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Royal Caribbean Reveals Details About Utopia of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Reveals Details About Utopia of the Seas

Find out all about Utopia of the Seas, the newest Oasis Class ship from Royal Caribbean, making her debut in July 2024.

Cruise line Royal Caribbean International has released new information about its upcoming Oasis Class ship, Utopia of the Seas, launching in 2024 for short cruises in the Bahamas.

The new ship will feature firsts and reimagined experiences, like a new Caribbean tiki bar, a first-of-its-kind immersive dining experience, the longest dry slide at sea, newly designed resort-style pools, and more. 

“Vacationers are looking to make every moment count by celebrating and recharging with their friends and family, and Utopia of the Seas makes all that possible in more ways than one,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of RCI.

“With the variety of dining, bars, pools, entertainment, and thrills that make Oasis Class ships revolutionary and the experiences to match on our private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, we’ve combined the best of the best to create the world’s biggest weekend for everyone, Bayley continued in a press release.

Royal Caribbean’s Utopia of the Seas will debut in July of next year (artist’s rendering courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Bookings for Utopia of the Seas will open to the public on Friday, June 23, 2023. Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members can book a day early on Thursday, June 22. 

Here’s what we know so far about what Utopia of the Seas will offer:

Each of Utopia’s five pools will have a different vibe

Utopia of the Seas will boast five pools, each with a different mood ranging from upbeat to lowkey.

The ship will offer resort-style sloping-entry pools, with three main pools at the center of the action—along with three Lime & Coconut bars.

Utopia of the Seas will offer five pools, including the ship’s new sloping entry beach pools (artist’s rendering courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

The adults-only Solarium is a tranquil retreat where you can recharge in the pool or hot tubs. The area is complete with a bar, daybeds, panoramic ocean views, and the Solarium Bistro.

Utopia‘s Suite Sun Deck, a private oasis tucked away in the exclusive Suite Neighborhood, will also have its own oceanview pool along with daybeds, loungers, and umbrellas.

Little ones can enjoy their own splashy fun at Splashaway Bay, the mini waterpark for kids with colorful waterslides, water cannons, and fountains.

Related: Cruising with Kids: 19 Essential Tips for Family Cruises

Active fun on Utopia includes the longest Ultimate Abyss

In addition to the high-speed waterslides you’ll find at The Perfect Storm on Utopia of the Seas, the new ship will also offer the longest Ultimate Abyss dry slide. Now 43 feet longer at 259 feet, the slide will feature new zoom booster rollers and transparent racing windows.

Ultimate Abyss, the longest dry slide at sea, will have new zoom booster rollers and transparent racing windows on Utopia of the Seas (artist’s rendering courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Thrill-seekers will want to try Utopia‘s 10-story-high zip line and the FlowRider surf simulator. The ship will also offer mini golf at AquaDunes, as well as the Utopia Playscape for young kids.

Dining aboard Utopia of the Seas

With more than 20 dining venues aboard Utopia of the Seas, cruisers will have plenty of food options while island hopping in the Bahamas.

Utopia will debut an immersive dining experience restaurant (the cruise line hasn’t revealed the name yet) based on a locomotive journey that promises to engage all the senses! The multi-course experience will combine technology with virtual visits to different destinations.

A new immersive dining experience will debut on Utopia of the Seas, featuring a one-of-a-kind virtual locomotive journey (artist’s rendering courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Royal Caribbean staple Izumi will return, joined by the new Izumi in the Park, which will make its debut on Icon of the Seas in January 2024. Along with the reimagined Izumi specialty restaurant, which will feature double the teppanyaki tables and new al fresco seating, the new Central Park walk-up Izumi will serve fresh sushi and Japanese-inspired sweets from a takeout window.

The new all-day takeout window Izumi in the Park will serve up fresh sushi and Japanese-inspired street food and sweets (artist’s rendering courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Now spanning two stories, Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar also returns with a menu of authentic Italian dishes, varietals, and classic cocktails with a twist. The restaurant’s new outside terrace Gio’s Terrazza will overlook the ship’s Boardwalk.

The two-story Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar on Utopia of the Seas will also feature Gio’s Terrazza, a new outside terrace (artist’s rendering courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Other returning specialty dining venues include The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant & Bar, with live country music complementing Southern comfort food staples; Hooked Seafood; and Chops Grille, now connected to the Trellis Bar.

Chops Grille will serve its signature prime cuts on Utopia, now with the option of enjoying pre-dinner drinks at the attached Trellis Bar (artist’s rendering courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Of course, Utopia of the Seas will also feature the Windjammer buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with complimentary Main Dining Rooms.

Cruisers can also enjoy quick, casual bites from a new poolside food truck with handheld favorites, or try the Mexican-inspired street food and drinks at El Loco Fresh and Cantina Fresca.

Utopia of the Seas will offer plenty of entertainment

With over 20 distinct bars and entertainment areas, two casinos, live music venues, and showstopping entertainment, cruisers will always be just steps away from fun on Utopia of the Seas.

Pesky Parrot, the new Caribbean tiki bar on Utopia‘s Royal Promenade will be a laid-back paradise serving frozen drinks and fruit-based cocktails made with rum, tequila, or gin.

Utopia will debut Pesky Parrot, a Caribbean-flavored tiki bar on the Royal Promenade (artist’s rendering courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

The ship’s Casino Royale promises to “up the ante” with more than 370 slot machines, nearly 30 table games, and more.

Utopia of the Seas will also feature lots of live music options, including Spotlight Karaoke, Latin hotspot Boleros, and cover bands at Music Hall. Listen to live guitar music at the English pub Bell & Barley, or sing along at the ship’s classic piano bar, Schooner Bar.

Royal Caribbean’s original productions will take center stage across air, ice, water, and theater—including high diving, slacklining, and acrobatics at the AquaTheater; ice-skating spectaculars at Studio B; and Broadway-style shows at the Royal Theater.

Staterooms and suites on Utopia

With more than 20 types of accommodation options on the ship, vacationers will have plenty of choices when it comes to picking the right stateroom or suite.

From cozy inside cabins to rooms with views of the ocean or overlooking neighborhoods like Central Park and the Boardwalk, a range of stateroom layouts will be available—some sleeping up to five or more guests.

Along with suite favorites like the Royal Loft Suite and Ultimate Family Suite, Utopia of the Seas will also debut an all-new category, the Solarium Suites.

For a preview of the Solarium Suites on Utopia, click through the slideshow below:

Utopia of the Seas will sail 3- and 4-night getaway cruises

When Utopia of the Seas debuts in July 2024, she’ll sail 3- and 4-night getaways leaving every Monday and Friday roundtrip from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas.

Related: Pros and Cons of Taking a Short Cruise (2-5 Days)

Utopia of the Seas will sail three and four-day itineraries including a stop at Perfect Day at CocoCay (artist’s rendering courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

The short cruises will pack in plenty of island time with visits to Nassau and the private island destination Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Cruisers on Utopia are in for more than one amazing beach day, thanks to the two islands’ beaches and beautiful blue waters, Perfect Day’s 13 waterslides, swim-up bar, pools, overwater cabanas, and the upcoming adults-only Hideaway Beach.

Related: 7 Best Beaches in Nassau Bahamas for Cruisers

The new ship will be the first of her class powered by LNG

Utopia of the Seas will be the first Oasis Class ship to use liquefied natural gas (LNG), the cleanest-burning marine fuel available today.

Utopia, the cruise line’s second LNG-powered ship, will advance Royal Caribbean’s environmental commitment by combining LNG technology with the brand’s already-established initiatives and features, ranging from waste heat recovery systems to shore power connection.

More details about Utopia of the Seas will be revealed leading up to her debut next summer. Be sure to subscribe to Should Be Cruising so you don’t miss the latest news!

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Carrie Ann Karstunen