Infographic: Cruise ship of the future

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The newest class of ships to join Royal Caribbean International’s fleet will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and introduce the use of fuel-cell technology, ushering in a new era of shipbuilding that will dramatically reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with shipbuilder Meyer Turku for the new class of ship under the project name “Icon.” The ships will be delivered in the second quarters of 2022 and 2024, and, although many design elements are in early stages, will likely accommodate approximately 5,000 passengers.

In the meantime, the company says, it will begin testing fuel cell technology on an existing Oasis-class ship in 2017, and will run progressively larger fuel cell projects on new Quantum-class ships being built in the next several years.

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Source: RCCL

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