Keel-laying ceremony held for Utopia of the Seas 

Keel-laying ceremony held for Utopia of the Seas 

Royal Caribbean’s first LNG-powered Oasis Class ship will set sail in spring 2024

Royal Caribbean International has held a keel-laying ceremony for Utopia of the Seas in France. The ship is slated to launch in spring 2024 and will be the line’s first LNG-powered Oasis Class ship.

The keel-laying ceremony is a major milestone in a ship’s construction, marking the official start of the ship’s physical construction, and it took place on July 1 at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.

Michael Bayley, Royal Caribbean International president and CEO said the ceremony was “the next step toward a bolder, thrilling future for Royal Caribbean and vacations.”

Utopia will make its debut after Icon of the Seas sets sail in autumn 2023. Bayley said it “will build on a new, exciting chapter that is set to redefine family vacations and getaways for all ages in ways we’ll soon reveal.”

At the ceremony, the working teams constructing Utopia watched as newly minted coins were placed on the ship’s first 948-ton steel block. The longstanding maritime tradition calls for coins, representing Royal Caribbean and Chantiers de l’Atlantique, to bring luck during the construction process and while the ship is at sea.

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