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Icon of the Seas: keel laying of Royal Caribbean’s first LNG-fueled cruise

An iconic day for the cruise industry’s next iconic ship took place on June 14 when Royal Caribbean International marked the start of construction on its first Icon Class ship and also its first powered by LNG. To celebrate the milestone, the world’s largest cruise line held a steel-cutting ceremony at Finnish shipyard Meyer Turku, where the revolutionary ship’s name was revealed as Icon of the Seas.

The initial step in the cruise’s years-long journey to completion also officially begins Royal Caribbean’s next chapter in building a clean-energy future as the leader in innovative ship design. Debuting in fall 2023, Icon will be the company’s first of three ships to be powered by LNG. This fuel and the state-of-the-art vessel’s additional environmentally friendly applications will boost energy efficiencies and reduce carbon footprint.

“We made our commitment to making clean power at sea a reality – and soon the norm – when Icon Class was first announced in 2016, and we’re excited to see construction underway on what will truly be a ship unlike any other,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Our decades of work in ocean conservation, energy efficiency and continuous improvement will be evident all throughout Icon.”

Royal Caribbean is already known for its decades of work in making strides on energy efficiency and reduced emissions. Use of LNG technology will result in further reduced emissions overall, virtually zero sulfur dioxides and particulates, and a significant reduction in the production of nitrogen oxides.

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