Construction Completion: Royal Caribbean International’s Icon of the Seas, set to be the world’s largest cruise ship, has concluded construction at Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, marking a monumental achievement in shipbuilding.
Impressive Dimensions: The mammoth vessel spans 365 meters (nearly 1,200 feet) in length and is anticipated to weigh a staggering 250,800 tonnes, positioning it as a true maritime giant.
Projected Delivery: Following successful sea trials, the cruise ship is expected to be delivered in October of the current year, presenting a remarkable addition to Royal Caribbean’s fleet.
Capacity and Amenities: With the ability to accommodate approximately 5,610 passengers and a crew of 2,350, Icon of the Seas boasts an array of amenities. The highlight is Category 6, the world’s largest waterpark at sea, featuring six record-breaking water slides, complemented by seven pools and nine whirlpools.
Evolutionary Peak: Positioned as Royal Caribbean International’s evolutionary peak, the vessel integrates cutting-edge technology and incorporates learnings from the company’s rich 50-year history, aiming to redefine the cruise experience.
Inaugural Voyage: Scheduled to embark on Caribbean waters in January 2024, the ship promises a diverse range of experiences with more than 40 dining, drinking, and entertainment options, catering to varied preferences.
Sea Trials: Icon of the Seas successfully completed its initial sea trials on June 22, covering extensive assessments of main engines, hull, brake systems, steering, noise levels, and vibrations. The vessel showcased performance excellence during the trials.
Accommodations and Spaces: With 20 decks and eight neighborhoods, the ship offers 28 different types of accommodations, designed to cater to families, group travelers, and various preferences. It includes dedicated areas for young families and Royal Caribbean International’s first dueling pianos bar in adults-only spaces.
Clean-Energy Technology: As a trailblazer in clean energy, Icon of the Seas is Royal Caribbean International’s first ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and fuel cell technology, aligning with the company’s commitment to a sustainable and eco-friendly future.
Record-Breaking Sales: The ship has generated unprecedented buzz, reflected in record-breaking advance sales. Icon of the Seas is hailed as “literally the best-performing new product launch” in Royal Caribbean’s history, attesting to its immense popularity.
Year-Round Sailings: The cruise ship will operate seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean vacations from Miami throughout the year, promising visits to Royal Caribbean’s private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, and its new expansion, Hideaway Beach.
Future Plans: Following the successful sea trials, a second set of trials is scheduled for later in 2023, emphasizing the commitment to ensuring the ship’s operational excellence.
Icon of the Seas stands as a maritime marvel, pushing boundaries and setting new standards in the world of cruise travel.
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