Royal Caribbean: launching of the Utopia of the Seas in Saint-Nazaire

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Royal Caribbean International’s new ship, the Utopia of the Seas, whose inaugural season is approaching, was launched last Tuesday at the Atlantic shipyards in Saint Nazaire.

From July 2024 and departing from the port of Port Canaveral (Orlando, Florida), the Oasis class ship will be entirely dedicated to weekends and short getaways at sea. This launch marks an additional step in the construction of this new unit which promises to be a game-changer in terms of new programming at sea.

This key moment in the construction of the Utopia, called “launching”, required 17 months of preparation. The process itself took nearly 15 hours, beginning with the overnight filling of the dry dock with nearly 175 million liters of water. The Utopia was then transferred to an armament basin, where it will be finished next summer. Since construction began in April 2022, new vacation possibilities have emerged as its construction progresses with more than 74 steel blocks lifted and assembled. Utopia will now begin to come to life with the installation of highly anticipated amenities, such as the longest slide at sea – the 89m-long Ultimate Abyss – and an immersive train carriage dining experience, the very first of its kind.

For the first time, it will be possible to embark for a dream weekend of 3 nights or for an extraordinary short stay of 4 nights aboard this revolutionary Oasis class ship which offers new and reimagined experiences. Each stay will stop at Nassau in the Bahamas, at Perfect Day at CocoCay – Royal Caribbean’s private island – which will unveil Hideaway Beach in January 2024, its area entirely reserved for adults, see also our article:

An “adults only” beach in the Bahamas offered by the cruise line Royal Caribbean

To discover: an infinite variety of dining options, bars and lounges – forty in all, more swimming pools than days spent on board and worthy of the most beautiful resorts, entertainment and activities that make the ships of the Oasis class, as well as a new Caribbean-style bar – the Pesky Parrot and an Izumi restaurant which is now located in Central Park, equipped with a “take-out” window for enjoying fresh sushi and Japanese street food and in the open air, enjoy the evening entertainment and shows.

Utopia of the Seas is the ideal destination for reunions with friends, family moments and for groups wishing to celebrate a special occasion. Everyone has their own style, their own ‘vibe’: weekends or short stays will be rich in diverse and varied experiences, zen or lively, whether they take place at the water’s edge, on the dance floor, in front of a show or around a good meal.

Utopia will also make headlines as the first Oasis-class ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the cleanest marine fuel to date. After the Icon of the Seas, the Utopia will be the company’s second ship to be equipped with this technology and will also be equipped with a series of other technologies implemented and proven by the brand in favor of sustainable cruises, such as heat recovery systems or shore power connections, demonstrating Royal Caribbean’s decades-long commitment to environmental protection.

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