In anticipation of its inaugural journey this month, Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas is shattering even more records.
The ship officially set sail on January 27, and since then, it has been the largest cruise ship in the world. When it made its first landing in Miami on Wednesday to get ready for its maiden sailing, it achieved yet another significant milestone.
A press statement from Royal Caribbean stated that fireboat salutes and banner planes welcomed the enormous ship to Port Miami. The massive vessel was eagerly awaited by locals, cruise line enthusiasts, and staff, who all welcomed its big arrival.
Icon will have the largest waterpark at sea in the world in addition to a large three-story hotel known as “The Ultimate Townhouse,” which the cruise line refers to as a “sprawling adventure-filled pad” with a karaoke station, an in-suite slide, and other hidden surprises.
The ship will also feature eight “neighbourhoods,” twenty decks, and more than “40 ways to dine, drink, and be entertained,” according to the business. At 154 feet above the ocean, thrill-seekers can explore the Crown’s Edge ropes course and have the time of their lives.
From its Miami base, Icon of the Seas will provide tourists with a seven-night voyage throughout the Eastern or Western Caribbean. Additionally, it will stop at Perfect Day at Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean’s own island in the Bahamas.
In addition, the cruise line is launching Hideaway Beach, the island’s first adults-only retreat. According to the press release, Hideaway Beach offers “an all-day experience complete with a private beach and pools, new dedicated spots for drinks and bites, exclusive cabanas, live music and more.”
In June 2023, Icon of the Seas underwent its first round of sea trials following the ship’s completion of construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. It is now formally the biggest cruise ship in the world, taking the title from Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas.