All about the Royal Caribbean Icon of the Seas

The Royal Caribbean Icon of the Seas is still being built and will debut in 2024. It's considered a extra large size ship. Coming in at 1,198 ft long and 216 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 3.3 football fields, as wide as 4.1 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 18-story building. Icon of the Seas is the newest ship from Royal Caribbean and is the first in a whole new class of ship from the cruise line. The Icon of the Seas is still under construction and Royal Caribbean hasn't released all the details yet. This page will be updated as we learn more.

Royal Caribbean Icon of the Seas Ship

The Icon of the Seas can hold 5,610 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Icon of the Seas has a space ratio of 45. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship's space-to-person ratio is about average.

Royal Caribbean
Icon of the Seas
Gross Tonnage250,800
Passenger Decks18
Passengers (double occupancy)5,610
Passenger to Crew Ratio2.4
Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)45

The Icon of the Seas is one of one Icon-class ships currently sailing with Royal Caribbean. Icon of the Seas is an evolution of the Oasis-class ships and has tons of superlatives like the largest pool at sea, the biggest swim-up bar at sea, the largest water park at sea, and more. It also has unique features like a huge kid's water play area, a beautiful architectural feature called the Pearl, and a new enclosed performance space called the AquaDome.

Icon of the Seas Restaurants

Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Royal Caribbean Icon of the Seas. You have 23 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 10 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 13 options have an additional fee. Some of those options are a set price and some have a la cart menu pricing. Only 43% of the dining options are included meaning you might spend more while on the ship due to the additional fees.

RestaurantRestaurant TypeCostType of Food
AquaDome MarketQuick serveIncludedFoodie
BasecampQuick serveIncludedSnacks
Celebration TableSit downFlat feeFoodie
Chops GrilleSit downFlat feeSteakhouse
Coastal KitchenSit downExclusiveCali
El Loco FreshQuick serveIncludedMexican
Empire Supper ClubSit downFlat feeFoodie
Giovanni's Italian Kitchen & Wine BarSit downFlat feeItalian
Hooked SeafoodCasualFlat feeSeafood
Izumi Hibachi & SushiSit downA la cartAsian
Izumi in the ParkQuick serveA la cartSushi
Main Dining RoomSit downIncludedMain dining room
Park CafeQuick serveIncludedDeli
Pearl CafeQuick serveIncludedSandwiches
Pier 7Quick serveA la cartAmerican
PlaymakersSit downA la cartBar food
Sorrento's PizzaQuick serveIncludedPizza
StarbucksQuick serveA la cartCoffee
Sugar BeachQuick serveA la cartDessert
Surfside BitesQuick serveIncludedSnacks
Surfside EateryQuick serveIncludedBuffet
The GroveQuick serveExclusiveAmerican
WindjammerQuick serveIncludedBuffet

In terms of drinks and cocktails, you have a variety of choices. Royal Caribbean serves the Coca-cola family of products. That means Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Barqs Root Beer, although the selection can vary by ship.

There are also plenty of bars available on this ship. You can see the recent bar menus for the icon of the seas at this link (Royal Caribbean Drink Menus).

Pools and Hot Tubs on Icon of the Seas

Royal Bay Pool on Icon of the Seas
Royal Bay Pool on Icon of the Seas

Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.

The Royal Caribbean Icon of the Seas has a total of 7 pools and 9 hot tubs.

Tired of loud kids and splashing? 1 of the pools and 1 of the hot tubs are adults only. 1 of the pools and 1 of the hot tubs are exclusive access, which means there's either an extra charge to access them or you need to book a certain class of cabin to have access to them.

Royal Caribbean
Icon of the Seas
Total Pools7
- Pools - General Access5
- Pools - Adults Only1
- Pools - Exclusive1
Total Hot Tubs9
- Hot Tubs - General Access7
- Hot Tubs - Adults Only1
- Hot Tubs - Exclusive1

Icon of the Seas Features

There are quite a few things to do on the Icon of the Seas. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.

Royal Caribbean
Icon of the Seas
Adult Only Relaxation AreaIncluded
ArcadeA la cart
CasinoA la cart
Climbing WallIncluded
Comedy ClubIncluded
Escape RoomFlat fee
Fitness CenterIncluded
Ice SkatingIncluded
Laser TagIncluded
Mini golfIncluded
Ropes courseIncluded
Shows - Broadway playIncluded
Shows - musical reviewIncluded
SpaA la cart
Splash parkIncluded
Water slidesIncluded

Cruise Costs

Royal Caribbean is a mainstream cruise line. Mainstream cruise lines cater to a variety of guests, hoping to provide something for everyone. These typically cost about $100 - $350 per person per day.

Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year. Typically newer ships cost more, so a cruise on Royal Caribbean Icon of the Seas will likely cost more than other ships in the fleet.

Icon of the Seas Onboard Costs

Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.

Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.

The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Royal Caribbean ship.

Royal Caribbean
Base Daily Gratuities*
(Per Person Per Day)
Tip added to drinks & services18%
Soda Price$3.50
Domestic Beer Price$7.49
See drink menus
Drink Package Price$60-$90
Learn more
Internet Plan$13 to $27 per device per day
*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.

Royal Caribbean uses dynamic pricing, which means the pricing for many things will vary per sailing. The daily gratuities and tip are consistent across the fleet, but the pricing for the drink package, internet, and excursions will change. The only way to know your price is to consult the Royal Caribbean cruise planner once you're booked.

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