Icon of the Seas ship's official keel-laying ceremony took place in Turku (Finland) on April 5th, marking the start of setting a brand new standard for ship travel vacations arriving in 2023-Q3.
RCI-Royal Caribbean International’s ICON Class is the first new ship class since 2014 when was launched the first QUANTUM Class boat (Quantum OTS). The vessel's construction officially started on June 14, 2021, with the steel-cutting ceremony (yard/hull number 1400) held at Meyer Turku Shipyard.
ICON-class are LNG-powered ships, each having two LNG fuel tanks (for storing liquefied natural gas) each with a capacity of 307 tons and a length of 27,4 m (90 ft). Fuel tanks, like the engines and other large machinery, are installed into the hull blocks assembled at Meyer Turku.
Icon OTS' technologies also include shoreside power connectivity (using the port's/city's power grid electricity for onboard services while berthed) and an advanced WHRS (waste heat recovery system) that generates power using waste heat from the main engines and the output gases.