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The new year is kicking off with an iconic celebration.

Royal Caribbean International’s highly anticipated Icon of the Seas took centre stage as it arrived in Miami for the first time.

The first-of-its-kind combination of the best of every holiday was welcomed with fanfare by air, land and sea, ahead of its official debut on Jan. 27.

Counting down to the start of a new era of holidays, local residents and Royal Caribbean fans, executives and employees were on hand as the first to see Miami’s newest resident. 

Icon arrived to PortMiami in style, with celebratory fire boat salutes, banner planes in flight and a community celebration at Pérez Art Museum to mark the new holiday’s first appearance of many to come in the Magic City.

With the introduction of the world’s best family holiday less than 20 days away, Icon will continue making its final preparations in Miami ahead of an iconic naming celebration and first cruise.

In store on Icon is an all-encompassing lineup of experiences that combines the best of every holiday – from the beach retreat to the resort escape and the theme park adventure – making the first-of-its-kind adventure the way to get away for every type of family and holidaymaker. 

Across eight neighbourhoods that are destinations in and of themselves are firsts and next-level favourites for everyone day and night, including adrenaline-pumping thrills like six record-breaking waterslides at Category 6 and the Crown’s Edge experience at 154 feet above the ocean, and unrivalled ways to chill with seven pools – one for every day of the week – like the first suspended infinity pool at sea.

The game-changing experiences also include a stay-all-day neighbourhood designed for families with young kidsmore than 40 restaurants, bars and lounges; deck-defying entertainment across airicewater and theatre; and more.

Each 7-night Eastern or Western Caribbean adventure from Miami features idyllic destinations in the Caribbean and an unmatched day of thrill and chill at Royal Caribbean’s award-winning private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas.

Plus, dialling up the perfect on Perfect Day in January 2024 is the private island’s first adults-only escape, Hideaway Beach, an all-day experience complete with a private beach and pools, new dedicated spots for drinks and bites, exclusive cabanas, live music and more.

Follow the story behind creating the new vessel by watching the “Making an Icon” web series here.