The biggest cruise ship in the world will have what just might be the most spectacular family suite at sea.
Royal Caribbean on Wednesday said its soon-to-debut Symphony of the Seas will boast an “ultimate family suite” that spreads over two decks and is chock full of fun-for-the-kids features including a slide connecting a children’s room on the second level to the main living area below.
The suite also will have a floor-to-ceiling building block wall, an air-hockey table and two egg swing chairs for chilling. A separate movie theater-style TV room, complete with popcorn machine and a library of video games, also is part of the plan.
Spanning nearly 1,350 square feet, the suite also will feature a 212-square-foot, wrap-around balcony with a kid-friendly pool table, a climbing experience and a full-size whirlpool with ocean views.
The suite will have two bedrooms and accommodate a family of up to eight people. It’ll come with its own butler, known as a Genie at Royal Caribbean.
Scheduled to debut in April, Symphony will be more than 3,000 tons bigger than the current size leader in the cruise world, Royal Caribbean’s 226,963-ton Harmony of the Seas.
Like Harmony, Symphony will be part of Royal Caribbean’s record-breaking Oasis Class of ships, though it won’t be an exact copy of its sisters. In addition to the Ultimate Family Suite, Symphony will boast several other new features announced Wednesday including a New England-style seafood restaurant and a sports bar that sprawls across the vessel’s rear-facing Boardwalk area.
Symphony is scheduled to sail to the Caribbean out of Miami starting in November 2018. It’ll move to the city after spending its first few months operating voyages in the Mediterranean.
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class vessels have made waves in the cruise industry since they began debuting in 2009. All three of the Oasis Class ships currently at sea are in excess of 225,000 tons — more than 30% larger than the next largest cruise ships.