Although there are more than 11 months left before the first departure with passengers, booking seats on Icon of the Seas has already begun. Prices are going through the roof.
The first cruise of the brand new giant Icon of the Seas will take place in January 2024, and Royal Caribbean fans are looking forward to its arrival. Information about it appeared back in 2016, currently the ship is being built at a shipyard in Finland.
Icon of the Seas is the largest cruise ship ever built. It has a height of 20 decks and a displacement of 250,600 tons. This is the first ship of the new Royal Caribbean class
Thanks to the additional space that has appeared due to its large size, it will be packed with new attractions for Royal Caribbean, event venues, as well as new types of cabins.
Interestingly, one of the best Icon of the Seas suites, the three—story Ultimate family townhouse, is already half sold for 2024 at an average price of $75,000 per week, or $10,714 per day.
Royal Caribbean opened reservations for the ship’s first flights three months ago — at the end of October, and many cabins on the launch cruise — a week—long trip from Miami to the eastern Caribbean from January 27, 2024 – were sold out within a few hours.
Next year, Icon of the Seas will remain in the Caribbean, alternating routes between the Eastern and Western parts of them. In total, four different routes are planned with departure in the period from January 2024 to April 2025.
Icon of the Seas will have two more passenger decks than the current leader in size, the Wonder of the Seas cruise liner, also owned by Royal Caribbean. In addition, it is 3 meters longer than the “Miracle of the Seas”, its length will be 365 meters.
But its biggest difference is the number of passengers it can accommodate. The maximum capacity of Icon of the Seas is 7,600 passengers — Wonder of the Seas has 7,084 passengers.
The new vessel is aimed at family travelers. Icon of the Seas is being built with a much larger number of cabins, which have additional sleeping places to accommodate families with children. There will also be more amenities designed for families, including a new outdoor “family area” called Surfside.
Surfside will have bathing areas for babies and toddlers, swimming pools and lounge areas for parents, family eateries and shops, as well as a bar with “Mom and Me” cocktails for children and cocktails for adults.
Royal Caribbean is the world’s largest cruise operator, owning 26 liners, which together can accommodate more than 94,000 people with double occupancy.