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Utopia of the Seas Review

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Scheduled to launch in Port Canaveral (Orlando) on July 19, 2024, Utopia of the Seas is the sixth giant cruise ship in Royal Caribbean International's Oasis Class.

Carrying more than 6,700 passengers, Utopia of the Seas will be the first ship in its class powered by environmentally-friendly Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and the second overall Royal Caribbean ship to boast this feature, following Icon of the Seas.

Utopia of the Seas Arrives at Port Canaveral to Begin Cruises

Crewmembers line the rails as Utopia of the Seas arrives in Florida for the first time (Photo: Aaron Saunders)

Royal Caribbean took delivery of Utopia of the Seas from the shipyard, Chantiers de l'Atlantique, on June 13, 2024. The ship arrived at its new homeport of Port Canaveral, Florida, on July 11, 2024.

Utopia of the Seas Deck Plans Will Include Some Familiar and New Features

Utopia of the Seas will become the joint-second-largest cruise ship in the world with sister ship Wonder of the Seas, when it launches. Both ships will be second to Icon of the Seas which launched in January.

Passengers can also expect to see some all-new features including a "railway at sea" known as the Royal Railway, a new dining concept that will draw inspiration from the romance of classic train travel and iconic dining cars (think the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express and Rocky Mountaineer’s dining carriages).

The venue will consist of an immersive multisensory dining experience that will take diners on virtual train rides throughout the world, while enjoying food and beverages of the destinations displayed on digital screens.

Main pool on Utopia of the Seas

Utopia of the Seas will feature five pools that range from upbeat to lowkey. Three resort-style sloping-entry pools accompanied by three Lime & Coconut bars will be at the heart of the ship's pool deck. The Perfect Storm will have high-speed waterslides, while Splashaway Bay is the pool for younger passengers.

The Ultimate Abyss as seen from the Boardwalk on Utopia of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's signature slide Ultimate Abyss will be 43 feet longer (for a total length of 295 feet) aboard Utopia of the Seas than on sister ships and will feature new zoom booster rollers and transparent racing windows. Other attractions include the FlowRider surf simulator, AquaDunes minigolf and Utopia Playscape.

Utopia of the Seas Will Feature More Than 20 Dining Options, Including a New Locomotive Journey

Aside from the brand-new Royal Railway, Utopia of the Seas will feature more than 20 dining experiences, including new and classic venues.

One of the new dining experiences set to debut on Utopia of the Seas is The Spare Tire. This new poolside food truck will serve quick bites and handheld meals, including pulled pork sandwiches, cheeseburger flatbread, and daily rotating desserts.

Royal Caribbean's staple Asian restaurant Izumi will be located in Central Park and will feature twice as many teppanyaki tables and new al fresco seating. Next door, Izumi in the Park will serve sushi and Japanese-inspired sweets to-go.

Giovanni's Restaurant on Utopia of the Seas

Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar will also be available on Utopia of the Seas. The restaurant will span two stories, and will feature a new outside terrace -- named Gio's Terrazza -- that will overlook the ship's signature Boardwalk.

Other dining venues set to return include The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant & Bar, Windjammer, Hooked Seafood and Chops Grille, which will also now be connected to Trellis Bar.

Speaking of bars, Utopia will have more than 20 different bars and entertainment spots, including live music venues and two casinos.

The Pesky Parrot on Utopia of the Seas

Among the newcomers is Pesky Parrot, a Caribbean-themed bar in the Royal Promenade that will specialize in fruit-based cocktails and frozen drinks.

Some of the live music venues set to appear on Utopia of the Seas include Spotlight Karaoke, Boleros, Music Hall, Bell & Barley and the classic piano bar, Schooner Bar. Entertainment venues include Royal Caribbean classics like the AquaTheater, Studio B and the Royal Theater.

Utopia of the Seas Cabins and Suites

The living room on the new Solarium Suite on Utopia of the Seas

Royal Caribbean has yet to announce the total number of cabins on Utopia of the Seas. But the cruise line has revealed that the ship will feature 20 types of accommodations. Rooms will have, with layouts for three, four, five and more passengers. Suites such as Royal Loft Suite and Ultimate Family Suite will be available on Utopia of the Seas, as well as an all-new category named Solarium Suites (pictured).

Utopia of the Seas is Designed to Use Eco-Friendly Fuel

Under construction at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in France, Utopia of the Seas will be powered by LNG, which is currently considered to be the cleanest marine fuel. Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas, the first in the all-new Icon Class, will become the line's first LNG ship when it debuts in 2023. Utopia of the Seas will also feature the latest technology to save energy and further reduce emissions and more details will be released at a later date.

Want to Be Onboard First? Utopia of the Sea's Maiden Voyage Is Slated For July 2024

Utopia of the Seas will debut in July 2024, sailing out of Port Canaveral (Orlando). The first sailing is currently slated for July 19, a three-day cruise to the Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Utopia of the Seas Itineraries Will Consist of 3 and 4 Night Voyages

Utopia of the Seas will focus on short getaway itineraries from Port Canaveral. The ship will offer 3-night weekend voyages and 4-night weekday trips of 3 and 4 nights. Both itineraries will include stops at Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, where the adults-only Hideaway Beach opened in 2024.

About

Passengers: 6700
Crew: 2400
Passenger to Crew: 2.79:1
Launched: 2024
Shore Excursions: 80

Sails To

Bahamas, Western Caribbean

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Where does Utopia of the Seas sail from?

Utopia of the Seas departs from Port Canaveral

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Utopia of the Seas cruises to Port Canaveral (Orlando), Nassau, Perfect Day at CocoCay, and Cozumel

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Cruises on Utopia of the Seas start from $493 per person.
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