A new personality, Admiral Awesome, will be in charge of the family fun on board.
Parents can join in or kick back while the little ones stay entertained for hours in Surfside, the all-day neighborhood designed for young families.
Festivals, block party, family jams, bedtime stories
The Larger-than-Life Family Festival, hosted by Admiral Awesome, will feature live music, dancing and supersized games like bowling, ring toss and darts.
The Big Shark Block Party dance party with Admiral Awesome and friends will present themed mashups and classics, like 'Baby Shark' and 'Baby Beluga.'
Steel Pan Family Jams will provide instruments and kid-friendly sheet music to get everyone playing tropical tunes in no time.
After days at play, kids can get cozy and wind down under the stars with Once Upon a Bedtime Story, new readings of original bedtime stories narrated by Admiral Awesome.
Food and drinks
There are food and drinks for everyone in Surfside at venues like The Lemon Post, with drinks for adults and kids; Surfside Bites, a window for a quick stop to grab salty and sweet snacks; Surfside Eatery, a buffet dedicated to families; and Pier 7 for all-day brunch.
Royal Caribbean's Adventure Ocean youth program packs more adventure with dedicated spaces and activities that engage all the senses, including a place to tinker at Workshop; Hangout, with games and spots to lounge; and AO Babies for the youngest.
For older kids and teens
Older kids and teens will get experiences that suit their style and age across adrenaline-pumping thrills and ways to chill in their dedicated teens space, the Thrill Island neighborhood and more.
Social 020 is a hidden, teens-only hangout with video games, music, movies and comfy lounging.
Category 6 in Thrill Island is the largest water park at sea and home to six record-breaking slides.
Returning favorites and reimagined experiences in Thrill Island include a mini golf course, Lost Dunes; rock-climbing at Adrenaline Peak, the FlowRider surf simulator and the Sports Court for basketball, soccer and more.
'Laser Tag: The Fight for Atlantis' is where everyone can battle it out, adults can challenge each other or older kids and teens can have at it on their own.
The Royal Escape Room will have everyone working together to solve a puzzle and find their way out before the time is up.
At Absolute Zero, the whole family can strap on skates and hit the biggest ice-skating area at sea.
Fleet's first milkshake bar
Desserted in Thrill Island is Royal Caribbean's first over-the-top and Insta-worthy milkshake bar. It will serve three types of milkshakes — classic, extravagant and adults-only boozy.
Royal Promenade, the heart of Icon, will be alive day and night with restaurants and lounges where families can eat and be entertained at such venues as Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar and Spotlight Karaoke.
A greater variety of family-friendly accommodations than on any Royal Caribbean ship includes family infinite balconies with a kids’ alcove with bunk beds and TVs and a split bathroom, and the first Ultimate Family Townhouse with three levels of amenities such as an in-suite slide, a cinema and karaoke room, a wraparound balcony with a whirlpool, and more.