She is so big, fluffy and boldly colored that from some angles she could be mistaken for a cartoon spaceship.
But already Icon of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship which took to the open ocean for the first time last week, has racked up a surreal £5 million in advance sales ahead of its maiden voyage in January.
With the world’s largest onboard waterpark – including a 66-degree inclined drop with the first free-fall slide at sea – plus 40 bars and restaurants, a 55ft indoor waterfall, mini-golf course and ice rink, the £1.5 billion Royal Caribbean ship is the current record holder, Wonder. 10 feet longer than Off the Seas.
‘Could it be true?’ The first pictures have emerged of the pink and green spaghetti-like slides on the top deck of Thrill Island, a stunned observer wrote on social media.
Designed to appeal to a younger crowd, there’s a zip-line 154 feet above the ocean, a rock-climbing wall, obstacle course, arcade and a karaoke bar.
The Icon of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, took to the open sea for the first time last week
It reportedly raised a not-so-real £5 million in advance sales ahead of its maiden voyage in January.
The £1.5 billion Royal Caribbean ship is 10 feet longer than the current record holder, Wonder of the Seas.
Designed to appeal to a younger crowd, 154 feet above the sea features a zip-line, a rock-climbing wall, obstacle course, arcade and a karaoke bar.
It has the world’s largest onboard waterpark – including the first free-fall slide into the ocean with a 66-degree inclined drop
The cruise ship offers the Crown’s Edge Walkway, part skywalk, part ropes course, part thrill ride.
Icon’s Royal Bay Pool is not only the largest pool at sea, at 40,000 gallons, but also features water lounge seating, elevated whirlpools and palm trees.
Guests can also enjoy the cruise line’s first swim-up bar with a frozen cocktail bar and live DJ, and an infinity pool suspended over the ocean.
The ship features a dome made of 673 glass panels and 712 aluminum panels that sit atop the ship offering panoramic ocean views.
The cruise ship features 40 bars and restaurants, a 55-foot indoor waterfall, mini-golf course and ice rink.
The cruise ship boasts the largest cabin at sea, a three-story ‘townhouse’ that sleeps eight and has a 35-foot red slide running from top to bottom.
For guests seeking tranquility, Icon has the adults-only retreat, Cloud 17, and the restaurant offers a fine dining experience with seating for just 38 guests.
The ship can carry 7,600 passengers and 2,350 crew and has the largest cabin at sea, a three-story ‘townhouse’ that sleeps eight and a 35-foot red slide from top to bottom.
‘If you leave your shoes in the kitchen and you’re in the bedroom, it’s a pretty fun way to retrieve them,’ said a source.
A private elevator then returns you to the third floor master bedroom.
Twenty decks high, Icon of the Seas is 1,198 feet long with a gross tonnage of 250,800 – five times the size of the Titanic.
Critics described it as ‘a monstrous monster’ but a spokeswoman for the cruise liner said it had broken sales records and was almost fully booked for January, when it will sail four cruises around the Caribbean from Miami.
An insider said: ‘It’s the future. People may scoff but sales figures show this is what tourists want. Our lines have been ringing non-stop since she went on sea trials last week.
‘People have been saving up hard for the holiday of a lifetime – and this is it.’
It promises to be one of the most eco-friendly ships ever built
It is powered by liquefied natural gas that drives six engines, producing 67,500 kW (90,520 hp).
Royal Caribbean chief executive Michael Bailey said: ‘The energy and time that has gone into this ship is mind-blowing.’
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