Published 2022-10-21 00:00:00
Icon of the Seas to be the World’s Largest Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean International provided the first details on its much anticipated new cruise ship, the Icon of the Seas, which has been under construction in Finland for a year. At 250,800 gross tons, the new cruise ship will be more than five percent larger in volume than the line’s Oasis class, making her the largest cruise ship in the world.

The cruise ship, which is the first of three ordered for the class, is being built at Meyer Turku and scheduled for delivery at the end of 2023. At 1,198 feet in length, the ship is 10 feet longer than the Wonder of the Seas, the current largest cruise ship. The new Icon of the Seas will have 2,805 staterooms giving her a double occupancy of 5,610 passengers which is more than 100 passengers less than the Wonder of the Seas. However, with an increased focus on families, the new ship will have more third and fourth berths giving her a total passenger capacity of 7,800 people. She will have a crew of 2,350.
Royal Caribbean placed the order for the new generation of cruise ship in October 2016 with reports the ships would be approximately 200,000 gross tons and accommodate 5,000 passengers. The company ordered a third ship of the class in 2019 before construction had begun on the first ship. The first steel cutting was celebrated in June 2021.

Due to enter service in January 2024, the Icon of the Seas will be sailing from Miami.

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