The Icon of the Seas has a 55-foot indoor waterfall, three-story family townhouses, and eight neighborhoods to explore
If you are looking for the ultimate in next-level family vacations, Royal Caribbean is speaking your language with the introduction of its latest ship, the Icon of the Seas, coming in late 2023. The ship is so over-the-top that we’re not sure a seven-day cruise will even let you scratch the surface of what’s on offer. There will be eight “neighborhoods,” each with its own theme and amenities, plus, the largest waterpark at sea. Families will love all the suites that are so much more than the cramped bunk-bed rooms you would expect on a cruise ship. Here’s the full scoop:
If your family of cruise fanatics also happens to be waterpark fiends, this ship is for you. The massive waterpark has six record-breaking slides, including Pressure Drop, the first open free-fall slide; Frightening Bolt, the tallest drop slide at sea; and Storm Surge and Hurricane Hunter, the first family raft slides at sea with four riders per raft. Sounds like just the spot to drop off your teens for the day.
Thrillseekers will flock to Crown’s Edge, which is part skywalk, part ropes course, and part thrill ride, and which culminates in you swinging 154 feet above the ocean (eeek!).
For a little more chill, you’ll want to visit all the Icon‘s eight neighborhoods, each with its own experiences, entertainment, and dining. Central Park is an indoor oasis made for laidback hang if the weather outdoors is less than ideal.
Families looking to live it up aboard the Icon will want to book the three-story townhouse that comes with an in-suite slide, a cinema space, karaoke, a spacious balcony, and a private entrance to the ultimate family neighborhood, Surfside.
Another option is the new Family Infinite Balcony cabin, which has room for up to six guests and includes a separate bunk alcove for kids. You’ll want to spend all your sunsets on the infinite balcony, and the split bathroom design will make getting ready for the day easier for every family member.
Icon will sail year-round beginning in late 2023, with seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean vacations leaving from Miami. Every cruise will visit Royal Caribbean’s top-rated private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, where adventurers can create their ideal vacation day.