If you’re addicted to TikTok videos of the nine-month trip, here’s your next fix: the world’s largest cruise ship is about to set sail on its first voyage.
The Royal Caribbean Cruises-designed Icon of the Seas is slated to depart from Miami on January 27, but it has lately arrived in Puerto Rico for final inspections – and the freshly arriving crew has taken to CruiseTok to offer us a sneak peek inside.
Erica, an American creator who works on the Icon, gave her fans a whistle-stop tour of the floating hotel.
She begins at an Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant (the ship has 40 bars and restaurants) before stopping by a Starbucks (of course) and the Music Hall, a two-story live music venue that transforms into a nightclub in the nights. There is also a theatre with a capacity of 2000 people.
Erica also shows off the terrifying-looking North Star, in which guests may board a London Eye-style pod that expands outwards and upwards, 300 feet above sea level.
There’s also the SeaPlex, a sports complex where guests may enjoy roller skating, flying trapeze, bumper cars, video games, table tennis, and more.
Back outdoors, Erica displays a virtual reality bungee trampoline as well as a surf and skydiving area.
However, this is just the tip of the iceberg (sorry) in terms of what Icon of the Sea has to offer. Do you want to go on a vacation? Everything you need to know about the mega-boat is right here.
How big is Icon of the Seas compared to The Titanic?
The Titanic was the biggest ship ever built when it made its maiden – and only – voyage in April 1912. She was 882 feet long, 46,328 tonnes, and had nine decks. The ship had a maximum passenger capacity of 2,345 persons, however it is believed that only 2,224 were on board when it sunk.
In contrast, Icon of the Seas is significantly larger. In fact, five times. It is 1,200 feet long, weighs 250,800 tonnes, and is longer than 30 double decker buses. It has 20 decks and can accommodate 7,600 people.
How much does it cost to be a passenger?
Depending on your budget, there are many options available.
The most affordable option is a seven-night stay in an inside cabin in September 2024 for £1,482 per person.
If you’re feeling flush, you may upgrade to a suite. Prices for the latter vary greatly based on the dates chosen.
In September 2024, a seven-night suite stay will cost you £2,694 per person. However, in March 2024, the identical bundle will cost £6,041.
If you’re feeling flush, you could even stay in the three-story townhouse, which sleeps eight and features a slide instead of a staircase, which is every child’s fantasy.
Be prepared to pay on this one, as a week in the townhouse will cost you back a whopping £70,000.
The most jaw-droppingamenities on board Icon of the Seas
- The ship is home to Thrill Island, the largest waterpark at sea, as well as the first freefall slide at sea. On board, there are six record-breaking waterslides, seven pools, and nine whirlpools.
- The largest waterpark at sea, of course, has the largest pool at sea, which holds 40,000 gallons of water.
- The Aquadome, the largest free-standing dome at sea consisting of 700 glass panels, is perhaps the most impressive accomplishment of engineering. It will include panoramic views of the ocean during the day and the AquaTheatre at night, where a 55-foot waterfall cascades down to a stage below where circus-style spectacles will take place.
- The ship is divided into eight unique districts; Central Park is a peaceful place with a genuine park and 33,500 plants.
- Tired of sitting about and in need of an adrenaline rush? A zip-line hung 154 feet over the ocean is available.
What route does Icon of the Seas take?
Year round, the Icon of the Seas offers 7-night trips around the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
Its home port will be Miami, and routes will nearly always feature a call at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s exclusive resort on one of the Bahamas’ Berry Islands.
There are several itineraries available that cruise across the Caribbean. Puerto Rico, Mexico, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the Dominican Republic are among the destinations.
How long is the journey on Icon of the Seas?
This isn’t going to be a nine-month voyage. Each voyage lasts seven days, however visitors can book back-to-back cruises if they choose.