Royal Caribbean Reveals First Details on Icon of the Seas
The wait is finally over, as Royal Caribbean has revealed the first details on its largest ship ever, Icon of the Seas.
Though it’s the first in a new class, the 250,000 gross ton vessel will be similar in many ways to the Oasis-class ships. It will feature eight distinct neighborhoods, five of them brand-new for the line.
Thrill Island will feature free-fall and drop waterslides, plus a skywalk and ropes course that takes guests over the side of the ship. Chill Island will feature four swimming pools, including a swim-up bar and the largest pool on any cruise ship.
The ship will also include a kids’ water park, the first suspended infinity pool at sea, and Royal Caribbean’s first indoor AquaTheater, which hosts high-dive shows.
Icon of the Seas is scheduled to debut in January 2024, offering seven-night Caribbean cruises from Miami. Bookings will open to the general public on October 25th.
Holland America Ship Celebrates First Year in Service
Happy one year anniversary to Holland America’s Rotterdam. After being pushed back numerous times at the restart of cruising, the vessel set sail on its inaugural transatlantic cruise a year ago.
After spending the winter season sailing from Port Everglades, the ship headed across the pond to Europe sailing cruises to Norway from Amsterdam.
The ship is currently on Holland America’s 150th anniversary sailing, retracing the same voyage as the Rotterdam I.
Carnival Ecstasy Departs Miami
It’s the final goodbye. Carnival Ecstasy departed Miami yesterday, marking the last time the ship will ever be in U.S. waters.
The vessel docked there following its final guest sailing last Saturday in Alabama. While in Miami, casino and proprietary equipment was offloaded, crew were transferred or headed for vacation, and provisions were offloaded for other Carnival ships.
Ecstasy is now en route to her final resting place, a shipbreaking yard in Turkey. The ship was built for Carnival Cruise Line, and was in service for 31 years.