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Icon of the Seas Review

Amazing ship with a few challenges

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Dmkaminski
10+ Cruises • Age 30s

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Sail Date: Mar 2024

Overall this is an absolutely amazing ship..leaps and bounds ahead of anything else in the RCL, NCL, or Carnival lines. We are two late-twenty/early-thirty childless females who have been on 20+ cruises and this is by far our favorite ship. It truly is unlike any other and feels like every inch of the ship was considered. We were told this sailing was one of the first at full capacity and, save for high traffic areas during absolute peak times (ie, the buffet on embarkation day, or the pools during seas day at the height of the afternoon) the ship truly did not ever feel busy. Many reviews I read prior to coming called into question past-cruiser photographs of an empty promenade, half-filled Aquadome, or quiet Central Park and we were shocked at how accurate those representations were during a full sailing. Royal has done such a good job at planning spaces around needs that you just don’t feel the crowds as much. Same for the elevator system, which Carnival employed (to much disdain of the cruisers) on the Mardi Gras, but on the Icon they are embraced and appreciated.

The food has been 10/10, even in the Windjammer, with just a few misses (here’s looking at you terriyaki chicken in the Aquadome Market). Do not sleep on the gyros or the Mac and cheese bites at the Trellis bar.

We found the entertainment good as well - with the standout being the Dueling Piano Bar. The female pianist is nothing short of phenomenal.

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