Review of Icon Of The Seas deck 5 (Royal Promenade1-Dining3-Lobby-Shops-Gym)
Royal Promenade Neighborhood is on two levels (deck 5/lower and deck 6/upper) and houses staterooms plus 15 F&B venues (bars, lounges, cafes, restaurants) including Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Pearl Cafe (grab-and-go, open 24-hours, similar to Cafe Promenade, offers complimentary food/sandwiches, packaged salads, beverages/coffee, tea, sodas), Campfire Cookie (patisserie), Sorrento’s Pizzeria (pizza by the slice, fresh-baked specialty pies/different each day, also selling draft beers on tap), Point & Feather (English pub with live acoustic guitar performances in the evenings/104 seats), Boleros (Latin-themed bar lounge with live music performances/85 seats), 1400 Bar (lobby bar/capacity 67 indoor + 18 outdoor seats/live piano music in the evenings), Spotlight Karaoke Bar (106 seats), The Attic (comedy club lounge/159 seats), Starbucks (coffee shop), Diamond Club (exclusive bar lounge for Diamond and above members).
On Royal Promenade are also two (out of four) levels of The Pearl (levels 1 and 2/decks 5-6) and Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade (107 seats).
ICON ships' Royal Promenade has total length 110 m/362 ft, and unlike RCI's previous Royal Promenade design has floor-to-ceiling windows providing unobstructed ocean views. On the lower level (in the Embarkation Area starboard on Deck 5) is the "1400 Lobby Bar" (with indoor/outdoor seating). The Lobby Bar's name has the ship's hull number (1400).
Royal Theater (balcony/upper level 3 of 3) is the main show lounge spreading over 3 floors (forward on decks 3-4-5). The venue is complimentary and doubles as a cinema and also hosts daily scheduled activities (like trivia games, bingo, enrichment lectures) while in the evenings are presented Broadway-style, grand-scale music, dance and show productions, as well as aerial acrobatic performances. The theater presents nightly 2 grand shows – early (at 8 pm) and late (at 10 pm) to match the assigned dining room sittings. Both are full-length production shows with professional performances (singing, dancing, acting, live band music) by the ship's resident entertainment staff. Signature shows are “Hairspray” (musical comedy / original Broadway production themed on humor and commentaries on early 1960's race relations) and "Flight" (themed on the history of flying). Specifically for Icon OTS was developed "The Wizard of Oz" (2011-created musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber) presented on the ship 3-4 times weekly. Other theater entertainment options are the rotating Headliners (tribute band show) and popular game shows (like “Love and Marriage”). Royal Theater has its own bar for refreshments. During the shows, waiters walk around and provide bar service.
On this deck are situated Sorrento’s Pizzeria, Point & Feather (English pub with live acoustic guitar performances in the evenings), Spotlight Karaoke (bar), and Starbucks (coffee shop).
Fitness Center (ShipShape Center/lower level 1 of 2) is open between 6 am - 1 am. It consists of Gymnasium (complimentary, with Life Fitness equipment for cardio/resistance training), Aerobics Studio (for classes), and private training rooms. The Gym has modern bodybuilding and training exercise equipment (free weights, weight machines, treadmills, steppers, ellipticals, stationary bikes, Kinesis wall). In the mornings/afternoons are scheduled health seminars and wellness presentations (free of charge/timeshare events). Some of the fitness classes cost extra (Yoga, Pilates, Ryde, TRX Suspension, Trilogy, InBody Metabolism Analysis). Complimentary are stretching (morning and evening), Fab Abs, Aerobics, footprint-posture analysis. Fitness rules require children under 18 to be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Kids 16 and under are not allowed. Proper exercise attire is required (including covered-toe athletic shoes). Swimsuits are not allowed.
The Pearl (lower level 1 of 4) is a unique structure (built with 3000 kinetic tiles) providing multi-sensory experiences.
The Lobby Hall houses the Voom Desk (complimentary internet), Guest Services, Next Cruise, and Crown & Anchor Society, as well as the ship's gangway embarkation area (starboard) and 1400 Lobby Bar.
Guest Services is the ship’s Reception Desk for 24-hour staff assistance, information, bookings/reservations (via iQ tablets), luggage and cashier services.
Next Cruise Desk is for Royal Caribbean cruise booking while on the ship. It serves the line’s Crown & Anchor Society (past guest loyalty program). The RCI loyalty program offers to its members exclusive (discount) cruise rates (vary by itinerary and cabin category), balcony/suite discounts, onboard booking bonus (savings transferred to future OBC /shipboard credit), and early sales access (a day before the general sale).
Main Dining Room (upper level 3 of 3)
Absolute Zero (upper level 2 of 2) is an Ice-Rink Arena. This is RCI fleet's largest ice-skating stadium (complimentary show lounge/theater). Daily, the ice rink is operated with 45-min sessions (max 50 guests per session) for ice-skating, ice games, hockey, demonstrations, adult scavenger hunts. In the evenings, there is a live RCI original production show (professional ice show). Absolute Zero is a complimentary venue (equipment is provided) and reservations are not required. Tickets are free but have to be obtained in advance. Here is also played "Clash for the Crystal City" (laser tag game).
An indoor staircase (positioned midship-aft) directly connects three neighborhoods - Royal Promenade (decks 5-6), Surfside (deck 7) and Central Park (deck 8).
Besides the 22x lifts (elevators positioned in the forward and aft atriums) and all staircases, an escalator interconnects decks 2-4-5.