Symphony of the Seas

Video: Constructing the World’s Largest Ship: Symphony of the Seas Brings New Adventures

In:
21Jun2017

Symphony of the Seas is one step closer to claiming the title of the world’s largest cruise ship. The ship’s construction continues right on schedule, with Royal Caribbean innovators developing even more groundbreaking wow’s for the latest member of the Oasis class of ships. From the iconic waterfront AquaTheater to the Bionic Bar robot bartenders, the cruise line's best features will combine with exciting new experiences for the ultimate adventure.

Video: Symphony of the Seas Float Out

In:
10Jun2017

The newest member of Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis class of ships, Symphony of the Seas, is now one step closer to full completion as her April 2018 debut approaches. With the exterior now complete, Symphony of the Seas was floated out of her dry dock on June 9th, 2017 to begin the next phase of interior construction.

Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas floated out for first time at shipyard

In:
09Jun2017

Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas reached an important milestone today, when she was floated out for the first time at the STX France shipyard.

Following its float out in the construction area, Symphony of the Seas was transferred to basin C.  About fifty people were onboard Symphony of the Seas during the maneuver.  Three pilots and eight tug boats assisted in moving Symphony of the Seas, since the ship's engines were not not being used.

To assist in the positioning, the port of Saint-Nazaire provides a sophisticated, portable and autonomous GPS system, which allows to give a position down to the centimeter.

Symphony of the Seas will remain at this position until her delivery date in mid-April 2018.

UPDATE: Royal Caribbean has released new photos from the float out of Symphony of the Seas.

Symphony of the Seas will spend her inaugural summer season exploring destinations in the Mediterranean calling on ports in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy. She will then arrive to Miami in early November to begin 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.

Symphony of the Seas May 16, 2017 construction photo update

In:
16May2017

Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas is under construction at STX France shipyard, and we have a new batch of photos to share.

Thanks to our friends at Saint Nazaire, une ville à la mer, we are able to share photos that were taken on May 16, 2017.

© Hervé GLAIS

Symphony of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean's fourth Oasis Class cruise ship and is set to debut in Spring 2018.  She will offer Mediterranean sailings in her first summer, prior to arriving in Miami, Florida at her new homeport in November 2018.

Symphony of the Seas construction photo update

In:
05May2017

Royal Caribbean's Crown and Anchor Society has released a new batch of construction photos, highlighting the progress of Symphony of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean shared the photos on the official Crown and Anchor Facebook page, as well as with members of the media.

Symphony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's newest Oasis-class ship, under construction at the STX shipyard in France. The ship is scheduled to be delivered in 2018.

Symphony of the Seas construction photo update

In:
02May2017

Construction on Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas is progressing, and we have a new bundle of photos to share.

Our friends at Saint Nazaire, une ville à la mer posted these photos, which were taken this week.

© Hervé GLAIS

Symphony of the Seas will be the cruise line's fourth Oasis Class ship.  

5 interesting facts from Royal Caribbean's first quarter earnings call

In:
28Apr2017

Each quarter, Royal Caribbean's management gets on the phone with investors to discuss its quarterly earnings.  Much of the call is dedicated to the discussion of rather uninteresting fiscal reports, however, there are a number of tidbits that Royal Caribbean fans can glean during the discussion.

During Royal Caribbean's first quarter 2017 earnings call with investors, we picked up on five interesting points worth noting.

Sneak peak at features for new smart phone app

Royal Caribbean Chairman and CEO Richard Fain made a quick reference to some of features coming to the new smart phone app that the cruise line is developing. 

Dubbed, "Project Excalibur," this new app will offer new ways for guests to have a simpler experience onboard.

"Starting over two years ago, we have found intuitive digital applications to make the guest experience simpler and more comfortable," Fain announced during the call. "You'll be able to open the door to your room without pulling out a card or a key, request a beverage real-time from the comfort of your lounge chair, and get recommendations for your traveling companion based on their preferences."

"We take our guest vacation time seriously, and technology is a great enabler to improve the use of that."

Guest spending is fundamentally changing

Royal Caribbean CFO Jason Liberty made mention of the fact onboard revenue continues to grow, and that is a reflection of a shift in where guests spend their money.  Specifically, they are spending more money on experiences, in lieu of buying things.

Onboard revenue yield was up 8.9% for the quarter, which was driven by new hardware, shore excursions and Voom.

"As I mentioned over the past couple quarters, guests spend has continuing to shift towards areas that involve experiences over buying things," Liberty explained.

Royal Caribbean International CEO Michael Bayley added, "What we are seeing is a switch to more experience-related revenue streams, and obviously we are trying to leverage that. Things like shore excursions obviously, and beverages and beverage packages. "

"I think really what we are seeing is we're seeing a really good pick up on our pre-cruise sales, and that has been driving a lot of these revenues. There's various theories on how impactful pre-cruises sales are, and one of the theories is that if you sell a dollar pre-cruise, you'll probably see anywhere from 20 to 50% uptick in the onboard spend by the very same guest."

Mariner of the Seas will receive a drydock

Two days ago, Royal Caribbean announced that Mariner of the Seas would return to North America after spending many years in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley explained, "With Mariner moving back into the States, that was really about timing. Mariner was coming out anyway when Quantum Plus came into the market, and we had an opportunity because we have some revitalization and drydock work that's quite extensive that we're planning for Mariner."

Symphony of the Seas bookings are doing well

Bookings in general are quite good for Royal Caribbean, and even the yet-to-be-launched Symphony of the Seas is doing well with guests booking it.

"Symphony of the Seas, which comes out in April of next year, the forward bookings are terrific."

How millennials cruise

An investor asked how passengers under 35 years old view Royal Caribbean, and Michael Bayley elaborated on the appeal of cruising to millennials.

"When a millennial has a child, they really come into our sweet spot...for Royal Caribbean certainly. As soon as those millennials get kids, then they really want to have a great time with their family, and we work very well for them. "

"The one obvious thing that's quite meaningful is digital technology and access through Voom to the world around them. Of course, that's something we put into place a couple of years ago, and I think that's really proven to be successful."

"The other component is the whole idea of multi-generational vacations, and that's something we really do focus on. This idea that we can offer a multi-generational experience to our customers. And of course, the Oasis Class ships really are  the great expression of that."

"And then dining I think is becoming something that's slightly different with the millennial market, and that's something we're obviously focused on, both in our current fleet, and also as we look at our new builds coming online."

Royal Caribbean releases new Symphony of the Seas construction photo update

In:
25Apr2017

Royal Caribbean released a new batch of construction photos, highlighting the progress of Symphony of the Seas.

Symphony of the Seas is Royal Caribbean's newest Oasis Class ship, under construction at the STX shipyard in France. The ship is scheduled to be delivered in 2018.

Symphony of the Seas construction photo update

In:
20Apr2017

We have another batch of fresh photos to share of the construction progress being made on Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas.

Symphony of the Seas will be the cruise line's fourth Oasis Class ship.  

Our friends at Saint Nazaire, une ville à la mer posted these photos, which were taken on April 19, 2017.

© Hervé GLAIS

Photos: AquaTheater suites ready to be installed on Symphony of the Seas

In:
04Apr2017

The AquaTheater suites for Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas are awaiting installation at the STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France, and we have some photos of the ship's progress to share.

Our friends at Saint Nazaire, une ville à la mer posted these photos.

© Hervé GLAIS

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