Utopia of the Seas floats out in France

Sep 19, 2023

Royal Caribbean International's newest Oasis-class cruise ship, the Utopia of the Seas, emerged from dry dock at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The float-out was a meticulous process, taking nearly 15 hours to complete. It commenced with the shipyard filling the dry dock with a staggering 46 million gallons of water, allowing the vessel to glide into an outfitting dock. Here, the next phase of construction begins, including the installation of a truly extraordinary feature—the 295-foot-long Ultimate Abyss dry slide, which will become the longest of its kind at sea.

Utopia of the Seas is designed to offer passengers an unparalleled cruise experience. With more than 20 bars and entertainment venues, over 20 dining options, five swimming pools, mini golf, a FlowRider surf simulator, and a Utopia Playscape for young children, it's set to provide an array of activities and entertainment to cater to all interests and age groups.

One of the most noteworthy aspects of the Utopia of the Seas is its commitment to environmental sustainability. When it debuts, it will be the first Oasis-class ship to be powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG). Royal Caribbean Group has been at the forefront of environmentally friendly initiatives within the cruise industry, and this vessel is no exception. The Utopia of the Seas combines LNG technology with a range of eco-conscious features, such as waste heat recovery systems and shore power connections, reaffirming Royal Caribbean's dedication to the environment.

Starting from July 2024, the ship will embark on three-night weekend cruises and four-night weekday voyages from Port Canaveral to The Bahamas. Every journey will include stops in Nassau and Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean's private island. Perfect Day at CocoCay is set to become even more enticing with the introduction of its first adults-only space, Hideaway Beach, in January 2024.