Icon of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean’s first cruise ship from it’s brand-new Icon class, which makes her the first new type of vessel for the cruise line in nearly a decade.
Debuting in early 2024, Icon of the Seas will take the new title of largest cruise ship in the world. Once complete, the brand-new vessel for Royal Caribbean will clock in at 250,800 gross tons, making her 6% bigger than Wonder of the Seas - which is currently the biggest cruise ship in the world.
At maximum capacity, the brand-new Icon of the Seas can hold nearly 10,000 passengers and crew members.
Icon of the Seas will be the first cruise ship for Royal Caribbean to be powered by LNG-powered, meaning it relies on liquified natural gas. As the most sustainable cruise ship for Royal Caribbean, Icon of the Seas will feature a slew of new onboard attractions and features - everything from adrenaline-pumping thrills, a waterpark, massive entertainment venues and dedicated family zones.
Although Royal Caribbean was once tight-lipped about Icon of the Seas - creating quite the hype around its new class of ships - the cruise line has started to unveil details of this revolutionary cruise ship. While we don’t know all of the final details about this iconic cruise ship, Royal Caribbean has revealed exciting details about Icon of the Seas’ cabins, neighborhoods, entertainment venues, dining, suites, pricing and more.
If you’re planning to sail on Icon of the Seas or thinking of booking a reservation, there are a few things you’ll want to know about Royal Caribbean’s brand-new ship.
How big will Icon of the Seas be?
Since Icon of the Seas will be the first ship in the Icon-class of cruise ships, everything about her will be brand-new to both Royal Caribbean and the cruise industry. With a new design and size, Icon of the Seas will look nothing like other ships in Royal Caribbean’s fleet.
Royal Caribbean revealed that Icon of the Seas will be 20 decks high and measure right around 1,200 feet long. At maximum capacity, Icon of the Seas will be able to accommodate around 7,600 passengers. If you account for the crew members onboard, Icon of the Seas will have around 10,000 passengers onboard its sailings.
To accommodate everyone sailing on Icon of the Seas, Royal Caribbean revealed that its brand-new ship will have 2,805 cabins onboard. While Wonder of the Seas will be smaller than the new vessel, she will actually have more cabins with 2,867 staterooms and suites onboard.
Where will Icon of the Seas be sailing?
Icon of the Seas is heading to Miami, Florida in January 2024. Royal Caribbean announced that the brand-new ship will be home-ported in Miami at least through April 2025. The cruise line has yet to announce where Icon of the Seas will head after April 2025.
Once Icon of the Seas begins her inaugural season, she will be sailing round-trip itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Each itinerary features at stop at Royal Caribbean’s private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay.
The Eastern Caribbean itineraries for Icon of the Seas include stops in either St. Kitts, St. Thomas and Perfect Day at CocoCay (Bahamas) or St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Perfect Day at CocoCay (Bahamas).
Icon of the Seas’ Western Caribbean itineraries will either feature stops in Roatan (Honduras), Costa Maya (Mexico) and Cozumel (Mexico) or Costa Maya (Mexico), Cozumel (Mexico) and Perfect Day at CocoCay (Bahamas).
The maiden voyage for Icon of the Seas is slotted for January 2024; of course, this timeline could shift based on current supply chain trends to unexpected delays in the shipyard.
When will Icon of the Seas be delivered?
Royal Caribbean expects Icon of the Seas to be delivered to the cruise line in late November or early December 2023. When a ship is delivered, the cruise line officially takes ownership of its new vessel after the construction is complete and sea trials were successful.
Icon of the Seas was originally scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2022, but the Covid-19 pandemic caused unexpected delays in the shipyard. With supply chain issues, Royal Caribbean announced their delay of Icon’s construction in 2022.
The first paying passengers are scheduled to sail on Icon of the Seas starting on January 27, 2024.
Which neighborhoods can I find on Icon of the Seas?
Get ready to see all you’ll be able to experience on the brand-new Icon of the Seas!
Similar to the design of Oasis-class ships, guests will multiple neighborhoods onboard Royal Caribbean’s newest ship.
Icon of the Seas will feature 8 distinct neighborhoods - or zones - onboard Icon of the Seas; these themed areas help passengers easily navigate the ship by offering a mix of restaurants, shopping, bars and lounges and attractions.
Drawing from its Oasis-class ships, Icon of the Seas will have 3 of the same neighborhoods; that means 5 neighborhoods will be new to the cruise line.
One of the new neighbors - and perhaps the most exciting - is the Surfside neighborhood. Surfside will be a major focus when you look at Icon of the Seas, located just above the Royal Promenade on Deck 7 aft.
Taking place of the Boardwalk on Oasis-class ships, a slide is available for kids to slide directly from Deck 8 to Surfside while stairs are available for direct access to the Adventure Ocean kids club on Deck 6. These entrances make access to both Adventure Ocean and the teen club very convenient.
Surfside is a neighborhood dedicated to young families with appeal to kids and adults alike. While babies and kids can enjoy Surfside’s splash-pads, adults can grab a drink at a new themed bar, including “mommy and me” matching cocktails and mocktails.
Kids who use the Splashaway Bay must be fully potty trained and must have a height of least 42” tall; however, Icon of the Seas, Baby Bay, another spot for kids to splash and play, is open to children that are still in diapers.
Adults can also enjoy the new Water’s Edge infinity pool while kids splash the day away at Splashaway Bay and Baby Bay. With slides, a dunk bucket, fountains, water cannons, your whole family is sure to have the best day.
Waters Edge hours of operation are slotted for 8:00 am - 7:00 pm.
Icon of the Seas will feature the biggest water park at sea with Category 6 with six thrilling waterslides.
All of the waterslides onboard Icon of the Seas are complimentary.
Guests on Icon of the Seas can even test their limits at Category 6 with the first open free-fall slide at sea, named Pressure Drop. Other slides include the tallest drop slide at sea, two mat-racing slides and even family raft slides that can accommodate up to four riders.
Here are the 6 slides that you can expect to find in Thrill Island:
1. Storm Surge: the first suspended family raft slide at sea.
2. Hurricane Hunter: the first family raft at sea
3. Storm-Chaser (2) : the longest mat racing slides at sea
4. Pressure Drop: the first open freewill slide at sea
5. Frightening Bolt: the tallest drop slide at sea
Each slide has it’s own height requirements, ranging from a minimum height of 42” for Storm-Chaser to 55” for Pressure Drop and Frightening Bolt. Most of the slides have a maximum weight restriction of 265 pounds.
Category 6 will operate daily from 9 AM - 10 PM.
Thrill Island will also feature the brand-new, exhilarating Crown’s Edge. This onboard thrill is unlike anything seen at sea before. Part skywalk, park ropes course and part thrill ride, Crown’s Edge will surely test your courage as you walk across the Royal Caribbean logo.
Of course, guests can also find Royal Caribbean signature thrills like the FlowRider surf simulator, as well as Adrenaline Peak - the ultimate rock-climbing expedition. Thrill Island also features a sports court and reimagined mini-golf course that the whole family will love.
Once you’ve finished the wild slides, you can grab a bite to eat or a drink at Desserted - a brand-new restaurant for Royal Caribbean serving over-the-top milkshakes (boozy ones too!).
If Thrill Island isn’t your cup of tea, fear not. Icon of the Seas will feature a brand-new neighborhood that Royal Caribbean claims will be the best pool deck at sea, named the Royal Bay Pool.
A quieter, more serene place can be found in the infinity pool, named Cove Pool, which features in-water loungers.
Chill Island will be Icon of the Seas’ main pool deck area, housing four of the ship’s seven pools. This new neighborhood will spans across the three decks and feature Royal Caribbean’s first ever swim-up bar - named Swim and Tonic.
Royal Caribbean also unveiled that Chill island will also feature the largest pool at sea. Additionally, Icon of the Seas will have an adults-only pool and an infinity pool called Cloud 17.
Of course, you can find multiple hot tubs scattered around Chill Island. The pools are positioned on the edge of Icon’s deck, giving guests unbeatable views of the sea.
Cabanas are available for trend in Chill Island, but you can also expect to find plenty of space to relax. With nearby bars and food stations, including Lime & Coconut bar and El Loco Fresh Mexican, you won’t want to leave Chill Island!
If you’ve sailed on an Oasis-class ship, you’re already familiar with Royal Caribbean’s Central Park.
In this neighborhood, you will find real greenery with thousands of real plants, along with live music and dining spots. Guests can typically find Chops Grille, Izumi Sushi and Park Cafe in Central Park. Trellis Bar will also call Central Park home while rumors have circulated that there might be a new Supper Club dining-and-entertainment experience.
Royal Caribbean will release more details on Central Park’s specifics in the future.
The Royal Promenade has been a Royal Caribbean staple for many years; the first Royal Promenade debuted on Voyager class ships and continued with Freedom and Oasis-class ships.
Within the Royal Promenade on Icon of the Seas, you’ll find plenty of Royal Caribbean staples like Sorrento’s, Starbucks, the Karaoke Bar and Point and Feather pub.
An exciting - and mysterious - addition to the Royal Promenade is The Pearl. This new iconic indoor sphere functions as an artistic stairway for entrance into the Royal Promenade with it’s dazzling interior.
In January 2022, the large pearl-shaped object first made its appearance in Icon’s shipyard, which caught the attention of curious fans wondering what this structure could be. While the Pearl is going to be a focal point of the Royal Promenade, we aren’t totally sure what else the Pearl will entail, as Royal Caribbean says there’s more to The Pearl than being merely a staircase.
Initial images of the Royal Promenade show a Pearl Cafe, which has been described as a new coffeehouse and bar-lounge.
The Royal Promenade will also have the largest ice arena at sea called Absolute Zero, which will presumably house the ice shows that Royal Caribbean has been known for.
The final neighborhood onboard the brand-new Icon of the Seas, the suite neighborhood will span across decks 16 to 19.
Royal Caribbean has stated that there will be a mix of many of the ship’s top suites in this neighborhood, along with exclusive lounges and outdoor areas that are only accessible for suites - or some of Royal Caribbean’s most loyal cruisers.
The new suite neighborhood will be the largest restricted-access area for suite guests, which is very similar to Norwegian’s The Haven.
Coastal Kitchens is an exclusive restaurant just for suite guests, which will be found in this new neighborhood.
Icon of the Seas dining options
No cruise is complete without tons of dining options - and Icon of the Seas does not disappoint. Royal Caribbean announced that Icon of the Seas will feature a combination of new and returning eateries onboard.
For new restaurants, Icon of the Seas will introduce Surfside Eatery, which is a new family-friendly buffet venue located in Surfside. This eatery will serve up kid-friendly cuisine, which is very convenient for parents who don’t want to make the trip all the way to the Windjammer buffet.
Similarly, Surfside Bites will be located in the Surfside neighborhood with a menu of beachside bites with options for breakfast, lunch and dinner that will appeal to adults and kids alike.
Also, the suite sundeck will be expanded as well into a multi-story space called The Grove, which will feature a lounge space, private pool, hot tub and Mediterranean restaurant.
Finally, guests will love Desserted Milkshake Bar, which will serve up a variety of milkshakes for adults and kids alike. Adults can enjoy boozy milkshakes while kids will undoubtedly love the sugar rush they can get from this venue.
For returning restaurants, guests can enjoy the main dining room, Windjammer Marketplace buffet, Sorrento’s Pizza, Starbucks, Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar, Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade, Chops Grille, Park Cafe, Vitality Cafe, Hooked Seafood, Sprinkle ice cream station, El Loco Fresh, Izumi Hibachi and Sushi, and Coastal Kitchen.
Cabins and suites onboard Icon of the Seas
Icon of the Seas will feature an astonishing 28 different ship cabins onboard that guests can choose from. Royal Caribbean has announced that Icon of the Seas will provide the most spacious rooms designed by the cruise line.
Since Icon of the Seas will be introducing new categories of cabins, views and new neighborhoods, there’s a lot of excitement about what guests will encounter.
The vast majority of staterooms - 82% of rooms - will be able to accommodate 3 or more guests. More than 70% of staterooms on Icon of the Seas will have a balcony, which is a common trend among new cruise ships.
Onboard Icon of the Seas, you’ll find 179 suites, 1,800 balcony staterooms, 276 ocean view staterooms and 535 interior staterooms.
New staterooms available
For the first time, Royal Caribbean has announced the introduction of new kinds of cruise cabins with the launch of its brand-new ship.
Guests on Icon of the Seas will be able to enjoy 14 new categories; these range from family options to standard rooms and new suites. With Icon of the Seas, families onboard will find new cabins that have additional space for accessibility within each category, location and amenities.
The Family infinite Oceanview Balcony will be able to accommodate up to 6 people in each room with an alcove bunk-bed. Kids will also love that they have their own TV that doesn’t need to be shared with their parents.
This new balcony stateroom features a split design, in which the stateroom’s shower and sink are located on its own side while the toilet and additional sink are located on the other side. This allows two people to have access to sinks in the morning.
Another new cabin will be the Surfside Family View Cabins located in the new Surfside neighborhood on the ship’s aft. Although these staterooms can only accommodate 4 people, the accessibility and convenience to Surfside.
Finally, Royal Caribbean unveiled the Ultimate Family Townhouse, which is sure to be the biggest and most impressive suite that you can find anywhere at sea. This three-level townhouse is insanely impressive with the multi-level, in-suite slide, two private balconies and even a private entrance to Surfside - all of this complete with a white picket fence and mailbox.
It’ll cost you a cool penny to stay in this Ultimate Family Townhouse though; The CEO and President of Royal Caribbean International said the average cost of the townhome in 2024 will be around $75,000 per week.
Liquefied natural gas
Royal Caribbean announced that Icon of the Seas will be the first of three ships to be powered by LNG - or liquefied natural gas.
Icon of the Seas will be the most sustainable ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, the vessel will also feature other state-of-the-art applications, such as shore-power connections.
Traditional vessels are powered by diesel, while LNG-powered engines are more energy-efficient, which reduces fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
This will boost the energy efficiencies and reduce Icon of the Seas’ carbon footprint as Royal Caribbean continues its mission to become more sustainable. Icon of the Seas is going to be 35% more fuel efficient than regular fuel and the ship’s design also makes
The LNG fuel tank on Icon of the Seas will be 307 tons and 90 feet long.
Pricing for Icon of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s newest ship won’t come cheap for those looking to sail onboard the new Icon of the Seas, especially during its maiden voyage.
Icon of the Seas released staterooms to book on January 5th - and the lowest price for an Icon of the Seas sailing was around $1,000 per person for a double occupancy, inside cabin. The cheapest balconies start around $1,500 per person.
Of course, holiday sailings are the most expensive itineraries on Icon of the Seas, in which the same inside cabin is selling for $1,780 and balconies are going for $2,649.
If you're interested in booking a reservation on the brand-new Icon of the Seas, we recommend booking soon, as demand has been very popular. Royal Caribbean is expected to unveil further details about Icon of the Seas in the coming months prior to the ship's launch.