Lionel Messi Christens Icon of the Seas in Miami Ceremony

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  • Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, was officially christened in Miami with Lionel Messi as its icon.
  • The ship focuses on family-friendly experiences, with innovative features like the Surfside neighborhood for young families.
  • Icon of the Seas sets new standards in cruise ship design, emphasizing innovation, luxury, and family-oriented travel.

Royal Caribbean International’s Icon of the Seas was officially christened by Lionel Messi in Miami on January 23, 2024. The star-studded event was marked by grandeur and excitement with high divers and Scotland’s Red Hot Chili Pipers. Icon of the Seas’ momentous celebration welcomed the arrival of the world’s largest cruise ship.

The ceremony was highlighted by the presence of soccer superstar Lionel Messi, who served as the ship’s icon and representative, symbolizing the vessel’s focus on family and excellence.

The Christening Ceremony: A Blend of Tradition and Modernity

The Icon of the Seas naming ceremony was an energetic and vibrant showcase, combining traditional maritime elements with contemporary flair. American actor Mario Lopez hosted the event, which featured a bagpipe serenade, blessings from religious figures, and the presence of Royal Caribbean executives.

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Icon of the Seas’ godparent Lionel Messi blessed the ship, emphasizing its dedication to families and memorable experiences. The ceremony was livestreamed on social media, drawing thousands of viewers and highlighting the ship’s unique features.

Icon of the Seas: A New Era in Cruising

Icon of the Seas arrives at PortMiami ahead of christening ceremonyPin

Spanning 1,198 feet in length and capable of accommodating 7,800 passengers and 2,350 crew members, Icon of the Seas is a testament to Royal Caribbean’s commitment to innovation and family-oriented travel.

The ship boasts impressive amenities like The Hideaway with its suspended infinity pool and diverse dining options. Its maiden voyage is set for January 27, 2024, promising an unparalleled adventure for its passengers.

One of the ship’s standout features is the Surfside neighborhood, specifically designed for families with children under six. This vibrant area replaces the traditional Boardwalk on Oasis Class ships, offering an arcade, kids splash zone, aft pool, carousel, and dining venues.

Crew members standing on the top decks at the aft of Icon of the Seas as the ship arrives in Miami cruise port before her maiden voygagePin

“We believe we’ve created the world’s best family vacation. It’s been an exciting journey. It really is team work that makes the dream work,” said Royal Caribbean International president and CEO Michael Bayley, thanking his entire Royal Caribbean team.

“Icon of the Seas is a culmination of over 50 years of dreaming, innovating, and living our mission each and every day to deliver the world’s best vacations and doing so in a responsible way,” added Jason Liberty, CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises. 

Icon of the Seas is not just a larger version of previous ships; it represents a new level of innovation and luxury in cruising. Royal Caribbean Group CEO Jason Liberty highlighted the company’s culture of dreaming and innovation, noting that each new ship is a chance to improve and create the best vacation experiences. With its groundbreaking features and focus on family, Icon of the Seas sets a new benchmark in the cruise industry.

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Marcello De Lio