This article is Icon of the Seas Second Sea Trials. It is about Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas going on a second round of sea trials in preparation of her January debut in the Caribbean.
The featured image is from Marjo Keiramo/Meyer Turku.
Icon of the Seas
Royal Caribbean is making history as Icon of the Seas continues to progress in the building stages.
Icon of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s new class design and it is the worlds largest cruise ship.
The ship will debut for cruises in the Caribbean from Miami beginning at the end of January.
The vessel is a 250,000 gross ton ship and is massive. The ship will accommodate 7,600 passengers.
Sea Trials are important milestones in shipbuilding as it gives the opportunity to test the ship under all different types of situations while she is out to sea. From emergency maneuvers to day to day operations, these trials give the Captain a chance to make sure the vessel operates as expected.
Generally ships have two sea trials prior to the shipyard turning them over to the cruise line.
The first one for Icon took place in June and the ship passed the tests completely.
The first sea trials tested the ship on the power of the main engines. In addition, the other test was on hull integrity, brake systems, and steering and observed noise and vibration levels.
Second Sea Trial
This weekend, Icon of the Seas is completing the second round of sea trial.
The second round will be more rigorous and it will test the ships performance.
The Captain and shipbuilders will make sure that Icon can make emergency maneuvers in order to keep the passengers and crew safe. In addition, the test will ensure that the ship can quickly maneuver out of a dangerous situation or some to a complete stop from full throttle.
I am going to be sailing on the January 27, 2024 sailing of Icon of the Seas. It will be the first public sailing after the cruise line offers media and industry’s sailings as well as the formal naming ceremonies in January in Miami.
It should be an exciting experience being on this special sailing.