Lionel Messi has been named by Royal Caribbean the “official icon” of its new, record-breaking ship, Icon of the Seas, ahead of its debut in January 2024. As the icon of the first-of-its-kind combination of every vacation, the most decorated football player in history will welcome the new ship at an exclusive naming celebration in Miami.
As part of a longstanding maritime tradition, Messi will take part in the iconic naming celebration for Icon of the Seas in January 2024 in Miami. The “Icon of Icon” will have the honour of bestowing safekeeping onto the new ship, its crew and the millions of people who will board the ship in the years to come. Messi’s new role follows the recent announcement of Royal Caribbean and Inter Miami CF’s partnership in which the cruise line is the Club’s main partner and official vacation partner.
Icon is beyond anything else that’s out there for family vacations, with incredible never-before-seen features, all designed for making memories together.Lionel Messi
“Icon of the Seas is the culmination of more than 50 years of delivering memorable vacations, and it’s set to live up to its name in more ways than one when it changes the vacation industry in January 2024”, said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “It’s that ability to make such a widespread impact and change the status quo that the Icon of Icon must personify, and Lionel Messi has proven to be the perfect example of that for years in the world of sports and most recently in introducing a new era of excitement and passion for football in Miami and the US.”
The highly anticipated vacation’s reveal in October 2022 spurred the single largest booking day and highest volume booking week in the cruise line’s then 53-year history, confirming vacationers are looking for a getaway that combines the best of every type of vacation, from the beach retreat to the resort escape and the theme park adventure. With six record-setting waterslides, seven pools, the first neighbourhood designed for young families and over 40 venues for dining, drinking and entertaining, Icon of the Seas promises to offer unforgettable moments.
Passengers on the Icon of the Seas will visit sun-soaked destinations year-round. Each 7-night Eastern or Western Caribbean journey from Miami features island hopping across the Caribbean, including destinations like Philipsburg, in St. Maarten, Costa Maya and Cozumel, in Mexico, and Charlotte Amalie, in St. Thomas, as well as one day at Royal Caribbean’s award-winning private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, in The Bahamas, which will host its first adults-only oasis in January 2024.