Following around 900 days of design and construction work, the world’s largest cruise was delivered by Meyer Turku to Royal Caribbean this week.
‘Icon of the Seas’ will commence her first cruise from Miami in January, 2024.
At the celebration in the shipyard at Turku, were more than 1,200 crew members and workers, who were joined by Royal Caribbean Group President and CEO, Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean International President and CEO, Michael Bayley and Meyer Turku CEO, Tim Meyer.
“Today, we are celebrating more than a new ship; it’s also the celebration of the culmination of more than 50 years of innovation and dreaming at Royal Caribbean to create the ultimate vacation experience,” said Liberty.
“Delivering ’Icon of the Seas’ represents all that can be accomplished with strong partnerships and a commitment to delivering memorable vacations responsibly, and we thank Meyer Turku and an incredible village of skilled partners for joining us on this journey.
“The memories millions of families and vacationers will make on ’Icon’ will be our greatest accomplishment yet,” he said.
She is fitted with a number of firsts, from the AquaDome, the single largest glass and steel structure to be lifted onto a cruise ship, to engineering more water on board than before across seven pools, six waterslides and more.
‘Icon’ was due to sail from Turku to Cadiz, Spain, on 29th November, where the finishing touches will be undertaken before she heads to Miami.
“Welcoming ’Icon of the Seas’ to the Royal Caribbean family is a remarkable accomplishment years in the making for thousands of innovators, engineers, architects and designers,” said Bayley.
“Seven years ago, we had an ambitious idea to create the first vacation truly made for every type of family and adventurer; now, it’s in our hands, and in this final stretch, we’ll bring it all to life for the biggest debut in our history in January, 2024.”
The passenger facilities are split into eight neighbourhoods.
There are also more than 40 ways to dine and drink, entertainment available across the cruise line’s four signature stages – air, ice, water and theatre – and more, plus 28 different cabin configurations, including a new three-level Ultimate Family Townhouse.
Five new neighbourhoods and three re-imagined areas are destinations in themselves filled with a variety of experiences, live entertainment, restaurants and bars.
She is also RCI’s first ship that can be powered by LNG, as a transitional fuel. The dual-fuel engines will work alongside other energy efficiency initiatives and environmental programmes on board, like the first waste-to-energy plant at sea.
Around 24% more energy efficient than the standards required for ships being designed today, the cruise line’s most sustainable ship thus far will mark the next step in parent company Royal Caribbean Group’s journey to introduce a net-zero cruise ship by 2035.
She will operate on seven night Eastern or Western Caribbean cruises from Miami.