Utopia (cruise ship)
|Port of registry:||Bahamas|
|Route:||circumnavigation of the world|
|Ordered:||November 20, 2009 (amended in 2012)|
|Maiden voyage:||2016 (planned)Still unknown as final papers not signed|
|Type:||Residential cruise ship|
|Length:||296 m (971 ft)|
|Beam:||36 m (118 ft)|
|Height:||50 m (160 ft)|
|Draught:||8.3 m (27 ft)|
|Installed power:||50,400KW 6 × Wärtsilä diesel engines|
|Propulsion:||2 × 14 MW ABB Azipod, azimuthing
3xBowthrusters total 9,000KW
Two sets of fin stabilizers
|Capacity:||199 luxury residences
Utopia is a planned luxury residential cruise ship project Utopia Residences with construction to be completed by 2016. Completion of the ship is expected in 2016 at a cost of US$1.1 billion, but awaiting final financing and signed contracts. The original binding letter of intent to build Utopia was announced in 2009 but amended in 2012. The Finnish engineering company Elomatic Marine is credited for the design concept of the vessel, with architectural design by Tillberg Design U.S.
The 296 m (971 ft), 108,000 GT (gross tonnage), ship will have a 199 residences ranging in size from 130 to 613 m2 (1,400 to 6,600 sq ft). Residents of the ship will be able to take all their personal belongings with them to their private homes on board. The ship will also have 175-room luxury boutique hotel, casino, 16,000sq ft spa, night club, swimming pools, children's pool with water slide, rock climbing wall, outdoor movie theatre, deck with private cabanas, putting greens and two golf simulators, concierge lounge, sports lounge, paddle tennis courts, 500-seat main lounge, 235-seat observation lounge, hall of angels[clarification needed], deli café and grocery store, demonstration kitchen, marina, three signature restaurants and a private residents' club with two restaurants and a private pool.
She will have luxury residences with prices starting at US$3.9 million and rising to US$30 million.
The ship will be largely financed by the Frontier Group, a private equity firm based in St. Louis, Missouri. Frontier will put up most of the funds to cover the US$1.1 billion in construction costs.
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- Christopher Tritto (13 December 2009). "Frontier backs US$1 billion luxury ocean liner Utopia". St. Louis Business Journal. Retrieved 24 November 2010.