RCI-Royal Caribbean's next ICON Class ship named STAR OF THE SEAS

   October 6, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

The newest liner of RCI-Royal Caribbean International's ICON Class will be named Star of the Seas.

Set to debut in the summer of 2025, this vessel follows the sistership Icon of the Seas, which marked the beginning of a new era in cruise travel.

RCI's ICON ships will definitely redefine sea travel vacations, blending various types of getaways into one ultimate adventure. From beach retreats to resort escapes and theme park adventures, these ships aim to offer an all-encompassing vacation experience. Currently under construction by Meyer Werf in Turku Finland, Star OTS is poised to unveil its unique features soon.

Michael Bayley (RCI's President and CEO) expressed that the concept of merging the best elements of diverse vacations has generated unprecedented excitement among consumers. Star of the Seas is expected to cater to the surging consumer demand that has been building since the reveal of Icon of the Seas in October 2022.

With Icon OTS RCI introduced remarkable features such as 6 record-breaking waterslides at Thrill Island's Category 6 waterpark, 7 pools, a dedicated family neighborhood called Surfside, a wide range of entertainment options, numerous dining choices, and more. Star of the Seas will continue this trend of innovation and passenger engagement.

Moreover, the 19-deck Star OTS represents a significant step forward in the cruise industry's sustainability efforts. It will become the third Royal Caribbean ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), leveraging one of the cleanest marine fuels available. This move aligns with RCG-Royal Caribbean Group's commitment to achieving a net-zero emissions cruise ship by 2035, as it incorporates various environmentally friendly technologies onboard, including waste heat recovery systems and shore power connections.