Last week, PortMiami welcomed one of the industry’s most anticipated cruise ships—Icon of the Seas.
The arrival of the newly built record-breaking vessel was met with fireboat salutes and banner planes while a community celebration was held at the Pérez Art Museum.
Royal Caribbean executives, their employees, residents, and fans of the cruise line gathered to see the ship dock at its home port for the first time.
Even from a distance, the massive size of the Icon of the Seas was unmistakable. Its Aqua Dome, a unique feature with acrylic panels positioned towards the bow, glistened under the early morning sun.
The construction of this ambitious ship began in June 2021 at the Turku shipyard in Finland. It floated out for the first time in January 2023 and underwent sea trials in June and November.
The dual-powered vessel then traveled to Spain and Puerto Rico for its finishing touches and was finally completed after 900 days. It was officially handed over to Royal Caribbean on November 27, 2023.
Last month, soccer legend Lionel Messi became the ship’s official icon, and a naming celebration was held in Miami. More recently, Royal Caribbean announced that a golden retriever will join its voyages.
Like the ship, the company has made a massive commitment to deliver “an all-encompassing lineup of experiences that combines the best of every vacation–from the beach retreat to the resort escape and the theme park adventure.”
When Icon of the Seas enters service on January 27, it will sail weeklong Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries with visits to Royal Caribbean’s exclusive resort in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay.