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Lionel Messi, Mario Lopez & Red Hot Chilli Pipers Help Name Icon of the Seas

ITTN’s Shane Cullen was invited to the Icon of the Seas naming ceremony, which was held in the AquaDome. Football icon Lionel Messi had the honour of naming the newest ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet.

Nick Wier (SVP, Entertainment, RCI) highlighted this was the biggest naming ceremony in the history of the cruise company. For those of you who remember Mario from Saved by the Bell, Mario Lopez was MC for the event – live and in person. He introduced senior members of the management team onto the stage along with footballing legend, Lionel Messi. As Royal Caribbean explains:

“It takes game, to change the game… it takes skills to bring thrills… And it takes icons to make an icon.” – Lionel Messi, an icon of football, officially named Icon of the Seas in a suitably glitzy affair. 

The event showcased the people who make Icon of the Seas and the experiences onboard possible, highlighting crew members from around the world who form the Royal Caribbean team.

Audience members got a preview of the fantastic aqua show with aerial acrobatics, synchronised swimming, dancing and diving to a remix of the soundtracks of the Batman movies which was epic.

Entertainment included a very impressive medley by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers (pipe band) and were treated to a spectacle of fireworks to end an eventful day.

Icon of the Seas – Ultimate Family Vacation

The first Icon Class ship, Icon of the Seas will be the first-of-its-kind combination of the best of every vacation. From the beach retreat to the resort escape and the theme park adventure, Icon delivers every kind of family and adventurer their version of the ultimate vacation.

The new ship features an all-encompassing lineup of eight neighbourhoods that come alive day and night, including five brand-new adventures and three bold, returning favourites. Each one is a destination in and of itself filled with an array of experiences, live entertainment and ways to grab a bite and a drink, so that everyone can make memories their way every day.

Icon of the Seas – Sailing the Caribbean

Icon will sail year-round, 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean vacations from Miami. Every cruise will visit Royal Caribbean’s top-rated private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas; and a mix of destinations like Cozumel, Mexico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Basseterre, St. Kitts.

Shane Cullen
Shane Cullen
Shane Cullen has been managing director of a media production studio for nearly 20 years working on projects for a global clientele. He has worked in the travel industry for over a decade and as a travel journalist since 2015. He is passionate about travel, film & photography. He also has a keen interest in emerging technology.

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