“We’ve over-scaled the amount of lounge space for guests on theIcon of the Seas versus any other ship. That is purposeful to give more space,” said Jay Schneider, senior vice president and chief product innovation officer for Royal Caribbean international.
“You’ll find more share and more deck chairs,” he added.
The 250,800-ton ship will have capacity for over 5,600 guests at double occupancy, becoming the largest cruise ship in the world when it debuts in Miami in January 2024, sailing week-long cruises.
Guests will first be “wowed” by a massive multi-deck pearl structure when boarding the ship, which Schneider said would provide a jaw-dropping moment.
Royal Caribbean’s neighborhood concept will also be back, with new five areas and returning favorites, plus some tweaks.
The popular Central Park will be lusher, said Schneider, with 20 percent more greenery.
“Guests will also be able to see the ocean for the first time,” he said. Currently, on Oasis-class ships, Central Park sits in the middle of the superstructure, without ocean views.
Central Park will also feature a dedicated entertainment venue and Izumi, the company’s sushi and hibachi restaurant, will be in its biggest ever form in Izumi on the Park. Guests can dine in and there will also be a takeout window for a bento-box style experience.
In addition, the cruise line has worked hard on passenger flow, Schneider said, really trying to eliminate dead ends.
“There are dead ends on every cruise ship,” he continued. “We’ve tried to solve that here. The upper deck six mezzanine of the promenade is a complete 360.”