Icon of the Seas preview: Images of Royal Caribbean’s latest ship

Royal Caribbean’s much-awaited Icon of the Seas — the brand new titleholder of world’s largest cruise ship — arrived in Miami on Wednesday prematurely of its first sailings with paying passengers, and The Factors Man was one of many first media shops allowed on board to see it. Though contractors had been nonetheless placing the ending touches on a number of areas of the vessel, a lot of it’s prepared for company.

TPG was in a position to discover the ship’s 5 new neighborhoods — such because the younger family-focused Surfside and the glass-domed AquaDome — and check out a few of the new onboard eateries. We even obtained to fulfill Rover, the ship’s resident chief canine officer.

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We’ll offer you a extra in-depth report as soon as we board the ship in simply over per week for a three-night preview cruise. However right here, to whet your urge for food for the most-talked-about ship of the yr, are pictures of the general public areas and some suites on Icon of the Seas.

Royal Promenade

The Pearl on Icon of the Seas. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

The Royal Promenade stays the Foremost Road of the ship, as it’s on earlier Royal Caribbean ships. However on Icon, it feels way more spacious, light-filled and ethereal due to partitions of glass home windows on either side of the ship and the elimination of cabins overlooking the thoroughfare. The primary focus is The Pearl, a walk-through sphere that’s truly the structural assist holding up the ship for the reason that glass partitions are positioned the place most ships have a structural metal body.

Pearl Cafe. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

The Pearl Cafe replaces Cafe Promenade because the all-day, all-night grab-n-go snack spot and occasional store. You may discover a increased high quality of snack right here than you may be used to on different ships. We predict that is going to be a key hangout and assembly spot for company.

Pearl Cafe. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

We’re informed the whale sculpture above the seating space is sized to scale!

Sorrento’s Pizza. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Sorrento’s complimentary pizza makes a return on Icon of the Seas.

Giovanni’s. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Giovanni’s has moved from Central Park to the Royal Promenade. The impact is that the restaurant can have a extra bustling and energetic really feel than quiet date spot.

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Boleros. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Boleros returns for late-night Latin dance events.

ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Dueling Pianos is a brand new bar-with-entertainment venue on the Promenade.

Highlight Karaoke. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

You could be the star at Highlight Karaoke, a devoted venue for visitor leisure.

Schooner Bar. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

However don’t be concerned, the fan-favorite Schooner Bar continues to be right here, now with the brand new craft cocktail menu Royal Caribbean launched in 2023.

Level & Feather Pub. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

The Level & Feather is Icon’s incarnation of the promenade pub. Its facade is open slightly than closed off, with indoor and out of doors seating just like the pubs on different ships.

1400 bar. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Royal Caribbean partnered with grasp mixologists to create most of the drink menus on the ship. You’ll find a few of their craft cocktail creations on the indoor-outdoor 1400 Foyer Bar.

Royal Promenade. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Royal Caribbean is understood for its enjoyable artwork, and we giggled at this statue of a canine marking his territory on a lamppost.

Icon of the Seas’ Rover. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

However the true hero of the ship is Rover, the chief canine officer who shall be a everlasting resident on Icon of the Seas. She’s right here for the enjoyable and to make the crew smile once they’re removed from dwelling, however she’ll greet company, too, when she’s within the temper.

Foremost eating room on Icon of the Seas. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

The three-level primary eating room, with its gorgeous chandelier, is positioned aft of the Royal Promenade on decks 3,4 and 5. As an alternative of the standard two set seating occasions, Icon will provide company a alternative of 5, in addition to versatile My Time Eating.

Additionally on the decrease decks are the On line casino Royale, Music Corridor nightclub and the principle theater.

Surfside

Surfside. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Surfside is the brand new family-focused neighborhood on Icon of the Seas. Its mascot seems to be a larger-than-life pink flamingo.

The realm is meant to create a no-compromises household trip expertise the place mother and father can take pleasure in a resort-style pool, elevated informal eating and artistic cocktails concurrently their children can splash in water-play areas, experience a carousel and discover climbing constructions.

Splashaway Bay. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Surfside is dwelling to Splashaway Bay, discovered on the pool deck of different Royal Caribbean ships.

Eating places embody the Surfside Eatery buffet, the place everybody can take pleasure in a simple meal, and Pier 7, an extra-fee (if you happen to’re over 12, that’s) California-style restaurant, which additionally serves breakfast all day.

Surfside Bites. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Seize-and-go child meals is offered from Surfside Bites, and an ice cream cone from Sprinkles.

The Lemon Submit serves matching cocktails and mocktails so everybody in your loved ones can quench their thirst.

Central Park

Central Park. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Central Park is as inexperienced and serene as on the Oasis Class ships, with just a few venue swaps.

Izumi. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Izumi Sushi and Teppanyaki is now positioned right here, with a brand new Izumi to Go quick-service window.

Lou’s Jazz ‘n Blues. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Lou’s Jazz ‘n Blues brings a bit extra vitality to the area with reside music. Enjoyable tip: Search for the highest of The Pearl peeking out between Lou’s and Izumi.

Empire Supper Membership. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

The Empire Supper Membership is an intimate eating venue starring an eight-course meal and reside leisure.

AquaDome

Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas. ROYAL CARIBBEAN

Icon of the Seas has a singular beluga whale-style silhouette due to the rounded glass dome on the high ahead part of the ship.

AquaDome’s AquaTheater. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

The AquaDome is a neighborhood all its personal, centered round an enhanced AquaTheater with much more high-tech components than on the Oasis Class ships.

Circling the pool-theater are the Hooked Seafood Restaurant, Oasis Bling emblem jewellery retailer (coming quickly: a Crown & Anchor throne simply begging for pictures) and the Rye & Bean espresso bar.

Our favourite space is The Overlook, a bar with enjoyable lounge seating with views for miles out the wall of home windows that make up the dome.

Do not miss the AquaDome Market, a five-stand meals corridor serving candy and savory crepes, macaroni and cheese, Asian favorites, Mediterranean dishes and sandwiches.

Thrill Island

Thrill Island. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Class 6 is the most important water park ever discovered on a cruise ship, and it is positioned within the aptly named Thrill Island neighborhood.

You may discover six waterslides, together with a drop slide.

Additionally on this neighborhood is the Crown’s Edge ropes course that may check the boundaries of your braveness, the rock-climbing wall, FlowRider surf simulator and a ship- and plane-wreck-themed minigolf course.

If all that racing adrenaline leaves you hungry, seize consolation meals at Basecamp. The pretzels, scorching canines and tater tots are free, however you will pay additional for rooster and waffle bites and Wisconsin-style cheese curds.

Or amp your vitality up even additional with an enormous sugar rush at Desserted, a milkshake bar serving towering ice cream drinks topped with cookies and brownies (with or and not using a shot of alcohol).

Chill Island

Chill Island. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

The three-deck-high Chill Island is Icon’s model of a lido or pool deck.

Deck 15 is swimming central with Royal Bay — the largest pool within the fleet — and the Cove Pool, nestled up in opposition to the aspect of the ship for sea views.

El Loco Recent. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

El Loco Recent serves up complimentary tacos and quesadillas, and the Lime and the Coconut (you will discover one on every of Chill Island’s decks) quenches your thirst with cool and refreshing cocktails. The Sprinkles soft-serve ice cream station is a returning staple.

Chill Island. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Colourful seating and play areas name to adults and youngsters alike.

Swim & Tonic. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

You may discover Swim & Tonic, the primary swim-up bar on a cruise ship, on Deck 16. The Cloud 17 pool and scorching tub are, after all, on Deck 17.

The Hideaway

Sizzling tubs. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Icon of the Seas’ iconic back-of-ship cantilevered pool shall be reserved for adults 18 and over. It can have a seaside membership vibe with a DJ, scorching tubs, bar and lounge area. (Sadly, crew members had been conducting water security coaching once I went to {photograph} the area.)

Professional tip: The Hideaway is on Deck 15 however it’s worthwhile to entry it from above because it backs as much as the Windjammer buffet.

Suite neighborhood

Coastal Kitchen. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Royal Caribbean has been on a journey to create a cohesive suite space over the previous few new-builds, and the concept has lastly come collectively on Icon of the Seas. The multideck suite neighborhood on decks 16 via 19 creates a ship-within-a-ship expertise with all the things upscale vacationers will want.

Coastal Kitchen. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

Coastal Kitchen, the suites-only restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, is now two decks excessive with big home windows overlooking the AquaDome. Although the venue is the best guest-rated restaurant throughout the fleet, Royal Caribbean nonetheless selected to take the menu up one more notch. The dinner menu will now function lobster in some kind each single day.

The Grove. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

The Grove is the identify for each the quick-service alfresco Mediterranean restaurant on Deck 18 and the suite-exclusive solar deck on decks 18 and 19. It is the largest suite solar deck within the fleet and contains a bar, scorching tub and pool.

A lot of the cabins on board had been closed to guests however we did get to see three suites.

The Proprietor’s Suite is 658 sq. ft with a 190-square-foot balcony.

The Icon Loft Suite is a two-deck-high suite with a residing space beneath and a main bedroom upstairs.

The Royal Loft Suite is the fanciest suite on board (if you happen to do not depend the large however family-friendly Final City Home). It is obtained two flooring, two bedrooms and a number of residing areas, and might sleep as much as six individuals.

Spa

To Dry For salon. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

The Vitality Spa principally has the soothing, neutral-colored look well-liked throughout the cruise trade. Nevertheless, the To Dry For salon rocks a sassy vibe with pops of scorching pink and graffiti-style wall artwork.

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The thermal suite gives saunas, aromatherapy showers and heated loungers.

Two {couples} therapeutic massage rooms and a brand new Quartz mattress are simply a few of the facilities you will discover within the spa.

ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

The spa additionally options the Vitality Cafe, a smoothie and juice bar.

The health heart shouldn’t be adjoining to the spa however on Deck 6 previous the Royal Promenade.

Journey Ocean

Journey Ocean. ERICA SILVERSTEIN/THE POINTS GUY

The youngsters areas of the ship are conveniently positioned near Surfside. Go down the steps towards the Royal Promenade however take an instantaneous U-turn. Journey Ocean is split into play areas for infants and tots, preschoolers and school-age children. There’s even a theater area.

Throughout from Journey Ocean are Playmakers Sports activities Bar and Arcade, teen membership Social020 and the Absolute Zero ice skating rink. Sadly, the ship was internet hosting personal capabilities in that space they usually had been inaccessible to guests.

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