Sail Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas

There is nothing quite like being on board a brand-new cruise ship. Sail on Icon of the Seas from the port of Miami to the most popular destinations in the Caribbean.

As the newest ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, if you haven’t booked yet, it’s time now. While cabins are selling fast for next year, 2025 is also bookable. So start planning your cruise on this mega-ship now!

Royal Caribbean is known for its luxurious, family-friendly cruise ships, and the Icon of the Seas is no exception. This ship promises to provide guests with a memorable and exhilarating family experience from the moment they step onboard.

With state-of-the-art technology, world-class amenities, and exciting itineraries, the Ion of the Seas is set to revolutionize the cruising industry.

Icon’s unique aqua dome

Making the design of Icon of the Seas stand out from the rest, a glass-paneled dome installed on the very top of the ship is home to the new Aqua Dome neighborhood, with bars, restaurants, and the incredible aqua theater. The extravagant and thrilling diving show will also feature the tallest waterfall at sea. If you are new to cruising, this spectacular acrobatic water show is a highlight of your cruise. Now fully enclosed, the dome allows the show to be performed regardless of the weather. It will also boast the tallest waterfalls at sea.

Cruise from the port of Miami

The Icon of the Seas will be sailing from the port of Miami, one of the world’s largest cruise ports. Miami is known for its vibrant beach and nightlife, making it the perfect starting point for your Caribbean adventure. The port is easily accessible by car, taxi, or uber. And there is an excellent choice of hotels close to Miami port to suit all budgets. Spend a few days in the city before embarking on your cruise.

Icon of the Seas cruise itinerary in the Caribbean

Icon of the Seas will cruise in the warm waters of the Caribbean. A 7-night eastern Caribbean cruise visits ports of call such as St. Maarten, St Thomas, and Puerto Rico.

If you book a cruise on the 7-night western Caribbean cruise, visit ports such as Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. Alternate sailings to the eastern and western Caribbean mean you can choose your route. Or combine both with a back-to-back sailing. Each itinerary includes Cococay.

What’s new onboard Icon of the Seas

Icon is the first ship in the new Icon class, which means a new design. She is 365 meters in length, 20 decks, 18 of which are for guests. There is a maximum capacity of 7600 guests. With 7 pools, 9 whirlpools, 6 water slides, and 8 different neighborhoods, it is all about family fun.

If you are traveling with children or are looking for a multi-generation cruise, Icon of the Seas is the ultimate choice. At the vibrant heart of the ship is the Royal Promenade neighborhood, a bustling hub of activity. Spanning the ship’s length, this multi-level, open-air mall is home to an array of shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues.

Thrill Island boasts the brand new Category 6 waterpark. It offers a combination of six different slide experiences, including mat racer slides and a free-fall slide. And a family rafting experience that will surely provide an epic water adventure (entrance is included in the cruise fare). There is also a rock climbing wall and plenty of places to sit and relax.

The Hideaway is the next neighborhood, located at the back of the shop. Try out the affinity pool, where the edges disappear, offering the best views at sea. Chill Island is another pool area with swim-up bars and the largest swimming pool at sea.

If you are looking for an adult-only sanctuary on board, you’ll find it at the new Cloud 17. This includes private access to the popular Lime and Coconut bar.

One of the most significant changes is to the Surfside. This family neighborhood offers Splashaway Bay, Baby Bay, and access to the kid’s and teens’ clubs. With a great choice of dining venues, spending the day in Surfside will keep the whole family entertained.

Suite cabins for families of all sizes

Family suites and balcony cabins offer space for larger families, including bunk beds for kids and split bathrooms. In addition, Icon will offer a new townhouse cabin, too, for large families. More details will follow as they emerge from Royal Caribbean.

A suite-only neighborhood across three decks includes a two-level sundeck, private pool, and whirlpool. You will find your cabin here if you book a cruise in Sea, Sky, or Star suite classes. Suite guests will have access to The Grove, a new dining venue, and Coastal Kitchen, a fantastic specialty restaurant.

The best cruise ship entertainment at sea

Royal Caribbean is renowned for providing some of the highest quality musical entertainment at sea. Broadway-style shows, top-class performers and singers, and world-class dancers all come together to offer unforgettable performances.

Recent news is that Icon of the Seas will headline “The Wizard of Oz” as their musical onboard. Like many other Royal Caribbean productions, this will most likely be a show-stopping performance too. Previous award-winning shows on board include CATS, Mamma Mia, Saturday Night Fever, and the incredible musical Grease, which we saw on the inaugural sailing of Harmony of the Seas in 2016.

All musicals and shows are performed in the Royal Theater on deck 5 and are included in the price of your cruise.

Icon of the Seas – an environmentally responsible cruise ship

Icon of the Seas is a cruise ship designed with a focus on sustainability and environmental friendliness.

Fuel efficiency: The Icon of the Seas is powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), a cleaner and more efficient fuel than traditional diesel fuel. LNG produces few emissions of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides, which are harmful to the environment

Advanced wastewater treatment: The ship has advanced wastewater treatment systems that ensure that all wastewater is treated to a high standard before it is discharged into the ocean. This helps to prevent pollution and protect marine life.

Energy-efficient design: Icon of the Seas is highly energy-efficient, with features such as LED lighting, heat recovery systems, and an intelligent air conditioning system that adjusts to the number of people in a room. This helps to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Waste reduction: the ship has a comprehensive waste management program that helps minimize the amount of waste generated on board and reduces the environmental impact of the ship.

Eco-friendly materials: The Icon of the Seas was built using eco-friendly materials, such as low-emission paint and sustainable wood.

Top shore excursions for Icon of the Seas sailing

Royal Caribbean is starting to release its shore excursions, and if you are traveling at the beginning of 2024, tours and experiences are now bookable!

We are sure that the first adult-only beach at Coco Cay, Hideaway Beach, will be popular for singles and couples looking for a more peaceful day. And there is talk that they will include hot tubs in the cabanas. Find out more about what’s included in your full-day access to Coco Beach Club when you log in to your cruise planner for your specific cruise date.

Other top experiences on your Caribbean cruise may include a day on the beautiful palm-fringed beaches of Nevis with a transfer by catamaran, a guided tour in St. Thomas to the tropical paradise of Magen’s Bay, and a guided Chacchoben Ruins Tour in Costa Maya. Combine this with a tour of the crystalline waters of the Seven Color Lagoon for an unforgettable day on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Or how about horseback riding on Cozumel beach or a jeep adventure to visit Jade Cavern and Cenote? There are some great tours to be booked with Royal Caribbean. We also recommend you compare prices before you book with independent tour companies through trusted suppliers such as Viator, who will meet you as you disembark your cruise ship and get you back to the ship on time for departure.

How to get the best price for your cruise on Icon of the Seas

When it comes to booking a new voyage onboard Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas, there are several strategies that customers can use to get the best price possible and good deals. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Book early: One of the best ways to get a good deal on a new cruise is to book early. Cruise lines typically offer lower prices to those who book well in advance, so it’s a good idea to start planning your trip as soon as possible. In addition, booking early means, you’ll have more options when it comes to cabin choices.

Remember, when you book early, continue to monitor the prices of your cruise and watch out for any price drops. The cruise line or your travel agent can adjust the price of your cruise to match the new lower price at any time before the final payment is made.

2. Be flexible with your travel dates: If you have some flexibility with your travel dates, you may be able to find a better deal. Cruise lines often offer lower prices for sailing that are less popular during off-peak times.

3. Consider booking your next cruise while on board an existing cruise. Speak to the cruise booking center onboard. Often extra perks are possible, or a lower deposit payment if you make cruise reservations during a cruise vacation.

4. Look for promotions and discounts: Royal Caribbean often runs promotions and discounts, such as free onboard credit or discounted beverage packages. Sign up for their newsletter for the latest offers. Then compare prices with a travel agent and a specialized cruise booking agency. Cruise Direct, in particular, is an excellent option as they often have great deals with lower prices. They also have a team of specialists who can help you navigate the booking process from start to finish.

Meet the author: Sarah has created and booked hundreds of travel itineraries for thousands of customers during a career in the travel industry that spans 20 years. Having worked hand in hand with cruise lines, hotels, airlines and tour operators worldwide, she offers inspiring & detailed insights in the world of travel and tourism.

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