The Royal Esplanade (lower level) is a similar to the RCI’s “Royal Promenade” design concept of a shopping/entertainment district. This is a huge, 2-decks high interior area designed to resemble a street. It runs almost the full length of deck 4 (mezzanine level on deck 5) and has no natural light. There are lined-up multiple lounges, bars and restaurants (most with outdoor seating) and luxury boutiques and shops selling duty-free merchandise. The Royal Esplanade features impressive design and decoration (incl original artworks), innovative multimedia technologies, live music, fun demos, alcohol tastings, DreamWorks characters meets-greets, Port Shopping (daily talks on shopping options in all ports of call in the ship’s current itinerary).
Retail Shops (lower Esplanade level 1 of 2) is a duty-free shopping arcade lined with shops and name-brand boutiques. Their list includes The Shop (Royal Caribbean logo merchandise), Kiehl’s (skin and body products), Michael Kors (fashion, handbags), Armani Jeans, Regalia (watches and jewelry shops), Prince & Greene (clothing), Impulse (perfumes, beauty products), Sundials (luxury sunglasses and watches). Port Merchants is a general store selling conveniences, also liquor and tobaccos.
Diamond Club is an exclusive lounge & bar for Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club passengers (by the RCI’s loyalty program). The lounge (open 24-hour) has a full-service bar and offers complimentary amenities, including concierge service, Continental breakfast, hors d’oeuvres and open bar (free drinks in the evenings).
Guest Services is the ship’s Reception Desk for 24-hour staff assistance, information, bookings/reservations (via iQ tablets), luggage and cashier services.
Card Room is for playing cards and popular board games, bridge tournaments.
Casino VIP is an exclusive lounge also used for high-stakes poker gaming. It is invitation-only and served by its own bar.
Cafe Promenade is a complimentary, quick-food eatery (patisserie-brasserie-cafe bar) open 24-hours for snacks and drinks. Among the displayed foods are croissant sandwiches (mini), fresh-baked pizzas (in slices), biscotti, cookies, pastries, muffins, cheesecake (Lollipops), ice cream. Free of charge beverages are coffee, tea, water (dispenser).
La Patisserie is a specialty coffee bar at extra charge. The menu is a la carte priced and includes chocolate-based sweets, bonbons, truffles, Danish pastries, cookies, cakes, Starbucks drinks (payments via Starbucks cards / phone app are also accepted). Starbucks coffee prices are as follows: cold drinks (Coffee $4,25, Mocha $4,75), Iced Cafe (Americano $2,75, Latte $3,75, Mocha $4,25), Tazo Tea (Shaken Iced $2, Latte $3, Hot Tea $1,75), Vanilla Steamer ($2,75), Soy Milk ($3), Hot Chocolate ($2,75), hot coffees (at $3,50 – Americano, Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha), White Chocoate Mocha and Caramel Macchiato (each $3,75).
Boleros is the RCI’s signature Latin-themed lounge-bar-nightclub. The lounge has comfortable plush seating, large dance floor, stage for Latin band music performances (salsa and merengue) in the evenings. The cocktails menu has an extensive list of mojitos, margaritas, premium tequilas and rums. After 10 pm, Boleros Lounge transforms into a disco nightclub with DJ programming. Daily here are hosted art auctions.
Michael’s Genuine Pub (open between 11 am – 1 am) is a traditional English/Irish pub bar (gastropub) by Michael Schwartz (Miami celebrity chef). The pub’s menu is a la carte priced, with additional lunch and dinner menus. The main menu has a diverse selection of draught beers, IPAs, ales, craft beers (incl the “Michael’s Genuine Home Brew” ale /brand established 2012), plus a variety of snacks. The food is standard pub fare and delicious. Among the snack items are marinated olives, fried hominy, deviled eggs, potato chips, tomato-bread soup, polenta fries, chicken wings, roasted pork sliders, cured meats, selection of cheeses. Also available are wines, bourbon flights, cocktails and desserts. The decor features dark wood, brass finishes, deep booths.
Sorrento’s Pizzeria (open between 11:30 am – 3 am) is a complimentary restaurant with plenty of seating (both indoor and outdoor / on the Esplanade). It offers fresh, oven-baked pizzas (3 slices at a time) and pies for lunch, dinner and late-night. The decor features brick walls and an wood-fired oven. The pizzeria’s menu has traditional items (with meat, cheese, vegetables, gluten-free, incl Hawaiian, Florentine, pepperoni, barbeque chicken, four-cheese), custom-made pizza/pie, daily specialties, antipasti (olives, mozzarella, grilled vegetables), desserts (biscotti, gelato ice cream, raspberry mousse, amaretti, chocolate panna cotta). Drinks are at extra charge.
American Icon Grill is a specialty restaurant and among the RCI’s “dynamic dining” (main dining) options. American Icon Grill is complimentary, waiter-served (Gold Anchor service) and open for Breakfast (7:30 – 9:30 am /port days, and 8 – 10 am /seadays), Lunch (12 – 1:30 pm /seadays only) and Dinner (5:30 – 9:30 pm). Reservations for dinner are required. Dress code is smart casual. The cuisine offered here is traditionally American, with USA coast-to-coast favorites. The appetizers menu has Idaho potato pancakes, chicken wings, Yankee Franks (smoked sausages), fried calamari, New England clam chowder, Maryland crab cakes, prawn cocktail, traditional salads. The entrees menu has classic meat/fish dishes – short rib, salmon, fried chicken, southwestern fettuccine (chicken and smoked sausage), pork chop, Americana burger. There is a separate menu with signature desserts (based on peanut butter mousse, chocolate, fresh berries, ice cream and coffee) plus 3 specialty cocktails.
Silk Restaurant (open between 5:30 – 9:30 pm) is a specialty restaurant with pan-Asian cuisine, and among the RCI’s “dynamic dining” (main dining) options. Silk is a complimentary, waiter-served (Gold Anchor service) and dinner-only restaurant. Reservations are required. Dress code is smart-casual. Decor is Asian (sophisticated, with dominating red and beige). The Chic’s menu for appetizers has prawn cocktail, green papaya salad, onion bhaji, vegetable samosa, pork short ribs, shrimp shumai, Vietnamese tacos, garden salad, soups. The entrees menu has dishes with chicken, duck, beef, hibachi steaks, pasta, vegetable dishes, seafood (salmon, prawns, crab). There is a separate menu with desserts and specialty cocktails. At the Silk restaurant is also offered Dreamworks Character Dining (free for kids, surcharge per adult applies).