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Icon of the Seas Review

The ICON of Vacations!

Review for the Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Icon of the Seas
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Sail Date: Jan 2024
Traveled with children

From waterparks, bowling alleys, F1 simulators, ice skating rinks, swimming pools and everything in between there is a cruise ship for every member of the family. But what if there was one cruise ship that had it all, something for everyone. What if one cruise ship could be the ultimate vacation, no matter what you’re looking for? Enter Icon of the Seas, Royal Caribbeans new class of ship – an Iconic vacation for every member of the family.

We were fortunate to sail on the Inaugural cruise of Icon of the Seas on the 27th January 2024. We booked this cruise nearly 18 months prior, not even knowing the full details of the ship apart from the fact it would be Royal Caribbeans newest class in nearly a decade and promised to be the Icon of all vacations. As details came out, and the day drew nearer our excitement and our nerves grew. Royal Caribbean were promising a lot with this new class of ship, and our expectations grew as a result. But did it live up to the hype? Was it the Icon of all vacations? Let’s delve into our comprehensive review!

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Cabin Review

Now an Iconic vacation on the maiden voyage of a new ship was always going to have an equally eye watering price tag! And the Inaugural cruise on Icon of the Seas was no exception! We did not however want to take shortcuts and chose a cabin that balanced cost, with what we thought would give us a fun and unique experience. We opted for a balcony cabin, overlooking Surfside – a new neighbourhood on Icon of the Seas that we will discuss later on! The cabin, for the four of us with gratuities onboard the maiden sailing was £3800 (Approx $4800 ).

Our cabin was light & airy, and beautifully decorated throughout. It still had the smell of fresh wood & carpet as you walked in and opened up the various storage locations. Our cabin, sleeping four people was made up of a queen bed and a sofa bed which once converted, was made up to allow to more little ones to sleep.

The bathrooms have been redesigned onboard, giving more storage space with more drawers and shelves providing ample storage for all your toiletries and a redesigned shower area that is larger, and boasts the addition of a new seat inside for comfort and convenience. Travelling with a little one, we loved the new shower area, which conveniently allowed you enough space to clean and get them ready without yourself being soaked from head to toe.

Our queen size bed in the cabin was very comfy, with two lovely fluffy pillows to enjoy on each side and convenient USB ports on each side allowing you to charge your devices. The upgrades continue throughout the cabin, with both USB and USB - C ports making an appearance for newer devices, and smart lighting which can be controlled quickly via the in room panel, or using the Royal app on your devices.

Storage in the cabin was reasonable, and we appreciated the large number of hangars in the wardrobe however we feel parts could be tweaked to be even better. Under the wardrobe you’ll find four rather cute baskets which while visually appealing and provide reasonable storage become difficult to access and somewhat noisy to pull out.

The second bed in the cabin, while comfy was the only other minor thing we’d change in the cabin, with our personal preference being a set of bunk beds or Pullman beds to allow more space when both beds are in use. The current situation however does allow access still to drawers and the balcony area even if in use however, if you have taller family members they may struggle slightly.

Speaking of the balcony, this was our first time having an inside facing cabin - something we were initially rather skeptical of. If you have read our previous review of Wonder of the Seas, you’ll know we chose to upgrade from a Central Park balcony to a Oceanview because of this but for this sailing, we decided to try a balcony with a view of the new Surfside neighbourhood. The balcony was a very decent size, and as we chose a balcony nearer the rear of Surfside, we actually had a rather pleasant oceanview too! The door to the balcony itself was easy to operate, and the seal we found fantastic at blocking out any excess noise from the neighbourhood in the evening, in fact - we barely noticed any noise at all! Did we miss an Oceanview balcony, I think so - but would we sail in this cabin again? Absolutely. Overall, there are some very unique and fantastic cabins on the ship and it’s definitely worth exploring the options for you & your family.

Port Reviews

St. Kitts (Port Zante)

Lovely little port with some great shopping and bars, also provides some lovely views of the ship! People were really friendly and I liked that when we visited a shop, people weren't quick to push or be overbearing, they allowed you to shop in peace but would offer assistance if wanted. Only slight negative for us but we understand as it's the Caribbean is the smell of tobacco like products - with kids and as non smokers, slightly bothered us but not enough to worry about! If you have little ones, may be more bothersome.

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