Icon of the Seas

The measure of: Icon of the Seas cruise ship

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Cruise line Royal Caribbean International has unveiled the design and main features of the latest class of ship being added to its fleet – and it’s the largest one yet.

Set to enter service in January 2024, the first Icon Class ship will offer the travel industry’s “first-of-a-​kind combination of the best of every vacation”, according to Royal Caribbean International (RCI).

Icon of the Seas was recently floated out of dry dock by Finnish shipbuilding company Meyer Turku, ready for outfitting. When complete, it will be the largest cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage, according to RCI, with three Icon ships expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2023 and in 2025.

Icon of the Seas

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Sailing from Miami and promising “the ultimate family vacation”, the ship will feature the largest waterpark at sea, a 47m waterfall inside a vast geodesic dome, the world’s first swim-up bar at sea and an infinity pool suspended over the ocean.  

This will be RCI’s first ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and it will also use fuel cell technology and waste heat recovery, as well as being able to accept shore power when docked.

Vital statistics: Icon of the Seas cruise ship

Overall length: 365m

Width at waterline: 48m

Gross tonnage: 250,800gt

Maximum guests: 7,600

Number or crew: 2,350

Total decks (18 guest decks): 20

Swimming pools: 7

Whirlpools: 9

Waterslides: 6

Number of staterooms: 2,805

Building cost: $1.3bn

Dining, bar and nightlife venues across the ship: 40+

Cruise speed: 25mph

LNG-fuelled engines providing 75,500kW of power to run ship: 6

Weight of LNG fuel tank: 307 tons

Length of LNG fuel tank: 24.7m

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