A ship that will likely be delivered in October of this year has completed construction at a shipyard in Finland and made its first foray into open water for sea trials. It will be the world’s biggest cruise ship.
Royal Caribbean International’s Icon of the Oceans is a mammoth 365 meters in length (almost 1,200 feet) and will gauge a projected 250,800 tons.
It will comfortably accommodate approximately 5,610 passengers and 2,350 crew when it sets sail in January 2024 for the Caribbean. The world’s largest underwater waterpark will be the boat’s crowning achievement.
It will be called Category 6, and it will have six water slides that set new records. However, the boat also has seven pools and nine whirlpools for people who want to relax more.
One of Europe’s leading shipbuilders, Meyer Turku, is building the cruise ship in Turku, Finland. Regal Caribbean Global president and CEO Michael Bayley let media know that the vessel was on target to join the Royal Caribbean armada on October 26, ahead of its 2024 debut.
Another Royal Caribbean ship, “Wonder of the Seas,” made its inaugural voyage just last year. It is only 1,188 feet long and has 18 decks to explore, making it the current holder of the title of world’s largest cruise ship.
Icon of the Seas is being promoted by Royal Caribbean International as the cruise line’s evolutionary pinnacle because it makes use of cutting-edge technology and draws on the lessons learned by the company over the past 50 years.
It is being promoted as the ultimate family vacation by officials. With all the energy and time that has gone into making this boat, the end result legitimizes the awesomeness.
The Icon finished its first set of ocean preliminaries on June 22, as per an Royal Caribbean explanation.
“During her first set of sea trials, Icon of the Seas traveled hundreds of miles, during which the main engines, hull, brake systems, steering, noise, and vibration levels were all tested,” the statement said. “Everything was done on time as outlined in the schedule, despite her departure being delayed due to wind conditions.”
The idea is to accommodate every kind of vacationer with 20 decks and eight neighborhoods to explore. There are areas for young families and adults-only like Royal Caribbean International’s first dueling pianos bar.
There are 28 different types of accommodations, with more categories for families, more layouts with ocean views and more space for group travelers. The cruise line says it’s the longest timeframe it’s ever dedicated to “designing the perfect home base.”
Icon of the Seas is also Royal Caribbean International’s first ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and fuel cell technology, as part of the company’s move to a clean-energy future.
2,600 Laborers Each Day:
Each day, approximately 2,600 workers have been grafting onto Icon of the Seas. For the ocean trials, many experts were ready to access performance over four days.
A second round of sea trials, according to Royal Caribbean, is planned for later in 2023. Meanwhile, passengers will be able to enjoy an onboard infinity pool.
The ship has generated such a buzz that advance sales have surpassed all previous records. The company’s quarterly financial results showed the company’s most successful new product launch ever.
Icon of the Seas will sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean vacations from Miami all year round. 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.