NEWS: Major Cruise Line DELAYS Newest Ship, CANCELS Inaugural Sailing

Royal Caribbean just debuted the world’s largest cruise ship, Icon of the Seas.

©Royal Caribbean via The Orlando Sentinel

But, that doesn’t mean they’re planning on stopping rolling out even more ships in the future. In fact, Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Star of the Seas, is getting ready to set sail in 2025 — just not quite as soon as originally planned.

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Royal Caribbean has delayed its newest ship, Star of the Seas, and canceled the inaugural sailing. Thanks to our friends at MEI/Mouse Fan Travel for giving us this information!

Debuting August 2025 in Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida, Royal Caribbean International’s Star of the Seas is the next bold combination of every vacation – from the beach retreat to the resort escape and the theme park adventure. Star’s all-encompassing Icon Class lineup has experiences in store for every type of family and adventurer to make memories their way every day, without compromise. (PRNewsfoto/Royal Caribbean International)

Originally slated to set sail on August 17th, 2025, the inaugural sailing will now depart on August 31st instead. In an email to travel agents, Royal Caribbean said:

“While we’re working hard on completing our newest Icon Class ship, Star of the Seas, and after a review of the work that remains to be done, we’re unfortunately forced to delay the ship’s delivery date. As a result, we must cancel our inaugural 7-Night Eastern Caribbean & Perfect Day August 17th, 2025 sailing.”

In Chill Island on Star of the Seas, there’s a pool for every mood and each with prime ocean views. Of the seven pools, the four in this three-deck slice of paradise include Royal Caribbean’s swim-up bar, Swim & Tonic; Royal Bay pool, the largest pool at sea; and the adults-only retreat, Cloud 17. (PRNewsfoto/Royal Caribbean International)

Folks who were scheduled for the August 17th cruise have a few different options:

  • Automatically move to the NEW Star of the Seas inaugural sailing departing on August 31st, 2025.
  • Sail onboard Wonder of the Seas sailing departing on August 17th
  • Sail onboard Icon of the Seas departing on August 16th
  • Re-book any other Royal Caribbean International sailing
  • Full cancelation and full refund
©Royal Caribbean via The Orlando Sentinel

Star of the Seas will depart from Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida, with 7-night vacations to the Caribbean and the Royal Caribbean’s top-rated private island – Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas.

Bookings for Star of the Seas are open now, so if you want to set sail on Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship, start planning now!

If you’re looking for a travel agent to help with your vacation, we recommend our friends at Mouse Fan Travel. They’re experts in the field with over 20 years of vacation planning experience, and they can help take a bunch of the stress out of the entire booking process for you!

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