Review of Icon Of The Seas deck 15 (AquaDome-AquaTheater-The Hideaway-Chill Island1-Pools)
The midship-positioned Chill Island Neighborhood spans 3 decks (15-16-17), houses 4x (of the ship's 7x) swimming pools and is served by the poolside bar "Swim & Tonic" (RCI's first shipboard swim-up bar). Chill Island has the largest on-a-cruise liner swimming pool (Royal Bay Pool), Cove Pool (infinity-edge), Sprinkles (complimentary ice cream bar), the Cloud 17 (adults-only retreat), and is served by The Lime & Coconut Bar Lounge (with four locations, including the fleet-first frozen cocktail bar) and Swim & Tonic.
Royal Bay Pool (starboard), Cove Pool (portside/infinity pool) and Hideaway Pool (aft) are open between 9 am and 10 pm.
Two types of daybeds (In-Pool and Oceanview/each for 2-4 people) can be reserved for The Hideaway Pool. Daybed amenities include 4x bottled waters, 4x towels, 1x bottle of champagne (in an ice bucket, with 4x souvenir glasses), a side table, and beverage service by dedicated staff. For season 2024, The Hideaway's In-Pool Daybeds cost US$250/350 (port day/sea day) while the Oceanview Daybeds cost US$200/300 (port day/sea day).
The fore-positioned AquaDome Neighborhood is fully covered by a glass dome (transparent roof with unobstructed 270-degree outside views) and features the largest-at-sea waterfall (transforming in the evenings into AquaTheater) which waters fall right from the Dome's ceiling. During the day, AquaDome serves as a relaxation complex with a serene ambiance and various food and beverage options (restaurants and bars). In the evening, AquaDome transforms into a "nightlife zone" housing RCI's signature entertainment venue AquaTheater (redesigned, smaller-sized and indoor/glass-covered on ICON ships) hosting marquee aquatic and aerial acrobatic shows. The AquaTheater has a transforming deepwater swimming pool and is fitted with modern technologies including multi-media equipment (superior light-sound-smoke effects, 3D flying projections), stage lifts, 4x robotic arms. Note: OASIS liners' outdoor AquaTheater (positioned at the stern) is replaced on the ICON ships with a family-themed activity deck.
AquaDome has three dining venues - AquaDome Market ((forward-starboard), Hooked Seafood (forward-portside) and Celebration Table (an upgraded Chef's Table/VIP dining experience/12-seats, floor-ceiling windows, 4x different menus - American, Italian, Asian, Seafood) plus the bow-facing Overlook Lounge (in front of the AquaTheater) that provides 160-degree ocean views.
AquaDome Market (located opposite the Hooked Seafood restaurant) is a complimentary food hall with 5x different stands - Feta Mediterranean (Greek cuisine/fresh-baked pitas and Mediterranean bowls, with a separate bar for beverages/including beers and wine by the glass), Mac's (fresh-baked macaroni and cheese pizza, with toppings like smoked gouda, BBQ sauce, slow-roasted pulled pork), Toast & Garden (light fare/salads, sandwiches), GNGR (Asian dishes), and Creme de la Crepe (sweet and savory French crepes/thin pancakes), with made-to-order choices. AquaDome Market is open for breakfast (7 am), lunch (11:30 am) and dinner. Extra cost beers and wines by the glass (table service).
The Hideaway Neighborhood is a beach club-themed pool deck with a suspended infinity pool (the first at sea), and a surrounding 2-deck terrace with outdoor Jacuzzies, a dedicated poolside bar (Hideaway Bar) and a variety of seating. Here is also the Windjammer Marketplace (complimentary Lido Buffet restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, dinner/has 2 indoor bars).
The Lime & Coconut Bar Lounge (with four locations, including the fleet-first frozen cocktail bar)
Sprinkles (complimentary ice cream bar)
Cantina Fresca (Mexican-themed bar)
El Loco Fresh (grab-and-go Mexican food/open 11 am - 7 pm)
Rye & Bean (coffee shop/bar)
The fore-located Overlook Lounge (upper level 2 of 2) is a bow-facing indoor observation lounge (in front of the AquaTheater) that provides 160-degree unobstructed views. The 2-floor bar lounge (forward on decks 14-15) is positioned right above the Navigation Bridge (deck 12) and has seating capacity 164 (112 chairs + 52 pods).