World’s Largest Cruise Ship Sets Sail On Its Maiden Voyage

The Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas — the world’s largest cruise ship — has begun its 7-day maiden voyage from Port Miami, carrying nearly the population of a small city onboard. The ship, which can accommodate 7,600 passengers, is headed for the Caribbean before returning to Miami. The $2 billion ship runs nearly 1,200 feet from bow to stern and has 20 decks, 2,350 crew, and 2,805 staterooms. It also boasts a 55-foot artificial waterfall, 40 dining venues and bars, 7 swimming pools — including a 40,000-gallon lake — 50 musicians and comedians, and a 16-piece orchestra. The ship is powered by eco-friendly liquified natural gas, which is 24% more efficient when it comes to carbon emissions.