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Royal Caribbean’s new Icon of The Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, will debut in January

Royal Caribbean International is gearing up for the launch of its latest and most anticipated cruise ship, the Icon of the Seas. Slated to set sail in January 2024, this ship is creating a buzz in the travel industry for its size and innovative features. Touted to be the largest cruise ship in the world, the Icon of the Seas is a part of Royal Caribbean's new Icon class, set to redefine the concept of big ship cruising.

Royal Caribbean’s new Icon of The Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, will debut in January

The ship boasts a staggering 250,800 gross tons and can accommodate up to 10,000 passengers including the crew. Among its notable attributes are eight distinct "neighborhoods," including five innovative concepts new to the Royal Caribbean fleet. Highlights include what is expected to be the largest water park on any cruise ship and a specialized indoor entertainment venue designed for the line's signature acrobatic and diving shows.

With its 20 decks and a length of 1,198 feet, the Icon of the Seas is an impressive sight. It's structured to house 5,610 passengers under the standard double occupancy model, but its full capacity reaches up to 7,600 passengers, plus 2,350 crew members. This makes it a small city at sea, with a range of offerings catering to both solo travelers and families. In particular, its family-centric accommodations set a new benchmark for the Royal Caribbean fleet.

Emphasizing environmental responsibility, the ship is Royal Caribbean’s most sustainable yet, powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and fuel cell technology. This marks a significant step forward in reducing carbon and sulfur emissions, despite the challenge of achieving complete green status in large cruise ships.

The Icon of the Seas is also packed with attractions and amenities. It features the two-deck Royal Promenade, resembling an indoor mall with various shopping, dining, and entertainment options, including Royal Caribbean's first dual-pianist bar, Dueling Pianos. Surfside, a zone dedicated to young families, offers quick access via slides and connects to the kids’ club and arcade. The ship's AquaTheater has been transformed into the AquaDome, an impressive glass and steel structure on Deck 15, offering breathtaking ocean views and high-tech performances.

Royal Caribbean’s new Icon of The Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, will debut in January

Chill Island, the central pool area, boasts multiple ocean view hot tubs and a swim-up bar, while Thrill Island is set to thrill adventure-seekers with attractions like the FlowRider surf simulator, mini-golf, and rock climbing. For adults seeking a quieter experience, Central Park offers a serene open-air green space, ideal for romantic dinners or tranquil walks. Upscale dining and bars, including a jazz club and the 1930s-themed Empire Supper Club, add to the ship's allure.

The Hideaway presents the first suspended infinity pool at sea, surrounded by hot tubs and a champagne bar. Additionally, exclusive areas on Decks 16 to 19 cater to suite guests with private restaurants and lounges.

Dining options are plentiful, with the AquaDome Market offering a diverse range of cuisines, and the Celebration Table providing a private dining experience. Regular Royal Caribbean favorites like the Windjammer marketplace and Starbucks are also available among the many dining choices.

Icon of the Seas is set to embark on various Eastern and Western Caribbean routes starting January 27, 2024, from the Port of Miami. Destinations include St. Kitts, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Honduras, Costa Maya, and Cozumel in Mexico, along with a day at Royal Caribbean's exclusive Bahamas island, Perfect Day at CocoCay. Despite high demand and pricing, tickets for the inaugural sailing remain available, offering a unique opportunity to be part of cruising history.


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