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Icon of the Seas Cabins

Slide in the living room of the Ultimate Family Townhouse on Icon of the Seas (Photo: Chris Gray Faust)
An balcony cabin on Icon of the Seas. (Photo: Colleen McDaniel)
A family infinite balcony cabin on Icon of the Seas. (Photo: Colleen McDaniel)
An interior plus cabin on Icon of the Seas. (Photo: Colleen McDaniel)
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Icon of the Seas’ emphasis on families is evident in the ship’s cabin offerings. (In fact, some cabin categories literally have the word “family” in the name.) The majority of the Icon of the Seas rooms – more than 80% of them – can accommodate three people or more.

The ship offers 2,805 cabins in four main categories (suites, balcony, oceanview and inside). But there are a total of 28 subcategories, including 14 that are debuting on Icon of the Seas. The subcategory breakdown includes five types of inside cabins, two categories of oceanview cabins, eight categories of balcony cabins and 13 suite categories. The ship has 50 wheelchair accessible cabins.

In contrast to the bright and bold explosion of color found throughout most of the ship’s public areas, Icon of the Seas’ cabins feature for the most part a more subdued palette that relies on varying shades of blue, gray and wood tones.

What to Expect in Rooms on Icon of the Seas

Regardless of category, all rooms on Icon of the Seas have desk/vanities with lighted mirrors, chairs or ottomans, a seating area of some kind, wardrobes, drawers, safes, full-length mirrors, flatscreen TVs and mini-coolers, which, unlike mini-fridges, keep nothing cool.

The standard closets have decent storage space for two passengers. But since most cabins can accommodate three or more cruisers, you may need to get creative if going above double occupancy. There are no drawers in the closets; instead, you get four cubbies with metal baskets to organize your clothes. The desk also has five drawers that you can also use for clothes storage.

All rooms also have twin beds that can be combined to create a king bed, bedside night tables, reading lamps and plenty of outlets – USB and standard North American outlets. Eighty percent of the rooms have the ability to hold three passengers or more, through pullman beds (that drop from the ceiling), sofa beds, bunk beds or second bedrooms.

As with all cruise ship rooms, Icon of the Seas cabins are smaller than most North American hotel rooms but on the large side by cruise ship standards. (The smallest interior cabins are 160 square feet.) Some 70% of cabins have balconies or infinite balconies, which essentially have a window that drops down, creating an indoor/outdoor patio space.

Tip: Don’t miss the space (and in-room safe) behind the full-length mirror; we talked to a few guests who didn’t know the mirror opened up.

Balcony Rooms on Icon of the Seas

The vast majority of the rooms on Icon of the Seas have balconies, including the ship’s extensive lineup of suites. We stayed in an Oceanview Balcony Cabin on our hosted preview cruise and found the room to be well designed, fairly spacious and equipped with sufficient storage space.

Balconies are decent sized, with most coming with a small table and two chairs. Suites feature more room, bigger verandas and more space.

Balcony cabins are located on Deck 7 and above, include a number of varieties, including four new-to-Royal-Caribbean categories: Family Infinite Ocean View Balcony, Infinite Ocean View Balcony, Infinite Central Park View Balcony and Surfside Family View Balcony.

So many options might make the decision-making process harder, but we were impressed with the specific family options we saw, especially the Family Infinite Ocean View Balcony, which is so thoughtful with its touches (bunk beds away from the other bed area; a neat blackboard for leaving notes).

Because this is a family ship, with family activities throughout, there isn’t really a bad spot for a balcony cabin. If you have little kids, you might want to book something lower on the ship, toward the Surfside neighborhood. If you have adventure seeking older kids, stay closer to the top decks so you’re never far from the Thrill Island. (Icon is a massive ship, and you’ll be doing a lot of walking, so staying closer to the things that appeal to you isn’t a terrible idea.)

Suites on Icon of the Seas

Suites on Icon of the Seas are divided into one of three categories (Star Tier Suites, Sky Tier Suites and Sea Tier Suites), and perks are determined by level. Eight classes of suites are new to Royal Caribbean on Icon of the seas, with most of them falling into the middle Sky Tier.

Sea Tier Suites, comprising Junior Suites and Sunset Junior Suites, come with dinner at Coastal Kitchen each night, upgraded bathroom amenities, an upgraded pillowtop mattress, bathrobes for onboard use and ensuite Lavazza coffee makers.

The smallest suites aren’t actually true suites: The ship’s Junior Suites don’t have separate sleeping area and living rooms, the hallmark of a suite. But they do offer additional space, and some of them come with Sky Tier benefits, though most don’t.

Sky Tier Suites include Surfside Family Suites, Sky Junior Suites, Panoramic Suites, Grand Suites, Infinite Grand Suites, Sunset Suites, Sunset Corner Suites and Owner’s Suites. Benefits include all the benefits Sea Tier Suites have, as well as all-day access to Coastal Kitchen and The Grove sun deck, suite lounge access, included internet, priority reservations and embarkation and disembarkation and concierge service.

At the top, Star Tier Suites, encompassing Icon Lofts, the Royal Loft and the Ultimate Family Townhouse, come with the most perks. Amenities include everything the Sky Suite Tier does, as well as included gratuities, expedited boarding and departure, access to the line’s Royal Genie service, included stocked minibar, included laundry and pressing services, included beverage packages and included specialty dining.

Most of the suites are found starting on Deck 15, near the Suite Neighborhood, though the most-expensive (and talked about) suite on Icon of the Seas, the Ultimate Family Townhouse, is on Deck 8 at the back of the ship. This suite, which sleeps up to eight, is a playland for adults and kids alike, with a digital game table, movie viewing room, trampoline net and slide that connects the second floor to the first. It also features a gigantic wraparound balcony and ocean views. It’s simply incredible, and so popular, despite its $80,000 per week price tag, it’s mostly sold out for the ship’s inaugural year.

One of the other things we love about Icon of the Seas’ suites is its loft approach at the highest end, where the sleeping area is on the second floor, overlooking the sea and living space below. It takes full advantage of one of the things that makes cruising so special – the ocean views. And it feels like a high end NYC luxury hotel.

Cabin Bathrooms on Icon of the Seas

Bathrooms on Icon of the Seas are serviceable, though not special. Bathrooms aren’t exactly square or even rectangular – more … trapezoidal, with a narrower part where toilets sit and wider on the sink side.

Showers have glass doors and adjustable shower heads, and small benches, which is great for leg shaving.

Bar soap is included, as is a combo shower gel/shampoo, which doesn’t perform either function well, though it smells wonderfully beachy. (Bring your own shampoo and conditioner – you’ll be happy you did.)

Many of the family-specific cabins have the toilets separate from the shower.

Rooms to Avoid on Icon of the Seas

Cabins to avoid on Icon of the Seas depend on what kind of cruiser you are. If you’re a light sleeper, you might want to avoid cabins far forward on Deck 12 or Deck 14, as they will pick up some noise from the AquaDome – mostly bass from music played there. Likewise, cabins midship on Deck 14 could pick up noise from the busy pool area above, especially when lounge chairs are being moved and scraping across the deck.

Also worth noting: Because this is a family ship, natural noise from kids is unavoidable. You’ll hear kids laughing, crying, running through hallways and enjoying their cruise. While we found the cabins to be well soundproofed, you’ll hear kids.

Despite its size, you still will feel Icon of the Seas move when it's rough. If you’re prone to seasickness, stay toward the middle of the ship, and the lower the better.

Cruise Critic Room Picks

On a budget: Book an Interior Plus cabin; it’s the same as an interior room but has a bigger, walk-in closet.

For a bigger family: You can’t miss with the Family Infinite Ocean View Balcony. At 285 square feet, it accommodates up to six people and has space for separation if you crave it.

You want a view: Level up to the Ocean View Balcony. Sure, cabins with windows are a cheaper option, but we liked the spaciousness of the balcony and the comfy furniture.

You want perks without breaking the bank: Book a Sky Junior Suite. It’s a comfortable space that gets you access to the best suite perks: The Grove sun deck and Coastal Kitchen for all meals.

You are ready for something special: The Royal Loft Suite is wow-worthy. It is modern, has two-level floor-to-ceiling windows and a large, wraparound balcony you’ll never want to leave. Plus, a baby grand piano.

You and your family want it all: If you have the scratch, the Ultimate Family Townhouse is unbeatable for families. Your kids – and grandkids – will love the slide, and you just might, too. This suite will definitely bring out your inner child and sense of fun.

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