RCI-Royal Caribbean's cruise ship Icon OTS to embark on first sea trials

   June 16, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

RCI-Royal Caribbean International's ship Icon of the Seas prepares for her first sea trials, signifying a significant milestone in the cruise shipping industry.

Scheduled to commence on Sunday, June 18th, the sea trials will test the capabilities of this newbuild, which is poised to become the world's largest passenger ship upon her operational debut in January 2024. Departing from the shipyard in Turku Finland, Icon of the Seas will navigate the Baltic Sea during these crucial tests.

A team of experts from Meyer Werft Turku, the classification society, and RCI will closely monitor the vessel's performance throughout the trials. Meeting international standards and gaining approval from the classification society are essential requirements that the ship must successfully fulfill.

During the rigorous sea trials, Icon OTS will demonstrate its state-of-the-art technology and engineering prowess. Endurance tests will be conducted to push the ship to her limits and ensure it not only meets but exceeds industry standards. These trials will involve a range of maneuvers that go beyond typical cruise ship operations. For example, the vessel will be tested for her ability to come to a sudden stop after reaching her top speed, showcasing her exceptional maneuverability.

One of the standout features of the Icon of the Seas is her propulsion system, which distinguishes her from other ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet. As the first of a new generation of vessels, she is equipped with dual fuel engines capable of running on liquefied natural gas (LNG), a cleaner and more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional fuels. This technological innovation aligns with the industry's increasing focus on sustainability and reducing carbon emissions.

Measuring an impressive 365 meters in length and 65 meters in width, the Icon of the Seas will be a colossal presence on the open seas. Her spacious design will accommodate up to 7,600 cruise guests, promising an unforgettable experience for those fortunate enough to step aboard. Following the completion of construction and successful sea trials, the ship is scheduled to be handed over to Royal Caribbean International later this year.

Starting in January 2024, the Icon of the Seas will call Miami its home port, embarking on inaugural voyages to the eastern and western Caribbean. With one-week trips on offer, passengers will have the opportunity to explore the stunning destinations of the Caribbean while indulging in the luxurious amenities and entertainment options available on the world's largest cruise ship.