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Inside £1.5bn race to build mega cruiser Icon of the Seas with £60K suite plus world’s biggest water park & swim-up bar | The Sun
IT'S the biggest cruise ship the world has ever seen, and next year it'll make history when it sets sail from Florida to the Caribbean.
Having cost an estimated £1.5billion to build, the magnificent Icon of the Seas is 20 decks high and weighs a staggering 250,800 gross tons – five times the size of the Titanic.
The Royal Caribbean's magnificent vessel boasts the world's largest water park at sea as well as the biggest swim-up bar, where guests can sip on luxurious Champagne or hand-crafted cocktails.
It also features the world’s first suspended infinity pool at sea, with floating sun loungers and jaw-dropping ocean views from eight storeys up.
For families there are seven other pools, a child-friendly aqua park, nine whirlpools, a mini-golf course, ice rink, arcade and 40 bars and restaurants including a karaoke bar.
Adventurous types can enjoy the surf simulator, a zip-line 154ft above the ocean, a rock-climbing wall and an obstacle course.
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Icon, which measures 1,198 feet and has 2,805 cabins, features a total of eight neighbourhoods – one of which will set you back £60,000 a week.
Spanning four decks, the exclusive Suite Neighbourhood comes with the best staterooms, its own swimming pool, a garden and a double-level Coastal Kitchen restaurant.
Its first seven-night route will begin from Miami on January 7 and explore Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis, sailing on to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas, before returning to the U.S.
The announcement of its construction was made in 2016, and the first steel cutting took place in 2021.
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