Royal Caribbean International has revealed the entertainment lineup for Icon of the Seas.
The ship is set to debut in January 2024 with full-scale shows across the cruise line’s four signature “stages” – air, ice, water and theatre – and more live music and comedy than ever before.
Guests can look forward to the first rendition of “The Wizard of Oz” at sea and a live showband extravaganza to the debut cast of robots, skateboarders and more.
Shows are developed in-house by Royal Caribbean, the largest producer of live entertainment in the world.
More than 75 world-class performers will be under the spotlight at the all-new AquaDome and its next-level AquaTheater, the Royal Theater.
The Absolute Zero ice arena will showcase state-of-the-art technology like 3D flying systems and robot arms that act as diving boards for high divers (and more).
When it comes to entertainment beyond the stage, 50 live musicians and comedians will set the tone throughout Icon and in more venues.
This includes the new Lou’s Jazz ‘n Blues and Dueling Pianos, and all-time favourites with a twist such as Schooner Bar and the Point & Feather English pub.
Highlights of the entertainment vacationers have in store on Icon include:
Deck-Defying Feats in the AquaDome
“Aqua Action!” – Combining technological and physical feats, where Olympic-level high divers, skateboarders, aerialists, slackliners and synchronized swimmers come together with high-tech firsts, like a double 3D flying system and robots doubling as diving boards and set creators.
“Pirates vs. Mermaids” – A mythical world comes to life in this show with a combination of a lighthearted storyline, fairytale characters and humor for both the adults and kids. Pirates and mermaids go tail to toe to show off their greatest feats and see who really rules the ocean after all.
Encore-Worthy Acts in the Royal Theater
“The Wizard of Oz” – The first cruise line to debut the classic tale of Dorothy’s adventure to Oz – and with a modern twist. Royal Caribbean’s rendition features characters soaring above the audience, 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.
“SHOWBAND! Live. Music. Now.” – This must-see, must-hear event for music lovers will spotlight 16 talented musicians by combining their chart-topping skills with the venue’s cutting-edge sound and video technology.
Cool-as-Ice Twists and Turns in Absolute Zero
“Starburst: Elemental Beauty” – Featuring Olympic-level ice cast that will wow with powerful, high-speed choreography that packs more tricks and higher jumps, made possible by the design of the new oval-shaped ice arena that takes the cruise line’s introduction of the first ice rink at sea in 1999 to new heights yet again.
“Once Upon a Time: The King’s Royal Ball” – This ultimate gathering of famous fairytale superstars is especially tailor-made for young vacationers and their families. Timeless tales will take everyone on a nostalgic ride through their childhood with twists and surprising new details not part of the originals.
Beyond the Stage
Music lovers, fans of comedy and everyone in between can enjoy tunes, dance moves and laughs at every turn.
From rhythm and rhyme to a rotating setlist of all-time chart-toppers across rock, pop, Caribbean beats, Latin music and more, nine hotspots on Icon are an ode to live music and the greatest genres.
A night out all about the laughs is where the Manhattan-inspired Comedy Club comes in, with three comedians that make a date night or friends night out one to remember – for the adults only.
“SHIPS AHOY!” – Scalawags, swashbucklers and sailors of all types will take over the reimagined Royal Promenade with their fleets and flotillas that carry hundreds of shipmates from the past and present as they meet for a show of skills and battle of the wits
Watch how all the entertainment is coming to life in the newest episode of Royal Caribbean’s monthly video series, “Making an Icon: Creating Show-Stopping Entertainment.”
Icon of the Seas will feature game-changing experiences including six record-breaking waterslides, seven pools, a stay-all-day neighbourhood designed for young families, entertainment across air, ice, water and stage; 40-plus ways to dine and drink; and more across eight neighbourhoods that are destinations in and of themselves.
Guests can also explore the islands of the eastern and western Caribbean and The Bahamas, including Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; Roatan, Honduras; Cozumel, Mexico; and Royal Caribbean’s award-winning private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay and its new adults-only Hideaway Beach (opening January 2024).
More details about Icon are available at www.RoyalCaribbean.com/Icon.
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