Royal Caribbean’s Utopia of the Seas Begins Sea Trials

Royal Caribbean's new upcoming Oasis-class ship, Utopia of the Seas, has begun five days of sea trials ahead of her July debut.

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Royal Caribbean’s latest Oasis-class ship, Utopia of the Seas, is making her way to the ocean for the first time today to begin five days of sea trials. These tests, which are one of the final construction milestones of a ship, begin just 10 weeks ahead of the vessel’s official debut in Port Canaveral this July.

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More than 900 experts — specialists across areas like naval architecture, engineering, navigation, and design — are on board to push the ship to its limits and make sure it’s ready to sail with passengers. The teams are carrying out hundreds of tests and inspections, from how the ship moves through the open water and the operation of its navigation systems to engine performance, back-of-house technical checks, and more.

The five-day trial will cover over 1,000 miles and, once complete, Utopia of the Seas will head into the final phase of construction at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.

Starting July 19th, Utopia will welcome vacationers to make memories on short three-night weekend cruises and four-night weekday voyages. From more than 40 ways to dine, drink, and party — including Royal Railway, a first-of-its-kind immersive train car dining experience — to more pools than days of the week, there’s something for everyone on this new mega ship.

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(Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Every voyage on Utopia of the Seas will include a stop at Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay. The island features the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean and Bahamas, as well as a waterpark and a newly-opened area just for adults called Hideaway Beach.


Are you planning to sail Utopia of the Seas once it debuts? Have you sailed any of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships? Drop us an anchor below and let us know!

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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015, and in that time has taken a dozen cruises and counting. Her favorite onboard activities include trying the casual dining options, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.
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