Here's where to see the world's largest cruise ship

The Royal Caribbean ship Icon of the Seas is almost 365 meters long. The ship, which leaves South Florida on its first seven-day trip to the tropics, was officially christened on Tuesday with the help of soccer legend Lionel Messi and his Inter Miami teammates.

“The Icon of the Sea is the result of more than 50 years of dreams, innovation and the fulfillment of our mission: to responsibly deliver the best vacation experiences to the world,” said Jason Liberty, president and CEO of The Royal Queen. Caribbean group. “It is the ultimate intergenerational holiday destination, changing the status quo of family travel forever and making holiday dreams come true for all ages on board.”

The ship departs as Royal Caribbean cruises become increasingly popular online. Since December, the company's 9-month “Ultimate Journey Around the World” has captivated and confused an audience of dedicated viewers on social media.

Millions of people are following the journey through the eyes of the passengers, living and posting about their lives on the ship they will be on for almost a year. If that sounds like a reality TV show, some viewers did just that.

When Icon of the Seas was first announced in October 2022, the ship attracted the highest number of bookings since Royal Caribbean was founded 53 years ago, according to the cruise line.

Icon of the Sea is divided into eight districts spread over 20 decks. The ship has six water slides, seven swimming pools, an ice rink, a theater and more than 40 restaurants, bars and lounges. At full capacity, the ship can carry up to 7,600 passengers, as well as 2,350 crew members.

It is powered by six engines that can run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), an alternative fuel that reduces sulfur and greenhouse gas emissions, according to the International Cruise Line Association. However, some environmentalists worry that LNG-powered ships increase methane emissions. Others say vacationers create eight times more carbon on a cruise than on land.

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