Everything you need to know about Icon of the Seas

Author: Will Payne

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Icon of the Seas will be the world’s largest cruise ship when she launches in February 2024 and as Will Payne discovers, there’s plenty of fun in store for all the family

Weighing in at a whopping 250,800 gross tonnes with the capacity to carry 7,600 passengers, Royal Caribbean’s eagerly awaited new ship Icon of the Seas is guaranteed to make heads turn when she launches on January 27, 2024.

Featuring six record-breaking waterslides, the largest pool at sea, 20 dining options and 15 entertainment spots, what is soon to be the largest cruise ship on the planet will offer a multitude of interactive experiences to keep the whole family entertained. Ahead of its launch, we take a deep dive into some of the standout features on board Royal Caribbean’s crowning glory.

Icon of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean International's first Icon-class ship. Credit: Royal Caribbean

The Waterpark
A standout area onboard Icon is its record-breaking waterpark - thought to be the largest waterpark on a cruise ship. It features six slides including the Frightening Bolt, the tallest waterslide to sail and the Pressure Drop, the first open free-fall waterslide on a cruise, as well as Hurricane Hunter, the first family raft slide at sea.

Crown’s Edge
If you’re seeking thrills of the highest order, Crown’s Edge is the place for you. Strap in and step onto the walkway atop of Royal’s logo for a fear-inducing challenge that’s part skywalk, part obstacle course, part thrill ride and an all-out test of courage. Then when you least expect it, the floor beneath your feet could disappear, leaving you dangling high over the ocean. Only for the brave…

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The Surfside neighbourhood is the ultimate ‘stay-all-day’ attraction for families, where guests of all ages can delve into a vast array of eateries and entertainment options. Unwind with the best seat under the sun at the new Water's Edge pool by kicking back on an in-water lounger or take a whirl on the beach-themed carousel.

For a more interactive experience, hit a new high score under the glowing neon lights of the arcade or if you’re a teen, visit Social020 for with music, a line-up of movies, vending machines, sofas and a football table.

Chill Island
From upbeat party scenes to family-friendly retreats, Icon offers seven pools and nine whirlpools, including Royal’s first swim-up bar at sea Swim & Tonic in the new Chill Island, where you can have a drink while taking a dip. For those looking for more laidback vibes, head to infinity-edge Cove Pool and make the most of its in-water loungers. Families, meanwhile, can head to the largest pool at sea, Royal Bay. With more than 40,000 gallons of water, it is complete with in-water loungers and raised whirlpools offering elevated views and plenty of space to soak up the sun or make a splash.

Enjoy live bands, music performances and DJs at Music Hall. Credit: Royal Caribbean

The AquaDome
Perched at the top of the ship, the AquaDome is a new venue where during the day you can take in wraparound ocean views and a 55-foot waterfall while you enjoy a bite or drink. By night, it becomes a vibrant hot spot complete with restaurants, bars and the cruise line’s marquee aqua shows at the AquaTheater.

Absolute Zero
In the reimagined Royal Promenade, you’ll find Royal Caribbean’s largest ice arena to date. Absolute Zero features cutting-edge technology and Olympic-level ice skaters to bring unique entertainment to life while they unleash maximum axels and supersize spins while a digitally mapped backdrop transforms this arctic arena to showcase detailed storylines. Other shows on offer include The Wizard of Oz, Starburst: Elemental Beauty, Pirates vs Mermaids, Showband! Live. Music. Now and Once Upon a Time.

Absolute Zero is Royal Caribbean's biggest ice arena ever. Credit: Royal Caribbean

Dueling Pianos
A Royal Caribbean first, Dueling Pianos debuts in the Royal Promenade and features two pianists going head-to-head as you request songs and sing along – with a cocktail in hand. With a full catalogue of toe-tapping tunes, banter and musical mixology, this interactive show is fun for all the family.

The Attic
Drawing inspiration from Manhattan’s dark and intimate comedy clubs, The Attic in the Royal Promenade on Icon of the Seas will showcase three comedians a week at an adults-only live show.

Music Hall
A Royal Caribbean staple, Music Hall on board Icon returns with cover bands and their revolving set-lists of everything from jazz to rock. You will have the chance to rock out while dancing, playing pool or sitting at intimate stage-side lounge tables. When the set list is over, the resident DJ keeps the beats going for a dance party which carries on late into the night.

Dueling Pianos will be Royal Caribbean's first-ever dueling pianos bar. Credit: Royal Caribbean

Bubbles, the new walk-up champagne bar in Central Park, offers glasses of mimosas, prosecco, Bellini, bottles of bubbly and more on tap morning, noon and night. Order by the bottle or the glass all while being serenaded by the soulful sounds of Jazz in the Park.

Empire Supper Club
Near the Central Park neighbourhood, the new Empire Supper Club is an extravagant eight-course experience with a taste of old New York. On the menu is premium American cuisine – like oysters Rockefeller and modern renditions like Wagyu New York strip topped with shaved fresh truffle. Each musical number is curated and paired to complement each course, from upbeat ‘Beyond the Sea’ to a bittersweet Campari spritz.

Ultimate Family Townhouse
The ship will debut Royal’s first Ultimate Family Townhouse. Spanning three levels, this mega room for families features an in-suite slide, a cinema space, karaoke, a balcony, a private entrance to the ultimate family neighbourhood, Surfside, and more.

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