World’s largest cruise ship begins its inaugural journey. All you need to know about ‘Icon of the Seas’

Royal Caribbean's 'Icon of the Seas' cruise ship, the world's largest, sets sail from Miami with cutting-edge technology and environmentally friendly features.

Livemint
Published28 Jan 2024, 08:43 AM IST
Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world sets sail for its inaugural voyage with passengers in Miami, Florida, January 27, 2024. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona
Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world sets sail for its inaugural voyage with passengers in Miami, Florida, January 27, 2024. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona(REUTERS)

The world's largest cruise ship, ‘Icon of the Seas’, equivalent in size to nearly four city blocks, is poised for its inaugural journey, departing from the Port of Miami on Saturday.

Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas boasts a length of almost 1,200 feet (365 meters) from bow to stern.

As reported by AP, departing from South Florida for its inaugural seven-day tropical island-hopping journey, the ship was formally christened on Tuesday, with soccer legend Lionel Messi and his Inter Miami teammates participating in the ceremony.

“Icon of the Seas is the culmination of more than 50 years of dreaming, innovating and living our mission – to deliver the world’s best vacation experiences responsibly,” said Royal Caribbean Group President and CEO Jason Liberty, adding, “She is the ultimate multigenerational family vacation, forever changing the status quo in family travel and fulfilling vacation dreams for all ages on board.”

People film from South Pointe Park, as Icon of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, sails out of PortMiami on its first public cruise, in Miami Beach, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Moreover, according to the cruise line, upon its initial unveiling in October 2022, the Icon of the Seas triggered the single most significant booking day and the highest volume booking week in Royal Caribbean's history, which then spanned 53 years.

What's new?

1. Priced at $2 billion, the Icon, the inaugural vessel in Royal Caribbean's new Quantum Class of ships, is equipped with cutting-edge technology. Despite its colossal dimensions, the ship asserts that it is more environmentally friendly than certain smaller cruise ships.

2. The Icon of the Seas is organized into eight neighbourhoods spanning 20 decks. It features six waterslides, seven swimming pools, an ice skating rink, a theatre, and over 40 restaurants, bars, and lounges. 

Also Read: Cruise Ships Are Kicking Off Passengers With Pot

3. With a maximum capacity of up to 7,600 passengers, the ship can accommodate an additional 2,350 crew members.

4. Propelled by six dual-fuel engines, the Icon of the Seas can run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), a fuel alternative endorsed by the Cruise Lines International Association for its ability to diminish sulfur and greenhouse gas emissions.

Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, sets sail for its inaugural voyage with passengers in Miami, Florida, U.S. January 27, 2024. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona

5. Royal Caribbean says every kilowatt used on the Icon of the Seas “is scrutinized for energy efficiencies and emission reductions.” The ship has six water slides, a carousel, what Royal Caribbean says is the largest ice arena at sea, and more than 40 dining venues and bars, AFP reported.

6. The entertainment lineup will feature 50 musicians and comedians, along with a 16-piece orchestra.

Also Read: Govt announces 45000 crore investment to develop river cruise tourism

7. AFP further reported that the ship was constructed over 900 days at a shipyard in Turku, Finland, the vessel stands as a testament to its vast size. Longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower, the ship encompasses 20 decks, accommodating over 5,600 passengers (with a maximum capacity of 7,600) and a crew of 2,350.


(With inputs from agencies)

 

Catch all the Business News, Market News, Breaking News Events and Latest News Updates on Live Mint. Download The Mint News App to get Daily Market Updates.MoreLess
First Published:28 Jan 2024, 08:43 AM IST
HomeNewsWorldWorld’s largest cruise ship begins its inaugural journey. All you need to know about ‘Icon of the Seas’

Get Instant Loan up to ₹10 Lakh!

  • Employment Type

    Most Active Stocks

    Tata Steel

    157.75
    03:43 PM | 19 JUL 2024
    -8.6 (-5.17%)

    Tata Power

    414.15
    03:59 PM | 19 JUL 2024
    -15.85 (-3.69%)

    Bharat Electronics

    306.30
    03:45 PM | 19 JUL 2024
    -7.2 (-2.3%)

    Zee Entertainment Enterprises

    137.55
    03:57 PM | 19 JUL 2024
    -4.9 (-3.44%)
    More Active Stocks

    Market Snapshot

    • Top Gainers
    • Top Losers
    • 52 Week High

    Tata Teleservices Maharashtra

    102.11
    03:59 PM | 19 JUL 2024
    4.68 (4.8%)

    Rail Vikas Nigam

    614.00
    03:59 PM | 19 JUL 2024
    27.65 (4.72%)

    Jubilant Pharmova

    752.25
    03:43 PM | 19 JUL 2024
    25.3 (3.48%)

    One 97 Communications

    458.70
    03:55 PM | 19 JUL 2024
    13.65 (3.07%)
    More from Top Gainers

    Recommended For You

      More Recommendations

      Gold Prices

      • 24K
      • 22K
      Bangalore
      75,217.00292.00
      Chennai
      75,657.001,099.00
      Delhi
      74,485.00-659.00
      Kolkata
      74,485.00-73.00

      Fuel Price

      • Petrol
      • Diesel
      Bangalore
      102.86/L0.00
      Chennai
      100.75/L0.00
      Kolkata
      104.95/L0.00
      New Delhi
      94.72/L0.00
      OPEN IN APP
      HomeMarketsPremiumInstant LoanBudget