Keel laid for RCI’s first LNG-powered Oasis-class vessel Utopia Of The Seas
Royal Caribbean International’s next ship, Utopia of the Seas, has reached its first major construction milestone. A keel-laying ceremony took place this weekend for the first Oasis-class LNG-powered vessel.
The event at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France celebrated the official start of Utopiaphysical construction before the ship’s introduction in spring 2024.
“The keel laid for utopia of the seas represents the first step in an incredible ship and the next step into a bolder and more exciting future for Royal Caribbean and vacationing,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.
“Utopiadebuts in 2024, on the heels of Icon of the seas departing in fall 2023, will build on an exciting new chapter that is set to redefine family vacations and getaways for all ages in ways we’ll reveal soon.
During the ceremony, work crews building Utopia watched the newly minted coins being placed on the ship’s first 948-ton steel block. The long maritime tradition requires coins, representing Royal Caribbean and Chantiers de l’Atlantique, to bring good luck during the construction process and while the ship is at sea.
“Today we celebrate with Royal Caribbean International a tradition and a milestone for utopia of the seas,says Laurent Castaing, Managing Director of Chantiers de l’Atlantique.
“The construction of Utopia is an exciting opportunity for the Chantiers de l’Atlantique teams who aim to make this liner one of the most environmentally friendly ships in the world equipped with new generation bi-fuel engines.
As the second Royal Caribbean ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), Utopia will also advance Royal Caribbean’s commitment to the environment.
The ship’s LNG technology will join a range of the cruise line‘s environmentally friendly initiatives on its ships. From shore power to waste heat recovery systems, applications have been developed and enhanced as part of Royal Caribbean’s commitment to making progress towards a clean energy future.