Review of Utopia Of The Seas deck 16 (Sports-Teens-FlowRiders-Ultimate Abyss Slide)
Solarium Bar (41 seats) serves the adults-only retreat with drinks and light fare. Once per cruise, the bar becomes “Club 20” (nightclub with DJ programming).
"The Lime & Coconut" (2-deck poolside/open-air bar lounge/decks 15-16) offers drinks and refreshments (frozens, soda, beer/buckets, wine, cocktails). Lime & Coconut's upper level (deck 16) is on the Sky Walk - a walkway connecting portside-starboard. This level of the lounge is often used for small-group themed events (including single cruisers gatherings, cigar-smoking, etc). This is a smoking-allowed area.
Wipe Out Bar (36 seats) is a complimentary cafe bar serving the FlowRider deck with drinks and fast-food (burgers, fries, hot dogs, pizza, chicken, sandwiches). There is a soft ice cream vending machine. WipeOut Cafe is open for Breakfast (8-11 am) and Lunch (11:30 am - 3:30 pm).
The full-size Sports Court (aft-portside) can be used for playing basketball, volleyball, tennis, football/soccer, dodgeball, daily group game competitions. There is a glass-enclosed area for playing table tennis (ping pong).
Utopia Dunes (aft-starboard) is a 9-hole Mini-Golf Course (complimentary, 24-hour open, equipment provided). There is a separate 4-hole mini-golf course for kids.
Lido Deck is the entry-level for the 10-decks high Ultimate Abyss waterslide. The launch area is located all the way aft (accessible via stairs near Wipeout Cafe). Ultimate Abyss is the tallest slide at sea (height 150 ft / 46 m, length 216 ft / 66 m, water speed 9 mph / 14 kph). The launch area features a see-through glass platform. Guests take a mat and slide all the way down to the Boardwalk – twisting and turning in a serpentine-like movement. The slide ends at the AquaTheatre’s pool on deck 6.
Zip-Line (length 82 ft / 25 m, stretched across the Atrium) is complimentary, with a weight limit between 75-275 pounds (34-125 kg).
Aft-portside is located a FlowRider - RCI’s signature surf simulator facility. Pumps project high-speed water (20-30 mph / 30-50 kph) across a small area creating sheet waves (stationary waves) to simulate ocean surfing. FlowRiders were first created as land-based facilities and were implemented by Royal Caribbean for guests to enjoy traditional surfing and skimboarding on cruise ships. The Royal Caribbean FlowRider is a complimentary (cruise fare inclusive) facility and reservations are not required. Equipment (bodyboards, flowboards) is provided. Private surfing lessons are available for booking at additional cost per person. Groups are 6 to 8 guests. The FlowRider’s restrictions include min-height (52-inches/132 cm to use bodyboard, 58-inches/147 cm to use flowboard). Not allowed are footwear, goggles, go-pro cams. Guests can surf at the simulator until they fall off the board. The facility is supervised by sports staff (safety, assistance, advice).
Utopia Playscape (aft-starboard, upper level 2 of 2) is an interactive indoor-outdoor playground for kids. The facility is on two decks (15-16) and fitted with a mini-golf, slides, climbing walls, jungle gyms, puzzles, various games, a touch-activated interactive mural.
Youth Zone (neighborhood, mid-level 2 of 3) is a teenagers-dedicated complex (for children 12-17 yo) consisting of Fuel (disco), The Living Room (club lounge), Challengers (video arcade), Mimi Bites (eatery) and The Back Deck (outdoor sundeck /hangout area). Teen facilities are complimentary and supervised by dedicated staff. Teens are allowed to come and go as they please. Curfew hour is 1 am - unless accompanied by a parent/guardian. Teens (led by a staff member) can dine at the Windjammer buffet instead of with their parents. Royal Caribbean doesn’t offer teen-only shore excursions.
- Challenger’s Video Arcade (at surcharge US$1,25 per game) has popular arcade machines, foosball (air hockey) tables, skee ball, ring toss. Daily are organized gaming competitions. Among the favorites are classics (like Pacman, Galaga), music (like DDR X, Guitar Hero), racers (like H2 Overdrive, Fast And Furious, Sega R-Tuned). There are also family games (like NickToons Nitro, Sega Rally 3) as parents are allowed to visit and play with their children.
- Social100 is an indoor teen lounge with direct access to the Social100 Patio (teen sundeck with a spa pool midship on deck 17). Deck 16's Social100 is fitted with comfortable seating, books, a gaming area, foosball tables, vending machine.
"El Loco Fresh" is a Mexican restaurant (complimentary, capacity 100+ seats) located in the Sports Zone. It offers fresh-made favorites and serves with fast food the teen complex. "Cantina Fresca" is new for RCI's fleet bar-restaurant. Both restaurants offer indoor and outdoor seating/alfresco dining.