Royal Caribbean is setting the stage for the boldest adventure to sail both sides of the Atlantic with the new Odyssey of the Seas. The first Quantum Ultra Class ship to sail in North America will be the latest iteration of the groundbreaking, high-tech Quantum Class—which unveiled cruise industry firsts like the Bionic Bar and the North Star, a glass observation capsule that takes guests more than 300 feet above the ocean for 360-degree views. No one in the family will want to miss the thrills in store, combining the best of Quantum Class with bigger and bolder experiences, only found on Odyssey.
Odyssey will up the ante on vacations with a whole new look to match an action-packed top deck—including the largest indoor activity center at sea—game-changing entertainment and dining inspired by flavors from around the world. Now, imagine all that set against the backdrop of the colorful coasts of the Southern and Eastern Caribbean on six- to eight-night itineraries! The ship arrives to her homeport of Fort Lauderdale, FL in November 2020, then it’s on to the Mediterranean in summer 2021.
Read on for some of the coolest features and experiences on board Odyssey of the Seas, so you can get ready to book the vacation your family and friends will talk about for years to come.
Top Deck Thrills
We guarantee you’ve never experienced this much action in one place: Catch a wave on the guest-favorite FlowRider surf simulator; take flight with Ripcord by iFly, a skydiving experience that gives the rush of free falling; scale the 40-foot-tall rock wall for an epic view of the ocean; or let your imagination run wild with Sky Pad, where you get to jump lightyears into the future or onto another planet on a bungee trampoline while you wear a virtual reality headset. You’ll also have a bird’s-eye view of the idyllic destinations you’ll visit, from George Town, Grand Cayman to our private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, thanks to the North Star—which happens to be in the Guinness Book of World Records for “Highest Viewing Deck on a Cruise Ship!”
One of Odyssey’s most exciting features is the largest indoor activity space at sea—and this one’s on a whole other level: SeaPlex is where the whole crew can have a blast. Adrenaline junkies can feed their need for speed while dodging and dashing their way across a full-sized sports court in the only bumper cars at sea, soar from the trapeze and play interactive VR games. The space will also double as a glow-in-the-dark laser tag arena, pitting Yetis and Snowshifters against each other as they battle for survival and control of the mythical ice city in Clash for the Crystal City.
Want to catch some on-screen action and root for the home team? Head upstairs to SeaPlex’s second floor for a front row seat at the ultimate Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade. The elevated views give you the chance to catch the competition below while tuning in to the big games on TV or playing arcade game classics, trivia, tournaments and pool. For a snack between adventures, refuel with buffalo wings, sliders and the signature Playmakers Burger, along with ice-cold brews.
Soak up the sun—and the island vibes—on the pool deck. With two resort-style pools and four whirlpools, plenty of fun for kids and where adults can unwind, there’s something for all ages. The youngest of travelers can get soaked at Splashaway Bay, an aqua park that boasts waterslides, fountains, water cannons and more, while adults can head to the Solarium, a relaxing retreat with swimming pools, whirlpools, a full-service bar, daybeds and hidden nooks. There are a variety of ways to enjoy this hot spot: Grab a casita, hammock or in-pool lounger and enjoy a beach read (and a cocktail!) by day, or enjoy entertainment under the stars by night. Pro tip: Be sure to try a cocktail from The Lime & Coconut, snack on Mexican street fare from El Loco Fresh and catch the live music, too.
As the sun sets, the curtain rises on new, unrivaled entertainment. Leading the way is Two70, where guests are treated to mesmerizing shows that not only feature some of the most talented singers, dancers and aerialists but also immersive technology and unparalleled special effects. Two—or technically seven—of the most striking features in this space are the signature Vistarama, which transforms the 270-degree panoramic windows into a seamless projection surface for spectacular digital imagery, and six agile Roboscreens that create scenes as they gracefully soar, twist and dance. Pro tip: Two70 also houses a gourmet café that’s open during the day. Be sure to grab a bite and take in the gorgeous, sunlit views of the ocean!
That’s not the only entertainment in store: Snag front row seats at the Royal Theater, where you can take in full-scale original productions and renowned Broadway shows. The dance floor is also calling at Music Hall, a guest favorite and signature Royal Caribbean venue with a roster of incredible cover bands and an always-revolving set list of hit after hit. Sip a cocktail at one of two bars, jam out songs you know and love, enjoy the tunes from the lounge seating or head to the pool tables.
When it’s time to eat, get ready to be wowed. Odyssey will introduce Teppanyaki—the first time this venue will make its debut in North America—serving authentic Far East cuisine in the traditional Japanese hibachi style. The menu comes together as expert chefs cook fresh seafood and top-grade steaks at the table.
Italian enthusiasts will love Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, which will serve up classics with a contemporary flair—from hand-tossed pizzas to a mouthwatering station of cured meats and specialty cheeses—as well as an impressive selection of wines and limoncellos. Pro tip: Don’t forget to check out some of our most popular restaurants and dishes, including Izumi’s sushi and sashimi, handcut steaks at Chops Grille, an epicurean experience at Chef’s Table and Wonderland’s chocolate dessert ball (it melts before your eyes with caramel sauce!).
Fun for All Ages
Even the tiniest of travelers will be encouraged to play outside the lines at the new Adventure Ocean, our award-winning kids program. Children and their families can choose their own immersive adventures and discover whimsical rooms with climbable creations at Play Place; hands-on art, science and tech fun at Workshop; friendly competition in physical, interactive games at Arena; and make new friends over gaming consoles or while just sitting back in Hangout. The area will also feature a dedicated AO Babies for babies and tots, plus, experiential activities at the multipurpose AO Junior area specially designed for 3- to 5-year-olds.
Teens ages 13 to 17 years old will have hip, cool spaces of their own, too, with the introduction of Social180—located just outside SeaPlex, right in the heart of it all. They’ll be free to take on the competition at SeaPlex or chill with the latest gaming consoles, music and movies in their own lounge or out on the private patio.
Embarking on six- to eight-night itineraries in the Southern and Eastern Caribbean, guests will have as much to do on shore as they will on board: Top shore excursions will include snorkeling through the tropical reefs of Cozumel, Mexico and digging in to the local cuisine of Oranjestad, Aruba. (Fun fact: Along with Willemstad, Curacao, Oranjestad is a brand-new destination for Quantum Ultra Class ships.) In the summer of 2021, when Odyssey heads to Rome, don’t miss your chance to marvel at the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, Turkey and tour the 4,000-year-old Palace of Knossos in Chania, Crete.
Your greatest adventure awaits on Odyssey of the Seas. Book your once-in-a-lifetime experience on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship here.