Royal Caribbean International has beaten its own record by creating the largest ship in the world. Icon of the Seas, overtakes their “Wonder of the Seas” and will set sail in January.
The luxury Icon of the Seas has 18 passenger decks, seven swimming pools and over 40 restaurants and bars and can house a staggering 5,610 guests. For some perspective, this ship which is 65 meters long, around 1,200 feet and weighs in at 250,800 tonnes is five times bigger than Titanic.
There are eight distinct “neighbourhoods” each with their own entertainment and food and drink options. including Thrill Island which itself is largest cruise ship water park at sea, as well as a section of the boat dedicated just for families. The ship also has the first open free-fall slide at sea and a drop slide that is the industry’s tallest.
The ship also features Chill Island, with ocean-view pools and a frozen cocktail bar, and The Hideaway, home to the first suspended infinity pool at sea, surrounded by a multi-level sun terrace complete with whirlpools and a beach bar.
Other neighbourhoods include The Hideaway, Surfside and Aquadome, with its own AquaTheater.
The cruise is family-focused, with the introductions of the new Family Infinite Balcony and the Surfside Family Suite, as well as the Ultimate Family Townhouse, complete with a mailbox and signature white picket fence.
It is also the first ship by the company with fuel cell technology, powered by liquified natural gas (clean burning fuel), making it the company’s most sustainable ship to date.
Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said:
“Icon of the Seas is the culmination of more than 50 years of delivering memorable experiences and our next bold commitment to those who love to vacation. Now more than ever, families and friends are prioritising experiences where they can bond and enjoy their own adventures.”
CRUISE: Icon of the Seas will sail on seven-night cruises all year round from Miami, with every itinerary stopping at CocoCay in The Bahamas. Prices start at £1,352 per person. More information is available at Royal Caribbean