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A Royal Adventure Aboard the Icon of the Seas

Author: Colleen Romanauski


The inaugural sailing of the Icon of the Seas was nothing short of amazing! From the moment we arrived at the bustling port of Miami, the anticipation of embarking on a grand adventure filled the air. Ship representatives were present immediately and available to assist with check-in, questions, and the large flow of passengers, making the process quick and stress-free. Stepping aboard the Icon, there was a shared feeling of complete awe. The ship's grandeur is undeniable, with its vibrant colors and architectural brilliance offering panoramic views that stretch four decks high.



Embark on a journey of excitement and relaxation aboard the Icon of the Seas. With seven sprawling pools, including the largest swim-up bar at sea, guests can bask in the sun or make a splash in the exhilarating waters. Thrill-seekers will revel in the excitement of the ship's water park, featuring the first family raft slide - the tallest freefall waterslide on any cruise ship. Adrenaline junkies can conquer the Flowrider's simulated surfing experience, scale the rock-climbing wall, or test their courage on Crown’s Edge, a thrilling attraction that combines a skywalk with a ropes course, offering breathtaking views of the ocean below.

Relaxation is also on the agenda aboard the Icon. Adults can unwind in the serene adults only infinity-edge pool, where they can enjoy the tranquility of the open sea. Alternatively, guests can retreat to one of the cozy relaxation pods scattered throughout the ship, perfect for lounging with a good book or simply soaking in the ocean views.

With shops, theaters, and entertainment options aplenty, there is never a dull moment aboard the Icon. From lively karaoke sessions to soulful jazz performances and electrifying dueling pianos, there's something to suit every taste. Just be sure to arrive early for popular ship events, as they tend to fill up fast.



Accommodations aboard the Icon are equally impressive, offering a range of options to suit every preference. From cozy interiors to balconies boasting park/boardwalk or ocean views, and spacious suites accommodating up to six guests, there's a stateroom for every traveler. The innovative infinite balcony staterooms seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor living with floor to ceiling windows, allowing guests to enjoy the fresh sea breeze with the touch of a button.

Each stateroom has ample closet space and suitcases fit neatly under the bed. You also won’t need to bring a charging station; they have every type of port you’ll need in each room category. For added convenience, charging plugs can also be found in most bars and some lounging areas throughout the ship.

Every aspect of the staterooms is thoughtfully crafted to prioritize comfort and convenience, ensuring a truly enjoyable stay for all guests.

When navigating the ship, note that elevators aboard the Icon are divided from aft and forward. Pay attention to which side of the ship your stateroom is located on when exiting elevators. A new concept implemented onboard is the touchpads near the elevators. Simply touch the deck number, and it will inform you which elevator to use; there are no “floor buttons” inside the elevator.


Royal Caribbean’s CocoCay

No cruise aboard the Icon would be complete without a visit to the breathtaking Perfect Day at CocoCay. This private island paradise offers an array of attractions and amenities to delight guests of all ages.

Along with three pristine beaches to choose from, the private island boasts the largest freshwater pool in all of the Bahamas, as well as 13 waterslides that will keep you cooled off and busy. Because this is Royal Caribbean’s private island, most food venues are included, and bars are as well if you’ve purchased a drink package. If you’re looking for a more personal, relaxed experience they now offer the new Coco Beach Club with private over-water cabanas.

Exploring CocoCay is a must but be sure to wear comfortable shoes as there's plenty to see and do. While a trolley service is available for transportation around the island, there may be a short wait, so be sure to plan accordingly. CocoCay truly is a tropical oasis, offering guests the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure against the backdrop of stunning natural beauty.

Final Thoughts

My experience aboard the Icon was definitely a memorable one. With the option to stay continuously on the go or just flop into a poolside lounge chair and watch the sea roll by, there is truly something for every traveler to enjoy. I feel the perfect fit for this ship would be those that have ‘been there done that’ on other ships. They will truly appreciate all that the Icon of the Seas has to offer. So, set sail aboard the Icon and embark on the adventure of a lifetime!


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