Icon Of The Seas

Specifications of Icon Of The Seas

Year built2023 new ship
BuilderMeyer Werft (Turku, Finland)
ClassICON
Building costEUR 1,1 billion (USD 1,3 billion)
Engines (power)Wartsila ( MW / 0 hp)
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)365 m / 1198 ft
Beam (width)65 m / 213 ft
Gross Tonnage250800 gt
Passengers5610 - 7600
Crew2350
Passengers-to-space ratio34
Decks19
Cabins2805
Decks with cabins12
Sister-ships2025-Apex Of The Seas, 2026-Joy Of The Seas
Christened bytba
OwnerRCG-Royal Caribbean Group (via RCCL-Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd)
OperatorRCI-Royal Caribbean International

Icon Of The Seas Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Jan 27 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1624
2024 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1304
2024 Feb 10 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1333
2024 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1323
2024 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1224
2024 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1093
2024 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1193
2024 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1153
2024 Mar 23 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1283
2024 Mar 30 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1213
2024 Apr 06 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1093
2024 Apr 13 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1064
2024 Apr 20 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1093
2024 Apr 27 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $984
2024 May 04 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1103
2024 May 11 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1204
2024 May 18 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1153
2024 May 25 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1173
2024 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1323
2024 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1283
2024 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1433
2024 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1353
2024 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1444
2024 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1383
2024 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1423
2024 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1383
2024 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1363
2024 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1173
2024 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1183
2024 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1083
2024 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1064
2024 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $984
2024 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $994
2024 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1033
2024 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $963
2024 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $963
2024 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1023
2024 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $994
2024 Oct 19 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1023
2024 Oct 26 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $994
2024 Nov 02 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1023
2024 Nov 09 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $994
2024 Nov 16 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1023
2024 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1213
2024 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1023
2024 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $973
2024 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1064
2024 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1593
2024 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1764
2025 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1093
2025 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1123
2025 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1093
2025 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1123
2025 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1113
2025 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1153
2025 Feb 15 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1083
2025 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1153
2025 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1123
2025 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1153
2025 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1123
2025 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1153
2025 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1123
2025 Apr 05 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1153
2025 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1204
2025 Apr 19 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1263
2025 Apr 26 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1123

Icon Of The Seas Review

Review of Icon Of The Seas

The 2023-built Icon of the Seas cruise ship (currently under construction) is RCG-Royal Caribbean's first ICON-Class vessel scheduled for delivery and inauguration in 2023-Q3 (November/December) being postponed from 2022-Q2 due to the COVID crisis. The liner is currently the world's largest (~6% bigger than Wonder OTS) and has two same-designed sisterships - Apex Of The Seas (2025-Q2) and Joy of the Seas (2026-Q2). "Project Icon" is the name for a cruise ship class ordered by RCG-Royal Caribbean Group (shipowner) and all units of the series will be built by Meyer Merf's Shipyard in Turku Finland.

The vessel (IMO number 9829930) will be Bahamas-flagged (MMSI tba) and registered in Nassau.

History - construction and ownership

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is a US company, trademarked brand, and subsidiary owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (shipowner). RCI was established in 1968 and currently has over 1/5 of the worldwide cruise market. RCI also has RCG's largest fleet as both vessels number and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). All RCI liners have names ending with "of the Seas".

Icon Of The Seas (Royal Caribbean ICON-class cruise ship)

Each vessel from the ICON series has passenger capacity 5610 (lower berths) and GT tonnage/volume 250800 tons, making the design Royal Caribbean's/world's largest.

On May 5, 2022, an RCI spokesperson announced that the ICON class will be bigger (as both passenger capacity and volume) than the OASIS class, which makes Icon of the Seas currently the world's largest passenger ship ever constructed. On October 20th, RCI revealed more details, including the vessel's exact volume (250800 GT-tons) and max capacity (9950/7600 passengers + 2350 crew). For comparison, the previously largest passenger ships (OASIS PLUS class) have GT ~227000 tons and max capacity 8800 (6410 pax + 2390 crew).

Initially, the ICON ship design was announced with passenger capacity ~5200 and GT tonnage ~200K.

Decks and Cabins

Of all Icon of the Seas staterooms (2805 total, in 39 grades), ~70% are balconies and over 50% are new to Royal Caribbean. The ship has 179x suites, 1815x balconies, 276x oceanviews (including 12x Panoramic) and 744x inside cabins (534x Standard plus 214x Interior-Facing/Promenade View Balcony). Infinite Balconies are 693 (615x Standard plus 78x Family). Wheelchair-accessible cabins are 50.

Icon OTS has several new for RCI cabin categories - Inside Plus, Panoramic Ocean View (redesigned/both cabins and suites), Infinite Balcony, Family Infinite Balcony, Surfside Family Suite, Sky Junior Suite, Sunset Suite, Sunset Corner Suite, Icon Loft Suite, and the Ultimate Family Townhouse.

"Panoramic Ocean View" cabins and suites are in the AquaDome Neighborhood and all are with floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows.

"Infinite Balcony" are "French Balcony" cabins with drop-down panoramic/wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows enclosing the terrace. These accommodations are designed as convertible, transforming the veranda into an indoor space (within the cabin/separated by accordion doors) at the push of a button. This category (as Edge Veranda Infinity) debuted on Celebrity Cruises' EDGE-class ships.

"Family Infinite Balcony" cabins accommodate 6 people and are with split bathrooms, a separate kids' bedroom (with bunk beds), and an infinite balcony.

"Surfside Family Suite" is in the Surfside Neighborhood, accommodates 4 people, has a separate kids' bedroom (convertible into a lounge room) and its occupants receive Royal Suite Class perks.

"Sunset Corner Suite" (fleet's first) represents aft-facing staterooms (located at the stern) featuring large wraparound terraces.

The "Ultimate Family Townhouse" is a 3-deck/level suite designed for families. The stateroom is with private access to Surfside Neighborhood and features an indoor dry slide, media room/cinema, karaoke room, huge terrace.

The 3-deck Suite Neighborhood houses all the top-tier staterooms. It features an exclusive 2-deck Sundeck and an expanded Coastal Kitchen (suite-only restaurant on 2 levels). There is a larger exclusive sundeck (accessed only by Star Class and Sky Class suites) with its own swimming pool and an outdoor Jacuzzi, plus a new, suite-only casual dining venue (The Grove) offering traditional Mediterranean cuisine specialties.

The suites are in categories (high to low grade) Family Townhouse, Royal Loft, Icon Loft, Owner's, Infinite Grand, Grand, Sunset Corner, Surfside Family, Sunset, Junior, and Panoramic (with windows).

ICON ships also have a new (patented design) crew cabin type.

The boat has 20 decks, of which 18 are passenger-accessible.

Icon Of The Seas (Royal Caribbean ICON-class cruise ship)

Shipboard facilities and amenities

RCI's ICON class features the OASIS class' Central Park Neighborhood - an inside-the-ship, open-air, multi-deck space which base level is fitted with live vegetation (trees, bushes, flowers). The design also includes the fore-located Solarium - a 2-decks spanning adults-only relaxation complex (covered by a glass rooftop) with its own cafe/bistro, bar, thalassotherapy pool, large Jacuzzies, indoor sunbathing area (deckchairs, loungers, daybeds), an outdoor sundeck.

The Sun Deck (positioned midship) is on two levels and fitted with a large swimming pool surrounded by a sunbathing area. A series of columns (midship-aft) support the waterslides and the ropes court.

The stern (like on the OASIS liners) is open-deck and with cascading suite terraces.

Like all RCI boats, Icon also has a FlowRider (surfing simulator positioned aft-starboard on top-deck), an islad-themed Mini-Golf Course (Lost Dunes) and Rock-Climbing Walls (at Adrenaline Peak), Ice-Rink Arena (Absolute Zero/fleet's largest).

 

Neighborhoods

Icon OTS has 7x swimming pools, 9x outdoor Jacuzzies/whirlpools, and the fleet's largest waterpark with 6x waterslides (including the largest at sea). Next are listed pools' operational/opening hours.

  • (Chill Island Neighborhood/Deck 15) Royal Bay Pool (starboard) and Cove Pool (portside infinity pool) are open between 9 am and 10 pm.
  • (Chill Island Neighborhood/Deck 17) Cloud 17 Pool (adults-only, max 250 people, starboard-positioned, with a whirlpool) is open between 8 am and 7 pm.

Like the OASIS and OASIS PLUS ships, the ICON ships have 8x neighborhoods (themed decks) which are named AquaDome, Central Park, Chill Island, Thrill Island, Royal Promenade, The Hideaway, Surfside, and Suite Neighborhood.

(Deck 5 and Deck 6) Royal Promenade Neighborhood is on two levels and houses staterooms plus 15 F&B venues (bars, lounges, cafes, restaurants) including Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Pearl Cafe (grab-and-go), Campfire Cookie (patisserie), Sorrento’s Pizzeria, Point & Feather (English pub with live acoustic guitar performances in the evenings), Boleros (Latin-themed bar lounge with live music performances), 1400 Bar (live piano music in the evenings), Spotlight Karaoke (bar), The Attic (comedy club lounge), Starbucks (coffee shop), Diamond Club (exclusive bar lounge for Diamond and above members). On Royal Promenade are also the 4-deck-high The Pearl (sphere-shaped structure positioned midship on decks 5-6-7-8) and Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade.

(Deck 8) Central Park Neighborhood is 1/5th larger than on the OASIS ships (with thousands of live plants and live music performances) and houses several dining venues - Izumi Hibachi & Sushi (Asian/Japanese restaurant), Chops Grille (steakhouse), Park Cafe (casual restaurant for breakfast and lunch), Trellis Bar, plus two new (TBN). On ICON-class ships is introduced Izumi's "sushi to go"/takeaway option (a sushi bento box can be ordered and eaten elsewhere onboard).

Suite Neighborhood is spanning 3 decks and features a 2-floor exclusive sundeck (with swimming pool and Jacuzzi) and two exclusive/suite-only restaurants - The Grove (casual restaurant serving popular Mediterranean dishes) and Coastal Kitchen (fleet's first on 2 levels).

(Deck 15/aft) The Hideaway Neighborhood is a beach club-themed pool deck with a suspended infinity pool (the first at sea), and a surrounding 2-deck terrace with outdoor Jacuzzies, a dedicated poolside bar (Hideaway Bar) and a variety of seating. Here is also the Windjammer Marketplace (complimentary Lido buffet restaurant)

(Deck 15/forward) AquaDome Neighborhood is fully covered by a glass dome (transparent roof with unobstructed 220-degree outside views via floor-ceiling/wall-to-wall windows). AquaDome features the largest-at-sea waterfall (transforming in the evenings into AquaTheater) which waters fall right from the ceiling. During the day, AquaDome serves as a relaxation complex with a serene ambiance and various food and beverage options (restaurants and bars). In the evening, AquaDome transforms into a "nightlife zone" housing RCI's signature entertainment venue AquaTheater (redesigned, smaller-sized and indoor/glass-covered on ICON ships) hosting high-diving aquatic and aerial acrobatic shows. The AquaTheater has a transforming deepwater swimming pool and is fitted with modern technologies including multi-media equipment (superior light-sound-smoke effects, 3D flying projections), stage lifts, 4x robotic arms. Note: OASIS liners' outdoor AquaTheater (positioned at the stern) is replaced on the ICON boats with a family-themed activity deck. AquaDome has two dining venues - Hooked Seafood (seafood restaurant) and Celebration Table (an upgraded Chef's Table/VIP dining experience).

(aft on Deck 7) Surfside Neighborhood (fleet-first) is specifically designed for young families - adults and kids aged under six. Surfside houses family-type staterooms as well as a swimming pool (Water’s Edge/infinity pool), a carousel, Splashaway Bay (kids' aquapark with a slide), Baby Bay (waterpark for toddlers, with a splash pool), Adventure Ocean (children's clubs/indoor facilities for age-appropriate supervised activities), Social020 (teen-only complex), Challenger's Arcade (classic and new games), The Lemon Post (family bar), soft ice cream station (complimentary), Sugar Beach (candy shop, gourmet ice cream), plus three dining venues - Bites (grab-and-go), Surfside Eatery, and Supper Club.

(aft on Deck 16) Thrill Island Neighborhood is adventure-themed and dedicated to outdoor activities. It houses Crown’s Edge (activity zone at fee/costs extra) and "Category 6" (aquapark, currently the largest at sea). The water park groups 6x slides - ranked the industry's tallest (Frightening Bolt/height 46 ft / 14 m), longest (Storm Chasers), and fastest (Storm Surge & Hurricane Hunter). The slides are named "Pressure Drop" (free-fall slide/incline 66-degrees), Storm Chasers (dual mat-racing slide) and "Storm Surge and Hurricane Hunter" (suspended dual raft-racing slides/max capacity 4x riders per raft). Crown’s Edge zone (another fleet-first) combines a glass-bottomed skywalk (positioned off the superstructure's midship-portside), a ropes course, zip-line, bumper cars, water slides, and a thrill ride as in a surprising moment the skywalk's floor drops and guests start swinging 154 ft / 47 m above the sea.

Deck 20 is Category 6 Wtarpark's entry-level for the slides. The waterslides' min-height/max-weight requirements are as follows: Frightening Bolt and Pressure Drop (55-inches/265 lbs), Storm Chasers (42-inches/265 lbs), Storm Surge and Hurricane Hunter (48-inches without parents, 55-inches with parents/595 lbs).

The midship-positioned Chill Island Neighborhood spans 3 decks (15-16-17) and houses 4x (of the ship's 7x) swimming pools and is served by the poolside bar "Swim & Tonic" (RCI's first shipboard swim-up bar/capacity 12 people). Chill Island has the largest on-a-cruise liner swimming pool (Royal Bay Pool), Cove Pool (infinity-edge), Sprinkles (complimentary ice cream bar), the Cloud 17 (adults-only retreat, with a Smoking Area), and is served by The Lime & Coconut Bar Lounge (with four locations, including the fleet-first frozen cocktail bar) and Swim & Tonic.

Both adventure-themed top decks are served by the following dining venues - El Loco Fresh (grab-and-go Mexican food), Cantina Fresca (Mexican-themed bar), plus two (TBN) venues positioned below Sports Court (deck 16).

 

Besides the 22x lifts/elevators (positioned in the forward and aft atriums) and all staircases, an escalator interconnects decks 2-4-5. An indoor staircase (positioned midship-aft) directly connects three neighborhoods - Royal Promenade (decks 5-6), Surfside (deck 7) and Central Park (deck 8).

The ship's Main Dining Room/MDR is on 3 levels (decks 3-4-5) and is traditionally positioned aft.

Absolute Zero (decks 4-5) is an Ice-Rink Arena and RCI fleet's largest ice-skating stadium (complimentary show lounge/theater). Daily, Absolute Zero is operated with 45-min sessions (max 50 guests per session) for ice-skating, ice games, hockey, demonstrations, adult scavenger hunts. In the evenings, there is a live RCI original production show (professional ice show). Absolute Zero is a complimentary venue (equipment is provided) and reservations are not required but tickets must be obtained in advance. Here is also played "Clash for the Crystal City" (laser tag game).

The 2-level wellness complex (decks 12-14) consists of Vitality Spa, Vitality Cafe (open for breakfast and lunch), and To Dry For (blow-dry bar for quick beauty fixes/hairstyling, with a beverage service). Vitality Spa groups ShipShape Spa, YSPA (teen spa), Beauty Salon, treatment rooms (for massages and treatments), Razul Room (mud treatments), Medispa (botox treatments), Jacuzzi Room, Thermal Suites (heated ceramic beds, saunas, steam rooms, rainforest showers).

The 2-level Fitness Center (decks 5-6) consists of Gymnasium (complimentary, with Life Fitness equipment for cardio/resistance training), Aerobics Studio (for classes), and private training rooms. The Gym has modern bodybuilding and training exercise equipment (free weights, weight machines, treadmills, steppers, ellipticals, stationary bikes, Kinesis wall). In the mornings/afternoons are scheduled health seminars and wellness presentations (free of charge/timeshare events).

The Music Hall (dance lounge/disco nightclub introduced on QUANTUM-class RCI boats) is a 2-level venue (decks 3-4) and provides live music entertainment (band performances daily and DJs in the evenings).

Signature RCI restaurants available on Icon OTS are also Wonderland, Celebration Table (Chef's Table), and Johnny Rockets.

Royal Caribbean Icon-class ship

Itineraries

Icon Of The Seas itinerary program was officially revealed on October 20, 2022, and RCI opened Icon OTS' cruises for booking on Oct 24th (for loyalty program members) and Oct 25th (to the general public).

Icon OTS' Maiden Voyage departs from homeport Miami Florida on January 27, 2024.

The ship is currently scheduled to operate alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries (7-day roundtrips from Miami), all visiting CocoCay Bahamas. The voyages' call ports include Philipsburg (St. Maarten), Basseterre (St Kitts), Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas, US Virgin Islands), Coxen Hole (Isla Roatan, Honduras), Mexico's Cozumel and Costa Maya.

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On October 10, 2016, Meyer Turku Oy (Finland) and RCG-Royal Caribbean Group signed the MoU agreement (memorandum of understanding) and officially announced the building order for two vessels under the project name "ICON". The units are LNG-powered (by liquified natural gas), employ fuel cell technology, and are classified by DNV GL (Hovik Norway-headquartered international ship registrar and classification society). The MoU ceremony was attended by Michael Bayley (RCI's President and CEO), Jan Meyer (Meyer Turku's CEO) and Harri Kulovaara (Finnish naval architect, RCCL's Maritime and Newbulding's Executive Vice President).

The ICON shipbuilding order with Mayer Turku was contingent upon the completion of contractual conditions, including documentation and financing.

Royal Caribbean also trademarked the name "Icon of the Seas", which has been suggested as the indication to the name of the first unit from this series. On October 17, 2016, the company filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the "Icon of the Seas" ship name.

On June 27, 2017, Royal Caribbean filed for new trademarks on "Joy of the Seas" (serial number 87507232) and "Apex of the Seas" (serial number 87507244). The cruise company had registered the trademarks in September 2014. However, both were abandoned one year later, on September 14, 2015. The registration came days after trademarking Spectrum of the Seas.

On July 2, 2019, was ordered the third ICON unit, scheduled for delivery in 2025. The signing ceremony was signed by Richard Fain (RCCL's Chairman and CEO), Jan Meyer (Meyer Turku's CEO), and Michael Bayley (RCI's President and CEO).

In 2019, the Finnish shipbuilder Mayer Turku had an order book listing the following cruise ships planned for deliveries in:

Liquefied natural gas was envisioned as the primary fuel for the ICON-class ships, which decreases CO2 (carbon dioxide) and completely eliminates soot particles, nitrogen oxide (NOX), and sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions. On Royal Caribbean's ICON ships was introduced fuel cell technology, which combined with hull air lubrication means the vessels are among the most fuel-efficient ever built.

RCI's ICON liners run primarily on LNG but also on distillate fuel (MDO/marine diesel oil), in order to accommodate itineraries with call ports without LNG-support infrastructure. The design includes shoreside power capabilities allowing the main engines to be shut down while the boats are docked/berthed in ports fitted with such equipment. During the port stay, all the electricity needed for onboard operations/hotel services is provided by the city's power grid.

Before the new ships' debut, testing of fuel cell technology began on the existing OASIS-class vessels, while larger fuel cell projects were tested on QUANTUM-class units (while under construction).

ICON is the first new ship class/design by RCG since 2018 - when debuted Celebrity Cruises' new EDGE class with Celebrity Edge. RCG continued to expand RCI's fleet with newbuilds from the existing and popular OASIS- and QUANTUM-class liners.

The vessel's construction officially started on June 14, 2021, with the steel-cutting ceremony (yard/hull number 1400) held at Meyer Turku Shipyard in Turku Finland. The ceremony was attended by Richard Fain (RCG's Chairman and CEO), Michael Bayley (RCI's President and CEO), and Tim Meyer (Meyer Turku's CEO). At the same yard were also built RCI's first two OASIS-class boats - Oasis OTS (2009) and Allure OTS (2010). All blocks (hull+superstructure sections) were made in Poland (at Gdansk Shipyard), then transported via tugged heavy-lift barges to Finland for assembly.

Icon Of The Seas cruise ship construction

The keel-laying for the first Icon-class ship (hull/Mayer Turku yard number NB-1400) was initially planned for October 2019. For the sisterships were allocated the following IMOs/hull numbers - "Apex of the Seas" (9829942/NB-1401) and "Joy of the Seas" (9888560/NB-1402).

Mayer Turku Oy works with 1000+ suppliers from various countries. Cruise ships' cabins are modular (prefabricated and later assembled at the shipyard) and made by the subsidiary Piikkio Works Oy, which has a factory in Piikkio Finland (approx 20 km / 13 mi to the east of Turku). Cruise ships' public spaces are also prefabricated (and later drydock-assembled) and made by the subsidiary Shipbuilding Completion Oy (in Turku). Technology design and engineering services are provided by the company ENGnD Oy (Rauma Finland).

In May 2021, the first hull blocks of Icon OTS (fabricated at Neptun Werft Shipyard, Rostock Germany) were loaded onto barges and shipped to Finland for drydock assembly (welded together). Meyer Turku also constructed RCI's boats Oasis OTS (2009) and Allure OTS (2010).

In late-December 2021, to Meyer Turku were towed (barged via tugboats) the first pre-assembled in Poland hull blocks. The ship's assembly/physical construction officially started with the keel-laying ceremony held on April 5, 2022. The special event was attended by Jason Liberty (RCG's new President and CEO), Richard Fain (RCG's Chairman), Bernard Meyer (Meyer Group's Chairman), Tim Meyer (Meyer Turku's CEO).

The next "teaser" video was YouTubed by RCI on September 22, 2022.

 

ICON-class are LNG-powered ships, each having two LNG fuel tanks (for storing liquefied natural gas) each with capacity 307 tons and length 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 shore 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.

RCI's Icon OTS construction update teaser (released in May 2022) showed a huge white sphere installed midship on top-deck. The spherical object weighs 175 tonnes, has diameter 50 ft (15,2 m), height 46 ft (14 m) and consists of 578 aluminum panels. In late-June RCI's President (Michael Bayley) called the big white ball "The Pearl".

 

In early-June 2022, RCI trademarked 6x names for facilities/venues on Icon OTS - The Orb, The Oyster, The Gem, The Jewel, The Pearl, The Star. In September was trademarked "Icon of Vacations".

On Jun 15, 2022, RCG signed with Eagle LNG Partners LLC (Eagle LNG) a contract for providing LNG (liquefied natural gas) and bunkering services to RCI liners, the first of which is Icon OTS. The gas supply is sourced from Eagle LNG's facilities in JAXPORT-Jacksonville Florida, shipped throughout the Caribbean and bunkered by Eagle LNG-owned newbuild vessels.

Another fleet-first facility is called "AquaDome". Positioned above the Wheelhouse, this is an AquaTheater (redesigned concept but) similar to Oasis- and Quantum ships' Solarium. The glass roof structure/dome weighs 363 tons.

Icon Of The Seas cruise ship construction

Icon OTS also has a hull (painted in baby blue) with a parabolic bow and vertical stern (also fleet's firsts) both creating a curved indentation in the hull's bottom. The parabolic bow design increases the vessel's overall stability (by shifting the gravity center forward) and also makes it less prone to heeling or capsizing. Like on all large newbuild cruisers, the hull is fitted with Wartsila's air lubrication system that reduces frictional resistance by creating a coating of microbubbles on the flat bottom.

 

For the vessel's construction were used ~14,5 km / 9 mi of electric cables.

Inaugural cruise itineraries (2024)

Icon Of The Seas cruises (as itineraries) were officially revealed on October 20, 2022, and opened for booking on Oct 24th (for loyalty program members) and Oct 25th (to the general public).

Next tables show the Maiden Voyage and the inaugural season's itineraries in the Caribbean, with homeporting in Miami (Florida USA).

(MAIDEN VOYAGE) 7-day "Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day Cruise" (with St Kitts Island) - prices started at USD 2260 per person with double occupancy

Date / TimePort
27 Jan 16:30Departing from PortMiami
30 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Port Zante/Basseterre, St Kitts Island
31 Jan 07:00 - 15:00Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas Island USVI
02 Feb 09:00 - 17:00Coco Cay Bahamas (Royal Caribbean private island)
03 Feb 06:00Arriving in PortMiami

(inaugural) 7-day "Western Caribbean & Perfect Day Cruise" - from US$1560 pp

Date / TimePort
03 Feb 16:30Departing from Miami
06 Feb 08:00 - 17:00Costa Maya, Mexico
07 Feb 07:00 - 18:00Cozumel, Mexico
09 Feb 07:00 - 17:00Coco Cay Bahamas
10 Feb 06:00Arriving in Miami

(inaugural) 7-day Eastern Caribbean with St Maarten Island (from U$1320 pp)

Date / TimePort
10 Feb 16:30Departing from Miami
13 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Philipsburg, St Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
14 Feb 07:00 - 15:00Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas USVI
16 Feb 09:00 - 17:00Coco Cay Bahamas
17 Feb 06:00Arriving in PortMiami

(inaugural) 7-day Western Caribbean with Roatan Island - from US$1190 pp

Date / TimePort
02 Mar 16:30Departing from Miami
04 Mar 08:00 - 17:00Coxen Hole, Isla Roatan, Honduras
05 Mar 08:00 - 17:00Costa Maya, Mexico
06 Mar 07:00 - 18:00Cozumel, Mexico
08 Mar 07:00 - 17:00Coco Cay Bahamas
09 Mar 06:00Arriving in Miami

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