The building of the soon-to-be world’s largest cruise liner started final week – with the ship set to sail in 2024.
And to mark the milestone, a steel-cutting ceremony – for what can be Royal Caribbean’s sixth ‘Oasis Class’ vessel – occurred in France on April 5, on the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard.
Along with the primary piece of vessel’s metal being minimize, the ceremony additionally noticed the official unveiling of the cruise liner’s title – with the most recent addition to Royal Caribbean’s fleet being known as Utopia of the Seas.
Having outlined the corporate’s “excitement” for reaching the opening levels of the ship’s building work, Royal Caribbean International’s President and CEO – Michael Bayley – additionally made the next assertion eventually week’s ceremony:
“On the sixth Oasis Class ship, vacationers can look forward to the signature combination of Royal Caribbean experiences and many brand-new adventures that has and will continue to make the Oasis class of ships the ultimate vacation for guests of all ages.”
You can watch a brief video from the steel-cutting ceremony by clicking here.
Utopia Of The Seas – What We Know So Far
Although Royal Caribbean has not introduced the complete particulars of what to anticipate from their upcoming cruise liner – we do know that it’s set to change into the primary of its class to be powered by liquefied pure fuel (LNG).
LNG is presently the cleanest gasoline out there to energy passenger cruise liners – and so Utopia of the Seas is definitely a step in the appropriate route relating to a cleaner, and greener, future in the cruise world.
This is not going to be the corporate’s first LNG-powered ship, nonetheless, with Royal Caribbean’s subsequent addition – Icon of the Seas – additionally to be fitted with an LNG fuel tank.
Utopia of the Seas is ready to additionally function different functions – which can be as a result of be powered in a extra environmentally pleasant means – which ought to hopefully result in the ship being extra power environment friendly and due to this fact much less dangerous to the atmosphere.
Further particulars on Utopia of the Seas are as a result of be launched at a later date.
When Will ‘Utopia Of The Seas’ Be Ready To Welcome Passengers?
The new addition to Royal Caribbean’s fleet of ‘Oasis Class’ passenger cruise ships – which has aptly been named Utopia of the Seas – is because of make its first passenger-filled voyage in the spring of 2024.
With the ship’s building solely simply starting final week (5 April) – it’s anticipated to take round 30 months to finish.
Royal Caribbean Also Owns The World’s ‘Current’ Biggest Cruise Ship
Although Utopia of the Seas is ready to assert the crown of being the world’s largest cruise liner, it is not going to be the primary time that Royal Caribbean has seen one in every of its ships topped with this title.
That is as a result of simply last month its newest addition to its fleet of ‘Oasis Class’ vessels, Wonder of the Seas, set sail for the very first time – with the ship presently being the world’s largest.
The cruise liner took the title from one more Royal Caribbean ship – Symphony of the Seas – with Wonder of the Seas measuring at an eye-watering 236,857 gross tonnage (grt) in weight and 1,118 toes in size.
Symphony of the Seas measures at 228,081 grt in weight and 1,184 toes in size.
However, it is not going to be lengthy earlier than there’s a new ‘number one’ relating to the most important cruise ships on the planet – with Utopia of the Seas set to measure at a whopping 231,000 grt.
In different information, Royal Caribbean has lately welcomed back the self-service choice to its onboard buffets – which follows the latest removal of all journey advisories for cruise cruises by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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