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.
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.
Icon of the Seas
|Passengers (double occupancy)||5,610|
|Passenger to Crew Ratio||2.4|
|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.
|Restaurant||Restaurant Type||Cost||Type of Food|
|AquaDome Market||Quick serve||Included||Foodie|
|Celebration Table||Sit down||Flat fee||Foodie|
|Chops Grille||Sit down||Flat fee||Steakhouse|
|Coastal Kitchen||Sit down||Exclusive||Cali|
|El Loco Fresh||Quick serve||Included||Mexican|
|Empire Supper Club||Sit down||Flat fee||Foodie|
|Giovanni's Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar||Sit down||Flat fee||Italian|
|Hooked Seafood||Casual||Flat fee||Seafood|
|Izumi Hibachi & Sushi||Sit down||A la cart||Asian|
|Izumi in the Park||Quick serve||A la cart||Sushi|
|Main Dining Room||Sit down||Included||Main dining room|
|Park Cafe||Quick serve||Included||Deli|
|Pearl Cafe||Quick serve||Included||Sandwiches|
|Pier 7||Quick serve||A la cart||American|
|Playmakers||Sit down||A la cart||Bar food|
|Sorrento's Pizza||Quick serve||Included||Pizza|
|Starbucks||Quick serve||A la cart||Coffee|
|Sugar Beach||Quick serve||A la cart||Dessert|
|Surfside Bites||Quick serve||Included||Snacks|
|Surfside Eatery||Quick serve||Included||Buffet|
|The Grove||Quick serve||Exclusive||American|
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
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.
Icon of the Seas
|- Pools - General Access||5|
|- Pools - Adults Only||1|
|- Pools - Exclusive||1|
|Total Hot Tubs||9|
|- Hot Tubs - General Access||7|
|- Hot Tubs - Adults Only||1|
|- Hot Tubs - Exclusive||1|
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.
Icon of the Seas
|Adult Only Relaxation Area||Included|
|Arcade||A la cart|
|Casino||A la cart|
|Escape Room||Flat fee|
|Shows - Broadway play||Included|
|Shows - musical review||Included|
|Spa||A la cart|
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.
|Base Daily Gratuities*|
(Per Person Per Day)
|Tip added to drinks & services||18%|
|Domestic Beer Price||$7.49|
See drink menus
|Drink Package Price||$60-$90|
|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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