Royal Caribbean reveal more Utopia of the Seas details and shorter cruises

Utopia of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s upcoming Oasis-class cruise ship, will be deployed in the Caribbean out of Port Canaveral from 2024, offering shorter cruises and a number of firsts for the cruise line.

Utopia of the Seas will feature a new Caribbean tiki bar, a first-of-its-kind immersive dining experience, the longest dry slide at sea; and newly designed resort-style pools among other attractions and features, according to Royal Caribbean.

The ship will be sailing 3- and 4-night roundtrip cruises out of Port Canaveral in Orlando, visiting Nassau in the Bahamas and Royal Caribbean’s new private island Perfect Day at Coco Cay.

“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 & CEO, Royal Caribbean International.

“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,” he added.

Utopia of the Seas is the sixth and final ship in the Oasis-class. Unlike her sister ships, each of which was slightly larger than the last when launched, Utopia of the Seas will not claim the title of largest cruise ship in the world, as she will be 236,860 gross tons, around the same size as Symphony of the Seas.

The ship will have a number of new features ranging from pools and waterslides to new food and beverage options. Up on the pool deck there’ll be new resort-style and sloping beach-entry pools.

Pool deck, Utopia of the Seas

Three pools and three Lime & Coconut bars are at the center of the action, along with high-speed waterslides at The Perfect Storm. Younger passengers will have Splashaway Bay to play in, while entertainment and dining around the pools will include live island tunes and quick, casual bites.

There’ll be a new poolside food truck with handheld favorites, as well as Mexican-inspired street food and drinks at El Loco Fresh and Cantina Fresca, along with a range of additional eateries.

For passengers looking to escape the hustle and bustle there’ll be a Solarium offering a more tranquil retreat where adults can recharge in a pool and whirlpools of their own, complete with a bar, daybeds, panoramic ocean views and the Solarium Bistro.

There’ll also be a Suite Sun Deck tucked away in the exclusive Suite Neighborhood, with a pool that features a bird’s-eye view of the ocean surrounded by daybeds, loungers, umbrellas and more.

Ultimate Abyss, Utopia of the Seas

At-sea attractions aboard Utopia of the Seas include the most adrenaline-pumping Ultimate Abyss yet, now 43 feet longer at 259 feet and featuring new zoom booster rollers and transparent racing windows, as well as the 10-story-high zip line; the signature FlowRider surf simulator; mini golf at AquaDunes; and Utopia Playscape for young kids.

Dining exeriences have also been enhanced with a new-to-the-line train-themed restaurant, along with Izumi and Izumi in the Park, a new window that serves up fresh sushi and Japanese-inspired sweets in the Central Park neighbourhood, and a reimagined Izumi restaurant, with double the teppanyaki tables and new al fresco seating.

Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar will span two stories with a reimagined menu of authentic Italian dishes, varietals and classic cocktails. It’ll also feature a new outside terrace – Gio’s Terrazza – that overlooks the signature Boardwalk.

Returning Royal Caribbean favourites include The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant & Bar, where live country music complements southern staples; Windjammer, featuring hundreds of dishes and flavors for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner; Hooked Seafood; and Chops Grille, now connected to the signature Trellis Bar.

Train-themed dining aboard Utopia of the Seas

Nightlife aboard Utopia of the Seas will be all about live music and production shows, with five live music venues that range from Spotlight Karaoke and Latin hotspot Boleros, to the Music Hall, Bell & Barley English pub, and the classic piano bar, Schooner.

Royal Caribbean’s original production shows span air, ice, water and theater, including high diving, slacklining and acrobatics at the AquaTheater; ice-skating feats at Studio B; and theatrical productions at the Royal Theater.

A new bar debuting aboard Utopia of the Seas is the Caribbean-inspired Pesky Parrot, offering a laidback atmosphere on the Promenade, serving fruit-based cocktails made with rum, tequila and gin, alongside frozen drinks and more.

Utopia of the Seas will also feature not one but two casinos, with 370 slot machines, and 30 games tables.

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