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Royal Caribbean has announced new details about the thirst-quenching opportunities aboard its iconic new ship, Icon of the Seas. The new bar and nightlife entertainment options aboard this much anticipated new ship really do look amazing. From old favorites like Boleros and my personal favorite, Schooner Bar, to the new 1400 Lobby Bar and Lou’s Jazz ‘n Blues, Icon of the Seas promises to be an amazing vacation destination on its own, even before you arrive at a perfect island.
According to Royal Caribbean, new hot spots for a favorite drink and a show will include:
- Dueling Pianos – In Royal Caribbean’s first dueling pianos bar, it’s the battle of the baby grands at the hands of two talented pianists who take song requests to bring high-energy performances of crowd-favorite hits to the Royal Promenade – the heart of Icon.
- Lou’s Jazz ‘n Blues – The new spot fills the open-air Central Park with live performances of soulful classics and jazz pop tunes, inviting music lovers to take it all in from indoors or as they stroll by the thousands of real plants during Jazz in the Park.
- Rye & Bean – Matching the transformational experiences in the AquaDome, this new coffee shop offers everything from classic cups of joe to espresso cocktails. It’s a cozy morning hangout with endless ocean views by day and a buzzing bar with views of deck-defying entertainment in the AquaTheater by night.
- The Overlook and Overlook Pods – The elevated lounge and first-of-their-kind nooks at sea take nights out and hangouts to another level. The wraparound windows in the AquaDome bring the ocean center stage during the day, and at night, the cruise line’s marquee aqua shows are just a few steps away. The next-level pods are where friends can lounge with a drink, play classic boardgames and kick back to live music, too.
- Bubbles – It’s three cheers at the new walkup champagne window in Central Park, where glasses of mimosas, prosecco, Bellini and even bottles of bubbly are on tap morning, noon and night.
And those aren’t all. One of the new venues I’m most excited to try is the 1400 Lobby Bar. According to Royal Caribbean, 1400 Lobby Bar “is where vacationers can start to make memories as soon as they board, with a mix of daytime and evening sips developed with renowned mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, who’s worked with James Beard Award-winning chefs, Bellagio and more. The venue’s also the first to open the vibrant Royal Promenade to the outdoors with an ocean-facing terrace.” The ocean facing terrace sounds like a promising spot to me. Is this Icon’s answer to the Rising Tide bar present on Royal’s Oasis-Class ships? Time will tell.
The announcement of these new venues is just the beginning as Icon of the Seas promises “40-plus ways to dine, drink and be entertained” according to the cruise line.
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