And then there were two: The next iconic adventure is under way as Royal Caribbean International marked the initial milestone – the first cut of steel – for the second ship in the revolutionary Icon Class. In celebration of the next in the lineup of the world’s best family vacations, a steel-cutting ceremony was held at Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland. The soon-to-be-named ship will set sail in 2025, following the debut of Icon of the Seas in January 2024.
The Royal Caribbean and Meyer Turku teams dedicated to building the second Icon Class ship were in attendance at the traditional ceremony yesterday. The major milestone represents the official start of production, beginning a series of key moments in the design and construction that spans months and involves thousands of innovators across design, naval engineering, architecture and more.
Royal Caribbean’s next ship, along with a third in the Icon Class, will join Icon in introducing a new era of vacations for years to come. Each ship will be a combination of the best of every vacation, from the resort getaway to the beach escape and theme park adventure, where every family member and type of vacationer can make memories together and on their own terms without compromise. The first look at Icon and Icon Class made headlines when revealed in October 2022, and the resounding feedback resulted in Royal Caribbean International’s single largest booking day in its 53-year history.