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Premium Seating on Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas: Luxury or Rip-off?

Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Icon of the Seas, is a hot ticket. The cruise line has reported record-breaking bookings for this new-in-class ship and even debuted 2025/2026 sailings early to accommodate for demand. The prices for the ship have also been hot, with sailings on Royal Caribbean’s latest and greatest ship costing significantly more than other ships.

Now we see another way to spend more on the Icon of the Seas: reserved day beds and casitas. Like everything on Icon of the Seas, it’s not going to be cheap. Prices can vary depending on sailing, and Royal Caribbean’s dynamic pricing tends to fluctuate, but for all the sailings we’ve seen so far, the pricing has been consistent.

The Hideaway

the hideaway on icon of the seas
The new Hideaway neighborhood has lots of seating, but be prepared to pay for the “premium” options.

The Hideaway is one of the new neighborhoods debuting on Icon of the Seas. The area’s centerpiece is an infinity pool suspended high above the Surfside Neighborhood. This area will have a beach club vibe, similar to the Hideaway Beach Royal Caribbean just announced on Perfect Day at CocoCay (learn more). Oddly, while Hideaway Beach on CocoCay is 18 and older only, The Hideaway Pool is not.

When the renders of this new neighborhood first came out, the amount of comfy seating with great ocean views was impressive. Now, we see a good portion of that will come at a cost.

The Hideaway In-Pool Daybed 

$350 sea day, $250 port day

day bed by pool
Guests can book the 3 beds on the infinity pool in The Hideaway

In the Hideaway Pool, you’ll see 3 daybeds at the pool entrance. These are available to rent for $250 on port days and $350 on sea days. These beds have no shade and no privacy. Booking a bed will allow 2 to 4 guests to enjoy the bed along with the following

  • 1 Champagne bottle (Insulated plastic bottle holder and ice bucket included)
  • Guests under the age of 18 will receive complimentary mocktails to substitute the champagne bottle.
  •  Branded souvenir champagne glasses
  • (4) Pool towels
  • (4) Bottles of water
  • Large tray for personal belongings
  • Dedicated beverage service

The Hideaway Oceanview Daybed 

$300 sea day, $200 port day

ocean view seating
Guests can pay to reserve these premium day beds in the Hideaway.

On the side of The Hideaway is tiered seating, offering a magnificent view of the ocean. You’ll see a variety of loungers and seating options, but if you’d like one of the best seats for the view, get ready to pay. 8 full-size beds line the border of the area and can be reserved. Each reservation will allow 2 – 4 guests and will come with the following:

  • 1 Champagne bottle (Insulated plastic bottle holder and ice bucket included)
  • Branded souvenir champagne glasses
  • (4) Pool towels
  • (4) Bottles of water
  • Side table for personal belongings
  • Dedicated beverage service

Chill Island Casitas

$700 sea day, $350 port day

It’s not just about the Hideaway. Royal Caribbean is also offering dedicated Casitas in the new Chill Island neighborhood. 

chill island casitas
Chill Island has casitas available to book, similar to other newer Royal Caribbean ships.

In another new neighbor on the ship, Chill Island, Royal Caribbean will also be offering covered casitas. These resemble the casitas found on some of the newer and recently amplified ships. Reserving a casita will provide a semi-private space for up to 8 people. You don’t reserve a specific casitas when booking; you’ll select it on a first-come, first-serve basis on your day. A Chill Island Casita comes with the following:

  • Welcome drinks for all guests 
  • (8) Pool towels
  • (8) Water bottles
  • (2) Tabletop coolers
  •  Charging outlets 
  • Call-for-service button for dedicated beverage service
  • Shaded and unshaded lounge seating

Our take: a laughable way to get more money out of guests

Royal Caribbean is pushing the limits with its nickel and diming with these daybeds. These day beds are only slightly better than standard seating, and many other cruise lines offer these seats for free. While there still is free seating available in The Hideaway, they’re taking a good portion away to make more revenue.

ocean boulevard during the day on norwegian prima
Norwegian Prima has premium day beds too, and they don’t charge extra for them..

The day beds are barely better than other seating, and it seems Royal Caribbean is struggling to make a convincing argument about why to book these. They list amenities like “towels,” “bottles of water,” and a “side table” to have more “benefits.”  Also, unless Royal Caribbean changes its plans, these seats will be in an area that’s open to all children. You have to imagine the infinity pool will be full of splashing and jumping children just feet away from this “premium” experience. 

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Randy Young

Randy Young is the founder and editor-in-chief at Cruise Spotlight. He has been in marketing for 19 years and has been cruising for just as long. Over the years, he's worked with products like TVs, copiers, light bulbs, and EV chargers, but cruising has always been his passion. There's nothing Randy likes more than the first couple of hours on a ship, exploring every nook and cranny and seeing how it's different from everything else out there. He's known for providing detailed and analytical coverage of cruising to help cruisers get a comprehensive picture of a ship's offerings.