From the construction of the Song of Norway in 1970 through today, Royal Caribbean has been the leader in innovation in the cruise industry known for introducing unexpected features and amenities for guests. The development process of designing and constructing ships that WOW is one that involves many people and countless hours.
Icon of the Seas Construction Update: A Sphere of Activity is Underway
May 2022 – Construction on Royal Caribbean International’s Icon of the Seas is underway in Turku, Finland, and one of the revolutionary ship’s state-of-the-art elements is on the move again. Watch as the unnamed, 175-metric-ton sphere – first seen in December 2021 – is lifted onto the ship after four days of preparation and a day-long transfer by barge. Currently 46 feet (14 metres) tall and 50 feet (15.3 metres) in diameter, the structure is now wrapped in protective material and ready for its next phase of construction. The cruise line’s next highly anticipated ship, Icon is set to debut in fall 2023 with a lineup of firsts and signature favorites that will set a new standard for vacations.
August 2021 – Take a look at the latest update on the construction of Wonder of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, in Saint-Nazaire, France at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard. Wonder will be the fifth ship in Royal Caribbean’s game-changing Oasis Class when it debuts in March 2022, building on the signature features and experiences the unmatched ships have touted since first revolutionizing the cruise industry more than a decade ago. Families and travelers of all ages can look forward to favorites and new adventures, including the eight renowned neighborhoods, the Ultimate Family Suite, complete with an in-room slide and more; immersive, interactive spaces dedicated to kids and teens; the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea; and Italian trattoria Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar.