What It’s Really Like On The World’s Largest Cruise Ship


Abby Narishkin: I’m Abby. Sophie-Claire Hoeller: And I’m Sophie. Abby: We’re both seasoned travelers, but neither of us has
ever been on a cruise. Sophie: Does a booze cruise count? Abby: [laughing] I
don’t think that counts. Sophie: So, no. Abby: But we decided we would try the world’s largest cruise
ship, then review it. Sophie: We chose a seven-day cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas. Abby: It has amenities like
zip lines, robot bartenders, waterslides and, of course,
a lot of places to eat. Sophie: Starting in
Miami, our cruise stopped in St. Martin, Puerto
Rico, and the Bahamas. Abby: All the good stuff
for our first cruise. While we’re on board, we’re
gonna be ranking the cruise on four criteria: convenience, accommodation, amenities and food. Sophie: All to see if we’ll ever set foot on a cruise again. Abby: I think I’m most
worried about the food. I’m a huge foodie, and I’ve
heard that there’s a lot of food but not necessarily,
like, the best quality. Sophie: Crowds, people, I
don’t usually like to go to all-inclusive resorts
or anywhere where I think there’s gonna be a lot of other
people when I’m on vacation. Abby: I’m a harsh critic, but I’m ready to have my mind changed, so. Sophie: We are ready. Abby: Let’s go on this cruise. Sophie: Let’s go! Abby: We made it! Sophie: Hi. Abby: A lot of stuff. So, we just arrived in Miami. It’s wonderfully hot. We’re so pumped. Our friend is gonna pick
us up from the airport, but as we were walking
through baggage claim, we saw that there’s an airport transfer that Royal Caribbean provides. Wish we had known about
that, but we got a ride, so we’ll see you at the port. We are currently waiting in
traffic to get onto the ship. And I don’t even know
how long it’s gonna take. Sophie: Thankfully, it
lasted only 10 minutes, so we were a little early
for our 12:30 boarding time. Abby: That whole feeling
overwhelmed by crowds is already setting in, and we haven’t even stepped foot out of the car yet. Sophie, we made it! Sophie: Organized chaos is the best way to describe the terminal. Abby: You can check your bags and crew members will drop
them off at your room, but we carried our bags straight on. Sophie: Inside the terminal, it’s a party. Abby: While we can’t
show you the security, I promise you it’s easy to get through. You just need your passport
and your mobile ticket. Sophie: Insider tip: Make
sure you get the app. It makes boarding so much faster. The entire ship is cashless, so you charge any additional
expenses to your room key and pay the balance at the end. Abby: If you forget something,
there are vending machines with toiletries, medicine, and technology, but it’s pretty pricey. I paid $6.25 for a toothbrush. After we got our keys, we went downstairs for the safety talk. With everyone in the theaters,
the crowds were huge. The elevators were also really crowded, so we mostly just used the stairs. But usually we weren’t that annoyed with the number of people. Sophie: They did a really good job of spreading everybody out. The ship’s broken down into
what they call neighborhoods, and everybody seems to, like,
find a neighborhood they like and sort of stay there. Abby: But even though the ship’s big, the signage does a really good job of helping you figure
out where you’re going. There are touch-screen
maps on every floor, and Royal Caribbean is testing out an app to help with navigating the ship. Sophie: One note on convenience:
the water situation. Water fountains were sort
of few and far between, and while you could go to a
bar and ask for a cup of water, you couldn’t get a bottle of water unless you had a water package. Abby: I ended up just filling
up my personal water bottle in the sink in my bathroom. Sophie: Which, we checked;
that is drinkable. Because the ship is traveling
through different time zones, it stays on Miami time the entire week. So when you’re on an
island, stick to ship time. Otherwise, you might miss the ship. Abby: And they’re not waiting for you. We learned that. [laughing] Sophie: Really surprising
to me how easy it was to get on and off the ship, both in Miami when we were boarding and disembarking, but also just when we’re going to port and getting back from ports. I’m gonna give it a four, and the only reason I’m
taking a point off is ’cause I’m lazy, and
the ship is really big. Like, there were points in the day where I was like, “I really want a taco, but it’s really far,
and I’m just gonna eat in the restaurant that’s by my room.” Abby: I’m gonna give convenience a three. It was easy to get on and off the ship, but you could end up
spending a lot of extra money if you weren’t careful, and you ended up having to,
like, fight for the amenities ’cause there were so many people and there was a lot of lines. Honestly, I feel like
one of the biggest things about cruises that
people are worried about are the size of the rooms, and this is much bigger than I thought it would be. Sophie: Each of our rooms
had a queen-size bed, a lot of storage space, a mini fridge, and an en suite bathroom. WiFi was not included
in the cruise ticket, and it cost $30 per day for two devices, which you had to switch between. Abby: Don’t use your cellphone thinking that you can have normal data charges. I got charged over $100 for cruise data, and I didn’t even have
my data on for that long. I also have an ocean-view balcony room, so I have this gorgeous view of Miami. If you get to choose, pick
the ones on the outside, ’cause the view is beautiful and it’s, like, kind of enclosed so you feel like you
have your own little spot and you get the ocean when
you wake up in the morning. Sophie: That was my favorite part. Just sitting on my
balcony drinking a coffee. The ocean. Abby: Finally, plan for gratuity fees. There’s nothing you can do about them, so don’t be surprised when
you see them on your bill. For us, it was a $15 daily charge. Sophie: Accommodation: five. I mean, my room was really spacious. Clearly, there was thought put behind it. Abby: Our accommodations, we got lucky ’cause we did get balconies, but I would give it a five. Sophie: I mean, it’s the
world’s largest cruise ship, but that was actually the
biggest surprise for me too. I was just like, “How
many restaurants and bars and activities actually fit on this ship?” Abby: Day three! We are about to go do some really fun things, like the zip line and the Ultimate Abyss, the slide that goes from the 16th deck all the way to the sixth where you can race your friends. So, a lot of fun things in store today, and I’m really pumped! Let’s go. Abby: So, I met people
on board that only go on Royal Caribbean ships that
have a surfer machine. Sophie: Do you remember the guy who said, “If it don’t flow, I don’t go”? Abby: Oh, yeah, I remember him! He was really good at
the flow-riding machine. Sophie: So good! Abby: Almost as good as you. You were amazing. I failed, fell on my face
every single time I tried. So, we’re at the pool, enjoying the day. It’s really weird how small the pools are. For having 6,000 people on this ship, they’re pretty tiny. Sophie: So, there were
a lot of little pools, but because of how the ship was designed, with the park, central park in the middle, there wasn’t one big pool. So, to me, the little pools
just got really crowded. But the waterslides were great. Abby: Then there were the performances, like the aqua shows, the
musicals, and ice skating. Sophie: We’re here in the Royal Theater about to watch their Broadway-level, multimillion-dollar
production called “Flight.” ♪ Dare to dream ♪ ♪ Dare to fly ♪ Abby: What’d you think of the show? Sophie: It was good. It was Broadway level. There’s also an escape
room, rock climbing, bars, a basketball court, a
Starbucks, an outdoor park, sushi-making classes, and a gym. Abby: Sorry for sounding like I’m dying. I just got finished with a
run, but here is the gym. Here’s the track that runs the
entire perimeter of the ship. Look at that! It goes all the way down. Amenities I think I’m gonna give a five. I was so impressed with just the diversity of options to keep you busy. Rock climbing all the way
to cupcake-making classes. There was something for
every kind of person at every point in the day. Sophie: I’m also gonna give it a five. I will say, I was super overwhelmed by just how many things
there were to do and see, but you’ll never get bored. Sophie: We love to eat,
and I think we were both a little concerned about
the food situation, especially for a week. Abby: There are 23 dining
options on Symphony, serving up everything from tacos to mushroom-shaped
desserts to lobster rolls. And some of the restaurants,
like the buffets and main dining, are
included in the ticket. So, this is everything that’s included. You get a New York
strip, some lobster tail. And there’s Sophie. Sophie: But the 12 specialty
restaurants cost extra, up to $50 a person, so, of course, we had to try all the food
we possibly could on board to give you a full review. I think I’m gonna give food
a low four or a high three. So, for the food, the
specialty food was amazing. Like, really, the truffle pasta. Like, we ate like kings. But I thought that the
food that was included, the buffet, the main dining, that, to me, was, like,
pretty standard fare. Wasn’t super into that. Abby: I think I’m gonna
give food a five, actually. Because if you are willing
to shell out a little bit of extra money, I mean,
the food is delicious, and I was surprised that there
were some dishes on there that I actually was, like, thinking about after we’d finished the meals. Sophie: Forgot about the
tacos, forgot about the pizza. That was included, and those
were both really, really good. Abby: Really delicious. Can you eat tacos for
an entire week straight? Sophie: I can.
Abby: Well, I mean, I can. So. [laughing] Sophie: OK, I’m gonna give
it a four. You’re right. Abby: I moved ya. We officially made it seven days. How’re you feeling? Sophie: Feeling good. Tired. Abby: The food was amazing, and I loved the water sports on board. Sophie: I think my favorite
part of the week was, honestly, when we were off the ship. Abby: Yeah, definitely. The islands were so beautiful,
and we got to see so many in such a short amount of time. Sophie: Yeah, that was true. Abby: Where are we, Sophie? Sophie: We’re in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Abby: About to go spend
the day on the beach! Sophie: Yay! Abby: So, Sophie, are
you a cruise convert? That’s a term that people
use for newbies, like us, who have never been on cruises. They want to convert us. Sophie: I’m not a cruise convert. Never say never. I can totally understand
why people go on cruises, especially families and older people. To me, it was not an authentic experience. It was…I’m not somebody
who likes Disneyland or amusement parks either. So, for me, it was just
that but in boat form. Ship form. Abby: Ship form. [laughing] That’s the biggest thing. Sophie: Don’t say boat.
Don’t call it a boat. It’s not a boat, it a ship. Abby: It’s a ship. [laughing] Yeah, cruising is not my
normal travel style either. I prefer getting lost in the city and eating the street food, but for people that want a
convenient, relaxing vacation or for first-time travelers
that don’t really know how to plan, I suggest going on a cruise. The ship has so many amenities, and you’re never gonna get bored. It’s just an easy way to travel. Sophie: It’s true.

100 thoughts on “What It’s Really Like On The World’s Largest Cruise Ship

  1. I went on a cruise and what they did was the split up the safety talk between the floors and also on what side of the floor you lived, so it was easier to listen and ask questions

  2. just wanna give a tip dont get the rooms that arent facing the ocean, a friend of mine of one of those and there was barely any ventilation, he got really dizzy and had to share a room with another friend

  3. This is kinda biased considering they’ve never been on a cruise. It’s like giving a kid a tasty snack for the first time and if they LOVE it they’ll kinda assume every other one will taste just as good if not more.

  4. So ironic this goes up when there is a cruise ship with several sick passengers that has been denied docking in multiple Caribbean ports! Hmmm……

  5. This is a review by first time cruise goers and most likely the average person is not going on the largest cruise ship for their first time going.

  6. When they said u can’t use ur phones, it’s so true. My family and I went on a cruise the week that Pokémon go blew up so when we got WiFi back none of us knew what was happening or what Pokémon go even was 😂

  7. Today's cruisers settle for a lot less than we received years ago. Until recently, you checked your bags at your home airport all the way to your cabin. When walking aboard the gangplank, there were servers with champagne and snacks. There was a nightly midnight buffet that had themes like seafood, chocolate, deserts, tropical delights….. And you could tour the bridge and the kitchen areas. When at port, you were not attacked by the local vendors or homeless people as you exited the ship. Servers would remember your name, and greet you with your favorite drink…… The good 'ole days. These mega ships breed anonymity, so people seem to be rude and self-entitled. I miss the old days of smaller ships with old fashioned amenities.

  8. All cruise ships should be sunk with torpedoes. The kind of people that take them won't be missed anyways.
    How little creativity does one have to be able to enjoy such a gross concept of a floating consumerist hell. 🤮

  9. To the chick on the left, Please, Please put on a bra or different top or something! It's just not acceptable to be doing an interview, on a serious topic, with your hooters flopping around. I had to re-watch to make sure I was seeing correctly and it wasn't an optical illusion due to the colours of the top, as I had hoped. Nope. Sister is just hanging free.

  10. Omg when I went on a cruise I was running around the ship desperate for a water bottle because they aren’t provided. I just ended up going to the buffet and filling a mug up with water

  11. Your industry is fucked by coronavirus no one will come your ships now please stop recommending me these videos 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  12. My parents have a decent amount of money but hate traveling so me and my brothers are officially trapped in Asia. (Till we get our own money)

  13. Just asking, not judging; are they Leibos ? I thought only Gay guys are rich and go on such cruises as Singles. Do they share a bed ? Would it be called a Double Queen sized ?

  14. Nice PAID ADVERTISING… so you cut a deal to make a video to get the discount … that's why you never say what YOU PAID !!! … or GOT PAID. 🤑🤑💎

  15. i went on that cruise and with the app you can find so much to do!! I love to dance so I took all the zumba, line dancing, and salsa classes…. so fun.

  16. No way is the food on Royal Caribbean 5 Star. Four in the Extra Cost venues and 3 at best in the included venues ( and that’s being generous).

  17. Sophia looks like she suffers from Depression, then such a cruise will not be for her. At least she has her best friend with her. Great video 👍

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