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Icon of the Seas Naming Ceremony Takes Place Today

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After several shakedown cruises, the stage is set for the naming ceremony of the most anticipated cruise ship of 2024. The naming ceremony for the world's largest cruise ship, Icon of the Seas, will take place today, Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at PortMiami, with the world's greatest footballer, Lionel Messi, serving as the godfather. 

Time Lapse Video of Icon of the Seas Construction

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After more than seven years of dreaming and 900 days of design and construction by thousands of experts, Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland has completed the world's largest cruise ship, the Icon of the Seas. Icon of the Seas is 365 metres long and weighs 248,655 gt, with a capacity to accommodate 7,600 passengers as well as a crew of 2,350.

Take a look at the construction video of the largest cruise ship in the world.

Royal Caribbean Takes Delivery of Icon of the Seas

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Royal Caribbean officially welcomed the Icon of the Seas into its fleet on Monday November 27, 2023. After nearly three years of meticulous construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, this colossal vessel has emerged as the world's largest cruise ship, shattering records and redefining the possibilities of cruising.

Cruise lines cancel Middle East sailings as Israel-Gaza war escalates

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As the Israel-Gaza conflict continues to intensify, major cruise lines have made the difficult decision to either cancel or indefinitely postpone multiple voyages to the Middle East. The Israel-Hamas war, which erupted on October 7, has seen violence escalating in the past month.  Majour cruise companies have taken proactive measures to revise their itineraries, specifically avoiding the Red Sea and the surrounding region, with sailings impacted until the year 2024.