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  • Writer's pictureMelvin Denton

Royal Caribbean's Utopia of the Seas: A Weekend to Remember

Updated: Feb 10

Welcome aboard Royal Caribbean Utopia of the Seas

Have you ever dreamed of sailing on the world’s biggest cruise ship? Well, now you can, thanks to Royal Caribbean’s Utopia of the Seas, which debuts in July 2024. I will soon have an opportunity to experience this amazing vessel on a 3-night weekend getaway from Port Canaveral in December of 2024. I’ve booked the promenade inside cabin facing the Central Park neighborhood. So, here are some fun facts of this Oasis Class ship:

The Ship: Royal Caribbean Utopia of the Seas

Utopia of the Seas is the sixth ship in the Oasis Class and the first to be powered by environmentally-friendly Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). It can accommodate more than 6,700 passengers and 2,200 crew members, making it a floating city on the sea. The ship is divided into seven themed neighborhoods, each with its own attractions, dining, and entertainment options. Some of the highlights include:

  • Central Park: A lush green oasis with over 12,000 plants and trees, where you can stroll, relax, or dine at one of the specialty restaurants, such as Chops Grille, 150 Central Park, or Jamie’s Italian.

  • Boardwalk: A nostalgic seaside promenade with a carousel, arcade games, carnival treats, and the AquaTheater, where you can watch spectacular water shows and high-diving performances.

  • Royal Promenade: The heart of the ship, where you can shop, drink, dance, or catch a parade or a flash mob. Don’t miss the Rising Tide Bar, which moves up and down between decks, or the Bionic Bar, where robotic bartenders mix your drinks.

  • Pool and Sports Zone: The ultimate playground for thrill-seekers and sun-lovers, featuring five pools, three waterslides, two FlowRider surf simulators, a zip line, a rock-climbing wall, a minigolf course, and the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea.

  • Entertainment Place: The place to be for nightlife and shows, featuring a casino, a comedy club, a jazz club, a karaoke bar, and two theaters, where you can watch Broadway-style musicals, such as Grease and Hairspray, or original productions, such as Flight and Hero.

  • Vitality Spa and Fitness Center: A haven for wellness and relaxation, offering a variety of treatments, such as massages, facials, acupuncture, and medi-spa services, as well as a fitness center, a yoga studio, a spinning studio, and a jogging track.

  • Youth Zone: A dedicated area for kids and teens, with age-appropriate activities, such as arts and crafts, games, movies, parties, and educational programs, as well as a nursery, a kids club, and a teen lounge.

The Itinerary

Utopia of the Seas offers 3-night weekend and 4-night weekday cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida, to the Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island. I chose the 3-night option, which had the following itinerary:

  • Day 1: Depart from Port Canaveral at 4:30 p.m.

  • Day 2: Arrive at Nassau, Bahamas, at 8:00 a.m. and depart at 5:00 p.m.

  • Day 3: Arrive at Perfect Day at CocoCay at 7:00 a.m. and depart at 5:00 p.m.

  • Day 4: Arrive back at Port Canaveral at 6:00 a.m.

The Highlights

There is so much to see and do on board and ashore, that it would be impossible to fit everything in. Here are some of the highlights of my upcoming trip:

  • Exploring Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, where I may visit the historic Fort Fincastle, the Queen’s Staircase, the Straw Market, and the Atlantis Resort, where the Aquaventure water park and the marine exhibits can be enjoyed.

  • Spending a perfect day at CocoCay, where you can experience the thrill of Daredevil’s Peak, the tallest waterslide in North America, the Splash Summit, a tower with six more slides, and the Adventure Pool, a water obstacle course. You may also relax at the Oasis Lagoon, the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean; the Chill Island, a pristine beach with cabanas and hammocks; and the Coco Beach Club, an exclusive area with an infinity pool, a restaurant, and overwater bungalows.

  • Dining at some of the 21 venues on board, ranging from casual to fine dining, such as the Windjammer Marketplace, a buffet with a variety of cuisines, the Solarium Bistro, a healthy and light option, the Wonderland, a whimsical and creative restaurant, and the Locomotive Journey, a new immersive dining experience that takes you on virtual train rides around the world, while enjoying food and drinks from the destinations.

  • Enjoying the entertainment and shows on board, such as the ice-skating show 1977, a spy-themed adventure; the aqua show Odyssey, a futuristic journey; the comedy show Headliner, featuring hilarious stand-up comedians; and the live music show Rock the Boat, featuring classic rock hits.

  • Taking advantage of the amenities and services on board, such as the Voom, the fastest internet at sea, the Royal IQ app, which lets you manage your reservations, activities, and account, the WOW Bands, which let you access your stateroom, make purchases, and check in and out, and the Royal Genies, personal concierges who cater to your every need and wish.

The Verdict

Utopia of the Seas is a truly amazing ship that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, fun, or romance, you’ll find it on board. It’s the perfect way to escape the routine and enjoy a weekend to remember. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves cruising or wants to try it for the first time. You won’t regret it.

There are several ways to book a trip on Utopia of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest and biggest cruise ship. Here are some options:

  • You can book directly through Royal Caribbean’s website(1), where you can choose your preferred dates, itinerary, stateroom, and dining options. You can also check the availability, prices, and promotions for Utopia of the Seas cruises.

  • You can contact Meldden Travel, who can help you plan and book your cruise, as well as provide you with additional benefits, such as onboard credits, discounts, or exclusive access to certain areas or events on the ship.

  • You can call Royal Caribbean’s customer service at 1-866-562-7625, where you can speak to a representative who can assist you with your booking, answer your questions, and offer you advice and tips for your cruise.

You should book your trip as soon as possible, whichever option you choose, as Utopia of the Seas is very popular and tends to sell out quickly. The first sailing is on July 22, 2024, and the current bookings are open through April 2025. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the world’s biggest weekend on Utopia of the Seas. 😊

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