Royal Caribbean will offer its best lineup of shows and entertainment when Icon of the Seas debuts in January 2024.
Icon of the Seas is poised to become not only a popular new cruise ship, but the new standard within the cruise industry that all other new ships are judged against. The gangbuster demand Royal Caribbean has seen already is a strong indication that its new class of cruise ship is a home run.
As the ship wraps up construction, we have a look at the new shows you can expect to find onboard.
Royal Caribbean has traditionally been known for being a leader in the cruise industry from an entertainment standpoint. Original productions are nothing new for Royal Caribbean, and the company continuously strives to ensure their entertainment is on par with Las Vegas.
Royal Caribbean Senior Vice President of Entertainment Nick Weir previewed the new shows coming to the ship, "If you’re a fan of full-scale productions on Broadway and the West End or live music and comedy in hot spots like Las Vegas, Icon has it all for every mood and style in one vacation – alongside never-before-seen twists only found on Royal Caribbean."
Here's a breakdown of all the new shows Royal Caribbean has planned for Icon of the Seas.
Within the AquaDome are two new shows.
More than 75 world-class performers are featured in the AquaDome, which is home to the next generation of AquaTheater.
The first is Aqua Action!, which is meant to indulge audiences with a lot high-energy.
This show incorporates Olympic-level high divers, skateboarders, aerialists, slackliners and synchronized swimmers. Plus, the cruise line is excited to introduce new technology, such as a double 3D flying system and robots doubling as diving boards and set creators.
The hope is it will, "blur the lines between live-action movie and theatrical experience."
The second show is Pirates vs. Mermaids, and it's a show geared towards the family that brings fairytale characters to the stage.
You can expect a lighthearted story that appeals to parents and children.
The signature show on Icon of the Seas is arguably an original stage production of The Wizard of Oz.
Not to be confused with the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical, this is Royal Caribbean's take on the classic story with a modern twist to it.
You can expect to see characters in the show "soaring above the audience", along with a revolutionary set design with never-before-seen stage effects, more than 600 costume elements and an original score performed by a new 16-piece orchestra.
Royal Caribbean is also incorporating a show for music lovers, called SHOWBAND! Live. Music. Now.
A total of 16 musicians will take to the stage to offer, "an all-out sensory experience."
Expect string, woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists to perform in this show.
The ice skating rink on Icon of the Seas will be the largest ice rink at sea. It will have over 2,850 square feet of ice, and two shows in this space.
Starburst: Elemental Beauty is a performance that is an artistic interpretation of the periodic table of elements. The Olympic-level ice cast will dazzle the audience with high-speed choreography and tricks.
Expect bigger tricks because of the new oval-shaped ice arena. Along with the tricks will be digitally mapped backdrops and vibrant lighting displays.
Another ice show is the Once Upon a Time: The King’s Royal Ball, and similar to Pirates vs. Mermaids, is designed for families to enjoy.
"Timeless tales will take everyone on a nostalgic ride through their childhood with twists and surprising new details not part of the originals."
There is also more entertainment on Icon of the Seas in other areas of the ship. Royal Caribbean is well-known for offering live music in many bars and lounges.
50 live musicians and comedians will perform throughout Icon and in more venues, including the new Lou’s Jazz ‘n Blues and Dueling Pianos, along with the Schooner Bar and the Point & Feather English pub.
The Comedy Club on Icon will have three comedians a night for adults to enjoy.
The Royal Promenade will feature a reimagined parade for families, Ships Ahoy!.
Delivery is right around the corner
Icon of the Seas is nearing the finish line for physical construction.
In speaking with Royal Caribbean's Senior Vice President and Chief Product Innovation Officer Jay Schneider last week, he estimated the ship is right between 92-94% complete, and delivery of the ship is, "right around the corner."
Delivery doesn't mean the ship is ready, however.
Once Icon of the Seas is delivered, the ship will head to Cadiz, Spain, where post-delivery work will commence. This is when aesthetic elements of the ship are added, such as art work, furniture and more.
Speaking of art, Icon of the Seas will feature a "significant art implementation" that is about double the amount of art found on Wonder of the Seas, which is the world's biggest cruise ship today.