I'm not a cruise ship person, but it's hard not to be impressed by their sheer audacity, from a design and engineering perspective. This here is Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas, which is set to launch next year (and has received a flood of pre-bookings, according to the company).
Icon is a nearly-quarter-mile-long behemoth with 20 decks, a 7,600-guest capacity and eight "neighborhoods." There's no less than seven pools, six waterslides and over 2,800 staterooms. The amount of crew required to run the ship is 2,350 people.
Incredibly, the ship generates 93%+ of its own fresh water on board, using a reverse osmosis/desalination plant.
Here's a video showing both the making of the ship, and what's offered on board:
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