Icon of the Seas, largest cruise ship ever constructed, arrives in Florida for first sailings

The most important cruise ship ever constructed is lastly in place for its first sailings with paying passengers.

Royal Caribbean’s large, 20-deck-high Icon of the Seas arrived in Miami on Wednesday after present process regulatory inspections in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The long-awaited vessel, which is aimed on the household cruise market in a manner we’ve not seen earlier than, might be based mostly year-round on the port of Miami for seven-night sailings to the Caribbean. Fares for the voyages begin at $1,707 per particular person, not together with taxes and costs — an inordinately excessive value for a mass-market cruise ship that speaks to the robust demand for the vessel.

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Icon of the Seas’ first crusing with paying passengers — a seven-night voyage to the Japanese Caribbean — is scheduled for Jan. 27. However TPG will get an early glimpse on the ship Thursday at an occasion in Miami (keep tuned for our first pictures from contained in the vessel).

A multiperson crew from TPG may also be reporting stay from a three-night Icon of the Seas preview crusing for media and journey brokers scheduled for Jan. 20.

Largest cruise ship ever constructed

At 250,800 tons, Icon of the Seas is the primary in a brand new sequence of ships at Royal Caribbean that might be greater than something seen earlier than.

The large vessel is, notably, greater than 6% greater than the present measurement chief amongst cruise ships, Royal Caribbean’s 1-year-old Surprise of the Seas. It is in a position to maintain as much as 7,600 passengers — a brand new file for a passenger ship.

Add in 2,350 crew members, and Icon of the Seas might sail at instances with practically 10,000 folks on board — a brand new file for a ship.

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Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas pulls into Miami for the primary time. ROYAL CARIBBEAN

Icon of the Seas was constructed over practically three years on the sprawling Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland — one of many solely shipyards on the planet sufficiently big to assemble a vessel of Icon of the Seas’ measurement.

Associated: Peek inside Icon of the Seas beneath development

Weekly sailings to the Caribbean

Whereas the primary crusing of Icon of the Seas with paying passengers is an Japanese Caribbean itinerary, the vessel will function voyages to the Western Caribbean, too.

The ship will rotate amongst 4 completely different itineraries throughout the Japanese and Western Caribbean that go to such locations as St. Thomas; St. Maarten (the Dutch aspect of the island of St. Martin); Roatan, Honduras; and Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.

Each crusing of Icon of the Seas additionally will embrace a cease at Royal Caribbean’s non-public island within the Bahamas, Good Day at CocoCay.

Cruising followers are notably excited concerning the arrival of Icon of the Seas as it would mark the primary time in 15 years {that a} cruise line has launched a brand new class of ship that can eclipse all others in measurement and facilities. The final time that occurred was in 2009 when Royal Caribbean unveiled its much-ballyhooed Oasis Class of vessels.

Related: Royal Caribbean simply took supply of a ship that may maintain 10,000 folks

The Oasis Class included the earlier measurement chief within the cruise world, Surprise of the Seas.

Icon of the Seas measurement and options

Icon of the Seas boasts 18 passenger decks — two greater than Surprise of the Seas. There are also two crew-only decks on the backside of the ship, giving it a complete of 20 decks.

Icon of the Seas is also longer than Surprise of the Seas, by a tad. It measures 1,198 ft lengthy — 10 ft longer than Surprise of the Seas.

Nonetheless, the ship’s largest distinction could also be within the variety of passengers it holds. Its most capability of seven,600 is about 7% larger than Surprise of the Seas’ most capability of seven,084 passengers.

The larger passenger capability is partly as a result of ship’s higher deal with household vacationers. Icon of the Seas was constructed with much more cabins which have loads of further bunks to accommodate households with many youngsters. It additionally has extra facilities geared to households, together with a new-for-the-line out of doors “neighborhood” referred to as Surfside, devoted to households with younger youngsters.

Associated: TPG’s final information to Icon of the Seas

Surfside, notably, options splash areas for infants and children, swimming pools and lounge areas for folks, family-friendly eateries and retailers, and a bar with “mommy and me” matching mocktails for teenagers and cocktails for grownups.

Icon of the Seas additionally options the biggest water park ever constructed on a cruise ship, with a file six decktop waterslides. As well as, it will have a file seven swimming pools, together with what Royal Caribbean is billing as the primary suspended infinity pool at sea.

In all, the ship provides eight neighborhoods, as Royal Caribbean calls the distinct areas of its greater ships themed round particular actions. 5 of the neighborhoods are new to Icon: the Surfside space talked about above; Thrill Island, which is dwelling to the ship’s waterslides; Chill Island, which encompasses the ship’s swimming pools advanced; the AquaDome, a large, glass-enclosed space on the high of the ship housing its AquaTheater; and The Hideaway, a pool retreat with a seaside vibe.

Three neighborhoods — the plant-lined Central Park, the indoor Royal Promenade and the Suite Neighborhood — are coming back from the road’s final sequence of large ships, the five-vessel Oasis Class.

The eight areas function greater than 40 eating places, bars and lounges, together with leisure throughout 4 phases. There are 2,805 cabins on the ship unfold throughout 28 varieties of lodging.

Icon of the Seas is simply the primary of three sister ships Royal Caribbean has on order for supply by 2026 that can make up its new Icon Class. The road additionally has yet one more Oasis Class ship, Utopia of the Seas, on order for supply later this 12 months.

The arrival of the Icon Class is among the largest tales within the cruise world in additional than a decade — on a scale with the debut of the Oasis Class in 2009.

Royal Caribbean’s first Oasis Class ship, Oasis of the Seas, started crusing in 2009. The road added further Oasis Class vessels in 2010, 2016, 2018 and 2021, with every of the vessels being somewhat greater than the final.

Starting from 226,838 to 235,600 tons, the 5 Oasis Class ships are, in flip, greater than 10% greater than every other cruise vessels afloat.

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