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ROYAL CARIBBEAN'S ICON OF THE SEAS MAKES GRAND ENTRANCE IN MIAMI AHEAD OF DEBUT

Experience the spectacle as Icon of the Seas is welcomed with flair, showcasing Miami's enthusiasm for the vessel's upcoming debut.

12.01.2024
BY MAXWELL SOETOMO
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In a dazzling display of celebration, Royal Caribbean International's much-anticipated Icon of the Seas sailed into Miami for the first time, setting the stage for its official debut on January 27. The unprecedented vessel, described as a fusion of every vacation experience imaginable, was met with enthusiasm from air, land, and sea.

The arrival of Icon of the Seas was marked by a spectacular showcase, with fireboat salutes, banner planes soaring through the sky, and a community celebration at Pérez Art Museum. Local residents, Royal Caribbean enthusiasts, executives, and employees gathered to witness the historic moment as Miami welcomed its newest resident in style.

With less than 20 days until the grand unveiling, Icon is undergoing final preparations in Miami, building anticipation for its iconic naming celebration and inaugural cruise. The event promises to usher in a new era of vacation experiences, and the Miami community is buzzing with excitement.

Icon of the Seas is designed to be an all-encompassing vacation destination, seamlessly blending the best elements from beach retreats, resort escapes, and theme park adventures. The vessel boasts eight distinct neighborhoods, each offering a unique experience day and night. From record-breaking waterslides at Category 6 to the breathtaking Crown's Edge experience 154 feet above the ocean, Icon promises adrenaline-pumping thrills for adventure seekers.

For those seeking relaxation, the ship features seven pools, including the world's first suspended infinity pool at sea. Families with young children will find a dedicated neighborhood, and food enthusiasts will delight in over 40 restaurants, bars, and lounges. The entertainment options are equally diverse, spanning air, ice, water, and theater experiences.

Starting January 27, vacationers can embark on 7-night Eastern or Western Caribbean adventures, exploring idyllic destinations and enjoying a day of thrills and relaxation at Royal Caribbean's private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas. Adding to the allure of Perfect Day in January 2024 is the debut of Hideaway Beach, the island's first adults-only escape, offering a serene private beach, exclusive cabanas, live music, and more.

For those eager to experience this groundbreaking vacation, bookings are now open on Royal Caribbean's website. Additionally, the "Making an Icon" web series provides a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this extraordinary cruise experience.

Royal Caribbean International, a part of the Royal Caribbean Group, has been a leader in cruise innovation for over 50 years. With a commitment to delivering the latest technology and unforgettable guest experiences, the cruise line continues to redefine vacations with itineraries spanning 240 destinations across 61 countries on six continents. The recent accolade of "Best Cruise Line Overall" for 21 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards further solidifies Royal Caribbean's position as an industry trailblazer.

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