The newbuild has been designed as a sister to AIDAnova and will begin service in spring 2021
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Author: Rebecca Gibson/Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Categories: News, Building and refurbishment, Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (Royal Caribbean) has ordered a third Icon-class cruise ship from Finland’s Meyer Turku shipyard, which will be delivered in spring 2025.
Icon III will be designed and built to the same specifications as the first two Icon ships, which will be around 200,000gt, carry up to 5,000 guests each and be powered by LNG.
“We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to our Icon-class fleet that affirms our commitment to clean-power technologies at sea,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean. “We’ve designed a class of ships powered by LNG that leverages the latest, environmentally friendly applications. We believe that innovative shipbuilding can reduce our carbon footprint and boost energy efficiencies to help to build a cleaner future.”
Meyer Turku will begin building the first Icon ship in spring 2020 and deliver her in 2022. Icon II is scheduled for completion in 2024.
“These are exciting times for Royal Caribbean, and we have an incredible partner in Meyer Turku to bring to life now three vessels of what will be a remarkable class of ships,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “Building on our vision with the addition of a third order is a testament to our confidence in the innovative design and energy-efficient technology and engineering that will, without a doubt, make Icon class a game changer.”
The order for a third Icon ship extends Meyer Turku’s order book to 2025, giving the shipyard and the Finnish maritime cluster long-term stability.
“We are very thankful to Royal Caribbean for its confidence in the Icon ship design and our ability to build such an exceptional ship even before the first Icon is delivered,” said Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku.
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