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The Best Cruise Ship Pools On Icon Of The Seas

Vacation on a Cruise Ship with Private Pools, Iconic Water Slides, and More.

By Amanda Mesa | Published on December 21, 2022

The world's first Icon Class ship — Icon of the Seas — debuts in 2024, and it's already making waves with its seemingly endless list of record-breaking attractions, game-changing experiences and some of the best cruise ship pools in the world. In fact, one of the biggest draws of this much-anticipated cruise ship is its pool scene — or rather, scenes.

Icon of the Seas is home to seven pools for swimming and chilling, each with its own unique features and atmosphere. Here's a full rundown of what's special about each one and why they're poised to be some of the best cruise ship pools ever designed. Whether you're looking to soak up the sunshine in a peaceful, adults-only pool, enjoy dazzling sea views and beach club vibes in the world's only suspended infinity pool at sea or bond over epic fun in the sun at a sprawling family-friendly pool, you'll find enough options to fill an entire week with poolside bliss onboard Icon of the Seas.

1. The Hideaway Pool

First things first — let's talk about the neighborhood. The Hideaway is a beach club located in the cruise ship's Chill Island neighborhood, which is home to four of the seven pools onboard. This is where you'll find the Hideaway Pool, the only suspended infinity pool at sea. This engineering marvel offers uninterrupted, 180-degree ocean views and endless chill vibes thanks to comfy in-water loungers that will make you feel like you're at a beach club in Mykonos or Majorca. This epic cruise ship pool is flanked by ample deck space with additional loungers for laying out and enjoying the sunshine.

2. Swim & Tonic

Craving a drink but don't want to get out of the water? Wade on over to Swim & Tonic, the largest swim-up bar at sea. This sprawling watering hole is a first for the Royal Caribbean brand and even has its own dedicated pool scene complete with whirlpools, shaded areas and lots of in-water and deckside loungers. Enjoy ice-cold brews, your favorite wines and a wide range of vacation libations here. Simply paddle up to the bar any time you need a refill.

3. Royal Bay

Cruise vacations are all about once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and Royal Bay totally lives up to that reputation. Featuring over 40,000 gallons of water, it's the largest pool at sea. No need to get up early to claim a spot here — this pool scene offers an abundance of dry and in-water loungers, lots of shaded areas and several raised whirlpools that yield dazzling overwater views. You'll find Royal Bay in the Chill Island neighborhood.

4. Cloud 17

On the cruise ship's uppermost deck, you'll find Cloud 17, a poolside oasis that's exclusively for adults. It's home to a tranquil and secluded pool plus a cantilevered whirlpool overlooking the water. Both are perfect for unwinding, soaking up some sunshine and basking in the beauty all around you. Cloud 17 also offers private access to the Lime and Coconut, a tropical-inspired bar where you can enjoy all your favorite sips and snacks.

5. Cove Pool

Keep in mind that Cloud 17 isn't the only adults-only pool onboard the one-of-a-kind Icon of the Seas. For a more adult only pool experience at sea, the Cove Pool is ideal for enjoying a little "me" time away from the kids on your cruise getaway. Located portside on Deck 15 and directly facing the ocean, it's a peaceful, laid-back area where guests can relax, read a book, catch some shut-eye or simply enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding sea and sights.

6. Water's Edge Pool

Calling all families — this is your cue to level up every pool day during your Icon of the Seas cruise getaway. One of the best pools onboard for parents and kids is the Water's Edge Pool. It's located on Deck 7 adjacent to Splashaway Bay and Baby Bay, the cruise ship's fun-filled, interactive aqua parks designed exclusively for pint-sized cruisers. Its location makes it easy for parents to watch over little ones and traverse back and forth between the pool and the kids-only aqua parks. It also offers fabulous sea views off the aft of the ship.

7. Private Pool In The Suite Neighborhood

Looking for cruise ships with private pools? Icon of the Seas delivers. When you stay in a Star- or Sky-level suite is when you'll enjoy access to the Suite Neighborhood — one of the most exclusive areas onboard Icon of the Seas. It's kitted out with all kinds of top-of-the-line amenities, including a private pool and hot tub that offer endless laid-back luxury. If you work up an appetite in between dips, you can grab a bite to eat at Coastal Kitchen or the Grove, serving up Mediterranean-inspired cuisine al fresco.

If you live for incredible pool days, there's no better cruise ship than Icon of the Seas. Not only does this ship have enough pools to fill an entire week with sun-soaked fun and relaxation, it's also brimming with next-level onboard attractions, activities and experiences. When you're looking for a cruise ship with water slides that break records, an Icon Class ship checks that box. Located in the Category 6 water park is the tallest water slide at sea, the first open free-fall slide at sea and the first family raft slide at sea, there's no doubt that Icon of the Seas' waterpark will earn a top spot among cruise ships with the best water slides. It's also debuting a slew of other iconic wows, such as the immersive AquaDome, where a shapeshifting waterfall tumbles into a dive pool, Absolute Zero, the cruise line's biggest ice arena ever and so much more you won't want to miss.

Start planning your next vacation adventure onboard Icon of the Seas for the most Iconic Thrills, Chills, & Wows.


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