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Friday,  April 12, 2024 9:54 PM 

Athlete Lionel Messi named official “Icon” for Royal Caribbean’s new megaship

  • Cruises
  •   12-14-2023  4:53 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Athlete Lionel Messi named official “Icon” for Royal Caribbean’s new megaship
Sports icon Lionel Messi has the official “Icon of Icon of the Seas.” (RCI)
Pax Global Media

An icon for an icon.

As Royal Caribbean International’s new ship, Icon of the Seas, gets ready for its debut in January 2024, the cruise line has named sports icon Lionel Messi has the official “Icon of Icon of the Seas.”

As the first ship “Icon,” the celebrated fútbol (soccer) player will welcome the new ship at its naming celebration in Miami, Florida.

Messi has and continues to set a long list of records throughout his career that includes winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or award eight times and being named TIME’s 2023 Athlete of the Year for ushering in a new era of fútbol in the U.S. when he joined Royal Caribbean partner and new Leagues Cup champion Inter Miami CF.

In its own right, Icon has also marked record-breaking moments, RCI points out.

The ship’s reveal in October 2022 spurred the single largest booking day and highest volume booking week in the cruise line’s then 53-year history.

With six record-setting waterslides, seven pools, the first neighbourhood designed for young families, more than 40 ways to dine, drink and be entertained, and more, Icon is where every type of family and adventurer can make memories together and on their own without compromise.

“I’m thrilled and honored to join the Royal Caribbean family to celebrate the arrival of the game-changing Icon of the Seas,” said Lionel Messi, now Royal Caribbean International’s Icon of Icon, in a statement. “Icon is beyond anything else that’s out there for family vacations, with incredible never-before-seen features, all designed for making memories together.”

Messi’s new role follows the recent announcement of Royal Caribbean and Inter Miami CF’s partnership in which the cruise line is the Club’s Main Partner and Official Vacation Partner.

Royal Caribbean and Inter Miami CF will also celebrate the arrival of Icon with the next phase of the partnership – details which will be revealed at a later date.

“Icon of the Seas is the culmination of more than 50 years of delivering memorable vacations, and it’s set to live up to its name in more ways than one when it changes the vacation industry in January 2024,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, in a statement. “It’s that ability to make such a widespread impact and change the status quo that the Icon of Icon must personify, and Lionel Messi has proven to be the perfect example of that for years in the world of sports and most recently in introducing a new era of excitement and passion for fútbol in Miami and the U.S.”

As part of a longstanding maritime tradition, Messi will take part in the naming celebration for Icon in January 2024 in Miami.

The Icon of Icon will have the honour of bestowing safekeeping onto the new ship, its crew and the millions of families who will create memories of a lifetime on board in the years to come.

Rounding out the world’s best vacation are the sun-soaked destinations vacationers can visit year-round while on Icon.

Each 7-night Eastern or Western Caribbean adventure from Miami is all about island hopping, featuring idyllic locales across the Caribbean – like Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas – and an unmatched day of thrill and chill at Royal Caribbean’s private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas, which will soon debut its first adults-only oasis, Hideaway Beach.

The new megaship will house more 7,600 passengers at maximum capacity, and is set to become the largest cruise ship in the world, overtaking its sister ship, Wonder of the Seas, which launched in March 2022.

For more on Icon of the Seas, click here.

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