Royal Caribbean’s Star of the Seas Keel Laid

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The keel of Star of the Seas laid at the bottom of the dry dock at meyer turku shipyard in finland
  • Royal Caribbean's second Icon-class ship, Star of the Seas, commenced construction with a traditional keel-laying ceremony at Meyer Turku shipyard.
  • The ship, highlighting environmental stewardship, will be powered by LNG and features advanced eco-friendly technologies.
  • Scheduled for launch in 2025, Star of the Seas offers week-long Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida, including visits to Royal Caribbean's private island, CocoCay.

Star of the Seas Celebrates Keel Laying Ceremony

A construction worker lays coins under the keel of Star of the Seas before the keel is laid as a tradition to bring good fortune to the vessel

A significant milestone in constructing Royal Caribbean International’s second Icon-class cruise ship, “Star of the Seas,” was celebrated on December 15, 2023, at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. The keel-laying ceremony, a revered shipbuilding tradition, marked the beginning of the hull assembly for this much-anticipated vessel​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.

During the ceremony, a crane lowered a massive steel block to the bottom of the construction dock. Meyer Turku representatives placed coins under the hull section in keeping with maritime tradition. The tradition is thought to bring fortune and protection to new vessels.

“Star of the Seas is very important for both the shipyard and the partner network: the 13,000 man-years spent on building the ship create employment and business in Varsinais-Suomi and, with the supply chains, significantly wider as well,” said Tim Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku.

Star of the Seas is the second Icon-class cruise ship following Icon of the Seas. The vessel is set to launch in 2025.

Environmental Stewardship at the Helm

Construction workers gather for a photo during the Royal Caribbean Star of the Seas Keel Laying Ceremony

Emphasizing environmental responsibility, Star of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean’s third ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The mega-cruise ship incorporates advanced environmental technologies, including shore power capabilities, aligning with the company’s goal of launching a net-zero cruise ship by 2035.

This approach reflects a growing industry trend towards sustainable and eco-friendly practices​​.

A Journey of Innovation and Leisure

After completion, Star of the Seas will offer week-long cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida, starting in August 2025.

Star of the Seas will offer Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, featuring a stop at Royal Caribbean’s private island, CocoCay, in the Bahamas. This island paradise boasts attractions like 13 waterslides, the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool, and an exclusive adults-only area, Hideaway Beach​​​​.

Tickets for Star of the Seas opened to the general public on December 6, 2023.

Marcello De Lio
Marcello De Lio

Marcello's been cruising since he was 12 years old. He loves the freedom that cruising provides, meeting new people, and exploring amazing new ships. Marcello created High Seas Cruising to share his passion for cruising and travel with readers and grow a community of passionate voyagers.

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