In a major announcement, Royal Caribbean International has disclosed that its second Icon-class ship, the Star of the Seas, will make its homeport at Port Canaveral starting in the summer of 2025.
The introduction of Star of the Seas to Port Canaveral is set to add another jewel to the crown of this renowned cruising hub. Port Canaveral is the world’s busiest cruise hub.
As Port Canaveral prepares to welcome this magnificent new addition to its fleet, the Star of the Seas promises to be a game-changer in the world of luxury cruising, blending innovative design with environmentally friendly technologies. With sales opening soon, the anticipation for this groundbreaking cruise ship continues to grow.
Unveiling of the Star of the Seas
Star of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s second Icon-class cruise ship and a sister ship to the soon-to-debut Icon of the Seas.
The cruise ship, previously known as “Project NB-1401,” was officially named Star of the Seas on October 5, 2023, just three months before Icon of the Seas was scheduled to enter service.
While specific design details of the Star of the Seas remain under wraps, we anticipate the ship to be roughly equivalent in size and amenities to its sister ship, Icon of the Seas. Icon of the Seas has an internal volume of 250,800 gross tons and stretches 1,198 feet long.
It can accommodate 5,610 guests at double occupancy and up to 7,600 guests when fully booked. The Star of the Seas is expected to feature a variety of neighborhoods, theme parks, and thrill rides like Royal Caribbean’s signature Flow Rider surf simulator, waterslides, swim-up bar, and kids splash pad.
Star of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean’s third ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), following the Icon of the Seas and the Oasis-class Utopia of the Seas. LNG power underscores the cruise line’s commitment to environmental sustainability. LNG is a cleaner fuel option compared to traditional marine fuels.
Cruise enthusiasts can mark their calendars as the first cruises aboard Star of the Seas will go on sale on December 6, 2023. The exact itineraries are yet to be announced, but from its homeport in Port Canaveral, the ship is expected to offer a variety of Caribbean and Bahamas cruises. The construction of the second Icon-class vessel began early in 2023, and its keel-laying ceremony is an eagerly awaited next step.