Royal Caribbean's newest ship, the Icon of the Seas, was recently announced. Arriving in January of 2024, this one-of-a-kind ship takes everything you know about cruising and makes it "walk the plank." Focusing more on thrills and "chills," this ship will sail its way into your hearts and have you saying #BestVacationEver!
Let's dive deeper into the thrills of this ship!
Category 6 Waterpark
The storm of the century is brewing — and you're in its path. Brace for Category 6, the largest waterpark at sea, with six record-breaking slides. Roaring thunder means the Frightening Bolt is close, and this drop waterslide is the tallest at sea. Once your stomach lurches, it’s too late. You've been caught in the Pressure Drop, the first open free-fall slide at sea. And if you're still determined to charge in headfirst, you can grab a friend and take on the first mat racing duo ever to sail, Storm Chasers. ...Or gather the whole crew — and their courage — for Hurricane Hunter and Storm Surge, doubling up the firsts with not one but two new raft slides the whole family can ride.
Do you dare step to the edge of bravery? Only on Icon of the Seas will you encounter the Crown’s Edge — a fear-inducing challenge that’s part skywalk, part ropes course, part thrill ride and an all-out test of courage. Strap in and step onto the walkway. Dare to look down at the crashing waves below — but keep moving! Because when you least expect it, the floor beneath your feet could collapse and leave you dangling high over the ocean. When the moment of truth comes, only the courageous will conquer.
But let's not forget...
The new Icon of the Seas wouldn’t be complete without all the fleet favorites that make Royal Caribbean® the best family vacation on the planet. And now, 50 years’ worth of memory-maxing experiences are becoming their boldest versions yet. You can perfect your pop-up on the FlowRider® surf simulator, race to the summit of Adrenaline Peak — the ultimate rock-climbing expedition, or get in on a pick-up game at the Sports Court. You'll also be able to pair up for putts at a totally reimagined mini-golf course — where firing up friendly competition is par for the course. Bolder bonding is back by popular demand.
The perfect way to "chill at sea...
Save room for some extra splash — the new Icon of the Seas has an all-you-can-swim buffet of unique pools to satisfy any mood you’re in. Take your pick of seven different pools, plus nine whirlpools. And you’ll always feel connected to the sea with next-level ocean views from every one. It’s your day your way — soak up every minute.
Surfside Water's Edge (Family-Friendly Pool)- Grownups have the best seat under the sun to unwind between adventures. Kick back on an in-water lounger or claim one of the islands dotting the pool and soak up infinite ocean views just steps away from the action at Splashaway Bay.
Hideaway Pool, the first suspended infinity pool at sea- Floating in mid-air eight stories up, this engineering marvel is like nothing you’ve ever seen — or swam — before. With its own resident DJ and seamless sunset views, it’s the ultimate spot for beach club vibes going all day.
Royal Bay, the largest pool at sea- There’s always a seat open for you here. With over 40,000 gallons of water, this sprawling oasis is complete with in-water loungers, raised whirlpools for elevated views and plenty of space to soak up the sun — or make a splash
Cove Pool (Oceanfront Infinity Pool)- If a more low-key vibe is calling your name, this infinity edge pool offers serene ocean views just steps away from all the sun-drenched action of Chill Island.
Cloud 17 (Adults Only Pool Deck)- Tucked away on the top deck, this open-air sanctuary is high above ordinary. Unwind in a new stratosphere of chic with a secluded pool, cantilevered whirlpool, and private access to The Lime & Coconut® bar. Please note this is for guests ages 16 and up only.
Swim & Tonic Swim-Up Pool Bar, the largest swim-up bar at sea- Drift on over and submerge yourself into the coolest way to sip, or kick back on one of the in-water loungers for just a splash of the action. Overflowing with island vibes and DJ beats, max refreshment is never more than a wade away.
The Grove Suite Sun Deck Pool (Dedicated Suite Guest Area)- Slip away to the upgraded pool deck exclusively for VIP guests. Take a dip in the pool, unwind in the whirlpool or relax on a swinging day bed. This elevated retreat is perched high up in the Suite Neighborhood with endless ocean views across two decks.
Make Room for Awesome
On the new Icon of the Seas, your stay is just as awesome as how you play — in some of the most spacious rooms Royal Caribbean has ever designed.
Bring the whole family and discover new room types that give everyone their own space to hang, like Family Infinite Balconies or Surfside Family Suites. Or upgrade to upscale from a selection of elevated accommodations, including the new Sunset Suites and Infinite Grand Suites. For the most over-the-top VIP stay, the Ultimate Family Townhouse (photos below) maximizes your family vacation on three different levels with an in-suite slide, cinema and a private patio with exclusive entrance to Surfside.