Royal Caribbean International’s Icon of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, has welcomed a unique new crew member – Rover, a golden retriever appointed the ship’s “Chief Dog Officer.” Rover boarded the ship during a stop in Ponce, Puerto Rico, as Icon prepared for its final journey to Miami, Florida, for her naming ceremony.
Rover’s arrival marks a first for the cruise line, adding a canine member to the team. While her specific duties are not detailed, her role may be as a service dog or mascot for the world’s largest cruise ship.
Rover is accompanied by Allison, a crew member from Australia. The duo will explore the ship and interact with guests. Rover’s addition has sparked interest and excitement among guests, although some have expressed concerns about potential allergies.
The Icon of the Seas is gearing up for its maiden voyage, scheduled to depart from Miami on January 27, 2024. The cruise will take guests on a weeklong journey to destinations such as Perfect Day at CocoCay, St. Thomas, and St. Kitts & Nevis.
Passengers also point to Royal Caribbean’s policy prohibiting cruise ship pets.