The world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean International’s Icon of the Seas, has embarked on its inaugural journey. The massive vessel, measuring a staggering 365 meters long and estimated to weigh 250,800 tonnes, has sailed the open ocean for the first time after completing construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.
The Icon of the Seas underwent its first set of sea trials on June 22, covering hundreds of miles to test various technical aspects, including the main engines, hull, brake systems, steering, noise, and vibration levels. Over 350 hours were dedicated to this crucial step, which also involved the use of four tugboats weighing between 37 and 67 tons. Between preparation and trials, getting the Icon of the Seas ready for sailing involved the diligent work of more than 2,000 specialists.
Despite a brief delay due to wind conditions, the trials were successfully completed on schedule. The ship returned to the Meyer Turku shipyard after four days of preliminary tests on its cutting-edge technologies and equipment.
Icon of the Seas also represents Royal Caribbean International’s commitment to environmental sustainability. It is the company’s first ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and fuel cell technology, signaling a move towards a cleaner-energy future.
We are positioning it as the ultimate family vacation, and when you step back and look at all the energy and time that has gone into creating this ship, it is mind-blowing.Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International
Designed to redefine the cruising experience, Icon of the Seas is poised to revolutionize the industry with its remarkable features. With a capacity to comfortably accommodate 5,610 passengers and 2,350 crew members, the ship will offer an unparalleled vacation experience. The centerpiece of the vessel will be Category 6, the world’s largest waterpark at sea, boasting six record-breaking water slides. Additionally, guests seeking relaxation can indulge in seven pools and nine whirlpools.
The ship boasts over 40 dining, entertainment, and drinking options, with many included in the cruise fare. Its 20 decks and eight neighborhoods cater to various types of vacationers, offering spaces for young families and adults-only areas like Royal Caribbean International’s first dueling pianos bar. Accommodations include 28 different room types, with a focus on families, ocean views, and spacious layouts.
The anticipation for the ship has resulted in record-breaking advance sales, making it Royal Caribbean’s most successful new product launch to date. Icon of the Seas is scheduled to embark on seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean vacations from Miami, commencing in January 2024, going all year round. Passengers will have the opportunity to explore Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s renowned private island destination, as well as the newly expanded Hideaway Beach.