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Odyssey of the Seas Review

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The two-level pool deck on Odyssey of the Seas (Image: Royal Caribbean)
Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar on Odyssey of the Seas (Image: Royal Caribbean)
Harmony of the Seas Cabins
Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade in the SeaPlex on Odyssey of the Seas (Image: Royal Caribbean)

Odyssey of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's second Quantum Ultra-Class ship, launched in July 2021 from Fort Lauderdale. Despite carrying the "ultra" tag, the ships are only a tiny bit larger than their Quantum class fleetmates -- 168,800 gross tons versus 168,666 gross tons -- and carry 4,180 passengers.

Health & Safety

Royal Caribbean is strongly recommending vaccination for those 12 and older on Odyssey of the Seas sailings from Fort Lauderdale.

Until December 31, unvaccinated passengers age 12 and over must have travel insurance in place that meets the line's requirements ($25,000 medical/$50,000 emergency evacuation with no COVID-19 exception.)

Royal Caribbean ships are sailing with reduced overall capacity.

Before Boarding

  • Proof of completed vaccination at least 14 days prior to sailing, or
  • Negative PCR test within 72 hours of embarkation for unvaccinated guests over age 2
  • Rapid PCR testing is done at embarkation for unvaccinated guests over age 2; no charge for children 2-11; charge added to onboard spending account for ages 12 and up
  • COVID-19 insurance required for unvaccinated guests age 12 and over
  • Pre-embarkation in-app health questionnaire
  • In-app check-in and arrival time slot required
  • Masks required for all guests over age 2 during the entire embarkation and debarkation process, and while on any form of transportation

Onboard

  • Guests not required to wear masks onboard in their staterooms, outdoors, or indoors while seated and actively eating or drinking
  • Vaccinated guests have exclusive access to certain venues and activities in which they may forgo mask wearing
  • Children under age 2 do not need to wear a mask
  • Unvaccinated guests are provided specific hours to utilize some facilities like the fitness center; others, like the Solarium Pool and Bar, will be unavailable to unvaccinated guests throughout the cruise
  • Vaccinated guests and children too young to be vaccinated receive COVID-19 Assistance in the form of no-charge onboard medical treatment for COVID-19 and more lenient refund policies for cancellations or changes due to COVID-19
  • Additional screenings are done as needed
  • Mid-cruise testing for unvaccinated guests, charged to onboard folio for guests over age 11, no charge for ages 2-11
  • Wristbands identify vaccinated passengers; unvaccinated passengers have hole punched in their SeaPass cards
  • Capacity limits in bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues
  • Buffet food is served by staff
  • Physical distancing is suggested
  • Dining reservations are strongly recommended; parties are limited to eight and must be with your travel party or those of a linked reservation
  • Muster drill done individually using the Royal Caribbean App and/or the stateroom TV, followed by a check-in with your muster station
  • Sanitizing and hand-washing stations all over the ship

Off the ship

  • Vaccinated guests may explore independently in most ports of call
  • Unvaccinated guests are limited to controlled tours in ports other than Perfect Day at CocoCay
  • Some ports, including Jamaica, Curacao, and Aruba may require additional testing or screenings before disembarking
  • Masks may be required on tours, in some ports, and in some businesses

Highlights

El Loco Fresh: A grab-and-go Mexican eatery located on the pool deck and featuring items like tacos, burritos, quesadillas and an array of fresh salsas.

Giovanni's Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar ($): Royal Caribbean is rolling out this new take on its signature Italian trattoria, which offers up a menu of rustic Italian dishes, from hand-tossed pizzas fresh out of the oven to charcuterie, and beyond. The "wine" part of the menu features a wide selection of wines and limoncellos from many of Italy’s well-known regions.

Teppanyaki ($): Odyssey of the Seas will be the first Royal Caribbean ship to sail in North America to offer this hibachi-style Japanese eatery.

Chop's Grille ($): Royal Caribbean's signature steakhouse.

Izumi ($): Royal Caribbean's signature sushi and sashimi dining venue.

Wonderland ($): This unique dining experience offers a dreamscape menu of adventurous dishes presented in an Alice in Wonderland-inspired setting.

Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade ($): The line's popular sports bar and pub is located within the SeaPlex complex on Odyssey of the Seas and offers up a variety of pub grub (chicken wings, burgers, sliders, fries, etc.) and ice-cold beers.

Recreation & Entertainment

Odyssey of the Seas will be jam-packed with recreational activities including some of the line's most adrenaline-pumping activities: FlowRider surfing, RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator, rock climbing wall, SkyPad bungee trampoline VR experience, and a reimagined SeaPlex.

The SeaPlex on Odyssey will have bumper cars and trapeze classes, but the upper level will be dominated by a virtual reality playground for individual and group play, with augmented reality walls and floors. The lower level, which has the full sports court, will also double as a glow-in-the-dark laser tag course during select times.

Other recreation and entertainment attractions onboard will be the North Star capsule observation space, Two70 multi-dimensional theater, Music Hall and the Bionic Bar.

Pool Deck

The pool deck will take up two levels and offer two open-air, resort-style pools and four whirlpools, all surrounded by lounge chairs, shady casitas and hammocks. Near the pools will be The Lime & Coconut, serving up two stories of pool-front views, liquid fun and live music from morning to night.

For the younger cruisers, Splashaway Bay will feature colorful waterslides, fountains, water cannons and more.

As with all Royal Caribbean ships, Odyssey of the Seas will have an adults-only Solarium. On Odyssey, the space will have swimming pools, hot tubs, day beds and a full-service bar.

Itineraries

Odyssey of the Seas will debut in April 2021 and will be based in Rome for Mediterranean cruises that will stop in ports in Turkey and Greece.

The ship will then sail to Fort Lauderdale, with six- and eight-night Caribbean cruises to ports that will include Curacao, Aruba, Grand Cayman and Mexico.

Odyssey is reaching the finally stages of construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

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