Meyer Turku floats out Royal Caribbean’s 1st LNG-powered cruise ship

Icon of the Seas
Icon of the Seas; Image by Meyer Turku

Icon of the Seas, which is being built at the Meyer Turku shipyard, was launched on Friday, December 9, 2022.

Icon of the Seas; Image by Meyer Turku

Over the weekend, the ship will be moved to the outfitting dock, where its now fully assembled hull will receive final outfitting. The shipyard celebrated the float-out with a ceremonial cannon firing.

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Icon of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s first ship that runs on liquefied natural gas and utilizes fuel cell technology. The vessel will also feature shore power connections and waste heat recovery systems. The Finnish shipbuilder started construction on the Icon of the Seas in June 2021.

The cruise vessel will also have air lubrication of underwater hull, sending millions of microscopic bubbles along the hull of the ship to reduce friction.

365 meters long, almost 50 meters wide and with a gross tonnage of approximately 250 000, Icon of the Seas is the first ship in the Icon series out of three on order at Meyer Turku.

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“Icon of the Seas is a state-of-the-art ship that challenges the know-how of our shipyard and raises the entire Finnish shipbuilding industry to a new level. We are proud to be responsible for the design and construction of Icon of the Seas in cooperation with the customer and all our partner companies. This is also a significant step for the sustainable development of the shipbuilding industry,” says Tim Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku.

The float out of a new ship is a defining moment, and in the case of Icon of the Seas, it marks the next step in the start of a new era of vacations,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.

“We set out to create the world’s best family vacation more than five years ago, the culmination of 53 years of Royal Caribbean firsts and favorites that combine the best of every vacation. That is now a reality more than ever as Icon touches water for the first time.”

Icon of the Seas will be handed over to the customer at the end of 2023 and will set sail on its first voyage in January 2024. The ship will cruise from Miami year-round in the Eastern and Western Caribbean.