On June 14th, construction of ‘Icon of The Seas’ began, at the Meyer Turku Shipyard, Finland. The LNG-powered cruise ship would be the first of it’s kind, in the giant fleet of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
A steel cutting ceremony was also organized at the Meyer Turku Shipyard, which officially marked the start of the physical construction of the vessel.
The ‘Icon of The Seas’ would be the first Icon Class ship of the cruise line. The Icon Class, which was announced by the company back in 2016, would be consisting of three LNG-powered cruise ships. While the ‘Icon of The Seas’ would make it’s debut in the third quarter of 2023, the other two unnamed vessels are scheduled to be delivered in the 2nd quarter of 2025, and in the 2nd Quarter of 2026 respectively. According to the Royal Caribbean Group’s SEC filings in April 2021, the Icon Class ships would have the capacity for approximately 5,600 passengers.
The ‘Icon of The Seas’ would be one of the largest cruise ships in the world, just behind the company’s famous Oasis Class of cruise ships. It would be equipped with state-of-the-art features, aimed at contributing to increase the ship’s energy efficiency, thus reducing it’s carbon footprint.
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Among the attendees of the steel cutting ceremony at the Meyer Turku Shipyard, we’ve had Richard Fain, chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group; Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International and Tim Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku Shipyard. Mr. Bayley said, “Our decades of work in ocean conservation, energy efficiency and continuous improvement will be evident all throughout Icon. We look forward to revealing more of the game-changing features our guests and crew have in store as she begins to take shape.”