Royal Caribbean Reveals New Details on Icon of the Seas

Royal Caribbean reveals new details on its most anticipated new cruise ship ever, Icon of the Seas. The cruise line details some new offerings that will be featured in the Thrill Island and Surfside neighborhoods.

It comes as the giant LNG-powered vessel continues to be constructed at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. As Royal Caribbean gets close to the ship’s debut in January 2024, even more new details are expected to be revealed.

Thrill Island’s Latest Features

The excitement continues for Royal Caribbean’s record-breaking new mega-ship, Icon of the Seas, which is still under construction. The cruise reveals some new spaces that guests can enjoy onboard, more specifically, at the Thrill Island and Surfside neighborhoods. The cruise line initially revealed the new vessel in October 2022, including the eight different neighborhoods onboard.

Royal Caribbean Icon of the Seas
Render Courtesy: Royal Caribbean

To be featured in the Thrill Island neighborhood, Basecamp will

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Disney Cruise Line Tightens Temporary Refund Policy

Many cruise lines have been exceptionally lenient with cancellation and refund policies since sailing restarted while strict pandemic protocols were still in effect. Disney Cruise Line is now tightening their policies, however, with a shorter refund window and requiring tests for guests to take advantage of the policy.

Shorter Window for Last-Minute Cancellations

All major cruise lines have had temporary policies in place for guests who may test positive for COVID-19 shortly before their sailing date, when they may be ill or infectious to others during their cruise.

Disney Cruise Line’s policy has been that guests who test positive within 14 days of embarkation would be able to use the “Temporary Flexible Refund Policy” to “receive a refund in their original form of payment without Disney-imposed cancellation fees.”

Guests also have the option to “apply their cruise fare toward a future sail date” if applicable. Now, that policy has quietly

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Latest Construction Update on Carnival’s New Cruise Ship

Although her official release date is nearly a year away, Carnival Jubilee‘s construction is progressing as planned. The Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, provided an update on the Excel-class cruise ship today, already showing her name and livery on parts of the hull in a picture released on Monday.

Carnival Jubilee will have many of the same features as her sisters, Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration, such as the Waterworks Aqua park, Shaq’s Big Chicken, and of course, one of only three rollercoasters at sea, Bolt. 

Carnival Jubilee Construction Update

Carnival Cruise Line’s third Excel-class cruise ship, Carnival Jubilee, is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. While her sisters, Carnival Celebration and Mardi Gras, were both constructed at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, Carnival Jubilee is the first to be built in Germany for the Miami-based cruise line in

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