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February 11, 2024

World’s “biggest, baddest” cruise ship features Clayhaus Tile

When you read about Royal Caribbean International’s newest cruise ship, Icon of the Seas, you’ll notice writers use superlatives a lot — largest cruise ship in the world; tallest waterfall, tallest water slide, and largest water park of any cruise ship in the world… CNBC calls it the “biggest, baddest ship on the planet.”

One superlative those writers may have overlooked can be found in the Icon’s Ultimate Family Townhouse — the world’s coolest handcrafted ceramic tile.

That’s right. The design team created a mosaic of 3” Bubble and 3” Disc tiles from the Clayhaus Futura Collection in a blend of five colors from our glossy glaze line — Midnight, Clover, Apple, Topaz, and Brilliant White – to create a super cool display of color and texture for the kids’ shower wall.

Screen capture from a promotional video by Harr Travel touting Icon of the Seas’ Ultimate Family Townhouse

The Ultimate Family Townhouse is something to behold… its nearly 2,000 square feet of living space spread across three levels includes a dining room and a kitchenette, three bathrooms, a cinema room, three separate outdoor patio spaces, a private pool/waterpark, and even an indoor waterslide. It sleeps up to eight guests, quite comfortably we imagine. The Townhouse’s $75 – $100,000 weekly rental rate should help offset the $2 billion Royal Caribbean says it paid to have the cruiser built. 

Royal Caribbean and shipbuilder Meyer Turku asked a team of four firms — Wilson Butler Architects, 3Deluxe, CallisonRTKL, and Skylab Architecture — first to imagine the ultimate cruise ship and then to design it. The project began in October 2016 and culminated more than seven years later, on January 27, 2024, when Icon of the Seas embarked on her maiden voyage from the Port of Miami, Florida, for an island-hopping tour of the Caribbean.

Huge shoutout to our customer, Walter Rapp, CFSP, at Monmouth International in Fair Haven, NJ, for helping make this project go as smooth as a glass calm sea. A second Icon of the Seas is currently in production at Meyer Turku’s shipyard in Finland. It is expected to set sail in 2025.  

Icon of the Seas truly is a really cool project – dare we say the coolest cruise ship ever? We’re thankful, honored and, especially, awed to be a part of it.

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