Royal Caribbean International has revealed the first look at Icon of the Seas ahead of its January 2024 debut.
The first Icon Class ship will be the travel industry’s first-of-its-kind combination of the best of every vacation. With Icon of the Seas, every kind of family and adventurer can experience their version of the ultimate family vacation – from beach retreat to resort escape and theme park adventure.
Icon of the Seas’ all-encompassing line-up features a variety of firsts and next-level favourites for everyone. There are also five new neighbourhoods – Thrill Island, Chill Island, Surfside, The Hideaway, and Aquadome – on top of the three familiar neighbourhoods and favourites.
The ship boasts the largest waterpark at sea, seven pools including the Royal Bay Pool, the largest pool at sea, and the infinity-edge Cove Pool, entertainment, plus more than 40 new and returning dining, bar and nightlife options, including the Swim & Tonic, the line’s first swim-up bar at sea.
Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International said: “Now more than ever, families and friends are prioritising experiences where they can bond and enjoy their own adventures. We set out to create a vacation that makes all that possible in one place for the thrill-seekers, the chill enthusiasts and everyone in between, without compromise.”
In addition, accommodation choices are aplenty: families can opt for the Family Infinite Balcony, Surfside Family Suite, and the three-story Ultimate Family Townhouse; or the brand’s first Sunset Corner Suites for the picturesque views.
The debut of Icon Class will also mark firsts and the next step in Royal Caribbean’s journey toward a clean-energy future, and Icon of the Seas will be the cruise line’s first ship with fuel cell technology and powered by liquefied natural gas. Along with shore power connection and waste heat recovery systems, the new ship will be the cruise line’s most sustainable to date.
Icon of the Seas will sail year-round, seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean vacations from Miami, with a visit to Royal Caribbean’s private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas. When Icon of the Seas arrives, the cruise line will debut the island’s adults-only oasis, Hideaway Beach. Vacationers will also visit Cozumel, Mexico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Roatan, Honduras.