It is one of the largest and most eagerly awaited cruise ships ever: the Icon of the Seas, the latest from Royal Caribbean , has finally made her long-awaited arrival in Miami before officially debuting next Jan. 27, bringing with her a new level of luxury and innovation.
With its futuristic features and exceptional special features, this ship is bound to win over sea travel enthusiasts.
The iconic ship has a wide range of services and facilities to suit every type of traveler. From gourmet restaurants offering an unforgettable dining experience, to luxurious suites with private balconies to view the sea, everything is designed to ensure comfort and elegance.
One of the most striking features of the Icon of the Seas is its state-of-the-art technology , which translates into endless entertainment possibilities on board. With its interactive screens, guests can participate in virtual games and enjoy world-class performances. Wellness lovers, on the other hand, can relax in theluxury spas, which are equipped with saunas and steam rooms to ensure complete relaxation.
But the special features of the Icon of the Seas do not end there. An outdoor swimming pool with built-in bar area and jacuzzi offers a chance to cool off and socialize under the Bahamian sun. Fitness enthusiasts can take advantage of a fully equipped gym with personal trainers and group classes.
In addition, the Icon of the Seas offers a wide range of activities for young children, such as water games, interactive theater, and a state-of-the-art playroom . Parents can then enjoy their cruise knowing that their children are in good hands and are having a safe time.
Icon of the Seas will sail year-round for 7-night vacations in the Eastern and Western Caribbean departing from Miami. Each cruise will visit Royal Caribbean’s most prized private island, Perfect Day CocoCay, in the Bahamas, where adventurers can create their ideal vacation day.
When Icon arrives, the private island will also debut the island’s adults-only oasis, Hideaway Beach, with a large pool, private cabanas with pools, and unparalleled views of ocean hues. The cruise will also touch Caribbean gems such as Cozumel in Mexico, Philipsburg in St. Maarten and Roatan in Honduras.
With its majesty and unique features, the Icon of the Seas promises to offer an extraordinary travel experience: 13 water slides, including the highest in North America, the Thrill Waterpark, the Coco Beach Club, featuring the first overwater cabins in the Bahamas, and the hot air balloon adventure named “Up, Up & Away”.
Icon of the Seas: five fun-filled “neighborhoods”…
The attractions on the Icon of the Seas are truly endless, but there are basically five main areas dedicated to entertainment:
Reconstruction of a remote island capable of offering strong emotions. It can be found here Category 6, the largest water park at sea with six record-breaking water slides: Pressure Drop and its 66-degree slope make it the industry’s first open free-fall slide; Frightening Bolt, 14 meters high, the highest drop slide in the sea; Storm Surge e Hurricane Hunter, the first family raft slides at sea with four riders per raft; and Storm Chasers, the first mattress racing duo experienced on a cruise. Living on the edge finally takes on new meaning withCrown’s Edge. Part skywalk, part ropes course and part thrill ride, Crown’s Edge culminates in a surprising and shocking moment that will see travelers swing 47 feet above the ocean.
With four of the seven pools on board, this three-deck slice of paradise offers a pool for every mood, all with ocean views: the lively Swim & Tonic, with the first floating bar at sea; the Royal Bay Pool, the largest pool ever seen on a cruise ship; Cloud 17, an adults-only retreat; and the tranquil, infinity-edge Cove Pool. Also located within the Chill Island is the Lime & Coconut lounge area with four rooms, including Royal Caribbean’s first frozen cocktail bar.
A neighborhood designed for young families with children up to six years old, where adults can enjoy the magnificent view of the Water’s Edge pool while keeping an eye on the kids in the hilarious Splashaway Bay and Baby Bay. Within walking distance, there are various eateries, lounging areas, the quaint carousel, a bar, a play area, Adventure Ocean, and the Social020 area for teenagers.
Tucked more than 40 meters above the ocean, it combines the “good vibes” of beach clubs around the world with the uninterrupted ocean views that only a cruise can offer. The first infinity pool suspended in the sea is at the center of it all, surrounded by a multi-level sun terrace with several whirlpools, several seating areas, and a dedicated bar.
Positioned at the top of the Icon is a changeable place unlike any other. By day, in anoasis of tranquility, guests can enjoy expansive ocean views and an impressive waterfall while enjoying lunch or drinks. At night, AquaDome becomes a vibrant venue ideal for an evening out, with restaurants, bars and water shows at theAquaTheater. But in addition to being a prestigious entertainment venue, AquaDome takes art and advanced technology to new levels, with a transformable pool, four robotic arms, state-of-the-art projections and more.
… and three distinctive neighborhoods
Royal Caribbean has raised the bar even higher with each of its distinctive quarters: a Royal Promenade bigger presents for the first time in a cruise ship a view of the ocean at full height, as well as more than 15 restaurants, cafes, bars and lounge; a Central Park more lush and vibrant offers more opportunities to dine and enjoy the numerous entertainments; and finally the largest Suite Neighborhood of All Time offers four luxurious decks, with a multi-level sun deck-The Grove-featuring a private pool, whirlpool, dining area, and a two-story Coastal Kitchen. Among the most anticipated confirmations are the renewed experiences of the mini golf a Lost Dunes, the climbing on Adrenaline Peak and Absolute Zero, Royal Caribbean’s largest ice rink, as well as culinary venues such as Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar on the Royal Promenade and the iconic Asian restaurant Izumi in Central Park.
Even the rooms, with 28 different types, are carefully designed for every type of vacationer. There is room for everyone, with more choices, ocean views and different features. There are new layouts for families of three, four, five, or more, such as the Family Infinite Balcony and Surfside Family Suite, with children’s alcoves hidden from adults, and the three-story Ultimate Family Townhouse, complete with white picket fence and mailbox. For those seeking fabulous views instead, the best choices to consider are the Sunset Corner Suites and the Panoramic Ocean Views in AquaDome.