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PortMiami welcomes Icon of the Seas, world’s largest cruise ship

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PortMiami welcomes Icon of the Seas, world's largest cruise ship
Miami-Atlanta has received a new “icon.”

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Icon of the Seas, the newest ship in Royal Caribbean’s global fleet, is a record-breaking floating metropolis. The 1,198-foot vessel is the biggest cruise ship globally. It arrived at Port Miami, its new home, early on Wednesday.

“There is a genuine sense of pride in our firm, our followers, and the people present today. We set out to create a family holiday that is unmatched by anyone out there, and it has truly been a labor of love over the past seven years building this ship, according to Samantha Riepe, Vice President of Marketing at Royal Caribbean.

On November 27, 2023, Icon of the Seas was formally turned over to Royal Caribbean at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland.

It has been in Puerto Rico for the past few weeks for regulatory checks.

The ship Icon of the Seas called at Port Miami.

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“We’ve been traveling with Icon to Miami for a few weeks now. We traveled from Finland to Spain and finally to Puerto Rico via Spain. We are going to arrive in Miami shortly. We’ve had an incredible few weeks completing the rest of our building.

“We are in the process of stress testing our venues to ensure that everything is exactly as we envisioned it will be when our guests arrive,” stated Jennifer Goswani, Director of Product Development at Royal Caribbean International, who was present on board during the ship’s voyage to Miami.

With 2,805 staterooms, it can accommodate 2,350 crew members and 5,610 visitors.

There are seven swimming pools and six water slides on the massive 20-deck ship. The ship, according to Royal Caribbean, contains the biggest water park at sea, the tallest waterfall, and the tallest water slide.

There will be an adult-only area and four of the ship’s seven pools on Chill Island, with the world’s first suspended infinity pool at sea located on The Hideaway. Thrill Island will have a mini golf course, a FlowRider wave simulator, and a ropes course/thrill ride that lets visitors swing 154 feet above the ocean.

A plethora of fascinating elements, such as eight distinct communities and about forty distinct pubs and dining establishments, will be available to passengers.

The first trip aboard Icon of the Seas from Port Miami is scheduled for January 27th. The first trip is completely booked. Starting fares come to about $1,800.

The ship will provide year-round excursions in the Eastern or Western Caribbean, visiting places including St. Maarten, Mexico, St. Thomas, and Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas.

Wonder of the Seas, a ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet that is 1,188 feet long and has 18 decks, loses the title of “world’s largest cruise ship” to Icon of the Seas.

The world’s cruise capital is thought to be South Florida. It contributes thousands of jobs and around $43 billion to the economy.

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