World’s Biggest Cruise Ship Ready for Voyages

Icon of the Seas
Icon of the Seas will be the world’s largest cruise ship when it is completed/ Credit: Chakie2 / CC BY-SA 4.0 / Wikimedia Commons

The Icon of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, which was under construction at a shipyard in Finland, has now been completed and has embarked on its inaugural journey in open waters for sea trials. The vessel is expected to be delivered in October of this year.

The Icon of the Seas, belonging to Royal Caribbean International, is an enormous cruise ship measuring a staggering 365 meters in length (approximately 1,200 feet) and is estimated to weigh an impressive 250,800 tonnes.

In January 2024, when it embarks on its voyage through Caribbean waters, the cruise ship will have ample space to accommodate approximately 5,610 passengers and 2,350 crew members in total comfort.

Icon of the Seas set to be the world’s biggest cruise ship

In addition to being the world’s largest cruise vessel, the Icon of the Seas will boast another accolade: the world’s biggest water park at sea.

The sea vessel will house a collection of six water slides, setting new records in the industry. However, for guests seeking a more tranquil experience, the Icon of the Seas will also offer seven swimming pools and nine whirlpools, perfect for unwinding and enjoying a leisurely time onboard.

During a press panel held earlier this year, Michael Bayley, the President and Chief Executive of Royal Caribbean International, shared with the media that the ship was progressing as planned and set to join the Royal Caribbean fleet on October 26, ahead of its scheduled debut in 2024.

Currently, the world’s largest cruise ship title is held by another vessel within the Royal Caribbean fleet, known as Wonder of the Seas. The Wonder of the Seas embarked on its maiden voyage last year and measures slightly smaller at 1,188 feet in length, with 18 decks for passengers to explore.

According to an official statement from Royal Caribbean, the Icon successfully concluded its initial round of sea trials on June 22.

“During her first set of sea trials, Icon of the Seas traveled hundreds of miles, during which the main engines, hull, brake systems, steering, noise, and vibration levels were all tested,” the statement read. “Everything was done on time as outlined in the schedule, despite her departure being delayed due to wind conditions.”

Holidaying on the vessel

“We are positioning it as the ultimate family vacation and when you step back and look at all the energy and time that has gone into creating this ship it is mind-blowing,” commented Bayley.

The ship offers an impressive array of over 40 dining, entertainment, and beverage options, with many of them included in the cruise fare. With its expansive 20 decks and eight distinct neighborhoods, it aims to cater to every type of vacationer. From dedicated areas for families to exclusive adults-only spaces like Royal Caribbean International’s first dueling pianos bar, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

A total of 28 different accommodation types are available, with an emphasis on providing more categories for families, increased layouts with ocean views, and additional space for group travelers. The cruise line has dedicated its longest timeframe ever to meticulously designing “the perfect home base” for passengers.

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