Five Times The Size Of Titanic, New World’s Largest Cruise Ship Now Based In Miami

Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas set sail on its maiden voyage from PortMiami over the weekend. It is now officialy in service as the world’s largest cruise ship.

Inter Miami’s Lionel Messi presided over a naming ceremony for the ship at PortMiami before it set sail.

The ship is about five times the size of the Titanic, and cost $2b to build.

It can hold nearly 10,000 people, including 7,600 guests and 2,350 crew.

Not only will the new ship be based in Miami, it is also owned by Miami’s Royal Caribbean, which is building a new headquarters complex at PortMiami.

Icon of the Seas is shore power ready, and Royal Caribbean’s existing and upcoming terminals at PortMiami will also soon have shore power connections. The connection will help reduce pollution in the area while the ship is docked.

 

 

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Cleaner Air
22 days ago

So happy to see a new megaship with shore power! And it’s great news that the terminal is being retrofitted. Hopefully they will start using the plug soon!

Jojo
22 days ago

Miami winning again

Joe
22 days ago

Miami’s been winning.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Can it fly?

Analyst
22 days ago

She is big but ain’t pretty..

Anonymous
22 days ago

Agreed, the previous class looks much nicer, and even that wasn’t pretty.

This looks like a giant floating strip mall.

Anon
22 days ago

Looks like wet n’ wild meets the carnival fair

Name*
22 days ago

It’s Royal Caribbean but it looks like a giant lower end trashier ship with carnival styling.

J.M.
22 days ago

Leave my mother out of this!

Anonymous
22 days ago

Like many “beauts” from Arquitectonica. Also, your mother.

*Name
22 days ago

10,000 people on a single ship. That sounds like a disaster which I will pass on.

Name*
22 days ago

That’s theoretical double booked rooms at maxiumum split capacity. In reality the passenger numbers are much lower but the crew size is in the thousands and near that max.

Anon
22 days ago

Why dont you just spend 5 seconds reading about fail-safes on modern cruise ships

Tamiami
21 days ago

10,000 people in one city?! That sound like a disaster, wait tilt the black death gets them!

Named
22 days ago

What could possibly go wrong?

Jose
22 days ago

Tourism is a poor industry to base an economy around, let’s prioritize industries that create better jobs like our neighbor Georgia is doing.

Anon
22 days ago

This city *exists* because of tourism

Anonymous
22 days ago

If he’s comparing to Georgia, he’s talking about the State, which has been attracting a lot industry outside of tourism and hospitality. Unfortunately Miami hasn’t seen a proportionate share, unless you count corporate relocations of Latin American operations from Broward County, which is a net-zero game.

Jose
21 days ago

This city and state are poor because of over-reliance on tourism and retirement services. Other Southern states routinely beat us in standard of living and average household income because we have no real jobs here.

Anonymous
21 days ago

The fifth largest semiconductor manufacturing base of all US states, booming tech hubs in Miami, Orlando and the Tampa Bay area, one of only a few US states where the manufacturing sector is actually expanding rather than shrinking. Oh, and the Miami metropolitan area is attracting numerous financial service firms headquarters and international banking offices, with the Citadel in Miami being one example, having moved from Chicago in 2022. So no, certainly no real jobs here.

Al Czervik
21 days ago

Florida’s GDP in 2022 was $1.6Trillion, and growing at 10.9%.

Georgia’s GDP in 2022 was $800 billion. About 1/2 and growing 9.7% off that baseline.

Neither Miami nor Florida are “poor”, especially when compared to Georgia.

They say that haters are gonna hate. Too bad they don’t find time to read somewhere in their hate time.

Jamrock
21 days ago

you gotta use per capita bro

Sydney
20 days ago

Also should have used 2023, but either way, neither Miami nor Florida are poor.

Jose
21 days ago

Georgia (2022) GDP Per Capita = $69,253

Florida (2022) GDP Per Capita = $62,446

Atlanta (2021) GDP Per Capita = $77,119

Miami (2021) GDP Per Capita = $68,477

Source: fred.stlouisfed.org

I criticize Florida not because I’m a “hater”, I do it because it’s my home state and I know its people deserve much better.

Sydney
20 days ago

Adjust all those Georgia figures down by the 5.5% for GA State Income tax.

Florida is still not poor.

Florida has a significant amount of agriculture jobs, and those pay far less than a waiter on a cruise ship.

That old trope that Hospitality jobs aren’t great jobs is a relic of a Frank Nero Beacon Council Era.
Catch up.

Anonymous
22 days ago

You mean Miami should try to attract a Hyundai SUV plant?

Anonymous
22 days ago

Eww no, Tesla. A Korean Yugo is still a Korean Yugo, no matter how hard it tries to imitate American and Japanese cars of ten years ago.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Tourism is one of the world’s biggest industries.

Jose
21 days ago

Sure, but it’s a very bad industry to rely on. It’s seasonal and easily affected by recessions and global events. All the richest countries and states in the world Norway, Switzerland, Massachusetts, New York, etc. have tourism as a miniscule part of their total GDP. To be successful and attract young professionals long term we must diversify.

Al Czervik
21 days ago

WE must?
Jose, you sound like a Frank Nero Era Miamian. Read Daily Business Review, Miami Today News, Or Financial Times.

Miami/S Florida has been adding thousands of $150k + jobs in Finance in the last 5 years. Citadel, Blackstone, Starwood Cap, Elliott Management, Icahn Enterprises, CI Financial, Thoma Bravo, just off the top my head

When you say “WE”, Jose, I hope that you are doing your part. I’ve been doing mine. The number of Executives and companies relocating to Miami will not slow down.

Oh yeah, and PortMiami will continue to attract $2Billion dollar boats.

Jose
21 days ago

I also like the flashy headlines but if you look at the overall trend Miami is still not even in the top 5 financial hubs in the country in 2023. the latest GFCI rankings put us 7th even behind Boston and DC. It makes for a great article when a big financial firm leaves NYC but the difference here is that these finance centers like Chicago, SF, LA, NYC, etc have much more than just finance growing their economies at the lower and middle classes as well.

We need to do better at attracting actual industry and not just putting up twitter threads about bitcoin or bragging about artificially low taxes.

Anionymous
21 days ago

What are “artificially low taxes”? You want higher taxes that “keep it real”?

Sydney
20 days ago

We?
Ask not what your City can do for you. Ask what you can do for your City.

Anon
22 days ago

Rich people don’t want all these colors and water slides. They want sophistication. I prefer more refined cruises.

Anon
22 days ago

Good thing there’s different types of cruises..?

anonymous
22 days ago

RC is one of many cruise lines that you could easily find to your liking

Ex-Londoner resident in 33132
21 days ago

Cunard brings British class
instead of cattle class.

anon
21 days ago

move back to london if you want “british class” cause you’re not gonna find it in miami

Greg
22 days ago

Perhaps they can stop blasting their radio, blowing their horn, and setting off fireworks to coexist with the people that live in the area.

Thanks in advance

Anonymous
22 days ago

Fireworks were likely a first time thing

Anon
22 days ago

The people who moved next to the busiest cruise port in the world…?

Anon
22 days ago

“Get off my lawn!!!”

Your neighbor across the hall
22 days ago

Welcome to a noisy major city. Comes with the territory.

anon
22 days ago

spoken like a transient mb nimby who lives in the area for 3 months out of the year

Anonymous
22 days ago

Cool, tell that to mongs still blasting Reggaeton like it’s still 2004.

anon
21 days ago

miami is a reggaeton city, if you don’t like it you can leave 👉🚪

Anonymous
21 days ago

Not for long! We are changing that slowly, but surely. 🙂