Miami – The world’s largest cruise ship, the size of nearly four city blocks, will begin its maiden voyage on Saturday when it sets sail from the Port of Miami.
Royal Caribbean’s icon of the seas, spanning nearly 1,200 feet (365 meters) from bow to stern.
The ship, leaving South Florida for its first seven-day island-hopping voyage through the tropics, was officially christened Tuesday with the help of soccer legend Lionel Messi and his Inter Miami teammates.
“Icon of the Seas is the culmination of more than 50 years of dreaming, innovating and living our mission: to deliver the world’s best vacation experiences responsibly,” Royal Caribbean Group Chairman and CEO said earlier this week, Jason Liberty. “She is the ultimate multi-generational family vacation, forever changing the status quo in family travel and fulfilling the vacation dreams of all ages on board.”
The ship sets sail as Royal Caribbean cruise ships are having a moment online. Since December, the company’s nine-month “Ultimate World Cruise” has captivated (and confounded) avid followers on social media.
Millions of people follow the journey through the eyes of the passengers, as they live and tell their lives aboard a ship where they will be for almost a year. If it sounds like a reality show, that’s exactly what some viewers have turned it into.
When Icon of the Seas was first revealed in October 2022, the ship fueled the largest booking day and largest booking week in Royal Caribbean’s 53-year history, according to the cruise line.
Icon of the Seas is divided into eight neighborhoods on 20 decks. The ship includes six slides, seven pools, an ice skating rink, a theater and more than 40 restaurants, bars and lounges. The ship can carry up to 7,600 passengers at its maximum capacity, along with 2,350 crew members.