Has Icon of the Seas set sail?
The Icon of the Seas, the latest addition to Royal Caribbean International’s fleet, is set to redefine the cruise experience. As the first of the Icon-class ships, it is the largest cruise ship in the world, surpassing the Oasis class Wonder of the Seas in gross tonnage. This colossal vessel, designed from scratch, is a testament to the evolution of cruise travel, offering an array of options for cabins, dining, entertainment, and activities that rival a massive resort at sea.
A New Class of Ships
The Icon of the Seas is the first new class of ship from Royal Caribbean in a decade. It is a ship of superlatives, boasting the biggest and tallest features in the industry. With a maximum capacity of 7,600 guests, 2,805 cabins, and a total length of 1,198 feet, the ship is a floating city.
The ship features 20 total decks, 18 of which are guest decks. It also introduces eight unique neighborhoods, including five new ones: AquaDome, Thrill Island, Chill Island, Surfside, and more. These neighborhoods offer a diverse range of experiences, ensuring that every guest finds something to their liking.
A Commitment to Sustainability
The Icon of the Seas is not just about size and luxury. It also represents Royal Caribbean’s commitment to sustainability. The ship is powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), a cleaner energy source that significantly reduces emissions. It is equipped with six LNG-powered engines that provide 67,500 KW of energy to run the ship. The ship also incorporates other environmentally friendly technologies, such as using shore power when in port.
A New Home Port
The Icon of the Seas has found its new home port in Miami. From here, it will offer year-round seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. Every sailing will include a visit to Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s award-winning private island destination, as well as its new expansion, Hideaway Beach.
The Icon of the Seas is scheduled to welcome the public for its first commercial voyage on January 27, 2024. The journey will take guests through Mexico, Honduras, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas.
What is the Icon of the Seas?
The Icon of the Seas is the first Icon-class ship from Royal Caribbean International. It is the world’s largest cruise ship, surpassing the Oasis class Wonder of the Seas in gross tonnage.
What is unique about the Icon of the Seas?
The Icon of the Seas is unique in its size, design, and commitment to sustainability. It is the first Royal Caribbean ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), a cleaner energy source that significantly reduces emissions.
Where will the Icon of the Seas sail from?
The Icon of the Seas will sail from its home port in Miami, offering year-round seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries.
When will the Icon of the Seas set sail?
The Icon of the Seas is scheduled to set sail on its first commercial voyage on January 27, 2024.
Gross Tonnage: A measure of the overall internal volume of a ship.
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): A cleaner energy source that significantly reduces emissions. It is used to power the Icon of the Seas.
Home Port: The port from which a cruise ship primarily operates.
Itinerary: The planned route or journey of a cruise ship.