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The largest cruise ship on the planet sails despite the backlash (photos and video)

The largest cruise ship on the planet sails despite the backlash (photos and video)

The world's largest cruise ship sailed from Miami Florida on its maiden voyage, amid concerns about… Methane emissions to.

the sailor icon, Owned by the Royal Caribbean group, it is 365 meters long, has 20 decks and can accommodate up to 7,600 passengers. According to the BBC, the cruise ship is scheduled to make a seven-day trip to the Caribbean islands.

As the British network points out, environmentalists have issued warnings about the risk of harmful methane gas leaking into the atmosphere from the liquefied natural gas-powered monster ship (liquefied natural gas). Built in Turku shipyard FinlandThe ship has seven swimming pools and six water slides. It cost $2 billion to build and features more than 40 restaurants, bars and lounges.

Although LNG burns cleaner than traditional marine fuels, there is a risk of methane leakage, which is very concerning because it is a much more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. “It's a step in the wrong direction,” he added. Brian ComerDirector of the Marine Program at the International Council on Clean Transport (ICCT), according to Reuters. “In our estimates, the use of LNG as a marine fuel increases life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions by at least 120% compared to marine oil.” He added himself.

Earlier this week, the ICCT published a report arguing that methane emissions from ships using LNG were higher than current regulations assume.


Comforts and conveniences provided to passengers

The massive cruise ship has amenities that will satisfy the entire family, Jason Liberty, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, told USA TODAY before the ship's maiden voyage.

Icon is divided into eight distinct “neighborhoods,” each with its own atmosphere and activities.


the suspense island, Aptly named, it features a huge water park and Crown's Edge, where guests can walk 50 meters above the ocean along a giant crest. Other options include the FlowRider surf simulator, mini golf and rock climbing.

The three-story Chill Island area hosts four of Icon's seven pools as well as plenty of sun loungers for long hours of sunbathing or relaxing in the shade.


Surfside “neighborhood” is designed for families with young children. Parents can relax at the Water's Edge pool, while their kids have fun at Splashaway Bay and Baby Bay. This area also has a room with electronic games and a carousel.

Instead, the bunker “neighborhood” on deck 15 is an adults-only area. Passengers 18 and older can enjoy the view from the luxurious infinity pool at the back of the ship or relax in the hot tub listening to DJ music, including the biggest hits of the day.


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