Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Icon of the Seas world's largest cruise ship

Discover the Icon of the Seas Neighborhoods

Come aboard Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship! This ship isn’t just big; it’s like a floating city with eight special neighborhoods, each offering different fun activities and relaxing spots. Whether you want to splash around with your family, enjoy some quiet time, seek thrilling adventures, or relax in luxury, there’s a place for everyone. This blog will take you on a tour of each neighborhood, from the peaceful, adults-only Hideaway to the lively, kid-friendly Surfside, and the exciting Thrill Island. Get ready to find the perfect Icon of the Seas neighborhoods for your next cruise!

Chill Island Neighborhood

The Ultimate Relaxation Spot

Looking to unwind? You will want to head over to the Chill Island neighborhood to grab one of the in-water loungers and relax in the infinity edge Cove Pool. This is where you can enjoy a cocktail at Swim & Tonic, Royal Caribbean’s first swim-up bar at sea. Or you can cool off at the ‘Lime & Coconut’ bar with one of their tasty frozen cocktails. The Chill Island neighborhood spans three levels of decks and has lots of space to kick back and relax.

Thrill Island Neighborhood

Adventure and Excitement at Sea

If you are amped up and ready for some exciting and action-packed adventures, you can make your way over to the Thrill Island neighborhood to try out one of the 6 waterslides at the world’s largest waterpark at sea! If you are up to the challenge, you can also try your hand at Crown’s Edge – a thrilling mix of a sky-high obstacle course and an exciting zip line that goes off the edge of the ship (154 feet above the ocean!) It is definitely not for the faint of heart.

But, that’s not all Thrill Island has to offer. Fuel up at one of the restaurant options, like Basecamp, where you can snack on some soft pretzels with cheese or even shrimp bao buns. You can also find the FlowRider surf simulator, a rock-climbing wall, a sports court, and mini golf! There are plenty of exciting activities in the Thrill Island neighborhood to keep the adventure seekers entertained.

Chill Island Neighborhood Swim & Tonic Bar
Royal Caribbean Icon of the Seas Thrill Island neighborhood colorful water slides

AquaDome neighborhood

Spectacular Shows and Dining 

The AquaDome neighborhood is the “go-to” for entertainment and dining. This unique dome is the largest glass (and steel) structure on the sea and is made up of over 600 glass panels. It has several bars and restaurants, such as the Overlook Lounge, where you can enjoy a cocktail inside one of the fun and futuristic pods overlooking the AquaDome neighborhood. Believe it or not, it is home to a 55-foot waterfall (the largest waterfall at sea!) It is also where you can find the Aqua Theater, an entertainment venue where you can see impressive stunt shows like “Aqua Nation!” and “Pirates vs Mermaids.” These shows feature action-packed stunts performed by stunt artists in and alongside water features and groundbreaking technology. You won’t want to miss this!

Hideaway Neighborhood

Adult-Only Escape

Looking for an adults-only escape? Hideaway is your neighborhood.  This area is designed for leisure as you watch the waves pass by. This adults-only neighborhood is a little slice of paradise. With an infinity pool suspended over the surfside neighborhood below, you will get a bird’s eye view of all the action. It is at the aft of the ship with ocean views around you – a whopping 135 feet above the sea! There will be plenty of places to lounge like whirlpools and lounge chairs and of course, it has its own bar as well with fun drinks like the “Bae at the Beach” and the “Oh Mai Gawd.” Lots of pool parties and fun are sure to be had at the Hideaway.

The glass AquaDome on Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas
Hideaway neighborhood on Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas

Surfside Neighborhood

Family Fun

If you’re traveling kids, and looking for a family-friendly neighborhood, Surfside will be perfect for you. Geared towards families, it features a splash pad, a pool, an arcade, a carousel, several dining options, and more. There is also a bar where you can get Mommy & me matching cocktails and mocktails. Adventure Ocean and the teen club Social020 also have entrances in the Surfside neighborhood which makes things nice and easy. Your kids will never want to leave!

Royal Promenade Neighborhood

Heart of the Ship

Experience the vibrant center of the ship. Royal Promenade boasts beautiful natural light and ocean views galore, with floor-to-ceiling windows. It is home to the Pearl, an interactive art installation made of 3,000 kinetic tiles that move and change colors. You can grab a sandwich with a sweeping sea view at the Pearl Café. It is also where you can find Absolute Zero – the ice rink where you can catch some spectacular shows such as Starburst: Elemental Beauty! You can also find the Dueling Pianos bar, Karaoke bar, and many more bars and restaurants in this area.

Stairs to the Pearl
Karaoke on Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas

Central Park Neighborhood

A Breath of Fresh Air at Sea

Stroll through a real park at sea, surrounded by 30,000 live plants and soothing sounds of nature in the Central Park neighborhood.  It is also home to Izumi in the Park where you can grab some sushi and street food inspired by Japan. They also have a sweet and very photogenic ice cream treat complete with a bubble cone and rainbow sprinkles. You can’t miss the champagne window called “Bubbles” where you can pop by for a drink during your walk through the park. Take a visit to Lou’s Jazz ’n Blues for some tasty cocktails and live jazz music to wind down your evening.

Suite Neighborhood

Exclusive and Luxurious

This area is by far the most exclusive neighborhood on board – only accessible to guests staying in suites. It features many upscale amenities such as private dining at Coastal Kitchen restaurant and a casual Mediterranean restaurant called The Grove. It also features a private pool, hot tub, multi-level sundeck, and a private bar just for suite guests. You will surely feel like a VIP if you get the chance to lounge in this Icon of the Seas neighborhood.

Central Park neighborhood on Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas
Jazz band with colorful costumes playing instruments

No matter which ‘iconic’ Icon of the Seas neighborhoods you choose to spend your time in, there is truly something for everyone on Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas. You are bound to have a fantastic time on this ship; it may even make you want to skip the ports and stay onboard for more fun! For more information, contact our team of Travel Advisors. We would love to help you plan your trip onboard the Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas.

Aqua Theater
Plate of hors d'oeuvres fine dining on Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas

Which Icon of the Seas Neighborhoods will you spend your time in?

As you can see, the Icon of the Seas neighborhoods each promises a unique and memorable experience. From thrilling adventures to serene retreats, this ship caters to all preferences and ages, making it the ideal choice for your next luxury cruise vacation.

Book your trip today and set sail on a journey that goes beyond the ordinary!

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Ame Girouard

Founder and CEO of Compass Rose Leisure Travel Agency.

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    1. Thank you! The Icon of the Seas sails from Miami, Florida to beautiful destinations such as St. Thomas & St. Maarten. You can also experience Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at CoCoCay in The Bahamas! There is so much to experience both on this ship and the destinations it takes you to.

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