Construction is currently underway for RCI-Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas, which is set to become the world's largest cruise vessel. As of mid-May, it was ~70% complete, and reporters were granted access to visit.
Unlike other major cruise lines, with Icon OTS Royal Caribbean is specifically targeting traveling families. In addition to featuring a fancy aquapark and expanded children's clubs, the company is transforming traditional staterooms into enticing accommodations that may make children want to spend their entire vacation in bed.
These unique staterooms have been in high demand, with the ship's first sailing almost sold out within hours of reservations opening. This led to Royal Caribbean experiencing its strongest booking day in the company's history. The ship can accommodate up to 7,600 guests, and it boasts 28 different cabin designs, comprising a total of 2,805 staterooms. Fourteen of these designs are new to the Royal Caribbean brand, including the family infinite ocean view balcony cabin.
During the mid-May tour of the under-construction ship, reporters were given a sneak peek at this new stateroom category. Although the staterooms are still being prefabricated in a separate factory, many are already taking shape, including the family-oriented hotel room at sea. Unlike basic cruise staterooms, which typically provide standard amenities akin to traditional hotel rooms, this new family infinite ocean-view balcony stateroom has a distinctive charm designed to appeal to children. It can accommodate up to 6 people in its 335-square-foot space.
In January 2024, Icon of the Seas will commence 7-night cruises from PortMiami Florida to the Caribbean, including a visit to Royal Caribbean's private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay.