Lionel Messi launch Royal Caribbean ship

Lionel Messi Unveils Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas

Lionel Messi, the best footballer of this era, played an important role in the grand unveiling of Royal Caribbean International’s latest vessel, the Icon of the Seas.

As the cruise line celebrates its 55th anniversary, this landmark event in Miami marked the official debut of what is touted as the world’s best family vacation experience. The Icon of the Seas stands as a testament to unparalleled family adventures and memorable vacations for millions.

Lionel Messi, also known as Royal Caribbean’s Icon of Icon, expressed his excitement about the Icon of the Seas. “Family is everything to me, and it was exciting to take part in welcoming what is the world’s best family vacation to Miami,” Messi said. The ship is designed to offer next-level experiences for the whole family, ensuring memories that will last a lifetime.

Seven Years in the Making

The naming ceremony, hosted by four-time Emmy award-winning host Mario Lopez, was held in the AquaDome neighborhood – an engineering marvel representing the ship’s diverse lineup of experiences. The event was attended by Royal Caribbean executives, crew, employees, fans, and partners, including Meyer Turku shipyard and Inter Miami CF.

A New Standard in Family Travel

Royal Caribbean Group President and CEO Jason Liberty emphasized that Icon of the Seas is the result of over 50 years of innovation and dedication to delivering the best vacation experiences. “She is the ultimate multigenerational family vacation, forever changing the status quo in family travel,” Liberty remarked. With Lionel Messi, a figure iconic for creating lasting memories, presiding over the ship’s naming, the launch marks a new chapter in family vacations.

Record-Breaking Launch

Messi, the only eight-time Ballon d’Or award-winner, inaugurated the ship with a ceremonial bottle breaking. Icon of the Seas has already set records, including the largest single booking day in Royal Caribbean’s history when first revealed in October 2022.

A New Era of Vacations

Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, expressed his enthusiasm for the ship’s debut. “Officially naming Icon marks more than the introduction of a new ship; it is the start of a new era of vacations,” Bayley said. The Icon of the Seas offers something for every type of family and adventurer, promising a unique vacation experience.

Unparalleled Onboard Experiences

Icon of the Seas features an all-encompassing lineup of experiences combining the best of beach retreats, resort escapes, and theme park adventures. The ship houses eight distinct neighborhoods, offering firsts and favorites for all ages. Highlights include six record-breaking waterslides, the Crown’s Edge experience, and seven pools, including the first suspended infinity pool at sea.

Caribbean Adventures Begin

Starting January 27, vacationers will embark on 7-night Eastern or Western Caribbean adventures from Miami. The journeys will feature idyllic destinations in the Caribbean, including Royal Caribbean’s private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas. In January 2024, the island will introduce Hideaway Beach, its first adults-only escape.

Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas stands as a game-changer in family vacations, offering a blend of thrills and relaxation. It sets a new standard for multigenerational travel, ensuring an unforgettable experience for every family member.

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