The Newest Royal Caribbean Ships (In Order)

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Royal Caribbean launches a new ship roughly once per year, each with more innovative and exciting features than the last.

In this guide, I’ve listed the newest Royal Caribbean ships being built that will be coming out next, as well as the newest ships that are sailing right now.

Royal Caribbean new ship

So, if you’re thinking of booking a cruise on a new Royal Caribbean ship, read on for all the details…

The Newest Royal Caribbean Ships Being Built

Royal Caribbean has signed agreements for the next four ships to be delivered in 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026. Here’s a list of the newest Royal Caribbean ships that are on order and will be coming out over the next few years.

Icon of the Seas – 2023

Icon of the Seas

The launch of Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Icon of the Seas, towards the end of 2023 will be incredibly exciting because this ship will be in a brand new class – Icon Class.

Royal Caribbean’s ships are grouped into seven classes, and this eighth class of ship is set to be more innovative than any other ship that’s gone before.

Icon of the Seas will feature adrenaline-pumping thrills, next-level entertainment and unrivalled water experiences. But as yet, Royal Caribbean is remaining tight-lipped about exactly what those will be.

One thing that we do know, is that Icon of the Seas will be the first LNG-powered ship for Royal Caribbean, making use of this cleaner alternative to diesel.

Although she’ll be the newest Royal Caribbean ship in 2023, Icon of the Seas won’t be the largest. The new Icon-class ships are set to be around 13% smaller than Oasis-class ships. Icon of the Seas will accommodate 5,650 guests at double occupancy and have a gross tonnage of 200,000 GT.

The construction of Icon of the Seas began on 26th May 2021 at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland and is expected to take around two and a half years.

You can’t book a cruise on Icon of the Seas just yet, but you can expect places on the first voyages to fill up quickly once this eagerly-awaited new ship goes on sale.

Utopia of the Seas – 2024

Oasis-class ship rendering

Following on from the success of Oasis-class ships such as Oasis of the Seas which was launched in 2009 right up to Wonder of the Seas in 2022, Royal Caribbean will launch a sixth and final Oasis-class ship in 2024.

At the steel-cutting ceremony on 5th April 2022, Royal Caribbean announced that their next ship will be named Utopia of the Seas.

The agreement to build a sixth Oasis-class ship was signed on 18th February 2019. Originally, the ship was scheduled to be delivered in late 2023, but the date has been put back around 12 months due to the effects of the global pause.

Launching in May 2024, Utopia of the Seas is set to be almost identical to Royal Caribbean’s latest ship, Wonder of the Seas. However, it’s expected that this LNG-powered ship will be slightly larger, making her the biggest ship in the world as of 2024.

Just like her Oasis-class sister ships, Utopia of the Seas will be built by the French shipbuilding company Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France.

Read more about the Oasis Class.

2nd Icon-class ship – 2025

Following on from the launch of the first Icon-class ship in 2023, Royal Caribbean will launch a second Icon-class ship in 2025.

As is usually the case with sister ships within a class, it’s expected that these ships will be very similar. There will probably, however, be some slight changes such as different restaurants and bars and different shows in the theatre.

The agreement to build the second Icon-class ship was signed on 10th October 2016, at the same time as the agreement for the first ship, Icon of the Seas. At the time of signing, the two ships were set to be delivered in the second quarters of 2022 and 2024, although construction of new ships has since been pushed back by 12 to 18 months.

3rd Icon-class ship – 2026

Royal Caribbean has plans to build at least three Icon-class ships, with the third scheduled to launch in 2026.

The agreement to build a third Icon-class ship was signed on 2nd July 2019. At the time, it was contingent on financing, so with everything that’s happened, we can’t be 100% sure that this ship will arrive in 2026. That said, the future does certainly look bright for the cruise industry as of 2022.

The Newest Royal Caribbean Ships Sailing in 2022

Now that you’ve heard about the new ships that are on order for 2023 and beyond, let’s take a look at the newest Royal Caribbean ships that are sailing right now.

If you’re wanting to book a cruise on one of Royal Caribbean’s newest ships, these are the ones you should look at.

1. Wonder of the Seas

Launched in March 2022, Royal Caribbean’s newest ship is Wonder of the Seas. The fifth Oasis-class ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, Wonder of the Seas is also the biggest ship in the world, currently.

With a building cost of $1,350,000,000, this mega-ship has everything you could want, with eight distinct neighbourhoods including the new and exclusive Suite Neighbourhood.

Suggested read: How Much Does A Cruise Ship Cost To Build & Operate?

Wonder of the Seas features the brand new Wonder Playscape – an underwater world with slides, games and climbing walls that will keep your kids entertained all day long. The ship also has plenty of Royal Caribbean favourites like the FlowRider surfing simulator and the Ultimate Abyss slide.

Sailing in the Mediterranean from Barcelona and Rome as well as the Caribbean from Port Canaveral in Florida, Wonder of the Seas is the newest, biggest and (dare I say) best ship that Royal Caribbean has to offer so far.

2. Odyssey of the Seas

Odyssey of the Seas

Launched in July 2021, Odyssey of the Seas is a Quantum-ultra class ship offering adventures in the Mediterranean from Rome as well as the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is the first and only Quantum-ultra class ship to sail from the US.

A little different from what’s gone before, Quantum of the Seas featured a totally reimagined pool deck. Although Quantum-ultra class ships are slightly smaller than the Oasis-class, you’ll find so much to do on board with the SkyPad trampolines, RipCord skydiving simulator, the North Star observation pod and a 4D virtual reality adventure zone to name but a few.

3. Spectrum of the Seas

Spectrum of the Seas

Launched in April 2019, Spectrum of the Seas was designed with Chinese guests in mind, so unless you want your fellow passengers to be mostly from Asia, then this might not be the ship for you. The primary language on board is Mandarin and signage is in simplified Chinese, followed by English.

Sailing from Shanghai and Singapore, Spectrum of the Seas offers mostly short cruises to Malaysia and Thailand as well as some week-long cruises to Japan.

The first ship in Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Ultra Class, Spectrum of the Seas doesn’t actually offer much of an upgrade from the previous Quantum-class ships like Anthem of the Seas. It seems that this is the reason why this class was given the name Quantum Ultra, rather than a whole new name.

4. Symphony of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas is an Oasis-class ship that was launched in June 2017. The world’s biggest cruise ship before Wonder of the Seas came along in 2022, Symphony of the Seas offer a whole host of activities to enjoy at sea.

The first ship to feature Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate Family Suite and glow-in-the-dark laser tag, Symphony of the Seas also has many Oasis-class favourites like the ten-storey Ultimate Abyss slide and twin FlowRiders.

Symphony of the Seas sails from Miami, Florida calling at Royal Caribbean’s private island Perfect Day at Cococay, where you can chill or enjoy thrilling activities.

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To Conclude

With new ships launched every year, it can be hard to keep up with Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ships. But, if you want to experience the latest in cruising innovation on these exciting new ships, then I can certainly see the attraction of picking the newest ship there is.

After all, that’s exactly what I did when I booked my first ever cruise for our honeymoon on Allure of the Seas back in 2013. At the time, that was the newest Royal Caribbean ship, and it’s the ship that started a lifetime of cruise addiction for me.

Of course, the older ships have a lot to offer too, and the price can certainly be very attractive if you compare them side by side.

To help you decide which is the best ship for you, take a look at this list of all Royal Caribbean ships by age.

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3 thoughts on “The Newest Royal Caribbean Ships (In Order)”

  1. Great article. Where did you hear that the new Icon-class ships are set to be around ‘13% smaller’ than Oasis-class ships.

      • We just got off of Wonder of the seas. Magnificent ship. Royal in my opinion put their best people on this ship. I have been cruising since 1981 and have never had service like we did on this ship

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