Royal Caribbean announced the arrival of its sixth Oasis-class ship, Utopia of the Seas, in April 2022, making it the final Oasis-class ship to join the classification. She will be one of the biggest cruise ships in the world and is due to be delivered in spring 2024. Information on entertainment, restaurants, cabin categories and activities has not yet been announced. However, following the debut of Wonder of the Seas in 2022, it is expected that Utopia of the Seas will share some of the same features as the other ships in the Oasis-class, including:
- Open-air Central Park neighbourhood
- Outdoor boardwalk neighbourhood with restaurants, shops and family-centric activities
- AquaTheatre entertainment
- Ice skating rink
- Two-storey Royal Promenade
- The Ultimate Abyss dry slide
Utopia of the Seas sister ship, Wonder of the Seas brought with it a slight change in the layout compared to other ships in the Oasis-class, featuring a large suites-only neighbourhood, which can also be found on the first Icon-class ship- Icon of the Seas, debuting in 2024.
Utopia of the Seas is under construction at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, with construction having started in spring 2022. She is reported to measure 362m, with around 2,800 staterooms, with a maximum capacity of 7,000 guests.
Utopia of the Seas will be the first Oasis Class cruise ship to be powered by Liquified Natural Gas, or LNG. LNG is the cleanest fossil fuel that can power ships today. It has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by around 30%, sulfur emissions by nearly 100%, and nitrogen oxide emissions by around 85%. In addition to being powered by LNG, Utopia of the Seas will continue the environmentally-friendly practices found on other Royal Caribbean ships, including shore power connection and waste heat recovery applications.
It’s not yet known from which port Utopia of the Seas will offer cruises. We should expect to hear more about Utopia of the Seas throughout this year and early next year, check back periodically for new updates.