The launch of the new world’s largest cruise ship, Icon of the Seas nears closer. The brand-new ship, which is currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard, is expected to begin its first sea trials in mid-June 2023.
Sea trials are one of the most important milestones in the construction of a new ship, as it nears completion. The sea trials, which usually last several days, allow a way for all the ship’s features to be tested, which cannot be tested while in port. It’s also period when noise and vibration levels can be monitored.
Icon of the Seas will not only be the world’s largest cruise ship, but also the most technically advanced. As the first in her class, Icon of the Seas a prototype ship. Sea trials therefore also ensure all the ship’s main equipment, such as propulsion equipment, main engines, power plants, bow thrusters and stabilizers are working as designed and expected.
The 250,800 gross tonne ship is expected to debut in January 2024. A delivery date to Royal Caribbean International is yet to be confirmed. Icon of the Seas will sail round-trip cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Miami, Florida.