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ICON of the SEASIn a historic event at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, the ‘Icon of the Seas’ was officially welcomed into the Royal Caribbean family, marking a new chapter in luxury cruising. This much-anticipated reveal comes after over seven years of planning and 900 days of meticulous construction, showcasing a collaboration of thousands of skilled professionals.

The ‘Icon of the Seas’ represents more than a mere addition to Royal Caribbean’s impressive fleet. Jason Liberty, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group states that this ship signifies over half a century of innovation and a dream to craft the ultimate holiday experience. The journey from conception to realization highlights the company’s commitment to delivering memorable holidays focusing on responsible practices. This ship is a marvel of engineering and a beacon of sustainable tourism.

Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, emphasized the ambitious vision behind this project. The goal was to create an all-encompassing holiday destination for every type of traveller – families, couples, and adventurers. As the ship prepares for its grand debut in Miami in January 2024, the world awaits to realise this vision.

After 900 days of construction, Royal Caribbean International welcomes the highly anticipated Icon of the Seas to the family. Credit - sbw-photo

After 900 days of construction, Royal Caribbean International welcomes the highly anticipated Icon of the Seas to the family just two months before its January 2024 debut. In attendance at the celebration were more than 1,200 crew members and workers, Royal Caribbean Group President and CEO Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley, and Meyer Turku CEO Tim Meyer. The first-of-its-kind holiday now makes its way to Cadiz, Spain, where it will receive its finishing touches before heading to its year-round home in Miami.

The ‘Icon of the Seas’ sets new standards in luxury cruising. From its AquaDome, a colossal glass and steel structure, to its diverse array of onboard experiences spread across eight unique neighbourhoods, the ship offers something for everyone. Its groundbreaking design includes the largest waterpark at sea, Category 6, with six record-breaking slides, and the Crown’s Edge, a thrilling combination of skywalk, ropes course, and adventure ride.

The ship also boasts a three-deck paradise named Chill Island, featuring four pools, each offering a unique ambience. For families, the Surfside neighbourhood is a dedicated space with attractions and dining options catering to adults and children. The AquaDome transforms from a tranquil oasis by day to a lively hotspot by night, featuring innovative entertainment and dining options.

Environmental responsibility is at the core of the ‘Icon of the Seas. ‘ Powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), it stands as Royal Caribbean’s first dual-fuel ship, contributing to the company’s goal of introducing a net-zero cruise ship by 2035. The ship is 24% more energy-efficient than current industry standards, demonstrating a commitment to sustainable cruising.

The ‘Icon of the Seas’ embarks on its maiden voyage from Miami, offering 7-night Eastern or Western Caribbean adventures. These trips feature stops at idyllic destinations and the award-winning private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas, home to the upcoming adults-only escape, Hideaway Beach.

For more details about the ‘Icon of the Seas’ and its offerings, visit Royal Caribbean’s official website.




Written by: Michelle Warner