July 3, 2019 - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has ordered two cruise ships of the new Icon class from Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. The ships are scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of 2022 and 2024. Yesterday it was announced that Royal Caribbean has ordered another ship of this class.
With 200.000 GT, the planned newbuildings are below the Oasis class (approx. 225.000 GT) and above the Quantum class (approx. 169.000 GT). The new ships meet the increasing demands for environmentally friendly solutions in the cruise business. Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. says: “We have developed a class of ships that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and that use the latest environmentally friendly applications. We believe innovative shipbuilding can reduce our carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency to contribute to a cleaner future. "
Oasis of the Seas in the port of Palma de Mallorca
Before that, Mr. Fain commented in October 2016 on the occasion of the presentation of the Icon class: "With the Icon class we are going on a journey with the aim of taking the smoke out of our smokestacks. . "
Quantum-class ships Ovation of the Seas
So far, there is only little reliable information about the icon class. The measurement of the ships is roughly known: 200.000 GT. The shipping company puts the number of passengers at 5.000. The fuel issue has also been clarified. The ships run on liquid natural gas (LNG). In the huge hotel area, fuel cell technology is used as an efficient source of energy. A bundle of additional promising measures has been announced: Energy savings, the use of energy-efficient glass panes, the recovery of machine heat and its use in the hotel and kitchen area and the cooling of the air-conditioning systems with seawater are planned.
The order is still dependent on the financing; a customary formulation in shipbuilding. At the client Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. this is probably just a formality.