Cruise News Today — October 18, 2022 [VIDEO]

Icon of the Seas Reveal This Week

On Thursday, Royal Caribbean will reveal information about the mysterious Icon of the Seas that’s currently under construction in Finland. The cruise line sent out a Save the Date to travel partners on Monday, teasing a reveal on Thursday morning at 10 am. 

Little details are known about Icon, including shipboard features or itineraries. What we do know is that it will be Royal Caribbean’s first LNG powered vessel, debut in late 2023, and is nearly 1,200 feet long, making it longer than any Oasis-class ship.

The last Royal Caribbean ship to debut was Wonder of the Seas this past March.

Ritz-Carlton’s First Yacht Begins Sailing

After being delayed over a half dozen times, the first hotel brand to enter the cruise industry is officially in business. The 300-guest Evrima sailed from Barcelona on Saturday with the inaugural itinerary calling to Nice, St. Tropez, and Mallorca.  

Each of the 149 suites have a balcony terrace and the services of a butler. 

A seven-night Caribbean cruise next month will set you back $6,200 per person. Drinks, gratuities, and wifi are included — plus you get Marriott Bonvoy points. 

STORY: The Ritz-Carlton’s First Cruise Ship Finally Sets Sail

Celebrity Cruises Returns to New Zealand

After 946 days, Celebrity Cruises is back in New Zealand. Celebrity Eclipse arrived in the harbor and docked with the assistance of Sparky, the world’s first electric tug.

The vessel wrapped up its Alaska season late last month and made a transpacific voyage with stops along the way in Hawaii and the Pacific islands. 

This coming Saturday, the ship will wrap its voyage in Sydney, Australia where she’ll homeport through next April.

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