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Utopia of the Seas shipyard photos show how close Royal Caribbean's new cruise ship is to being ready

20 Jun 2024
Elizabeth Wright

Though Utopia of the Seas is officially one month from embarking on her maiden voyage, there's a lot of work to be done before she can welcome guests onboard. 

Utopia of the Seas photo update

Royal Caribbean International has taken to social media to share short reels of Utopia's progress. 


While the vessel has taken shape, countless details need to be finalized, from finishing up the brand-new Solarium Suites to planting tens of thousands of plants in Central Park

Read more: 7 new things coming to Utopia of the Seas, including a giant slide and train restaurant


Izumi in the Park is an Oasis Class first onboard Utopia of the Seas


Guests can order classic sushi rolls, hot gyoza, and soft-serve bubble cones at the convenient to-go window, for an additional charge. 


Utopia will also have the largest Izumi Hibachi in the fleet, boasting six Teppanyaki tables with the ability to seat 48 passengers. 


The Boardwalk is another Oasis Class staple found on Utopia of the Seas at the aft of the ship on Deck 6. 


When Oasis of the Seas launched in 2009, she was the first cruise ship in the world to feature interior-facing balcony cabins, with staterooms overlooking the Central Park and Boardwalk neighborhoods. 


In addition to first-of-their-kind cruise ship balconies, the Oasis of the Seas' Boardwalk was the first to feature an outdoor theater called the AquaTheater, where passengers can watch high-diving spectacles into the deepest pools at sea. 


Giovanni's Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar, while not a new concept, has been redesigned for Utopia of the Seas. 


In addition to being two stories, passengers can dine al fresco on Gio's Terrazza, which overlooks the Boardwalk neighborhood. 


The same space has been used for various purposes on other Oasis Class ships, ranging from Wonderland on Symphony, Wonder, and Harmony of the Seas to a card room on Oasis of the Seas and Chef's Table/the Crown Lounge on Allure of the Seas. 


Though most of the cabin categories on Utopia of the Seas are familiar, the Solarium Suites are a new addition. 


The 839-square-foot suites are perched atop the bridges' wings and feature an infinite verandah design. 


There's a lot to look forward to on the pool deck, too, including the Perfect Storm waterslides. 


At the front of the ship, there's the adults-only Solarium. As you can imagine, the Solarium Suites are just steps from the Solarium, giving passengers easy access to the lounge chairs, whirlpools, and Solarium Bistro. 


The Ultimate Abyss on Utopia of the Seas will be the longest dry slide at sea, coming in at 259 feet long. It will also feature racing windows and zoom booster rollers for a "surprise" exit on the Boardwalk.


The Vue initially debuted on Wonder of the Seas, and it's making a comeback on Utopia of the Seas. Whether you're sailing away from Port Canaveral or enjoying a day at sea, it's the perfect bar to soak up the stunning views. 

Utopia-Shipyard-Preview-Vue Bar

The Royal Promenade is a central thoroughfare with a hub of activity, from the Latin-inspired Boleros Bar to the brand-new Pesky Parrot. 


You'll find Sorrento's, the pub, Starbucks, and a few retail shops here, too. 


Finally, Royal Railway - Utopia Station still has a ways to go before guests are able to enjoy the Utopia exclusive specialty restaurant.  


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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