Utopia and Icon of the Seas: Royal Caribbean's New Ships

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For avid cruisers looking for a new adventure, the introduction of two innovative new cruise ships in 2024 from Royal Caribbean have made planning and booking the perfect vacation that much more exciting. Icon of the Seas is the first, and will launch in January, while Utopia of the Seas will set sail during the summer months. Featuring a selection of luxurious amenities and activities, both ships promise to offer a unique experience for all travelers. Guests can look forward to having access to an impressive array of dining options, lavish staterooms, expansive spas, fun-filled waterparks, various on-board entertainment areas, and state-of-the-art robotic bartenders. Both Icon and Utopia of the Seas  will sail short trips to the Bahamas, where guests will be able to access Royal Caribbean’s private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay. There you will find has three pools, six beaches, seven dining spots, 13 bars, 13 waterslides, 72 daybeds, 96 cabanas, a zipline, a hot air balloon and more!

Utopia of the Seas: The World’s Biggest Weekend

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Utopia of the Seas offers a range of fun for guests of all ages. With five pools, including the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean, and eight hot tubs, there is plenty of enjoyment to be had in and around the water. On the top deck, two resort style pools provide a comfortable spot to cool off and take in the ocean views. For the adventure seekers, the aqua park, Splashaway Bay, features flowing fountains and sun soaked slides, while the FlowRider surf simulator is perfect for those who want to try their hand at surfing. And finally, Utopia of the Seas offers the longest and fastest dry slide at sea, plummeting 10 stories and 43 feet. Guests can also enjoy an undersea themed mini golf course and rock climbing wall, plus access to 17 thrilling slides on board and on shore at Perfect Day at CocoCay. Utopia of the Seas is sure to provide a memorable vacation experience.

Utopia of the Seas’ Thrilling Entertainment

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If you're looking for an exciting way to spend your time at sea, then Utopia of the Seas is the perfect cruise ship for you. With two different casinos on board, you'll have your pick between over 370 slot machines and 30 tables. If you're looking for something a little more musical, don't miss Spotlight Duet for public karaoke or private karaoke rooms. Whether you're after a few games of sports on the dozens of screens at Playmakers Sports Bar, or high energy shows at the Music Hall, you're guaranteed to have a great time. Plus, you can tickle your funny bone at the Attic, modeled after Manhattan’s intimate comedy clubs. Lastly, you won't want to miss the jaw dropping entertainment with hair raising acrobatics and the deepest pool at sea, Broadway style musicals, and artistry by world-class figure skaters. Utopia of the Seas is sure to not disappoint!

Icon of the Seas: Pools and Parks

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With seven unique pools and the largest waterpark at sea, guests of all ages are sure to find a perfect spot to cool off. Royal Bay offers the largest pool at sea, while Surfside provides a space just for families featuring an expansive aquapark with exclusive activities like the record-breaking Frightening Bolt waterslide and the first open freefall slide on a cruise, Pressure Drop. Get your adrenaline pumping on the Flowrider surf simulator or just relax and spend some quality time in the pool earmarked just for the adults. With so many options to enjoy there's something for every type of adventure.

Iconic Shows and Events

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Onboard Icon of the Seas, cruisers can experience the best of entertainment on ice, stage, air, and water. Step into Absolute Zero, the biggest ice arena ever, to watch all-star performers unleash maximum thrills and supersize spins in an immersive, digitally mapped backdrop, where storylines will be beyond any you have ever imagined. Dueling Pianos is also a first-of-its-kind bar in the fleet, bringing a new scale of sing-alongs with nightly high-energy piano performances. Two talented pianists will take your song requests and go key-to-key, tickling the ivories — and your funny bone, with toe-tapping tunes, belly-busting banter, and musical mixology. Lastly, a world of sensory discoveries await you at the AquaDome, with a towering shapeshifting waterfall that cascades into a dive pool and dining options to pique your culinary curiosity. Experience Icon of the Seas and enjoy the best entertainment on the sea!

Dining on Utopia and Icon of the Seas

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With 23 bars and 21 restaurants onboard Utopia, and almost that many on Icon, there's always something new to discover! The Pesky Parrot on Utopia is the latest addition to the bar roster, serving up exotic fruit-based concoctions made with rum, tequila and gin. The nearly two-dozen onboard food venues offer something for everyone, like Izumi Hibachi and Sushi Restaurant, Gio’s Terrazza, and The Mason Jar Southern Restaurant and Bar, plus much more. Hooked Seafood offers the best of New England cuisine, while Chops Grille steakhouse gives couples the perfect place to go for a romantic evening. They are also promising the ultimate dining experience on Utopia of the Seas, with the currently unnamed multi-course locomotive culinary journey through the golden age of rail travel that is supposed to take immersion to a whole new level!

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