A Look At The Mega Ship Icon of the Seas


Royal Caribbean has revealed a sneaky peek at the highly anticipated Icon of the Seas. Set to launch in late 2023 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.

From the beach retreat to the resort escape and the theme park adventure, with Icon, every kind of family and adventurer can experience their version of the ultimate family vacation.

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How Big Is Icon Of The Seas?

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  • 250,800 Gross Tn
  • 1,198 Feet Long
  • 20 Decks, 18 of those are passenger decks
  • Holds 5610 guests, 7600 at full capacity
  • 2350 crew
  • At full capacity a passenger to crew ratio of 3.2-1
  • 7 Pools
  • 9 Whirlpools
  • 6 Watersides
  • 8 Neighbourhoods

Thrill Island 

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Vacationers can test their limits, scale new heights and reach top speeds at the center of thrillThis lost island adventure is home to highlights like Category 6, the largest waterpark at sea, with six record-breaking slides:

  • Pressure Drop and its 66-degree incline make it the industry’s first open free-fall slide.
  • The 46-foot-tall Frightening Bolt, the tallest drop slide at sea.
  • Storm Surge and
  • Hurricane Hunter, the first family raft slides at sea with four riders per raft.
  • Storm Chasers, cruising’s first mat-racing duo.
  • Living on the edge takes new meaning with Crown’s Edge. Part skywalk, part ropes course and part thrill ride, it culminates in a surprising, shocking moment that will see travellers swing 154 feet above the ocean.

Chill Island 

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Among the seven pools on board, four are in this three-deck slice of paradise. There’s a pool for every mood, each with prime ocean views: the vibrant Swim & Tonic, the line’s first swim-up bar at sea; Royal Bay Pool, the largest pool at sea; Cloud 17, an adults-only retreat; and the serene, infinity-edge Cove Pool. Plus, The Lime & Coconut returns with four locations, including Royal Caribbean’s first frozen cocktail bar.


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Introducing a neighbourhood made for young families from end to end, where adults and kids ages six and under will want to stay and play all day.

Grownups can soak up the endless views at Water’s Edge pool, as they keep an eye on the kids at Splashaway Bay and Baby Bay. Only steps away are dining options, places to lounge, a bar, the signature carousel, an arcade, Adventure Ocean, and Social020 for teens.  

The Hideaway

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Tucked away, this neighbourhood 135 feet above the ocean combines the good vibes of beach club scenes around the world and the uninterrupted ocean views and cocktails only a cruise can offer. The first suspended infinity pool at sea is at the center of it all, and it’s surrounded by a multilevel sun terrace with whirlpools, a variety of seating and a dedicated bar.


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Perched at the top of Icon, what’s in store is a transformational place unlike any other. In a tranquil oasis by day, guests can take in wraparound ocean views and an awe-inspiring waterfall as they enjoy a bite or drink.

Ways to Play Across Three Familiar Neighbourhoods and Favourites

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The cruise line has raised the bar even further with each of its signature neighborhoods: A grander Royal Promenade features its first floor-to-ceiling ocean views, plus more than 15 restaurants, cafes, bars and lounges.

Cabins On Icon Of The Seas

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With 28 ways to stay, even the rooms are thoughtfully designed for every type of vacationer. It’s come one, come all with more choices, ocean views and room.

There are new layouts made for families of three, four, five and more, like the Family Infinite Balcony and Surfside Family Suite – with kids alcoves tucked away from the adults – and the three-story Ultimate Family Townhouse, complete with its own white picket fence and mailbox.

Increased Sustainability

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The debut of Icon Class will also mark firsts and the next step in Royal Caribbean’s journey toward a clean-energy future. Icon will be the cruise line’s first ship with fuel cell technology, powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the cleanest-burning marine fuel. Along with other proven applications, such as shore power connection and waste heat recovery systems, the new ship will be the cruise line’s most sustainable to date.

Also See What Our Kids Thought About Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas Photo Credit SBW-Photo Royal Caribbean.
Photo Credit: SBW-Photo Royal Caribbean.

We have enjoyed a fantastic weekend aboard Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas. This is a Quantum Class Ship and, as such, has a different vibe and innovations than Royal Caribbeans Oasis Class Ships, such as Allure and Oasis of the Seas. Check out our review, Cruising with Children on Anthem of the Seas.

See More of the Biggest Cruise Ships in the World

Biggest Cruise Ships in the World Photo Credit Royal Caribbean.
Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean.

Join us as we step aboard these magnificent giants, each one a floating city that promises a vacation experience like no other. It’s time to discover the top five cruise ships that redefine the meaning of indulgence and exploration on the high seas.

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Sarah Christie is a craft, food, cruise, and family travel blogger Extraordinary Chaos, Cruising For All and Mini Travellers. Known for her unique perspective and ability to find beauty in chaos, Sarah designs and creates craft projects as well as creating recipes for people who want to cook from scratch the easy way. Whilst also exploring family travel and how to navigate it.

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