World’s Largest Cruise Ship “Icon of the Seas” Embarks on Maiden Voyage from Miami

The Icon of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, has embarked on its maiden voyage from Miami, Florida. Spanning 365 meters in length and boasting 20 decks, the vessel can accommodate nearly 8,000 passengers. With amenities like a 16-meter waterfall, six water slides, and over 40 dining and entertainment venues, the ship offers an array of attractions. Despite the ship’s claim of being 24% more energy efficient than International Maritime Organization standards, environmental concerns have been raised due to its use of LNG (liquefied natural gas), which emits methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
  • The Icon of the Seas has launched from Miami on its first voyage.
  • It measures 365 meters long, includes 20 decks, and accommodates nearly 8,000 passengers.
  • The cruise ship features a 16-meter waterfall, six water slides, and over 40 restaurants and bars.
  • It is hailed as an engineering marvel with advanced technology such as cabin automation and LNG as its main fuel source.
  • The ship is said to be 24% more energy efficient than current international standards.
  • Environmentalists express concerns over its LNG propulsion, which emits methane, a greenhouse gas.
  • The International Maritime Organization has recognized the need to reduce methane emissions in its greenhouse gas reduction strategy.
  • Features on board include eight distinct neighborhoods, a park with 30,000 plants, a family section, a water park, and a dome with its own waterfall.
  • Activities on the ship range from serene walks in a park to adventurous ziplining over the edge of the vessel.
  • The industry is actively seeking ways to reduce environmental impact, with LNG being a transitional technology towards Net Zero cruise ships.

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