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Finally hits the high seas, world’s largest cruise ship

The world’s largest cruise ship, the Icon of the Seas, began its maiden voyage from the Port of Miami last weekend. This massive vessel, stretching nearly 1,200 feet from bow to stern, promises an unforgettable seven-day journey through tropical destinations.

On Tuesday, the ship was officially christened in a lavish ceremony attended by soccer legend Lionel Messi and his Inter Miami teammates. Royal Caribbean Group President and CEO Jason Liberty expressed his enthusiasm for the ship’s debut, highlighting its role in offering extraordinary vacation experiences for families of all ages.

With eight distinct neighborhoods spread across 20 decks, the Icon of the Seas offers a wide array of amenities to cater to every traveler’s preferences. From thrilling waterslides and numerous swimming pools to an ice skating rink and a world-class theater, the ship boasts over 40 restaurants, bars, and lounges. Accommodating up to 7,600 passengers and 2,350 crew members, it ensures an immersive and unforgettable vacation experience.

The ship’s unveiling in October 2022 sparked unprecedented excitement, resulting in record-breaking booking numbers for Royal Caribbean. Powered by six dual-fuel engines capable of running on liquefied natural gas (LNG), the Icon of the Seas prioritizes energy efficiency and emission reduction. While LNG is considered a cleaner fuel alternative, concerns remain among environmentalists regarding potential methane emissions and the overall environmental impact of cruise vacations.

Royal Caribbean underscores its commitment to sustainability, emphasizing that every aspect of the ship’s operation is meticulously optimized for energy efficiency and emissions reduction. As travelers embark on this extraordinary journey, they can anticipate not only unparalleled luxury and entertainment but also a conscientious approach to environmental stewardship.

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