Icon of the Seas vows ‘best of every vacation’


One of the most popular brands with Middle Eastern cruisers, Royal Caribbean International, has revealed more than 15 nightlife joints and bars for its latest vessel Icon of the Seas. Touted as the vacation industry’s ‘first-of-its-kind combination of the best of every vacation’, Icon of the Seas will tick every box: from the beach retreat to the resort escape and the theme park adventure.

The first Icon Class ship, set to sail in January 2024, Icon of the Seas made headlines when it was unveiled in October last year. Royal Caribbean saw its single largest booking day in its 53-year history when reservations opened for the Icon.

Whether vacationers are looking for live music, like two pianists going head-to-head, or to bar hop for sips of coffee-infused cocktails or bubbly at a new walk-up champagne bar, Icon will debut an unrivalled line-up.

The debutante will light up the night sky with new and returning hot spots for every type of adventurer, whether parents, couples or friends.

Across the newly revealed venues, which are among 40-plus ways to dine, drink and be entertained, grownups are in for all-new experiences and favourites from end to end and even day to night.

Serving up brand firsts are venues all about the tunes, like Lou’s Jazz ‘n Blues in Central Park and Dueling Pianos in Royal Promenade, and spots to grab a drink and mingle before a show like the Rye & Bean coffee bar in AquaDome and the Bubbles champagne bar in Central Park.

When it comes to favourites, from Trellis Bar and its first menu of bites to more ways to play in Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, every place has a sense of new – whether it’s a new look and location or signature cocktails exclusive to Icon.

Apart from 40 new and returning outlets across dining, bar and nightlife options, and cutting-edge entertainment, Icon of the Seas will feature adrenaline-pumping thrills, including the largest waterpark at sea.

Icon will sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean vacations from Miami year-round. Every cruise will visit Royal Caribbean’s award-winning private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas, where adventurers can create their perfect vacation day at Thrill Waterpark’s 13 waterslides, the first overwater cabanas in The Bahamas at Coco Beach Club and more.



 The Royal Promenade – the heart of Icon of the Seas will feature Royal Caribbean’s first duelling pianos bar, Dueling Pianos with two pianists who take song requests.

Other brand firsts include Lou’s Jazz ‘n Blues with live performances of soulful classics and jazz pop tunes in the open-air Central Park; Rye & Bean, a new coffee shop for lazy mornings and endless ocean views; and The Overlook and Overlook Pods with first-of-their-kind nooks at sea.

Returning favourites include The Attic, inspired by Manhattan’s dark and intimate comedy clubs with adults-only live shows, and Music Hall, to rock out to the house tribute band.

For a striking ambiance, head to 1400 Lobby Bar, inspired by the history of shipbuilding; Bubbles at the new walk-up champagne window in Central Park. Returning favourites include a larger Trellis Bar also in Central Park; Boleros, the lively club that brings the heat with Latin flavour; and the signature Schooner Bar, where pianists set the tone for pre-dinner drinks and nightcaps.                                                                  

Playtime options include Point & Feather for darts and sips with a live guitarist; Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, the returning favourite, serving up gameday sports bar fare, arcade and tabletop games; and Spotlight Karaoke.


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