Utopia of the Seas is Arriving Sooner Than Expected

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Rendering of the aft of Utopia of the Seas during sunset
  • Royal Caribbean announced that Utopia of the Seas will arrive three days ahead of its original schedule.
  • The cruise line adds an exclusive 3-day inaugural sailing from July 19, 2024, featuring stops at Nassau and Perfect Day at CocoCay.
  • This early arrival is a significant achievement amidst recent setbacks in the cruise industry, including construction delays.

Utopia of the Seas Arriving Early

Utopia of the Seas is being floated for the first time at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, FrancePin
(Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean International)

Royal Caribbean’s next Oasis-class cruise ship, Utopia of the Seas, is set to arrive earlier than expected. The cruise line announced that the new cruise ship is expected to arrive three days earlier than planned.

The cruise line sent a letter to guests booked on July 22, 2024, notifying them about the news. The July 22 sailing will continue as planned, but the cruise line has added a new 3-day sailing that departs on July 19, 2024. The three-day sailing includes stops at Nassau and Perfect Day at CocoCay.

The letter stated, “Utopia of the Seas is ahead of schedule and arriving at Port Canaveral earlier than originally planned.”

Guests booked on the original inaugural sailing of Utopia of the Seas can move their booking to the earlier three-night sailing.

Inaugural sailings are a pivotal event in constructing a new cruise ship.

Sailing on the maiden voyage is a badge of honor for many loyal passengers. Cruise lines also celebrate with onboard events and entertainment to celebrate the first sailing of a new ship.

The ship’s early arrival is welcome news, given recent shipyard setbacks affecting several other vessels. Princess Cruises Sun Princess was delayed twice, canceling two cruises. Earlier in the week, Royal Caribbean announced that its second Icon-class cruise ship, Star of the Seas, would be delayed.

About Utopia of the Seas

Rendering of the new, longer Ultimate Abyss slide on Utopia of the SeasPin
(Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean International)

Utopia of the Seas is set to become the second-largest cruise ship in the world, with a capacity for over 6,700 passengers and 236,860 GT. Passengers can expect top service from 2,290 international crew members.

At the heart of its design is a commitment to sustainability. Utopia will be the first Oasis-class ship powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and the second in Royal Caribbean’s fleet after Icon of the Seas. The change to LNG power demonstrates Royal Caribbean’s pledge to minimize its ecological footprint and lead the charge toward cleaner cruising options.

The ship is a trove of firsts and innovations. With the Ultimate Abyss slide extending 43 feet longer than those on its sister ships and new dining concepts like the Royal Railway inspired by the romance of classic train journeys, Utopia of the Seas is engineered for wonder. Utopia boasts more than 20 bars and entertainment options, five pools, and many attractions, ensuring that every guest finds something to love.

Marcello De Lio
Marcello De Lio

Marcello's been cruising since he was 12 years old. He loves the freedom that cruising provides, meeting new people, and exploring amazing new ships. Marcello created High Seas Cruising to share his passion for cruising and travel with readers and grow a community of passionate voyagers.

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