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Star of the Seas: Itinerary, features, and more

13 Oct 2023
Matt Hochberg

Star of the Seas will be the second of Royal Caribbean's Icon Class cruise ships when she launches.

Star of the Seas concept art

Royal Caribbean has not announced details about Star of the Seas, but this page will be updated periodically when Royal Caribbean reveals what the ship will offer to guests.

Being the second in the Icon Class, Royal Caribbean is expected to build upon the interest Icon of the Seas has generated.

Here is a look at the most important things we know about Star of the Seas.

Star of the Seas facts

Star of the Seas logo

Star of the Seas will be the second Icon Class cruise ship when she's built.

Royal Caribbean has not revealed any details about her, so we can only speculate how close she will be to sister ship Icon of the Seas.

Icon of the Seas construction aerial photo from February 2023

The ship is under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. 

Read moreIcon of the Seas sneak peek: Inside Royal Caribbean's next new ship

Star of the Seas should be right around the same size as Icon of the Seas, although Royal Caribbean is fond of making new ships just a little bit bigger than the previous vessel so they can market the new ship as the "biggest cruise ship in the world."

Icon of the Seas rendering at CocoCay

Icon of the Seas is 20 decks high and 1,198 feet long and measure 250,800 gross tons. It has more than 40 dining venues and bars, a waterpark, and seven pools, and can handle 9,950 people (2,350 crew and 7,600 guests).

Royal Caribbean International President & CEO, Michael Bayley, thinks Star will build on the impressive legacy Icon has already, "The idea of combining the best of every type of vacation into one ultimate adventure has created more excitement than ever anticipated, and Star of the Seas will be the next bold answer to the record-breaking consumer demand we’ve seen for nearly a year and counting with Icon of the Seas."

Royal Caribbean has not announced any onboard activities, entertainment or things to do yet.

When will Star of the Seas be delivered?

Star of the Seas coming 2025

Royal Caribbean announced Star of the Seas will begin sailing sometime in "summer of 2025."

According to filings Royal Caribbean Group made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, delivery of the ship from shipyard to cruise line should take place in the second quarter of 2025.

SEC filing

Delivery date represents when the ship would be handed over from the shipyard to the cruise line, but that is not when the ship is ready to enter service.

When a new cruise ship is delivered, formal construction is complete, but the ship still needs to be staffed, and amenities brought onboard as the ship prepares to enter service.

Incredible demand

Crown's Edge on Icon of the Seas

Even though no Icon Class ship has sailed yet, the demand for this new ship class has been incredible, and Star of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean's follow-up to Icon of the Seas.

Read moreRoyal Caribbean ship classes

Icon of the Seas is better booked than any other ship launch, and when Star of the Seas goes on sale, they'll expect similar results.

The company saw the largest booking day in its history when reservations for the Icon opened in October 2022. Royal Caribbean President & CEO Michael Bayley said Icon was "the best-selling product in the history of our business."

Next-gen power

Like Icon of the Seas, Star of the Seas will take advantage of cleaner fuel options.

This will be Royal Caribbean's third cruise ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), as well using some of the cleanest-burning marine fuel available to date with a proven lineup of industry-leading environmental programs on board.

With applications ranging from waste heat recovery systems to shore power connection, Royal Caribbean’s most sustainable ship will advance parent company Royal Caribbean Group’s journey to introducing a net-zero cruise ship by 2035.

When do bookings open for Star of the Seas?

Icon of the Seas

No date has been announced when sailings will go on sale for Star of the Seas.

Typically, Royal Caribbean opens bookings for a new ship separately from other new bookings it opens for the fleet.  So expect a specific date in the future for the first bookings to go on sale.

When Royal Caribbean does put Star of the Seas on sale, expect a fever pitch of bookings and to act quickly if you want to get a room, especially on the inaugural sailing.

Suites are typically the first room category to sell out because they are limited in quantity. Overall, demand for the maiden voyage of any new cruise ship is usually quite high and that leads to rooms selling out quickly.

Matt started Royal Caribbean Blog in 2010 as a place to share his passion for all things Royal Caribbean with readers. He oversees all the writers at Royal Caribbean Blog, and writes a great deal of content on a daily basis.  He has become one of the foremost expert on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Over the years, he has reached Pinnacle Club status with Royal Caribbean's customer loyalty program.

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