PM Drew shares stunning images as world’s largest cruise ship docks in Basseterre

On day four of its Caribbean tour, Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas has arrived at Port Zante, Basseterre, St. Kitts.

In an extensive social media post on Tuesday morning, PM Drew said, “Good morning! My dear people, here she comes – Icon of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship. This is a very proud moment for our Federation.”

Further, he urged people to mark this achievement and thanked Marsha Henderson, the Minister of Tourism, for her significant contributions.

Let’s all make this an epic one. Thanks to Hon. Marsha T. Henderson and the Ministry of Tourism for their hard work. Thanks to Royal Caribbean for partnering with us,” he added.

With 20 decks, 40 restaurants, bars, and lounges, Icon of the Seas can accommodate 7,600 passengers who can take advantage of the ship’s seven pools, six water slides, and 55-foot waterfall.

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There are 2,350 crew members on board, and the ship was built in Turku, Finland, at a cost of approximately 2 billion dollars.

The vessel is nearly 365 meters long (five times longer than the Titanic) and weighs approximately 250,000 tons.

Here are some facts about the ship:

  • The Icon of the Seas will feature eight neighborhoods

  • Thrill Island, Chill Island, Central Park, Royal Promenade, and The Hideaway are just some of the eight neighborhoods on board the 20-story ship that offer guests a variety of experiences.

  • The Icon of the Seas ticket reservations opened in October 2022, when the ticket fare began at $1,537 per person. The cheapest ticket to Icon of the Seas is currently $1,851 for an interior room on a cruise from Miami to the Western Caribbean in September 2024.

The Icon of the Seas departs St. Kitts at 6 p.m. and will travel to the US Virgin Islands.

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