Your Guide to the New, Thrilling Entertainment Aboard Symphony of the Seas

From zero-gravity performances to high-diving stunts, the lineup on the world’s largest cruise ship will keep you at the edge of your seat.
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Drones provide a show-stopping opening for "1977."

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Setting sail from the newly opened Terminal A in PortMiami, the world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, is filled with ‘round-the-clock entertainment taking place on the stage, on ice, in water and in the air. From high-flying acrobatics to the first time zero gravity is simulated on stage, the productions in store combine high-energy with the high-tech to create thrills for all. Read on for a preview of the surprises that await on the ultimate family vacation—and what’s more, almost all of the entertainment on board is complimentary!

“Flight: Dare to Dream” finishes with a scene of the Wright brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk.

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Zero Gravity for the First Time

Debuting on Symphony, original Royal Caribbean production “Flight: Dare to Dream” chronicles the evolution of air travel and space exploration. With state-of-the-art technology, the full-scale production centers on key milestones in aeronautics, including the future’s first leisure voyage to Mars and a stunning homage to the Wright brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk—complete with a custom-built replica of the iconic plane they flew. Audience members will have the thrill of watching the plane “fly” overhead thanks to our leading 3D flying system.

Enhancing an already jaw-dropping show, we teamed up with Astronaut Clayton C. Anderson to bring space and zero gravity to life on stage for the very first time. Watch the actors “float” within a detailed replica of the International Space Station (ISS), the only theater set piece of its kind.

HiRO, Royal Caribbean’s newest aqua show, features more high-flying feats, unexpected stunts and extraordinary acrobatics than ever before.

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Deck-Defying Aqua Acrobatics

At the AquaTheater—an incredible open-air theater at the aft of our Oasis Class ships—we’ve raised the bar (no pun intended). In the new show, ”HiRO,” watch Olympic-level divers and the world’s best extreme sport athletes execute flips and tricks into water below. The extraordinary stunts include plunging into the deepest pool at sea and literally soaring above the crowd with more 3D flying technology—all against the backdrop of the gleaming ocean. No two performances are alike, making it worth seeing twice!

Playing in the ship’s Broadway-style, 1,400-passenger theater, the 90-minute “Hairspray” adaptation features many of the classic songs from the original production.

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A Favorite Returns Bigger and Bolder

Returning to Royal Caribbean on board Symphony (but with a twist!) is the Tony Award-winning musical “Hairspray.” A guest favorite, the show at the 1,400-seat Royal Theater boasts entirely new sets, choreography, costumes and staging. Audiences already familiar with the tale of Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore will be at the edge of their seat with this version of the beloved Broadway production.

“1977” will bring guests to London on the eve of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, when her Crown Jewels are stolen in the heist of the century.

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‘70s Spirit on Ice

Symphony presents the “cool,” new production, “1977,” in Studio B—an ice-skating rink turned laser tag arena by day. A continuation of “1887: A Journey in Time” on Harmony of the Seas, “1977” sees the return of our time-traveling hero, Tempus, who embarks on his next adventure to solve the heist of Her Majesty’s jewels in London. Beyond impressive figure-skating feats, the show features dozens of light-emitting drones and cutting-edge 5K projection mapping that makes the ice appear to transform before your eyes.

Our pop-up pianist entertains guests throughout the ship, traveling and playing everywhere from the atrium to the pool deck and even in the glass-fronted elevators.

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Live Music Around Every Corner

Beyond the stage, guests can even take in dazzling performances going on throughout the ship: If you’re in one of our seven neighborhoods, chances are you’ll hear live tunes. Our lively Central Park and Boardwalk (also found on our other three Oasis Class ships) typically showcase talented musicians, for example, you can catch a stellar, live band at Jazz on 4. Lastly, don’t forget about our Stowaway Piano—known to pop up in unexpected places and surprise lucky travelers with a bespoke show (Pro tip: Keep an eye on the elevators)!

Head here to experience all of the show-stopping entertainment on board Symphony of the Seas.