Royal Caribbean’s Utopia of the Seas would be the largest cruise ship ever constructed and the vessel’s first block was laid this week at a shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
Utopia of the Seas is scheduled to enter service in 2024 and would be the world’s largest cruise ship. The cruise line celebrated the keel laying for the ship on the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard.
“The keel laying for Utopia of the Seas represents the primary milestone of an unimaginable ship and the following step towards a bolder, thrilling future for Royal Caribbean and holidays,” stated Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean Worldwide. “Utopia’s debut in 2024, on the heels of Icon of the Seas setting sail in fall 2023, will construct on a brand new, thrilling chapter that’s set to redefine household holidays and getaways for all ages in methods we’ll quickly reveal.”
On the ceremony, the working groups setting up Utopia of the Seas watched as newly minted cash have been positioned on the cruise ship’s first 948-ton metal block. The longstanding maritime custom requires cash, representing Royal Caribbean and Chantiers de l’Atlantique, to carry luck throughout the building course of and whereas the ship is at sea.
“At the moment, we’re celebrating with Royal Caribbean Worldwide an vital custom and milestone for Utopia of the Seas” stated Laurent Castaing, Normal Supervisor of Chantiers de l’Atlantique. “The development of Utopia is an thrilling alternative for the Chantiers de l’Atlantique groups which are aiming to make this cruise ship probably the most environmentally pleasant ships on the planet geared up with new technology dual-fuel engines.”
Utopia of the Seas will probably be a sister ship to Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class vessels. The cruise ship would be the sixth within the class and maintain with the custom of being barely bigger than earlier ships.
The cruise ship will probably be powered by LNG. Royal Caribbean has but to announce a homeport or the place Utopia of the Seas will sail when the ship debuts in two years.