7/21/2023     by Justin Gibson

A Sneak Peek at Cruising with Icon of the Seas

Tropical cruises may be common in vacation daydreams, but each cruise has its own flavor, its unique zest, a twist on the spice of life that makes it so daydreamable in the first place. Case in point: Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the SeasSM, debuting summer 2024, promises to be a first-of-its-kind adventure through the Caribbean. Here’s a sample of the sights and experiences you might enjoy with one of its bespoke itineraries.

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From a distance, the rolling hills of St. Kitts can look like green tsunamis rising out of the ocean.

Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis

The term “verdant oasis” feels like it was strung together just for St. Kitts. Its rolling hills seem to emanate every shade of green imaginable (and even a few that you hadn’t imagined). If the desire to delve into the jungle is simply too irresistible, ascending the 3,792-foot Mount Liamuiga volcano is a hike to write home about. Basseterre itself is home to centuries of history, ripe for your exploring — the Brimstone Hill Fortress is a prime example as one of the best-preserved military structures in all of the Americas. But this is a beach vacation through and through, and for those looking to lounge serenely on a golden stretch of sand should look to St. Kitts’ sister island, Nevis. There, the pace of island life slows to an unhurried stroll — perfect for soaking up some sun.

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The harbor of Charlotte Amalie makes the ideal backdrop for a serene day in paradise.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

It’s not hyperbole to say Charlotte Amalie is one of the world’s most beautiful harbors; the scene feels like a postcard come to life. Blue waters dotted with sailboats and gentle green hills peppered with picturesque cottages tend to paint that scene. The still-life-like beauty of the bay extends to life itself here — just outside the port town are pockets of island life you’ve always dreamed of. Strips of powdery sand beaches, lined with hammocks. Beachside bars serving conch fritters, coconut patties and johnnycakes. Quaint microbreweries dotting the landscape like seashells on the shore. It may technically be a part of the U.S., but a day spent on St. Thomas feels a world away from your everyday.

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Perfect Day at CocoCay is exactly what the name implies: Everything you could want from a beach day.

Perfect Day at CocoCay

If you thought the first two ports were paradise, wait till you dock at the third. Perfect Day at CocoCay is exactly what the name implies — Royal Caribbean’s award-winning private island serves everyone’s idea of an ideal beach getaway. Maybe you’d like to delve into adrenaline-packed adventure; the tallest waterslide in North America certainly provides that. Perhaps you’d like to kick back, relax and doze to the sound of the ocean swells. Places to rest easy are as abundant as refreshing libations and beverages — the swim-up bar sees to that nicely. Whether you’re traveling with the whole family or a crew of your closest friends, the group consensus is typically the same: Perfect Day at CocoCay is one of the trip’s high points.

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Thrill Island sits atop Icon of the Seas, offering you plenty of adventure between ports.

Between Ports Onboard the Icon of the Seas

While all of the above is certainly memorable, the time spent cruising between ports is downright iconic onboard the Icon of the Seas. Spend your days at the largest water park at sea, braving slides like the Frightening Bolt (the tallest waterslide to sail) or the Pressure Drop (the first open freefall waterslide on a cruise). Seven pools across the ship (including Royal Bay — the largest pool at sea) mean there’s a pool for every mood. When you’re not splashing into a good time, you’re probably in the midst of an all-out night out. Over 15 bars and live music venues are tucked into the ship — to say nothing of the stunning performances at the Aquadome — meaning when it comes to “dinner and a show,” you’re swimming in options.

One of the best ways to experience all of the above? Through the trusted service of our travel agents. Thanks to their unique position within the travel industry, our agents are poised to pass on exclusive perks and amenities with all the top names in travel (including Royal Caribbean) while also providing all the tried-and-true benefits of their service: hard-earned travel tips and industry wisdom, peace of mind of having a professional handle it, so on and so forth. Our agents don’t just know Royal Caribbean well, they know travel well, so we can help you choose, plan and book your cruise vacation to perfection.

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