Icon of the Seas Review

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Huge Ship!

Review for the Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Icon of the Seas
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Sail Date: Mar 2024
Cabin: Surfside Family Suite

We just got off the Icon of the Seas after it's 6th sailing. The ship is beautiful. Has so many wonderful things- but some negatives. Boarding was fast and easy- well organized- we entered Deck five- the promenade- it is spacious filled with many features of the Oasis class- but much wider and brighter- the Pearl is a beautiful structure on that level . Shops restaurants and so much to see. We proceeded to the coastal kitchen for lunch as we were in a suite- The ship is beyond huge. Bring your walking shoes. Only two areas for elevators, aft and foward- so long walks- never did so many steps in one week in years- we are senior citizens now. The elevator banks have pads to enter the floor you want to go in. Conceptually a good idea, but sometimes a miss. For example one person in a party of 6-8 presses the floor- and the elevator thinks it is one person- so the elevators get very crowded at times. It doesn't just go to that floor- but stops at other floors to let others on who are going to your floor- need to add a feature asking how many people in your group.

We proceeded to our surfside family suite aft of the ship. When we entered, it looked great- However after trying to unpack we realized that it lacked adequate store. A small closet that really was tight and we are two people. a few drawer and a small safe- the bed was comfortable, but since the suite-has a balcony on one side and a small enclosed area on one side, advertised as a 1/2 bedroom for a child on the other. The balcony was ok, but when you try to get to it or the side of the bed you are cramped. The 1/2 bedroom can only accommodate a small child. It has a TV and a small cabinet above the couch bed. One shelf under the TV. What we found as the biggest problem was the split bathroom. The toilet part is tiny- fortunately my DH is 6 feet and not a big person and I am 5'4" and also not a big person. However when we sat on the toilet- you have minimal knee space and the toilet paper holder is in a bad position. The sink is tiny with a mirror above- no shelves or towel bar- just enough room around sink for soap- two hooks that you cannot hang a towel on. The shower side of the bathroom better as you have more room and the shower was big.

The food was good in all restaurants- we mostly dined in special restaurants- we enjoyed Giovannis , Hooked and Chops- not so much Hibachi. Breakfast daily in coastal kitchen. Unlike the Oasis class, the suite restaurant and lounge are very dark and not many people seemed to frequent the lounge or restaurant. The service was excellent- staff friendly and tried to please. The concierges were great. All of the bars we went to the service was 5 star- also the restaurants. The shops were good- typically high pressure in Effy store. We enjoyed the Grove . The only negative about the suite deck is not many areas for people who prefer shade- We also had lunch at the Windjammer and the market place. They were fine.

Cabin Review

Surfside Family Suite

See above- not for us- split bathroom toilet area tiny- lacks storage.

Port Reviews

Miami

Enjoyed the EB Hotel- food very good- service excellent- near airport-

Perfect Day at CocoCay

Best port of the cruise. Truly a perfect day.

St. Thomas

We used to love this port for shopping- however since covid and hurricanes many shops out of business. However Magens Bay beautiful

St. Maarten

Really like taking the ferry to the beach- so much to do and see.

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