Icon of the Seas to Begin Her First Sea Trials on Sunday

Jun 15, 2023

Icon of the Seas prepares to embark on its first sea trials, marking a significant milestone in the world of cruising. The sea trielas are scheduled to start on Sunday, June 18, testing the capabilities of the newbuild, set to become world’s largest cruise ship when it starts operations in January 2024. Departing from the shipyard in Turku, Finland, the Icon of the Seas will navigate the Baltic Sea during these crucial tests.

A team of experts from Meyer Werft Turku, the classification society, and Royal Caribbean International, will closely monitor the vessel's performance throughout the trials. The ship must successfully meet international standards to gain approval from the classification society.

During these rigorous sea trials, the Icon of the Seas will showcase its cutting-edge technology and engineering capabilities. Various endurance tests will be conducted, pushing the ship to its limits and ensuring it meets and exceeds industry standards. The trials will involve a range of maneuvers that go beyond the usual operations of a cruise ship. For instance, the vessel will be tested for its ability to come to a sudden stop after reaching top speed, demonstrating its exceptional maneuverability.

One of the unique features on the Icon of the Seas is its propulsion system, which sets it apart from other ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet. As the first of a new generation of vessels, it boasts dual fuel engines capable of running on liquefied natural gas (LNG), a cleaner and more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional fuels. This technological innovation aligns with the industry's growing emphasis on sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint.

With a length of 365 meters and a width of 65 meters, the Icon of the Seas will be a behemoth on the seas. Its spacious design will accommodate up to 7,600 cruise guests, promising an unforgettable experience for those lucky enough to step aboard. Following the completion of construction and successful sea trials, the ship is scheduled to be handed over to Royal Caribbean International later this year.

From January 2024, the Icon of the Seas will call Miami its home port, commencing its inaugural voyages to the eastern and western Caribbean. Offering one-week trips, passengers will have the opportunity to explore the stunning destinations of the Caribbean while enjoying the luxurious amenities and entertainment options available on the world's largest cruise ship.

As the Icon of the Seas prepares to sail under its own power for the first time, the anticipation continues to build among cruise enthusiasts and industry insiders. This momentous event marks a new era in cruising, with a ship that pushes boundaries, embraces sustainability, and promises unparalleled experiences for travelers. With its impressive size, innovative technology, and commitment to excellence, the Icon of the Seas is poised to make waves in the world of cruising and redefine the future of ocean travel.