Utopia of the Seas begins sea trials

Royal Caribbean International ship is undergoing multiple technical and operational tests ahead of its scheduled debut in July

Utopia of the Seas begins sea trials

Royal Caribbean International

By Laura Hyde |

Sea trials are underway for Royal Caribbean International’s latest Oasis-class ship, Utopia of the Seas, which is scheduled to make its debut in July 2024 in Florida, USA. 

More than 900 naval architecture, engineering, navigation, and design specialists are carrying out hundreds of tests and inspections to ensure the ship is ready to welcome its first passengers in 10 weeks’ time. Teams will assess how the ship sails in open water and check the operation of its navigation systems and engine performance.  

The ship is expected to cover more than 1,000 miles during the five-day sea trials. Once the ship has successfully completed all necessary trials, it will return to Chantiers de l’ Atlantique’s yard in Saint-Nazaire, France, for the final stage of construction. 

Utopia of the Seas will depart for its maiden voyage from its Port Canaveral homeport in Orlando, Florida, on 19 July. The ship will spend its maiden season sailing three-night weekend and four-night weekday itineraries in the Caribbean. Each voyage will include a port call to Royal Caribbean’s private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas. 

Royal Caribbean International Utopia of the Seas sea trials

Utopia of the Seas began sea trials on the open ocean on 7 May 2024

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