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MIAMI — A third Icon Class ship is heading to Royal Caribbean’s fleet in 2025.
The cruise line announced this week that an order for a third ship was placed with shipbuilder Meyer Turku. Once complete, it will join its sister Icon Class ships, which are set to be delivered in 2022 and 2024.
Each Icon Class ship will accommodate approximately 5,000 passengers and be powered by a combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and fuel cell technology.
“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, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We’ve designed a class of ships powered by liquefied natural gas that leverages the latest, environmentally-friendly applications. We believe that innovative shipbuilding can reduce our carbon footprint and boost energy efficiencies to help build a cleaner future.”
Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, said these are “exciting times” for the cruise line. “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.”