Meyer Turku builds new star in the cruise sky

Caption: The keel of the "Star of the Seas" has been laid at Meyer Turku

Following the delivery of the “Icon of the Seas“, construction of the next cruise ship has begun at Meyer Turku. The “Star of the Seas” will be delivered in summer 2025.

Shortly before the end of the year, an important milestone in the construction of the “Star of the Seas” for Royal Caribbean International (RCI) was celebrated at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland. The “Star of the Seas”, which has now been laid down, is a sister ship to the “Icon of the Seas”. [ds_preview]

The newbuild is due to be delivered by August 2025 and will be based in Port Canaveral. Royal Caribbean International markets the “Icon” class as the most modern ships of their kind in the world and as “an unprecedented vacation experience”.

The eight different themed areas include the largest water park in the world’s oceans, the Central Park made up of living plants, the AquaTheatre, which offers water acrobatic entertainment, and forty different dining options.

Star of the Seas, Meyer Turku
Shipyard manager Tim Meyer (© Meyer Turku)

The new building will secure jobs for Meyer Turku and its many suppliers. According to CEO Tim Meyer, around 13,000 man-years will be spent on production.

The keel-laying and the associated ceremony have a long tradition. At the Meyer Turku shipyard, a crane lowered a massive block of steel into the dock. Coins were deposited underneath by representatives of the customer and the shipyard. Such lucky coins have been used since Roman antiquity.

Star of the Seas” profile

  • Length: 365 m
  • Hull width: 48.5 m (waterline), 57.8 m (deck building), 65.8 m (bridge)
  • Gross tonnage: 248,655
  • Passengers: 7,600
  • Crew: 2,350
  • Flag state: Panama

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