ROYAL Caribbean International has revealed the first look at the highly anticipated Icon of the Seas, a mammoth maximum 7,600-passenger vessel slated to debut in January 2024.
Designed to incorporate a cruise experience for every appetite, Icon boasts the largest waterpark at sea, 40 new and returning dining, bar and nightlife options, 15 restaurants, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as a grander Royal Promenade featuring impressive floor-to-ceiling ocean views.
The cruise line’s President and CEO Michael Bayley said the new ship will raise the bar of cruising to date, with the design really pushing the boat out on the question of how many entertainment experiences can be accommodated by one vessel.
“Icon of the Seas is the culmination of more than 50 years of delivering memorable experiences and our next bold commitment to those who love to vacation,” Bayley said.
“Now more than ever, families and friends are prioritising experiences where they can bond and enjoy their own adventures.
“We set out to create a vacation that makes all that possible in one place for the thrill-seekers, the chill enthusiasts and everyone in between, without compromise – it’s this first-of-its-kind combination that makes Icon the future of family vacations, and that future is here,” he added.
Further features include three decks of luxury, offering a multilevel suite sun deck – The Grove – that has a private pool, whirlpool and dining area, as well as a two-storey Coastal Kitchen.
Families will also have more accommodation options, with cabin layouts catering for families of three, four, five and more, such as the Family Infinite Balcony and Surfside Family Suite options, providing guests with alcoves that see the kids given space away from the adults, while the three-storey Ultimate Family Townhouse is the plush option, complete with its own white picket fence and mailbox.
The debut revenue cruises are scheduled for early 2024 and sales of its year-round, seven-day Caribbean voyages open to the general public on 25 October.
See renders of the cruise ship HERE.