Royal Caribbean Introduces Icon of the Seas
This past Monday, Royal Caribbean International started construction on the newest ship for its fleet. Named ‘Icon of the Seas’, the vessel will be the first ship in the line’s new Icon class. To mark the occasion, Royal Caribbean hosted a steel cutting ceremony at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.
Icon of the Seas will be the first of three Royal Caribbean ships to be powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas). The ship will also incorporate additional environmentally friendly features, line shore power connection, which will boost its energy efficiency and reduce the overall carbon footprint. According to the line, it has spent decades making strides on energy efficiency and reducing emissions with technologies such as air lubrication, which sends billions of microscopic bubbles along the hull of a ship to reduce friction, and advanced waste heat recovery systems that turn waste heat into extra energy.
In attendance at Monday’s ceremony was Richard Fain, chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group, Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, as well as Tim Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku.
“We made our commitment to making clean power at sea a reality – and soon the norm – when Icon Class was first announced in 2016, and we’re excited to see construction underway on what will truly be a ship unlike any other,” remarked Bayley. “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.”
Out on the open waters, Royal Caribbean is in the process of resuming passenger operations on many of its ships around the world. Following a fifteen-month pause in North American operations, this past weekend Royal Caribbean resumed sailing in the Caribbean offering 7-night itineraries on the Adventure of the Seas out of Nassau. The line previously released a new lineup of 2021 summer and fall cruises with more ships being added back into its fleet.
Icon of the Seas is slated to make its debut in the fall of 2023. The line plans to share additional details about the ship and its advanced environmental technologies soon.