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It’s official—Icon of the Seas is now part of the Royal Caribbean family, marked by a celebration fit for a new class of ship.

Celebrating her debut at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland were more than 1,200 crew members and workers joined by Royal Caribbean Group president and CEO Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean International president and CEO Michael Bayley and Meyer Turku CEO Tim Meyer.

Said Vicki Freed, sr. v.p., sales, trade support and service, for Royal Caribbean, “It’s official! Today we welcomed Icon of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean family, reaching an incredible milestone in Royal Caribbean’s history. With more than six years in the making, Icon is a vacation experience unlike any other. Every kind of family and adventurer can experience their version of the ultimate family vacation when Icon debuts in January 2024.”

The delivery of the new ship commemorated the series of never-before-seen feats accomplished during more than two years of construction: from the installation of the AquaDome, the single largest glass and steel structure to be lifted onto a cruise ship, to engineering more water on board than ever before across seven pools, six waterslides and more.

Icon of the Seas Highlights

Icon will now start sailing from Turku to Cadiz, Spain, where the cruise line will start to put the finishing touches. Neighborhoods on board Icon of the Seas, which will begin sailing from Miami in January 2024, include Thrill Island, with the largest waterpark at sea; Sufside, Royal Caribbean’s first neighborhood made exclusively for young families; the tranquil AquaDome featuring wraparound ocean views; The Hideaway, with the first suspended infinity pool at sea; Royal Promenade, the ship’s “heartbeat”; open-air Central Park; and Suite Neighborhood, with larger suites than ever before.

Icon will be sailing 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami with stops at Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas.

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