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Let's meet the currently the largest cruise ship in the world - Icon of the Seas, which belongs to the Royal Caribbean. A title that Royal Caribbean has long held onto before Icon Royal held the biggest cruise ship title with their other ship Wonder of the Seas.
How big is Icon Of The Seas?
Icon is the world's largest cruise ship that is currently sailing, being brand new and only entering service on 27th January 2024 in Miami. In length she spans a whopping 1,198 feet Long (365 Meters) and rises a crazy 20 Decks Tall, it doesn't end there - with room for over 5,000 Passengers and over 2,000 Crew to keep this beast running.
Icon is easier to describe as a dream floating resort more than anything, with 7 beautiful pools and even featuring its own small water park with 8 whirlpools and wait for this a world record breaking! 6 water slides - yes we're still talking about a cruise ship.
You thought it ended there? We're just getting started, icon is so large it's split into neighborhoods that feature 8 unique neighborhoods, with their own unique shops, bars with beautiful plants and trees, and activities for all the family as well. It's honestly hard to put into words just how large this mega-floating city is.
How does it compare to other cruise ships?
It's likely you might have seen Ovation of the Seas before and been blown away by her sheer size, well ovation is 1,138ft long (347 meters) and has a gross tonnage of 168,666GT.
Icon being 248,663GT, 20 decks, 1,198ft Long, 7 Pools
Ovation being 168,666GT, 17 Decks, 1,138ft Long, 4 Pools
In fact, icon is so large, that it's limited just like Wonder of the Seas was to where she can actually sail too. Due to her mammoth size, there are many ports and locations she simply can't fit - so for the time being she is currently sailing to the Bahamas from Miami and back.
n summary, Icon of the Seas is Royal Caribbean's latest triumph in cruising. Launched on January 27, 2024, this colossal ship spans 1,198 feet, boasting 20 decks and redefining luxury at sea.
With seven pools, a water park featuring six record-breaking slides, and eight distinct neighborhoods, Icon is a floating paradise. Compared to Ovation of the Seas, its scale is unmatched, with 248,663GT, 20 decks, and seven pools.
However, this grandeur comes with a trade-off. Due to its immense size, Icon's current route is limited to the Bahamas from Miami, adding an exclusive touch to its allure.
In essence, Icon of the Seas marks a pivotal moment for Royal Caribbean and cruising as a whole. It invites travelers to experience a new level of luxury and adventure on the open seas. As we conclude this exploration, the promise of Icon persists—a promise of unmatched opulence and extraordinary journeys. Bon voyage to a new era of maritime splendor!
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