This fall, Royal Caribbean opened up bookings for its newest, super-sized cruise ship, the Icon of the Seas, which will set sail in January 2024.
The record-breaking ship weighs 250,800 tons — 6% more than the current size leader among cruise ships, Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, The Points Guy reported. The massive ship will be able to hold up to 7,600 passengers — also setting a record with the number of passengers it can accommodate on board. In addition, with six waterslides, it has the most of any cruise ship.
Royal Caribbean is touting its new ship as the “Icon of Vacations,” offering a first-of-its-kind combination of the “best of every vacation,” from a beach retreat to a theme park adventure. But does cruising on this super-sized ship come with a super-sized cost?
How Much It Costs To Cruise on the Icon of the Seas
The Icon of the Seas will offer four different seven-night routes, with starting prices ranging from an average of $998 to $1,409 per person.
A seven-night Western Caribbean & Perfect Day cruise departing from Miami with stops in Roatan, Honduras; Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and CocoCay, Bahamas, starts at $998 per person for an interior cabin, with suites costing as much as $4,848 ($2,424 per person based on two people per suite). Cruises departing in February 2024 and traveling to the Western Caribbean start at $1,409 per person.
The Icon also will be making two Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day cruises, both departing from Miami. One will make stops in Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and CocoCay, Bahamas; the other will make stops in Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and CocoCay, Bahamas. Prices for both of these routes start at $1,058 per person, with suites costing as much as $5,665 ($2,832.50 per person based on two people per suite).
What Cruisers Can Expect Aboard the Ship
The sheer scope of the Icon of the Seas may be hard to fathom. It features 18 guest decks, 2,805 staterooms, seven pools, nine whirlpools and six waterslides. It also features eight “neighborhoods” including the club-like AquaDome, an on-board park dubbed Central Park, a beach club called The Hideaway and the family-friendly Surfside, which includes an aquapark and an adults-only pool.
It’s also home to Category 6, the largest water park at sea, and the Royal Bay, the largest pool at sea. There’s also plenty to eat (and drink), as it features 40 new and returning dining, bar and nightlife options.
“With each new ship, we raise the bar in the travel industry while enhancing what our guests know and love,” Jason Liberty, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, said in a press release. “From the moment they step on board, every experience is specifically designed to give them the best vacation anywhere on land and at sea. With Icon of the Seas, we’ve taken this to a new level and made the ultimate family vacation.”
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