Construction starts on the second ship in Royal Caribbean's Icon class

Construction has begun on the second ship in Royal Caribbean International’s new Icon class.

A steel-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday at Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, where the first of the class — Icon of the Seas — is also being built. 

The second ship, which has yet to be named, is expected to sail in 2025. Its older sister, the Icon, is scheduled to sail a maiden cruise in January 2024. 

Royal Caribbean is positioning the Icon class as a hub of innovation for family vacations. At 250,800 gross tons and what will be the largest ship in the fleet, the 5,610-passenger Icon will offer new neighborhoods (including one designed for young families), 28 stateroom categories (including a three-level eight-person Ultimate Family Townhouse) and six waterslides in what Royal says will be the first true waterpark at sea. Royal said details about the second ship will be released at a later date.

Royal Caribbean said opening sales for the Icon established the line’s largest booking day in its 53-year history. The ship will sail seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries that include calls to private island Perfect Day at CoCo Cay. 

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