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An Icon in Galveston? 'Big things are coming, baby!'

Michael Bayley, left, gets cheered for his hint about an Icon-class ship in Galveston. With him at the 'Common Ground' session are Jason Liberty and Vicki Freed
Michael Bayley got cheers aboard Icon of the Seas when he tipped Royal Caribbean's hand on future deployment for an Icon-class ship.

As is known, the second in the series, Star of the Seas, is going to debut at Port Canaveral in summer 2025. Icon 3 is due out in 2026.

At Thursday's 'Common Ground' session with travel partners, when a Houston-based travel advisor asked for an Icon in Galveston, Bayley said: 'It wasn't an accident' Royal Caribbean built a $125m terminal at the Port of Galveston.

Highest rated terminal

He added the facility is 'our highest-rated terminal experience in the world.'


The Oasis-class Allure of the Seas, here, was the first ship based at Royal Caribbean's $125m Galveston terminal. Harmony of the Seas is now the resident ship

Everybody in Galveston was 'so helpful and cooperative, it was a wonderful experience for all of us,' the Royal Caribbean International president/CEO said.

Allure, Harmony and ...

Bayley recounted the deployment of, first, Allure of the Seas and, now, Harmony of the Seas — both Oasis-class ships — in Galveston and said: 'If you just think forward in a few more years, I wonder what we're going to do next?

'We're not giving away our strategy here ... but if you can just use your imagination, big things are coming, baby!'