After a successful series of testing of the hull and propellers, The Utopia, a $1.1 billion residential cruise ship, is one step closer to completion.
The Utopia is being built in conjunction with Samsung Heavy Industries and Utopia Residences. Once complete, it will be the most luxurious ship in the entire world. It will house 200 residences ranging in size from 1,420 to 6,600 square feet. It will also include a boutique hotel with more than 200 rooms, a casino, a 16,000-square-foot spa, night club, swimming pool, deck with private cabanas, three signature restaurants and much more.
For several months, more than 70 engineers and technical personnel have worked together in Seoul, South Korea, where Samsung owns the largest commercial hull testing facility in the world. Once the tests are finished in entirety, residents will be able to travel in style to some of the most famous cultural events in the world including the Cannes Film Festival, the Dubai World Cup, the, the Hong Kong Dragon Boast Festival, and the Rio Carnival.
David Robb, chairman of Utopia Residences explains, “This is a technological breakthrough. We have completed the core technical testing for this luxurious ocean liner. The ship’s hull will be wider than hulls on most passenger vessels, which will give our residents on this ocean liner smoother sailing. The hull was also modified to be more environmentally friendly. As a result, we have a more fuel efficient hull and propellers that will move through the ocean more quietly and sensitively.”
Samsung’s president, Roh In-Sik, mimics the tests’ importance: “This is a significant event in the building of Utopia and a significant milestone for Samsung as we further penetrate the passenger ship market internationally.”
Captain Ola Harsheim, Utopia’s vice president of shipbuilding, commented, “These tests go way beyond any computer model or simulations because they are physical tests on water…The widening of The Utopia hull and the inclusion of four stabilizers make our ship unique and will maximize the comfort for our residents and guests.”
To see more photos of The Utopia, you can visit Utopia’s showroom at 421 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. Or visit their website at www.utopiaresidences.com.