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Photos show Utopia of the Seas beginning her sea trials

07 May 2024
Elizabeth Wright

Royal Caribbean's sixth Oasis Class ship has set sail for the first time. 

Utopia of the Seas will begin sea trials

On May 7, Utopia of the Seas departed from the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France for a 5-day sea trial during which the ship will sail more than 1,000 miles. 

Utopia of the Seas sea trials

The ship isn't quite ready yet, as there's still a few more weeks before she is ready to take on passengers.

There are more than 900 experts onboard who specialize in areas such as naval architecture, navigation, engineering, and design. They'll help push the ship to her limits to ensure that she's ready to welcome guests aboard in just 10 weeks. 

Utopia of the Seas sea trials

Over the course of the next five days, Utopia of the Seas will undergo hundreds of tests and inspections, ranging from how the vessel moves through the open ocean to the operation of her navigation system, engine performance, back-of-house technical checks, and more. 

Utopia of the Seas sea trials

Once the sea trials have concluded, Utopia will return to the shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France to undergo the final phase of construction before being delivered to Royal Caribbean. 

"There will be nothing better on planet Earth than having a phenomenal experience and party vibe onboard Utopia of the Seas," said Michael Bayley, President & CEO of Royal Caribbean International.

Read more: Photos show Utopia of the Seas is nearing completion

Utopia of the Seas' inaugural voyage is slated for July 19


When Utopia's itineraries opened for booking, the maiden voyage was supposed to depart on July 22; however, construction moved faster than anticipated, so the cruise line bumped up the date of the inaugural sailing.

Instead of welcoming guests on a 4-night sailing, the maiden cruise will be a 3-night getaway to Nassau and Perfect Day at CocoCay. She'll then continue with her previously scheduled voyages, all of which target the short cruise market. 

Typically, new builds begin their careers with longer sailings. Utopia of the Seas, however, marks the first time that Royal Caribbean has built a brand-new ship with the weekend market in mind to attract first-time cruisers. 

Utopia of the Seas night render

Shorter cruises allow passengers to get a taste of the best that Royal Caribbean has to offer without committing to a weeklong cruise. 

Plus, all sailings are scheduled to visit their award-winning private island in The Bahamas, giving guests more ways to dine and play. 

Read more: Utopia of the Seas restaurant and dining guide

Though part of Royal Caribbean's beloved Oasis Class, Utopia of the Seas features amenities that aren't available on any other ship

Pesky Parrot

From the first-ever immersive train car dining experience to the brand-new Pesky Parrot bar in the Royal Promenade, those who are devout fans of Oasis Class ships can look forward to new experiences. 

Instead of the Bionic Bar, passengers can stop in for a lively pre-dinner drink at the Pesky Parrot, which will be home to tropical beverages made with rum, tequila, and gin, as well as some other "surprises" that have yet to be revealed. 

Afterward, head over to the one-of-a-kind Royal Railway - Utopia Station to enjoy a multi-course meal that combines adventure, food, and technology. 


Throughout your dining experience, you'll be transported to different times and places, such as America's Wild West and other remote destinations across the globe. 

Read more: First look at Royal Caribbean's new weekend party cruise ship

Elizabeth graduated from New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute with her M.A. in Journalism in May 2023. Growing up, she had the privilege of traveling frequently with her family and fell in love with cruising after sailing on the Oasis of the Seas her freshman year of high school. She wanted to pursue a career that highlighted her passion for travel and strengths as a writer. 

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