Icon Of The Seas, the largest cruise ship ever built, is set to embark on its maiden voyage in January. Weighing in at 250,800 tonnes and measuring 365 meters long, the ship will carry 9,950 people, almost five times the population of the Cornish coastal town of Fowey. It will feature more restaurants, bars, theatres, swimming pools, children’s play areas, and gyms than vast swathes of Cornwall. The ship, costing over $2 billion to build, will depart from Miami, Florida for a seven-night Caribbean cruise.
The shipyard where Icon Of The Seas was constructed is a bustling city, with thousands of workers on site at any given time. The ship’s construction began in 2016 but faced setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ship features various superlatives, including the largest swimming pool at sea, the largest waterpark on the high seas, and the biggest suspended infinity pool on a cruise ship. It also boasts a suspended platform 154 feet above the ocean and a 55-foot waterfall.
Icon Of The Seas is the first of Royal Caribbean’s “Icon” class of ships, with a second one currently in production. The ship aims to provide the ultimate family vacation experience, with luxurious accommodations and a range of amenities and activities for all ages. The ship’s inaugural sailing will offer a seven-night Caribbean cruise, and most of the staterooms have already been reserved and paid for.