we planned out a cabin crawl and pub crawl, so expect those photos Monday. On deck are 2 cp balconies, 1 boardwalk balcony, 1 JS, and 1 OS. Hopefully some crawlers will open up other options

 

We have been all over this big girl, and have taken plenty of GoPro video and some pictures. If you have any questions we will try to answer them quickly. Also any photo requests will be answered as quickly as possible

 

5aa6c9633cd5c3d9c283d9a2ec134081.jpg There's the big girl

 

9228caa4a75e4545a16a86c08e961655.jpgBig might be an understatement

 

c548e3aecc1a38b7b51dff8f6964d92f.jpgBathroom Humor

 

7abab2831c4db624c5a67ebc1a80171d.jpgBoardwalk all to ourselves.Gold status and determination to be first is all you need. D, D+, and Pinnacle is over priced lol

 

6fcbbba2eb52fcc8b5f3bb2cf6acb904.jpgHot dignity dog let's get the food going!

 

4632f8aedcc11b316452381c0d18efa0.jpgThe view from our room. More photos coming later

 

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Included restaurants are:

 

Park Cafe

Windjammer (buffet)

Main Dining Room

Dog House

Johnny Rockets (Breakfast only)

El Loco Fresh

Solarium Cafe

Spa Cafe

Sorrento's

Promenade Cafe (snacks)

 

As far as we have seen, those are the only inclusive restaurants.

 

 

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Schooner Bar Menu part 2 and Schooner Bar.

 

May be out of order, maintenance is on vacation. Management is also on vacation. Problem will remain unresolved until further notice

 

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Perfect thanks so much :)

Is the price in dollar or euro?

Prices onboard Royal ships are always in USD.

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Following along with you. Thank you for the photos. We have a Central Park Balcony booked on Deck 12 near 150 Central Park. Anxious to see inside pictures of your cabin. We have to wait for almost a year before we board :(

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Oh I'm following along on this one!! She looks lovely so far!! I can't wait to find out how much there is to do and how you like the shows!!

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Last one till Monday. I'm cheap and didn't want to buy internet. Plus work can't bother me this way.

 

0b6b14da417db91af047854459cad75d.jpgTime to go go

 

2155b0c403fdfa4fca918ff75e8d4842.jpgAdios Barcelona

 

783b2b8c14c1702c78b8a3b6bae6a37b.jpgPeople nom nom nom

 

7ff0f186d91d70899edf5eaf8877bb0e.jpgWipeout in 3..2...1...

 

1ad5f05e7178e07578ba4cfecef72f6b.jpgAh yes it is

 

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I'm very interested in the sports bar when you get a chance on pricing
I lied on the last post, so ask and you shall receive. Hope they read well

 

651027b36de7d05c795bfdf7d6798bae.jpgFront Side

 

2c085f251114c514c0318ac9a52ad168.jpgBack Side

 

d43e27e695302c5f463396da02382f55.jpgBar Area. Plenty of tvs and bar games

 

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Following along with you. Thank you for the photos. We have a Central Park Balcony booked on Deck 12 near 150 Central Park. Anxious to see inside pictures of your cabin. We have to wait for almost a year before we board :(
Still have signal so you get a reply! *Channels inner Oprah*

 

0834b184874be668899228f1b5970d21.jpgFoyer

 

Balcony

 

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480703a2b810804c3568a2216f0fa2a1.jpgShameless plugs

 

No luck getting the bathroom yet. Imagine nice, yet small.

 

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I'm on the Symphony in May so this is a great read! One thing that interests me about those menus, they have appeared to have removed a tier of drinks? What has happened to the "Royal Signatures" which are $15 (aka above the drinks package price?!)

 

Have they removed them completely?!

 

Or am i about to find out that you can now only have the classics and must pay for the Premium:rolleyes:...

 

Edit: I also see a bottle of red in your cabin, was that included in your CP fare or is that the one you bought in duty free? I booked through an english travel agent, but i have the sneaky feeling only Americans get the neighbourhood cabin perks such as wine, free speciality lunch etc

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Thank you for taking time to do this! We will be on her August 5th. She looks lovely! Enjoy your cruise

 

 

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Fantastic! Thank you for the live review! I am really hoping to see pics of the Solarium. After they removed the pool on Harmony and promised to put it back on Symphony with a redesigned Solarium, I have really been looking forward to seeing the NEW layout of that area.

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Great thread, thank you! Looks like we’ll have to stick to a strict budget to make sure we can afford to take one of her sailings out of Miami once she arrives in the States. Enjoy your trip!

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