Inside the World's Largest Cruise Ship - "Icon of the Seas"
October 24, 2023
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Royal Caribbean International is set to launch the world's largest cruise ship by gross tonnage, the Icon of the Seas, in early 2024. Aiming to redefine luxury cruise holidays, the groundbreaking vessel will embark on its maiden voyage from the Port of Miami, USA.
A New Icon in Maritime History
The journey of Icon of the Seas began back in October 2016, when Royal Caribbean and Meyer Turku announced the Icon project to build two unprecedented ships. The first of this duo, Icon of the Seas, had her steel cut in June 2021, marking the beginning of a transformative era in the world of cruise liners.
The project took a significant step forward in October 2021, when the ship's first liquified natural gas (LNG) tank was installed at the Neptun Werft in Rostock, Germany. By April 2022, the keel was laid, setting the stage for the ship's final assembly. The maiden sea trials of the Icon of the Seas commenced in June 2023, paving the way for the final adjustments and furnishing of her interior spaces.
Redefining Cruise Line Engineering
Icon of the Seas is a marvel of maritime engineering, with a gross tonnage of 250,800. She is powered by LNG and has six multi-fuel Wärtsilä engines that generate 67,500 kW (90,520 hp) of power. This unique propulsion configuration allows the engines to be powered with both LNG and distillate fuel, highlighting Royal Caribbean's commitment to eco-friendly and efficient cruising.
Moreover, Icon of the Seas pioneers in incorporating alternative energy features. The ship utilizes fuel cells to produce electricity and fresh water, marking a historic first for any Royal Caribbean vessel. This sustainable approach underscores Royal Caribbean's commitment to revolutionizing the cruising experience without compromising the environment.
A Floating City of Luxury and Adventure
Icon of the Seas isn't just about size and environmental consciousness; it's a floating city designed to captivate its 5,610 double occupancy passengers (or 7,600 passengers at maximum capacity) with unparalleled amenities and experiences. Aboard the ship, a crew of 2,350 will ensure every voyage is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
This behemoth cruise ship features 20 decks equipped with seven swimming pools and six thrilling water slides. In a bid to offer an unrivaled experience, Royal Caribbean promises the tallest waterfall, the tallest water slide, and the largest waterpark at sea. Moreover, the ship boasts the first suspended infinity pool of any vessel, offering guests a unique blend of relaxation and scenic beauty.
The Icon of the Seas: Charting a New Course
Icon of the Seas will sail year-round from its home port at Terminal A in Port Miami, the largest cruise terminal in the USA and the fitting departure point for this world-class ship. Boasting three distinct seven-night itineraries, guests can choose from two Eastern Caribbean voyages or an exotic journey to the Western Caribbean.
The first Eastern Caribbean itinerary commences in Miami and sails to Philipsburg, St Maarten, and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, before culminating in a day at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean's private resort island. The second Eastern Caribbean itinerary sails from Miami to Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis, and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, also concluding with a memorable day at CocoCay.
Those seeking an adventurous Western Caribbean itinerary can embark in Miami and sail to Roatan, Honduras, Costa Maya, Mexico, and Cozumel, Mexico, before ending their journey at Perfect Day at CocoCay.
With the launch of Icon of the Seas, Royal Caribbean is set to chart a new course in the cruise industry. By combining cutting-edge technology, sustainable practices, and unrivaled luxury, this vessel symbolizes the future of cruising. Whether you're a seasoned cruiser or a first-time explorer, get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey aboard the world's largest cruise ship.