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Just wanted to ask if anyone been on Symphony of the Seas, if so any changes due to Covid?

Are all restaurants open? are all bars and show to till going on?

 

I am booked for end of November and i wanted to what I should expect.

Is everyone wear mask? how is the fully vaccinated crushing going? 

 

Thanks

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Was just on it recently.  No major changes other than some mask wearing when walking indoors.  Bars, restaurants, shows, activities pretty much all the same.  Obviously with so few people, don't expect lots of great trivia or anything like that, but otherwise they had a ton of live music, all venues open, comedy, etc.  No need for a mask when in vaccinated venues inside or anywhere outside.  So it's overall a pretty "normal" cruise with a lot less people on board.

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Spent 3 weeks on Symphony, returning 9/11.  Agree that things are normal (last cruise only had 2000 people).  Shows in main theater had main floor vaccinated (mask optional) and balcony anyone (mask required).  Boleros was vaccinated only, no masks required.  Casino, vaccinated only, no masks required.  At dinner you wore a mask going to dinner and removed it at the table.  Unvaccinated kids were only allowed in deck 3 dining room.  

 

Aqua and ice shows had some vaccinated and some anyone allowed.  Any vaccinated show did not require masks.  First two cruises the vaccinated were the early shows and unvaccinated later.  This swapped on the third cruise (more kids, shows at 10:30 pretty inconvenient for them).  In our case the headliner (Mark Preston, former Letterman) was on for all three cruises.  Probably much harder for entertainment staff to switch ships now.

 

Food is all served by staff.  Buffet currently only open for breakfast and lunch and tables are blocked off for separation.  Masks until you sit down.  Only half of buffet open and still generally easy to find seating.  They sanitize tables between parties.  The 5th floor dining room wasn't even open.  The "fixed seating" dining really was more like Mytime - they didn't seat you with strangers unless you asked for it.  Reality was that our waiters only had 4 tables to serve for the whole evening - we spent a lot of time talking with waiters and head waiter.

 

On our sailings all guests over 12 were required to be vaccinated and they issued rubber wristbands to show vaccinated (not sure why - everyone was vaccinated). 

 

Ports mostly required groups with unvaccinated people to only take ship tours.  Tours kept people isolated from locals and you took the same bus and seats going and coming.  Masks in port facilities and on transportation. 

 

Kids and B2B were not allowed off at Coco Cay until they tested negative (this port was last stop on two of our cruises).  Technically the kids test was for departure but we did see some families being denied at gangway because they hadn't gotten their test yet.  We were B2B and tested negative that morning.

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Makes no sense whatsoever. Let’s put all the people who can most easily catch and spread Covid together. Instead of benefiting from herd immunity, they are creating artificial environments where herd immunity is lesser. I truly miss reason.🤦‍♂️

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On 9/22/2021 at 4:50 PM, LeeW said:

On our sailings all guests over 12 were required to be vaccinated and they issued rubber wristbands to show vaccinated (not sure why - everyone was vaccinated). 

 

I took my wristband off the first day and never heard a thing about it the entire cruise. 

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On 9/22/2021 at 7:43 PM, Heymarco said:

Makes no sense whatsoever. Let’s put all the people who can most easily catch and spread Covid together. Instead of benefiting from herd immunity, they are creating artificial environments where herd immunity is lesser. I truly miss reason.🤦‍♂️

First, let's clarify the unvaccinated passengers are the very few little kids under 12 years of age. Everyone else needs to be fully vaccinated to board. So, not having little children in the casino or Boleros or Schooners is really not a change to "normal". 

 

Second, I cruise because I can minimize my contact with unvaccinated to minimize my chance of catching COVID. 

 

Third, the little kids are typically going to congregate at the kids clubs anyways, integrating them at the theater is not going to prevent them from catching and spreading COVID. In spaces like the theater, there are social distancing rules to keep people apart in the vaccinated and unvaccinated spaces. In the unvaccinated spaces, there are additional rows blocked to keep families physically separated. 

 

So,,, you need to understand the situation onboard so you don't miss the reason.

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3 hours ago, BirdTravels said:

second, I cruise because I can minimize my contact with unvaccinated to minimize my chance of catching COVID.

Protect the vaccinated? If the vaccine is not doing that then what’s the point? 🤦‍♂️ Thank you for re-enforcing all reason has gone out the window.

 

 

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14 hours ago, deliver42 said:

Let them stay together and give each other the virus. The responsible people deserve to be safe.

😮 We’re talking about children to which no vaccine is available. Everyone else is required to get one before boarding.

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On 9/26/2021 at 12:18 PM, MooNGaTe27 said:

LeeW ,how was it getting off the ship . I'm trying to make a 10am flight out of Miami  

 

Departure sheets for all three cruises showed walk-offs started at 7 am and first luggage group at 7:45. 

 

We had first airport transfer group at 8 to pick up a rental car and were at airport around 9.  Maybe 10 minutes to get through terminal to curb and zero wait for facial recognition after picking up bags.  On Sunday it took around 20 minutes to get from terminal to airport.  Biggest wait was for bus to fill.   If we had been taking a flight at 10 we would have had to check in luggage by 9:15.  Tight.  But if we had gotten an early group and a cab we could have been at the airport by around 8:30.

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Just off Symphony this past week and the two noticeable things that I missed most was dinner in the Windjammer and no 70's party in the promenade.  But, it was still an amazing cruise and I have no complaints on how they handled the safety of everyone.

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Did they strictly adhere to scheduled check in times at the pier for embarkation? We were assigned 200PM.  Repeated requests for earlier times were told absolutely no earlier check in.  Todays call was quite rude in fact that no one could check in earlier.

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