The much-anticipated inaugural journey of the world’s largest cruise ship, ‘Icon of the Seas,’ commenced from the Port of Miami on Saturday. Spanning nearly four city blocks, this colossal vessel by Royal Caribbean boasts a length of almost 1,200 feet (365 meters) from bow to stern. The ship, christened on Tuesday in a ceremony featuring soccer legend Lionel Messi and Inter Miami teammates, sets sail on a seven-day tropical island-hopping adventure from South Florida.
The Icon of the Seas, priced at $2 billion, represents the pinnacle of more than 50 years of innovation by Royal Caribbean.
As the inaugural vessel in the new Quantum Class, it integrates cutting-edge technology and emphasizes environmental responsibility. Despite its massive size, the ship claims to be more environmentally friendly than certain smaller cruise ships.
Propelled by six dual-fuel engines, it can run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), endorsed for its ability to reduce sulfur and greenhouse gas emissions.
Organized into eight neighborhoods across 20 decks, the Icon of the Seas offers a plethora of amenities, including six waterslides, seven swimming pools, an ice skating rink, a theater, and over 40 restaurants, bars, and lounges.
Royal Caribbean highlights the ship’s commitment to energy efficiency and emission reductions, scrutinizing every kilowatt used. With a maximum capacity of 7,600 passengers and 2,350 crew members, the ship aims to redefine multigenerational family vacations.
The Icon of the Seas, constructed over 900 days in Turku, Finland, stands as a testament to its vast size, surpassing the height of the Eiffel Tower.
With an entertainment line up featuring 50 musicians and comedians, along with a 16-piece orchestra, this cruise ship promises an unforgettable experience for passengers.
As it embarks on its inaugural journey, the Icon of the Seas marks a significant milestone in the evolution of cruise travel.