Royal Caribbean Reveals Icon of the Seas Dining Experiences

Royal Caribbean reveals the Icon of the Seas dining experiences with more than 20 new and signature ways to dine.

Royal Caribbean Reveals Icon of the Seas Dining Experiences


More than 20 Choices for Every Occasion Include a New Eight-Course Experience and the Cruise Line’s First Food Hall  

Royal Caribbean International’s Icon of the Seas is turning the tables in January 2024 with an unmatched lineup of dining experiences designed for every type of family and vacationer.

Travelers with an appetite for adventure can have their pick of more than 20 new and signature ways to dine. These include a combination of elevated experiences, spots for quick bites, and venues made for families with kids.

Royal Caribbean Reveals Icon of the Seas Dining Experiences

From restaurants to walkup windows, casual to upscale, live music to chefs who put on a show, Icon of the Seas will feature options for every occasion and mood. On the menu are new venues like the upscale Empire Supper Club, a swanky and lavish eight-course experience. There’s also the AquaDome Market – Royal Caribbean’s first food hall and Izumi in the Park, an all-day window with fresh sushi and more.

The variety of new flavors complement the favorites on board that range from Italian to Japanese and Mexican, including Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Izumi, and El Loco Fresh.

“The experiences had over great food are at the heart of so many shared memories that we could all use more of in our day-to-day. We’ve designed Icon of the Seas to offer every guest, no matter their tastes, age and mood or the occasion, a variety of ways they can easily make those moments their way every day while on vacation,” said Linken D’Souza, vice president, food and beverage, Royal Caribbean International. “If vacationers want to stick to their favorites, like kids and their chicken tenders, or mix it up every night and try new flavors, more than 20 experiences across Icon’s eight neighborhoods make that possible – without compromise – more than ever.”

Elevated Dining Experiences

  • Empire Supper Club – Near the lush Central Park neighborhood, the new experience is an extravagant night out with a taste of old New York. This eight-course menu features premium American cuisine, from caviar to wagyu and a drink paired with every dish. Meanwhile, a swanky three-piece band playing unexpected renditions of modern favorites.
  • Celebration Table – Special occasions and milestones get the VIP treatment at the new 12-seat private experience. Paired with AquaDome’s sweeping ocean views, guests can have their choice of exclusive American, Italian, Asian and seafood menus. There’s also the option to add a personal touch with ambient plus-ups and menu upgrades.
  • Returning favorites – The good times continue at signature venues like Central Park’s American steakhouse, Chops Grille and Trellis Bar with its debut menu of bites. There’s also Hooked Seafood in AquaDome, Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Bar, the now two-level Coastal Kitchen in the Suite Neighborhood, and the exclusive Chef’s Table.

Spots for Quick Bites

  • AquaDome Market – Royal Caribbean’s first food hall brings five different stalls and a selection of wines and beer to the table. Flavors range from sweet and savory crepes at Creme de la Crepe to macaroni and cheese with a twist of tasty toppings at Mac’s. There’s also fresh pitas and bowls at Feta Mediterranean, Asian-inspired treats like Korean beef and broccoli at GNGR, and sandwiches and salads at Toast and Garden.
  • Izumi in the Park – The all-day window debuts next to the first Izumi restaurant in Central Park. This spot serves up fresh sushi and street food to go like taiyaki ice cream with Insta-worthy toppings.
  • The Pearl Cafe – A new stop for bites day or night, like freshly toasted sandwiches and ready-made salads, the cafe sits between The Pearl and floor-to-ceiling ocean views in Royal Promenade.
  • Basecamp – The new spot to refuel between memory-making in Thrill Island, Chill Island, and The Hideaway. This venue serves drinks and treats like pretzel bites with cheese and crispy shrimp bao buns. For a sweet ending, nearby is Desserted, the new milkshake bar with over-the-top shakes, including adults-only boozy options.
  • The Grove – The new al fresco and casual Mediterranean dining option conveniently located on the sun deck in the Suite Neighborhood.
  • Returning favorites – Fan favorites also return including Central Park’s Park Cafe – now open in the evening for tapas and El Loco Fresh, the grab-and-go spot for Mexican delights in Chill Island. Not to mention, there’s Sorrento’s in Royal Promenade and the most expansive Windjammer buffet.

Family and Kids-Approved Eats

  • Surfside Eatery  The new buffet dedicated to families at the heart of Surfside has options for all ages to enjoy at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including twists on kids classics for the grownups.
  • Pier 7 – It’s about the all-day brunch at this new venue in Surfside. It serves up casual California-inspired dishes like surf-and-turf tacos, smoked salmon benedict, and sharable platters.
  • Surfside Bites – Surfside’s pit stop makes maximizing every minute of adventure easy, thanks to the walkup window. Its menu features quick snacks like burgers, popcorn chicken, cinnamon-sugar donut holes, and more.
  • Returning favorites – The whole family can have their pick from signature options like sushi and hibachi at the Asian-inspired Izumi, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade for some friendly competition and bar bites, and Sprinkles for ice cream all day and night.

The lineup of new and returning favorites join the recently announced bars and nightlife.

Starting January 2024, Icon will sail 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean vacations from Miami year-round. It will visit destinations like Perfect Day at CocoCay, St. Maarten, Cozumel, and Roatan. More details about the first Icon Class ship will be revealed in the coming months.

Vacationers can dive into all the Icon of Vacations has in store on

SOURCE Royal Caribbean


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Heidi is a physical therapist by profession, cruise enthusiast at heart, and Princess all the time! She is a self-confessed thrill seeker, obsessive planner, and over-packer. She is always looking for the latest and greatest adventures onboard and ashore, enjoys researching top things to do in ports of call, and loves dressing up for formal nights.
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