June 19, 2021 - Last Monday, the MEYER TURKU shipyard in Turku, Finland celebrated the first steel cut of the Icon of the Seas. Delivery of the new building is scheduled for the third quarter of 2023. The ship, which is fired with environmentally friendly liquefied natural gas, is measured at around 200.000 GT. It takes around 5.000 passengers.
Halls of the MEYER TURKU shipyard © MEYER TURKU shipyard
In the presence of senior employees of MEYER SHIPYARD-Gruppe and the Royal Caribbean Group was given the start of building the first ship of the new Icon class with the first steel cut. The new class of ship was announced in 2016. The handover of the Icon of the Seas to Royal Caribbean was scheduled for 2022. As a result of the corona pandemic, the ship will not be delivered until 2023. Royal Caribbean and the shipyard are focusing on special environmental solutions with the new class of ship.
Address by Chairman and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group Richard Fain © MEYER TURKU shipyard
The Icon of the Seas is powered by environmentally friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG). The advanced technology significantly reduces pollutant emissions. To improve propulsion and to save fuel, millions of bubbles rise from the ship's hull when the ship is moving. A new type of recovery system for waste heat provides a considerable amount of additional energy.
The two still nameless sister ships will be put into service in 2025 and 2026 according to current plans.