Royal Caribbean’s LNG-powered giant wraps up trials in Finland

Royal Caribbean International’s LNG-powered Icon of the Seas has returned to the Meyer Turku yard in Finland after completing its second sea trials.

The vessel left the shipyard on October 29 and returned on November 6.

During its week-long sea trials, the ship’s noise, vibration, speed, fin stabilizers, automation, and main engine adjustments were tested, according to a social media post by Meyer Turku.

In June, the vessel completed its first sea trials.

Meyer Turku will now work to prepare the vessel for its delivery later this year.

The vessel’s maiden voyage is scheduled to be in January 2024, when it will set sail from Miami for a week-long cruise in the Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean’s LNG-powered giant wraps up trials in Finland
Image: Meyer Turku

Meyer Turku launched Royal Caribbean International’s 365 meters long Icon of the Seas in December last year.

The unit of Meyer Werft started building this vessel in June 2021, and laid the keel in April 2022.

Royal Caribbean International, a unit of Royal Caribbean, and Meyer Werft claim this is the world’s largest cruise ship.

This new Icon Class series of ships will comprise three luxury liners with a tonnage of about 250,800 GT and enough room for up to 5,610 passengers.

Meyer Turku plans to deliver the second vessel in 2025, followed by the third ship in 2026.

Besides these vessels, Royal Caribbean International has also an LNG-powered ship under construction at French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique.

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