Arrivals & Departures Symphony of the Seas: World's biggest cruise ship ready to wow

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Set to become the world's biggest cruise ship when it launches in March, Symphony of the Seas' attention-grabbing features include a two-level family suite with a slide and a Lego wall.

A sports bar with 30 big-screen TVs, a New England-style restaurant with oysters shucked to order, an open-air Mexican restaurant and the world's largest laser-tag arena are among the other newly announced features aboard Royal Carribean's cruise ship Symphony of the Seas. 

With 16 guest decks and 2774 staterooms, Symphony of the Seas will be able to carry 5500 guests at double occupancy and is set to take over the title of world's biggest cruise ship when it launches in March, 2018.

Its two-level Ultimate Family Suite (pictured above in an artist's impression) will be kitted out with a slide from the kid's bedroom to the living room, a full wall of Lego, air-hockey table and a wrap-around balcony with a pool table, "climbing experience" and a whirlpool. Then there's the 3-D movie theatre-style TV room with a popcorn machine and video game library.

Passengers staying in the suite will also have a "genie" to take care of their needs, and will enjoy the services and amenities available to travellers in Royal Suite Class. 

Food and beverage options will include the 30-screen Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade, which will also have games such as Ms Pacman, Star Wars Battle Pod and Ice Skeeball, and candy and ice-cream shop Sugar Beach. 

Other options will include Hooked, Royal Caribbean's first New England-style seafood restaurant, with fresh seafood and a raw bar with oysters shucked to order, and Mexican restaurant El Loco Fresh, alongside popular cruise-line favourites such as Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver. 

The ship will have other Royal Carribbean signatures including robot bartenders in the Bionic Bar, high diving and aerial shows in the AquaTheatre and the tallest waterslide at sea. 

A laser-tag arena being touted as the world's biggest will help to keep passengers entertained, alongside a high-tech ice-skating show called 1977. Other shows will include Hairspray and Flight, a historical satire on the history of air travel. 

Royal Caribbean has redesigned check-in procedures for the new ship, with the aim to eliminate lines. Passengers will check-in via a new mobile app and upload their security "selfie" at home, meaning they can go through security and straight to their stateroom when the arrive. 

Symphony of the Seas will cruise its inaugural season in Europe from April, visiting ports in Spain, France and Italy. From November next year, it will home port in Miami and offer seven-night eastern and western Caribbean voyages. 

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