September 27, 2023
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Icon of the Seas would be the first of Royal Caribbean’s Icon Class cruise ships when she launches, marking the primary new kind of vessel for the cruise line since 2014.

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Being a brand new kind of cruise ship, there shall be all types of latest options onboard, together with a water park, new areas devoted to households, revamped pool decks and much more.

Whereas Royal Caribbean has not but revealed all of the details about the ship, we already know Icon of the Seas shall be greater than 6% larger than Marvel of the Seas and capable of maintain as much as 7,600 passengers. Icon of the Seas can even be 10 ft longer than Marvel of the Seas.

When she launches in early 2024, Icon of the Seas will develop into the most important cruise ship on this planet.  If you’re considering of reserving Icon of the Seas, or are planning for an upcoming cruise, there are fairly a couple of issues it is best to find out about this new ship.

Here’s a have a look at crucial issues we find out about Icon of the Seas.

How huge is Icon of the Seas?

Icon of the Seas is the primary Icon Class ship, which suggests this cruise ship could have a brand new design, dimension, and look in comparison with different ships that got here earlier than her.

Icon of the Seas will carry 7,600 passengers at most occupancy (or almost 10,000 folks once you account for the crew) when it first units sail with visitors Jan. 27, 2024.

When accomplished, Icon shall be 20 decks excessive and 1,198 ft lengthy and measure 250,800 gross tons.

The place will Icon of the Seas sail from?

Icon of the Seas will start providing cruises from Miami in January 2024.

Miami shall be homeport from January 2024 by no less than April 2025.

Royal Caribbean has not introduced plans but for the place the ship will sail from past April 2025.

Icon of the Seas itineraries

When Icon enters service, she is going to supply weeklong Jap and Western Caribbean itineraries, and every will go to Royal Caribbean’s personal island, Good Day at CocoCay.

The inaugural Icon of the Seas crusing shall be January 27, 2024.

7-night Jap Caribbean & Good Day at CocoCay: Miami; Phillipsburg, St Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Good Day at CocoCay; Miami

7-night Jap Caribbean & Good Day at CocoCay: Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Good Day at CocoCay; Miami

7-night Western Caribbean & Good Day at CocoCay: Miami; Roatan, Honduras; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; Good Day at CocoCay; Miami

Icon of the Seas neighborhoods & format

Able to see what you are able to do on Icon of the Seas?

Icon of the Seas could have 8 neighborhoods to assist passengers simply navigate the ship.


As an alternative of a Solarium on the entrance of the ship, Icon of the Seas could have an AquaDome space.

At its coronary heart, this space is residence to the indoor AquaTheater from the Oasis Class ships, and put it into this multipurpose area with big floor-to-ceiling home windows, providing 220-degree views. 

The exhibits right here will function aerialists, acrobatics, excessive dives, and the tallest waterfall at sea (55 ft tall).

When the area is not getting used for a present, passengers can soak up wraparound ocean views and luxuriate in views of the waterfall as they take pleasure in a chew or drink.

Central Park

Icon of the Seas could have its personal lush inexperienced place onboard, with 1000’s of actual crops, eating, and stay music.

Extra particulars about this area shall be revealed later.

Chill Island

Royal Caribbean has plans for the very best pool deck at sea with Chill Island.

Chill Island could have ocean views galore from the three-deck pool space. Icon of the Seas could have Swim & Tonic, the primary swim-up bar at sea.

You will additionally discover the most important pool at sea at Royal Bay Pool.

In order for you a quieter pool expertise, head to the infinity-edge Cove Pool that has in-water loungers.

And adults can discover their very own area at Cloud 17, which is the adults-only retreat with their very own bar, the Lime & Coconut.

Pool info for Icon of the Seas:

  • Royal Bay: The most important pool at sea, designed for all visitors to take pleasure in. Situated in Chill Island
    Neighborhood on Deck 15. Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • The Cove Pool: An infinity, portside pool straight dealing with the ocean. Situated in Chill Island
    Neighborhood on Deck 15. Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m
  • Cloud 17: Adults-only pool deck (age 16+ years outdated) overlooking the ocean with devoted Lime &
    Coconut bar and whirlpool. Situated in Chill Island Neighborhood on Deck 17. Hours of Operation:
    8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Most Capability: 249)
  • Swim & Tonic: First-to-brand swim-up bar situated in Chill Island Neighborhood on Deck 16.
    Seating for 12 at swim-up bar. Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. – Late.

Thrill Island

Are you prepared for the most important water park at sea?

You will discover Class 6, the brand new water park that has six water slides, together with an open free-fall slide, the tallest drop slide at sea, household raft slides that accommodate 4 riders without delay and two mat-racing slides. 

  • • Scary Bolt: The tallest drop slide at sea
    (Min Peak: 55” tall | Max Weight: 265 lbs)
  • Stress Drop: The primary open freefall slide at sea
    (Min Peak: 55” tall | Max Weight: 265 lbs)
  • Storm-Chasers (2): The longest mat racing slides at sea
    (Min Peak: 42” tall | Max Weight: 265 lbs)
  • Hurricane Hunter: The primary household raft slide at sea
    (Min Peak: 48” tall with mother and father & 55” tall with out mother and father | Max Weight: 595 lbs)
  • Storm Surge: The primary suspended household raft slide at sea
    (Min Peak: 48” tall with mother and father & 55” tall with out mother and father | Max Weight: 595 lbs)

All adventures inside Class 6 Waterpark are complimentary throughout the hours of operation: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

Crown’s Edge is an element skywalk, half ropes course, half thrill journey, and an all-out check of braveness. At any second, the ground may collapse and go away you dangling excessive over the ocean.  Peak and weight restrictions shall be shared at a later date.

There shall be one FlowRider surf simulator onboard, in addition to different model staples like Adrenaline Peak – the final word rock-climbing expedition, Sports activities Courtroom, and a completely reimagined mini-golf course.


Surfside is a new neighborhood devoted to younger households, and it is on the coronary heart of the main focus of Icon of the Seas.

This neighborhood will supply splash areas for infants and children. There is a new pool-themed model of Royal Caribbean’s carousel and a bar with “mommy and me” matching mocktails for teenagers and cocktails for grownups. 

Children utilizing Splashaway Bay have to be absolutely potty educated, however Child Bay is for kids which might be nonetheless in diapers a spot to splash and play. Moreover, the slide inside Splashaway Bay requires a minimal peak of 42” tall and a most weight of 300 lbs.

Journey Ocean and the teenager membership have entrances right here, which suggests easy accessibility to both place.

Grownups can cling again at Water’s Edge pool because the kiddos play at Splashaway Bay and Child Bay, full with slides, fountains, water cannons, a drench bucket and extra.

Waters Edge hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Hideaway

One other model new neighborhood is The Hideaway, which is Royal Caribbean’s model of a seashore membership.

Suppose Las Vegas pool social gathering, you will discover the primary suspended infinity pool at sea.

Then there is a multilevel terrace, whirlpools, quite a lot of seating and devoted bar.

The Hideaway Pool hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Suite neighborhood

The Royal Suite Class advantages shall be obtainable on Icon of the Seas, and that features three decks of area for suite visitors.

This shall be Royal Caribbean’s largest space for suite visitors, and it features a suite solar deck, Coastal Kitchen restaurant, and a brand new informal eatery only for suite visitors, The Grove.

Royal Promenade

As you stroll onto the ship, you will be greeted by The Pearl, which is a brand new area that Royal Caribbean will reveal extra particulars about later.

There shall be one main change to the Royal Promenade most visitors will discover: there’s home windows!

While you stroll onto the ship, you will really stroll by The Pearl.

One thing else completely different concerning the Royal Promenade is there’s the most important ice enviornment but in “Absolute Zero”.

When will Icon of the Seas be delivered?

Icon of the Seas is anticipated to be delivered in late November or early December 2023.

She was initially scheduled to be delivered in second quarter of 2022, however the Covid-19 pandemic induced her development plans to be delayed by a yr.

Her first crusing with paying visitors shall be January 27, 2024.

Cabins and suites on Icon of the Seas

Royal Caribbean has 28 completely different Icon of the Seas cruise ship cabins you’ll be able to select from, with an eye fixed to offer essentially the most spacious rooms designed by the cruise line.

There are new classes of cabins, new neighborhoods, and views by no means supplied earlier than on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

Greater than 82% of all rooms onboard Icon of the Seas will accommodate 3 or extra visitors, and greater than 70% of all rooms onboard Icon of the Seas could have a balcony.

There are 2805 complete staterooms on Odyssey of the Seas:

  • 179 suites
  • 1815 balcony staterooms
  • 276 ocean view staterooms
  • 535 inside staterooms

New stateroom choices

Royal Caribbean has launched new sorts of cruise cabins for the primary time ever with the launch of Icon of the Seas.

There are 14 new classes that vary from customary rooms to suites, together with extra choices for households.

One mantra Royal Caribbean needed for its cabins is extra space for households that present extra space and accessible choices in each class, areas and facilities.

A number of the new sorts of cabins you could find solely on Icon of the Seas embrace:

Household Infinite Oceanview Balconies: Cruise ship cabins that may accommodate as much as six folks in a single room, with a bunk alcove for teenagers and sufficient TVs for everybody.

The toilet contains a cut up design – with a bathe and a sink on one facet and a sink and bathroom on the opposite – to make preparing for the day or mattress simpler for each member of the family.

Surfside Household View Cabins: Situated within the new Surfside neighborhood, these cabins are designed for as much as 4 folks with comfort to the neighborhood only for younger households.

Final Household Townhouse: If you’re on the lookout for the most important and most spectacular suite anyplace at sea, Royal Caribbean has a three-level townhouse for you.

It contains a multilevel, in-suite slide, areas for karaoke and to observe motion pictures, two personal balconies and even a personal entrance to Surfside – full with a white picket fence and mailbox.

How a lot does it price? In line with Royal Caribbean Worldwide President and CEO Michael Bayley, the typical price of the Final Household Townhouse in 2024 is $75,000 per week.

On line casino

The on line casino on Icon of the Seas will function extra televisions so you’ll be able to watch sports activities on the identical time.

“On the all new Icon of the Seas, you do not have to decide on between watching the large sport and enjoying within the on line casino. Extra screens means extra leisure, all over the place you look.”

There can even be bar-top video poker and a high-limit space.

Icon of the Seas info

  • 20 complete decks (18 visitor decks)
  • 5,610 visitors @ double capability and seven,600 max visitors
  • 2,350 crew (bringing ULTIMATE complete to 9,950 visitors)
  • 7 swimming pools, 9 whirlpools
  • 6 record-breaking waterslides
  • 250,800 GT
  • 1,198 ft lengthy
  • 159 ft large at waterline
  • Captain: Captain Henrik Loy

When can we e book Icon of the Seas?

Now you can e book Icon of the Seas sailings through the Royal Caribbean web site or with a journey agent.

The cruise line put bookings on sale starting October 24, 2022 for Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor members and October 25 to the everybody else.

Subsequent-gen energy

Icon would be the cruise line’s first of three ships to be powered by LNG (liquefied pure fuel).

LNG and the state-of-the-art ship’s further environmentally pleasant purposes, comparable to shore energy connection, will enhance vitality efficiencies and cut back carbon footprint. Extra particulars about Icon’s superior environmental applied sciences shall be revealed at a future date.

The LNG gasoline tank on Icon of the Seas is 307 tons and 90 ft lengthy.

Historically, cruise ships are powered by diesel. The benefit LNG has over diesel is it’s extra energy-efficient and can cut back gasoline consumption and emissions.

Royal Caribbean Worldwide President and CEO Michael Bayley talked concerning the effectivity of Icon of the Seas, “Our new Icon class is coming with LNG-hybrid however, mainly it is LNG. It is 35% extra gasoline vitality environment friendly than common gasoline. And the ship itself, due to the design, is about 30% extra environment friendly.”

As well as, Icon of the Seas will make the most of a shore energy connection that removes emissions whereas related at port.

What’s The Pearl?

In January 2022, a big pearl-shaped object appeared within the shipyard that seize the eye of cruise followers who’re curious to know what it is perhaps.

Thus far, the Pearl is the centerpiece of the Royal Promenade and what you will see once you stroll onto the ship.

Royal Caribbean says there’s extra to The Pearl than only a staircase, however extra particulars shall be revealed later.

We do know that the Pearl has particular panels that may produce all types of results.

It measures 46 ft tall and 50 ft in diameter, with 578 aluminum exterior panels.

Different fascinating info:

  • 9 miles of cables for energy & lighting
  • 1,323 ft of air-con ducts
  • Metal mounting frames on the within
  • It required two tugboats to maneuver it to the shipyard
  • 5,600-metric-ton-crane lifted it into place
  • It is taken 45,000 working hours to assemble the sphere

On the 2022 President’s Cruise, Michael Bayley accidently let it slip the title of the sphere is “The Pearl”.