First steel cut for RCI-Royal Caribbean's second Icon Class ship

   February 16, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

RCI-Royal Caribbean marked the initial milestone – the first cut of steel – for the 2nd ship in its revolutionary Icon Class.

An official steel-cutting ceremony was held at Meyer Turku shipyard (Turku, Finland). The soon-to-be-named newbuild will set sail in 2025, following the debut of Icon of the Seas in January 2024.

Meyer Turku and Royal Caribbean teams dedicated to building the 2nd Icon Class ship were in attendance at the traditional ceremony on Wednesday, February 15th. The milestone represents the start of production, beginning a series of key moments in the construction and design that involves thousands of innovators across naval engineering, architecture, design, and more.

RCI’s next liner, along with a 3rd in the Icon Class, will join Icon OTS in introducing a new era of vacations. Each vessel will be a combination of the best of every cruise, from the resort getaway to the theme park adventure and beach escape, where every type of vacationer and family member can make memories together.

The first look at Icon OTS and Icon Class made headlines in October 2022. The resounding feedback resulted in the line’s single largest booking day in its 53-year history.

More details about the new ship, including her name, are to be revealed at a later date.