The world's largest cruise ship, "Icon of the Seas," operated by Royal Caribbean International, is set to embark on its maiden voyage from the Port of Miami in Florida this Saturday.
Stretching nearly 365 meters from bow to stern, the ship will depart South Florida for a seven-day journey through the tropical islands.
Football legend Lionel Messi, along with his teammates from Inter Miami, were aboard the ship last Tuesday to celebrate the upcoming inaugural tourist trip.
Jason Liberty, the President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, said this week, "Icon of the Seas is the culmination of more than 50 years of dreaming, innovation, and dedication to our mission of delivering the world's best vacation experiences in a responsible way."
He added, "This ship will forever change the game in family travel plans, fulfilling dreams of a fantastic holiday for all ages aboard a cruise."
When "Icon of the Seas" was first unveiled in October 2022, it spurred the "biggest day and week" in holiday booking in Royal Caribbean's 53-year history.
The ship is divided into eight neighborhoods and comprises 20 decks.
It features 6 water slides, seven swimming pools, an ice-skating rink, a theater, and more than 40 restaurants.
The ship has the capacity to accommodate up to 7,600 passengers at its maximum capacity, in addition to a crew of 2,350 members.