Ever since Royal Caribbean first announced a project called “Icon” in 2016, anticipation for the Icon of the Seas, the line’s newest ship, has been ramping up. Icon of the Seas is unlike any ship to come before it, beginning with its size: it’s the world’s largest cruise ship, with 20 decks and the capacity for up to 7,600 passengers.
sure everyone is well-fed, Icon of the Seas has lots of places to
drink and dine within the ship’s eight “neighborhoods.” There are established Royal
Caribbean favorites, including Chops Grille, Izumi’s, Giovanni’s Italian
Kitchen, and a popular bar called Lime and the Coconut. But, at least 20 of the
ship’s dining options are brand-new.
AquaDome neighborhood (a new twist on the Aqua Theater found on other Royal
Caribbean ships) has several restaurants and bars. The AquaDome Market is Royal
Caribbean’s first food hall, with five stalls dishing up a variety of
family-friendly options. The AquaDome also has a new private dining experience called
Celebration Table. And, the new Overlook Bar has terrific views over the bow of
Island neighborhood is all about having fun in the water, as four of the seven onboard
pools are located there. It features Royal Caribbean’s first swim-up bar, Swim
& Tonic, which specializes in tonic-based cocktails.
In the Thrill
Island neighborhood, passengers can try out six exciting water slides, and then
grab a tasty bite at Basecamp, where the menu includes bao buns with crispy
shrimp and pretzel bites with cheese. Thrill Island visitors can also cool down
and fill up with a gourmet milkshake from Desserted, which serves both
alcohol-free and boozy options (which are for adults only, of course).
splash about in the water play areas of the Surfside neighborhood, they can enjoy
a meal at the family-oriented Surfside Eatery or Pier 7, which serves brunch-style
fare all day. Surfside Bites is another quick-serve venue, featuring kid-pleasers
like burgers and popcorn chicken.
thought of sailing among these dining options (and many more) makes your mouth
water, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor. Beginning in late
January, Icon of the Seas will homeport in Miami and sail seven-day cruises
in the Eastern or Western Caribbean. Your travel advisor can also tell you
about the amazing array of cabin categories and entertainment aboard this exciting
new ship, as well as the adventures waiting for you on shore.
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