For an action-packed vacation, I took a Royal Caribbean cruise on the biggest cruise ship in the world, the brand new Symphony of the Seas. I felt this ship offered the best in entertainment at sea. And it is so affordable as well because most of it is included in the cruise fare.

In one day, I felt a like a kid again, playing laser tag in the Battle for Planet Z in the morning, In the afternoon, getting swept down the Perfect Storm slide by rushing water in total darkness. After that, I rode The Abyss, a dry slide partially hanging off the back of the ship dropping 10 decks.

I bypassed the zip line, climbing wall, and the Flowrider surfing simulator. There is so much to do. Truly something for everyone. I can see why a cruise on a ship like the Symphony of the Seas is a great value for families because you don’t have to pay extra for most activities.

At night, the thrills continue with elaborate choreographed ice shows, Broadway productions and Las Vegas style entertainers and musicians. Award-worthy set designs and the amazing costumes was captivating. In the Aquatheatre, I was in awe seeing the divers and aerial artists.

Throughout the cruise, I enjoyed a different music genre each night. From piano bar to salsa and tango in Boleros to the Jazz Club. There was even a pop-up piano player, referred to as the Stowaway Piano Player, riding a different glass elevator each night.

The Symphony of the Seas offers culinary entertainment as well. One night, I ate in Wonderland. On Royal Caribbean’s website the experience in Wonderland is described as An intimate restaurant within an edgy and surreal dining environment, Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine uses color, scale and reflection to infuse elements of surprise and delight throughout the entire dining experience. It was so much fun. I witnessed birthdays and other special occasions being celebrated. Wonderland is a special place and a perfect venue to celebrate.

The Rising Tide Bar offers more fun moving up and down three decks between the Royal Promenade where you can see parades dance by in this “main street” style indoor venue and Central Park, a real live park at sea with thousands of plants, trees, and shrubbery. In the Bionic Bar, I sat down to watch the robotic bartenders mix cocktails as guests ordered drinks from a computer.

I spent time relaxing too on this cruise. There are plenty of areas to escape to quietness. So for a good mix of fun and thrills, spectacular entertainment with an escape from the ordinary, take a cruise on the Symphony of the Seas or its sister ships. Royal Caribbean knows how to entertain its guests.

John Werner

As a 45 year veteran of the travel industry and the President of MAST Travel Network since 2002, John’s career has included 14 years as a travel agency owner. He has served in various capacities on the Board of the Midwest Chapter of ASTA including Treasurer and Vice President. John has also held several positions on the Board of Directors for MAST including Vice Chairman and Board Chairman during the years he owned Travel Group International, a MAST member during the 1990s.