Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas celebrates keel-laying ceremony

Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas celebrates keel-laying ceremony

Royal Caribbean has held a keel-laying ceremony for its cruise ship Icon of the Seas to mark the start of its construction ahead of its debut in autumn 2023.

Top bosses from Royal Caribbean and Meyer Turku attended the ceremony at Finnish shipyard Meyer Turku.

The maritime tradition of keel laying involved a 3,000-ton crane lifting a massive steel block that’s placed into the new ship’s building dock and on top of freshly minted coins, which represent the shipyard and cruise line. The coins are meant to bring luck during construction, and they will be retrieved and given to Icon’s captain and crew before setting sail.

Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, said: “Five years ago, we began dreaming of Icon of the Seas, and now the next phase of this iconic adventure is beginning.”

He added: “As this game-changing ship takes shape, the excitement from families and travellers alike, travel advisors and our partners continues to build. Later this year, we’ll reveal the lineup of firsts and favourites that will set a new standard for vacations come fall 2023.”

At the ceremony, the working teams behind constructing Icon were joined by Jason Liberty, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group; Richard Fain, chairman, Royal Caribbean Group; Meyer Group Managing Partner Bernard Meyer; and Meyer Turku CEO Tim Meyer.

Icon will set sail next year and will be the first of three Royal Caribbean ships to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) – the cleanest fossil fuel available to cruise ships today.

Alongside LNG, Icon’s other eco-credentials include shore power connection and waste heat recovery systems that repurpose excess energy to help power the ship’s operations.

 

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