Royal Caribbean begins construction of a revolutionary ship


An iconic day for the next ship in the cruise industry took place yesterday, when Royal Caribbean International ushered in construction of its first Icon-class ship.
To commemorate it, the world’s largest cruise line held a steel cutting ceremony at the Finnish shipyard Meyer Turku, where the revolutionary ship’s name was revealed as Icon of the Seas.
The ceremony was attended by Richard Fain, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group; Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International; and Tim Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku. The initial step for the ship’s construction officially begins as Royal Caribbean’s next chapter in clean energy building as a leader with innovative ship design. Icon, which will debut in fall 2023, will be the first of three ships on the cruise line to run on LNG (liquefied natural gas).
Next-generation ship’s LNG and eco-friendly applications such as shore connection will boost energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint. More details on Icon’s advanced environmental technologies will be revealed later.
“We made a commitment to making clean energy at sea a reality, and soon the norm, when the Icon class was first announced in 2016, and we are excited to see construction underway on what will truly be a ship like no other. ”Said Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “Our decades of work on ocean conservation, energy efficiency and continuous improvement will be evident throughout Icon. We look forward to revealing more of the game-changing features to our guests and crew as the ship begins to take shape. ”
Royal Caribbean is already recognized for its decades of work to advance energy efficiency and emissions reduction through technologies such as air lubrication, which sends billions of microscopic bubbles along a ship’s hull to reduce friction, and advanced waste heat recovery systems and converting it into additional energy heat, up to 3MW, to help power ship operations.
The use of such technologies, including LNG, will result in a further reduction in overall emissions, virtually zero sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, and a significant reduction in the production of nitrogen oxides.