The much awaited Icon of the Seas, which is expected to be the biggest cruise ship in the world, has successfully finished its first set of sea testing and made its first voyage over open water. It will now be one step closer to making its debut in January 2024. The ship, which is the first Icon-class ship built by the business, has been being built in Finland at the Meyer Turku shipyard.
“Icon completed four days of exploratory tests on a variety of its most recent technology and equipment before returning to the Meyer Turku shipyard, where it is now being built. The hundreds of personnel on board checked a long list of important technical areas, from the main engines to the hull, to the brake system, to steering, as well as noise and vibration levels, according to the official press release.
Icon of the Seas will be 365 metres long (almost 1,200 feet) and weigh an estimated 250,800 tonnes, according to CNN. 5,610 people and 2,350 crew members can fit inside of it.
The largest waterpark at sea will be the cruise ship’s centrepiece, breaking yet another record. It will include six water slides and go under the name of Category 6. Additionally, it will contain nine whirlpools and seven pools. According to the website, Icon of the Seas also has “resort getaways,” “beach escapes,” a theme park, and more than “40 ways to dine, drink, and be entertained.”
The cruise ship also has a unique lodging option called “the Ultimate Family Townhouse,” a three-story “sprawling adventure-filled pad” with an in-suite slide, a karaoke station, and secret spaces to explore, according to Royal Caribbean.
Between the planning and the testing, the crucial phase in the process of bringing Icon to life required more than 2,000 professionals, hundreds of miles of travel, four 37- to 67-ton tugboats, and more than 350 hours of labour, according to the press release. Later this year, during the second phase of sea trials, the first Icon Class ship will be put through its paces in preparation for its premiere in Miami in January 2024.
Icon of the Seas, according to the corporation, will usher in a new age of vacations for years to come. Every kind of family and kind of adventurer can make memories together and on their own terms without compromise across record-breaking thrills, relaxing ways to chill, a neighbourhood designed for young families, more than 40 ways to eat, drink, and be entertained, and more. This is true of resort getaways, beach escapes, and theme park adventures.
“Tourists on board will island hop from destinations like Royal Caribbean’s award-winning private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas; Cozumel, Mexico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Roatan, Honduras,” Royal Caribbean noted. The ship will sail 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean vacations from Miami all year.