The Icon of the Seas will be the first of Royal Caribbean’s Icon Class cruise ships when launched, marking the first new type of ship for the cruise line since 2014.
Royal Caribbean has not disclosed many details about Icon of the Seas, but this page will be updated periodically when Royal Caribbean announces what the ship will offer to guests.
There is a lot of excitement about what’s in the pipeline for Icon of the Seas, with the promise from company executives that it will be a game-changer for the industry.
Here’s a look at the most important things we know about Icon of the Seas.
Facts about the seas icon
Icon of the Seas is the first Icon-class ship. As this is the first, we do not yet know what the ship looks like or any substantial details.
The ship is under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. The new class of ship was announced at the end of 2016.
According to statements made by Royal Caribbean, Icon of the Seas will have a capacity of approximately 5,600 passengers.
It will be 200,000 gross tonnes in size.
This would make Icon class ships larger than Quantum class ships, but slightly smaller than Oasis class ships.
In April 2021, Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley spoke briefly about the new ship: “We have the all-new Icon Class coming up, which is going to be a real game-changer. “
Royal Caribbean has not yet announced any activities, entertainment or things to do on board.
When will Icon of the Seas be delivered?
Icon of the Seas is slated for delivery in the third quarter of 2023.
It was initially due for delivery in the second quarter of 2022, but the Covid-19 pandemic has delayed its construction plans by one year.
Next Generation Power
Launched in fall 2023, Icon will be the first of the cruise company’s three ships to be powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas).
LNG and additional state-of-the-art vessel green applications, such as connecting to shore power, will increase energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint. More details on Icon’s advanced environmental technologies will be revealed at a later date.
The Icon of the Seas LNG tank is 307 tons and 90 feet long.
Traditionally, cruise ships are powered by diesel. The advantage of LNG over diesel is that it is more energy efficient and will reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
Additionally, Icon of the Seas will use a shore power connection which suppresses broadcasts when connected to the port.
Pearl shaped object
In January 2022, a large pearl-shaped object appeared in the shipyard that captured the attention of cruising enthusiasts curious about what it was.
Royal Caribbean hasn’t announced what it will be, but it looks like it’s something that will be part of Icon.
Some have guessed that it could be an LNG tank, but LNG tanks are much bigger.