The new year is kicking off with an iconic celebration. On 10 January 2024, Royal Caribbean International’s highly anticipated Icon of the Seas took centre stage as it arrived in Miami for the first time. The first-of-its-kind combination of the best of every vacation was welcomed with fanfare by air, land and sea, ahead of its official debut on Jan. 27.
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Royal Caribbean International’s brand-new cruise ship, Icon of the Seas, has today sailed under the Great Belt Bridge, as it makes its way from the shipyard in Finland to Cadiz, Spain.
Icon of the Seas sailed under the Great Belt Bridge, in Denmark, on Friday 1st December as it left the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland heading for the port of Cadiz in Spain before sailing across the Atlantic. The Great Belt Bridge is 65 metres high, meaning Icon of the Seas had less than two metres of clearance. In order to get under the bridge, Icon of the Seas’ had to retract their smoke stacks and videos posted online show just how tight it was
It’s official: After more than seven years of dreaming and 900 days of design and construction by thousands of experts, Royal Caribbean International welcomes the highly anticipated Icon of the Seas to the family in a momentous celebration at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland.
The world’s largest cruise line hosted a ceremony on the first-of-its-kind combination of the best of every vacation, where representatives signed on the dotted line just two months before the new ship’s January 2024 debut in Miami.
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The three Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines ships, Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral, docked alongside each other in Funchal, Maderia, for the Fleet in Funchal celebration.
The cruise line, which is marking its 175th year, celebrated its fleet coming together on 09 November 2023. Guests on board the trio of smaller ships took part in a series of hand-craft events, which enabled guests to get the most out of their visit to the beautiful garden island.
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Celebrity Cruises has announced that the fifth ship in its award-winning Edge Series will be named Celebrity Xcel, continuing the innovative experiences coveted in her sister ships and then going even further for an unmatched premium vacation experience.
The reveal was made at Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, as executives from both Royal Caribbean Group, the world’s leading family of cruise vacation brands that includes Celebrity Cruises, and the shipyard cut the first piece of steel for the new ship.
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Royal Caribbean International's newest and largest ship ever Icon of the Seas has successfully completed its second series of sea trials, and returned to the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.
Icon of the Seas is the first in a series of three mega cruise ships, each carrying around 7,600 passengers and 2,805 crew. Icon of the Seas measures 365 metres in length and is 20 decks high.
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Iconic performances and world-class experiences headline a show-stopping array of incredible entertainment awaiting guests across the sensational new Sun Princess, the largest-ever ship from Princess Cruises debuting in early 2024.
Today the cruise brand announced four exceptional production shows that will take center stage in the Princess Arena, the most technologically advanced entertainment venue at sea. The pinnacle of technological innovation in the world of cruise ship entertainment, the configurable Princess Arena supports shows in the round, in a 270-degree keyhole configuration, as well as via a traditional proscenium theater.
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Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed its next addition to the Prima Class with the all-new Norwegian Aqua, setting sail in April 2025.
Spanning 1,056 feet, Norwegian Aqua will accommodate 3,571 passengers, home to the world's first hybrid rollercoaster and waterslide, the Aqua Slidecoaster, with exhilarating dual slides and a magnetic lift that propels guests through two different courses featuring three stories of speedy twists and turns around the ship's funnel.
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Carnival Jubilee, which is set to debut in Texas in December, successfully finished a nautical feat as the first Carnival Cruise Line ship to complete a conveyance of the River Ems in northwest Germany.
The first Carnival Cruise Line ship built at Meyer Werft, Carnival Jubilee was successfully transferred from the German shipyard in Papenburg to Eemshaven, Netherlands ahead of its upcoming sea trials.
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Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Paradise returned to service on 30 October 2023, in Tampa, Florida, after an extensive refurbishment project.
The project included upgrades to onboard spaces like Serenity Adult-Only Retreat and the ship’s casino, as part of a 16-day dry dock that took place in Freeport, Bahamas.
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