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The largest cruise ship in the world

Icon of the Seas
© Royal Carribean

The term “ocean giant” takes on a new meaning with this ship. The “Icon of the Seas” from the shipping company Royal Carribean sets sail as a new floating town. With an impressive length of 365 meters and an enormous 250,800 tons (!), this cruise ship is currently the largest in the world and has therefore replaced the “Wonder of the Seas”.

The cruiser's maiden voyage from Miami began on January 27, 2024 and will discover the world in the future. The ship has 20 decks and can accommodate around 10,000 people, including 7,600 passengers and 2,350 crew members. The ship, which was built over three years at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, was ceremoniously christened by soccer star Lionel Messi.

Due to its enormous dimensions, the shipping company speaks of eight different “neighborhoods” on board. These include "Thrill Island", the largest water park on a cruise ship with six slides, as well as a huge glass and aluminum dome called "Aquadome", which houses a waterfall on the bow and offers shows in the evenings. There is also "Surfside", which is specifically tailored to the needs of families with children, and "Hideaway" with an infinity pool, which is 135 meters above the water surface and is intended to serve as a quiet retreat. There are also more than 20 restaurants, 15 bars, a casino and seven pools.

There are 2,805 cabins of different categories on board, which can be booked from around 2,000 euros per person for a one-week cruise from/to Miami. The ship's six engines can burn both heavy oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is said to make the "Icon of the Seas" 35 percent more energy efficient. Nevertheless, it should be noted that for a cruise giant of this size, sustainability efforts are probably just a drop in the ocean.


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