Royal Caribbean Project Icon: Truths, Rumors, and all that nonsense inbetween

On my cruise this past week on Majesty of the Seas, I went to the Captain's Q&A Session, and had inquired about Royal Caribbean's current top secret project. His answer in front of everyone was a definitive "NO, I cannot discuss any further details" However, when speaking to him after he did confirm and deny a few different things:

Truths(so Far)

- "Icon" ships will run on Liquefied Natural Gas, and Fuel Cell Technology

- Massive upgrades will need to be made at Ports of origin, and possibly at ports of call to accommodate refueling of these vessels.

- Will be larger than the Quantum and Quantum Plus ships

- Both are scheduled for the 2nd quarter, and will be delivered in 2022, and 2024


- Gross tonnage will be in the 200,000 - 230,000, placing the new group in-line with the Oasis Class.(depending on where you find information, leaks from the shipyard place them at 200,500 tonnes and 230,000 tonnes, so this could possibly go in the truths section)

Other than that, this is about as far as the Captain claimed to know.

Through other research, and extrapolation of provided information, I have also developed a theory of my own:

Royal Caribbean is using the "Project Icon" title to keep everyone in the dark, and the new ships will not be a new class, but a "Oasis Plus" class, powered by LNG and Fuel Cell technology.

Anyone else have any thoughts or feelings?

Tags: RoyalCaribbean ProjectIcon Icon

21 Answers


Cruise industry News Cruise Ship Orderbook places the gross tonnage of both ships around the 200,000 tonne mark, which kills my "Oasis Plus" Theory.

I will not post another theory until more information leaks. lol

S' from ships crew (up to and including the Captain)_ is always suspect...and I suspect if they could figure a way to not do that obligatory Q n A they would....that's why I found that grid so interesting...and they all probably have plans as to where they're going, and what ships may be sold..subject to change...a lot of change...($$$)

Some new information from my "source" inside RCI HQ

With the delays in the Galveston Harbor project pushing completion into 2022, an older Oasis (Allure, Oasis) ship will move to Galveston in 2nd qtr, and the new "Project Icon" ship will start in europe for the 2nd qtr, and move to Galveston at the beginning of the 4th qtr.

As we all know, these plans change at the drop of a hat, but it is more info.

First pieces of ICON 1 are being moved to Meyer Turku:

Glad to see production continues. A little light in these dim times.

Absolutely. Thats why I figured I would update!

Responding to an old post but the distance from Rome airport to Civitavecchia port is about a 1:20 min by car. Having made that trip, its more inconvenient than travel from either Galveston airports to the port of Galveston. Civitavecchia is a pretty significant cruise port for the med.

In September, 2020 RCI Senior VP of Architectural design Kelly Gonzales Shared a few updates on PROJECT ICON:

- The concepts are still being developed.

- The ship will be built in Finland (Meyer Turku shipyard).

- Delivery for the ships are still planned between 2022-2024.

Also, a Chinese Design firm has posed renderings of a multistory play area for a "Future Royal Caribbean Ship." These renderings(they are renderings remember) show this play area on the top deck of a ship containing an Aquatheatre, like on the Oasis Class. This could be an indicator that the PROJECT ICON ships will also have an aquatheatre, or they could be future plans for the Wonder of the Seas(Unlikely, since deck plans are released) or the unnamed OASIS 6.

The Cruise Ship order book Still shows ICON 1 for the 2nd Quarter of 2022, ICON 2 for the 2nd Quarter of 2024, and ICON 3 for the 2nd Quarter of 2025. and also shows April 2021 for Odyssey of the Seas

In a Facebook Video post today, Royal Caribbean officially announced the name of the first ship in PROJECT ICON:

Icon of the Seas

This doesnt come as a surprise to anyone, since the project to produce and design this class was codenamed PROJECT ICON

As you can see from the above link, no further information was provided.

It's all smoke and mirrors! Wink


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