Updates on Royal Caribbean’s New Icon of the Seas Cruise Ship

Image: Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas (Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean)

Ahoy there, fellow travelers! Get ready to embark on a journey like no other aboard the magnificent Icon of the Seas. Royal Caribben’s gone the extra nautical mile to completely transform and reimagine the promenade space, setting it apart from anything you’ve seen on previous ships.

Hold onto your travel hats because we’ve got an extraordinary spectacle on the horizon! Recently, travel advisors were treated to an exclusive sneak peek of the awe-inspiring Icon of the Seas, a ship that’s poised to claim the title of the largest in the world.

Joanne Schimelman, the Vice President of Sales and National Accounts for Royal Caribbean, perfectly captured the essence when she described it as a ship where the theme is ‘water, water everywhere.’ This ship promises to immerse you in aquatic wonder like never before, and today’s Coffee Talk with Royal Caribbean was the portal to all the excitement.

In this showcasing event, Schimelman and our host, Vicki Freed, unveiled the latest updates on this magnificent vessel, set to embark on its maiden voyage in January 2024. The virtual journey took us through tantalizing glimpses of the ship’s lavish interiors, gave insights into its diverse neighborhoods, dished out details on the captivating entertainment offerings, and showcased the sumptuous staterooms and family suites. And, oh boy, did we dive into a sea of excitement discussing the mind-boggling water slides and aquatic wonders awaiting you on board!

So, dear travelers, brace yourselves for an unforgettable maritime adventure aboard the Icon of the Seas, where every corner promises to be a breathtaking spectacle of fun and luxury. Your next voyage will be one for the record books!

Royal Promenade

In the good old days, guests would step onto the promenade for some shopping and a quick bite – a mere transit space. But now, feast your eyes on the all-new, breathtaking two-story promenade that stands as the very heart of the ship. Imagine floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views, a harmonious blend of entertainment, shopping, and an array of dining options. Brace yourselves for a delightful visit to the Pearl Cafe, 1400 Lobby Bar, Dueling Pianos, Music Hall, Schooner Bar, and Spotlight Karaoke, just to name a few of the incredible offerings.

As we like to say, this isn’t just the ultimate family vacation; it’s a voyage designed for all kinds of families, whether they’re composed of kids or not. We’ve curated a variety of places, spaces, venues, activities, and experiences that cater to couples and adults as well. So, come one, come all, and let the Icon of the Seas redefine your notion of a remarkable cruise adventure!


The ship’s crown jewel is absolutely the Aquadome—an expansive sun-soaked haven that will be the largest freestanding dome at sea, offering an unrivaled 180-degree panorama of the boundless ocean.

Nestled within the Aquadome, you’ll find the high-tech marvel known as the Aquatheater. The headline show, “Aqua Action,” lives up to its name, promising a thrilling, action-packed performance powered by cutting-edge technology.

Traditionally, theaters dictated the show’s parameters, but the Aquatheater on Icon of the Seas was purpose-built to accommodate a unique show concept. Think of it as the art of creating a movie, where ideas drive the construction. In this case, the show idea was brought to life with state-of-the-art technology.

To add to the spectacle, robotic technology will be employed for constructing scenery, ensuring that every detail is as breathtaking as the next. And for families seeking enchantment, the Aquatheater will also stage an unparalleled rendition of the beloved classic, “The Wizard of Oz.”

Rendering of Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas. (photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)

Thrill Island

Introducing Thrill Island, the ship’s heart-pounding water park, meticulously crafted to redefine the very concept of onboard aquatic excitement.

“Our measure of Thrill Island’s success? It’s all about the volume of those joyful screams, the kind that signify pure, exhilarating fun,” remarked Schimelman, a Royal Caribbean expert.

When conceptualizing this space aboard Icon of the Seas, Royal Caribbean drew inspiration from the resounding success of Perfect Day at Coco Cay and the Thrill Water Park. As you explore this area of the ship, you’ll be transported to the thrilling waterscapes of Coco Caye. The sheer magnitude of the slides is nothing short of awe-inspiring, promising unforgettable family fun.

Here, you’ll find not just two family raft slides but also a unique clear acrylic slide that extends daringly off the ship’s side.

Thrill Island goes beyond slides, boasting a welcoming Base Camp area. This cozy spot serves as a hub for gathering and relaxation while family members revel in Thrill Island’s adventures. In addition, you can savor a range of culinary delights, from complimentary options to tantalizing for-pay selections. And for the adults seeking a respite, there’s an exclusive bar, while a milkshake bar adds a delightful touch of sweetness to the experience.

So, brace yourself for an adrenaline-fueled adventure at Thrill Island, where exhilaration knows no bounds, and every scream is a testament to endless joy!

The all-new Chill Island on Icon of the Seas. (photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)

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