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I shared a 182-square-foot balcony room with 2 other people on the Symphony of the Seas. Take a look inside.

I shared a 182-square-foot balcony room with 2 other people on the Symphony of the Seas. Take a look inside.
  • I stayed in one of the Symphony of the Seas' ocean-view balcony rooms with my husband and daughter.

  • It provided ample storage space despite being just 182 square feet with a 50-square-foot balcony.

  • The cabin featured a Royal King bed, a sleeper couch, two closets, and a full bathroom.

I've been on more than 20 voyages and recently sailed on the Symphony of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship that accommodates more than 6,600 passengers, for the first time.

I boarded the 1,188-foot ship for a vacation with my extended family, a group that chose the Symphony of the Seas because of its many amenities for kids and teens.

All 10 of us were spread out across four rooms. Like always, I booked an ocean-view balcony room because I love to sit outside and watch the waves. To me, that's bliss.

The room wasn't huge, but it was big enough for my family to comfortably share, and it had everything we needed. Here's what it was like sharing the accommodation with my husband and daughter.

The room, which was 182 square feet with a 50-square-foot balcony, was on the ninth deck of the 18-level ship.

aymphone of the seas in port
I like being on the middle or upper decks, which are both stable areas of the ship.Michelle Glicksman

From the art to the carpet, the room's interior was decorated in shades of blue and gray.

Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas balcony room
The balcony room had upscale-looking finishes and sleek cabinets.Michelle Glicksman

As soon as I walked in, I saw a full-length mirror by the door.

Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas balcony room
The mirror was situated directly across from the bathroom door.Michelle Glicksman

The bathroom was also next to the entrance and had plenty of storage space.

symphony of the seas bathroom
The cruise line provided a blow-dryer in the bathroom, but I always bring my own.Michelle Glicksman

The shower was small but usable, and it featured an adjustable showerhead.

symphony of the seas bathroom
Inside, there was a small shelf and a dispenser with shower gel.Michelle Glicksman

Two twin-size mattresses combined to create a Royal King bed, which took up most of the floor space.

king bed in symphony of the seas room
Stateroom attendants can separate the bed into two twins for those who don't want to sleep together.Michelle Glicksman

I asked our stateroom attendant to put a mattress topper under our sheets, and it made the bed even more comfortable.

bed in symphony of the seas balcony room
My husband and I shared the bed, and my daughter slept on the couch.Michelle Glicksman

A TV was mounted on the wall across from the bed, and it had a small, built-in shelf below it.

symphony of the seas tv on wall in room
The shelf below the TV was a perfect spot to place papers or books.Michelle Glicksman

Each side of the bed had a small nightstand beside it.

side table in symphony of the seas room
One of the nightstands had a phone on it.Michelle Glicksman

There was also a closet with shelves and a small space to hang garments.

Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas balcony room
The shelves looked small but held quite a lot, including a safe for our valuables.Michelle Glicksman

On the other side of the bed, we had another closet with space to hang clothes, jackets, and other items.

symphony of the seas room closet full of clothes
We hung most of our clothes there and put our shoes on the floor.Michelle Glicksman

Closer to the balcony, our room had a sitting area.

symphony of the seas balcony room sitting area
This area separated the bedroom from the balcony.Michelle Glicksman

We sat on the blue sofa during the day and the stateroom attendant transformed it into a bed for our daughter at night.

symphony of the seas couch
To turn the couch into a bed, the stateroom attendant removed the cushions and added sheets.Michelle Glicksman

There was also a desk and a vanity with a mirror in the sitting area.

symphony of the seas vanity and mirror
This part of the room got substantial natural light because of its proximity to the balcony.Michelle Glicksman

The dresser had five drawers, a mini fridge, and a cooler — all of which we used.

drawers in symphony of the seas
We kept bottled water and other beverages in the mini fridge.Michelle Glicksman

The rest of the drawers provided storage for our bathing suits, underwear, socks, and pajamas.

drawers in vanity symphony of the seas
We used the drawer next to the desk for our brushes, medications, and blow-dryer.Michelle Glicksman

The 50-square-foot balcony had two chairs and a small table.

symphony of the seas cruise balcony
It turned out to be one of my favorite places to relax on the entire ship.Michelle Glicksman

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