Royal Caribbean revealed that the name of its next Icon Class ship will be Star of the Seas. While the first Icon Class ship is about 100 days away from service, Royal Caribbean is already considering the second ship.
Royal Caribbean has ordered three Icon Class ships: Icon of the Seas, Star of the Seas, and an unnamed third Icon Class ship.
Why choose the Star of the Seas? According to Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley, “The idea of combining the best of every type of vacation into one ultimate adventure has created more excitement than ever anticipated, and Star of the Seas will be the next bold answer to the record-breaking consumer demand we’ve seen for nearly a year and counting with Icon of the Seas.”
Star of the Seas was one of four ship names put up for a vote on social media by the cruise line in January 2023. Idol of the Seas, Love of the Seas, and Queen of the Seas were other names given to the ship.
The Twitter poll was won by the Star of the Seas, which received 44% of the vote.
The Star of the Seas will debut in the summer of 2025, but additional details about what makes this ship unique or where she will sail from have yet to be released.
Star of the Seas will be the third ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), combining the usage of the cleanest-burning marine fuel available to date with a proven lineup of industry-leading environmental programs on board.
Royal Caribbean’s most sustainable ship will advance parent company Royal Caribbean Group’s journey towards producing a net-zero cruise ship by 2035, with applications ranging from waste heat recovery technologies to shore power connection.
The Icon of the Seas will be 250,800 tonnes and carry up to 7,600 passengers, outweighing the current biggest cruise ship, the Wonder of the Seas. Icon will be roughly 10 feet longer than Wonder of the Seas, measuring 1,198 feet.
Icon of the Seas will remain in Miami, Florida, and will provide 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, including a stop at Perfect Day on CocoCay.
Icon of the Seas, now under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, will sail for the first time in January 2024.