Royal Caribbean Announces “Star of the Seas” as Next Icon Class Ship

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Big news today: Star of the Seas named! Royal Caribbean International has officially announced the name of its next Icon Class ship as “Star of the Seas.”

Scheduled for its debut season in the summer of 2025, this new vessel aims to build upon the innovative features introduced by its predecessor, “Icon of the Seas.”

Expanding the Icon Class Fleet – The New Star of the Seas

The Icon Class ships are a significant investment for Royal Caribbean, designed to offer a comprehensive vacation experience. “Star of the Seas” will be the second ship in this class, following the highly anticipated “Icon of the Seas,” which is set to be introduced in less than 100 days.

The ships are being constructed in Turku, Finland, and are part of Royal Caribbean’s strategy to meet the growing consumer demand for diverse vacation options.

A Multifaceted Vacation Experience

Star of the Seas Named - Star of the Seas rendering showing aerial shot of the ship at sea
Star of the Seas – Image Courtesy of Royal Caribbean

The Icon Class ships are engineered to offer a unique blend of vacation experiences, from beach retreats and resort escapes to theme park adventures.

Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, stated that the concept has generated unprecedented excitement and that “Star of the Seas” aims to meet the record-breaking consumer demand experienced with “Icon of the Seas.”

Key Statistics and Delivery Dates For Star of the Seas

The Icon Class ships are expected to be among the largest in the world, although specific dimensions have yet to be disclosed. In keeping with previous builds however it will be expected that Star of the Seas will be almost identical in size to Icon of the Seas, but potentially just a little bigger.

So expect another ship to take over the moniker of “World’s Largest Cruise Ship” from Icon of the Seas only a year or so after she launches.

The first ship, “Icon of the Seas,” has already sparked significant interest, leading to Royal Caribbean’s single largest booking day in its 53-year history. The company has also moved up the release of its 2025-2026 cruise vacation dates to accommodate the extra demand.

Star of the Seas – Arriving Summer 2025

Sustainability Initiatives

“Star of the Seas” will also marks a continued step forward in Royal Caribbean’s sustainability efforts. The ship will be the third in Royal Caribbean’s fleet to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the cleanest-burning marine fuel currently available.

This aligns with Royal Caribbean Group’s goal of introducing a net-zero cruise ship by 2035.

Current Status of “Icon of the Seas”

As for “Icon of the Seas,” the ship is nearing completion and will feature six record-breaking waterslides, seven pools, and over 40 dining and drinking options.

It will serve as a benchmark for what consumers can expect from “Star of the Seas.”

Further Information

Additional details about “Star of the Seas” are expected to be released in the coming months. You can find stay in the loop for more information on Royal Caribbean’s Star of the Seas launching by signing up to the Star of the Seas mailing list on their official website.

This announcement underscores Royal Caribbean’s commitment to innovation and meeting consumer demand with state-of-the-art vacation options.

So there we have it. Star of the seas named officially.

So what’s your view on this? Do you like the name? Do you expect any additional innovations from this launch that won’t already have been seen on Icon of the Seas? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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