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Odyssey of the Seas construction photo & video update - November 23, 2020

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23Nov2020

There are two new looks to share of Royal Caribbean's next new cruise ship, Odyssey of the Seas.

Right on schedule, the Meyer Werft shipyard has released a new webcam photo of the ship in hall 6.

November 23 photo

Meyer Werft updates a new photo around once a week with a look at the general progress being made.

For some reason, the webcam photo the last few weeks has seen more and more objects blocking the view of the cruise ship. AIDAcosma is under construction in hall 6 as well, and it appears the work on her is responsible for the increasingly hidden Odyssey of the Seas photos.

In addition, there is a new video update that shows off some of the top deck features that have arrived at the shipyard.

The video clearly shows the ship's funnel, Royal Caribbean logo, North Star and Ripcord by iFly housings on floating barges as they arrive at the shipyard.

Once complete, Odyssey of the Seas will join Royal Caribbean's fleet as the second Quantum Ultra class cruise ship and split her time between Europe and North America.

Odyssey will feature a number of firsts onboard, including the first Quantum Class ship with Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, a Playmakers Bar location in the SeaPlex, a revamped Adventure Ocean and two-level pool deck.

Read more5 ways Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas will be different from other Quantum Class ships

Observation pod arrives at shipyard for Odyssey of the Seas

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18Nov2020

One of the signature features of Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas has arrived at the shipyard to be installed on Royal Caribbean's next new cruise ship.

The North Star is a glass observational pod attached to a giant arm that guests can board to get 360-degree views from 300 feet above sea level.

Odyssey of the Seas is a Quantum Ultra Class cruise ship, and the North Star is a signature activity found only on Quantum and Quantum Ultra class cruise ships.

North Star was transported on barge that arrived at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

The North Star for Odyssey is painted with lime green and light blue stripes, similar to the concept art for the ship. All other Quantum Class ships have a North Star that has a navy blue striped motif.

Part of that design choice appears to be to better match the Lime and Coconut tropical design that the rest of the pool deck features.

Odyssey of the Seas concept art

Spectrum of the Seas

North Star is complimentary outside of China.

Odyssey of the Seas is due to be delivered to Royal Caribbean in Spring 2021. 

Once complete, Odyssey of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean's second Quantum Ultra Class cruise ship, sailing from Rome in Summer 2021.

After her inaugural season in Europe, Odyssey will then continue its inaugural year in Fort Lauderdale, FL with 8- and 6-night Caribbean itineraries.

Odyssey has been under construction since the steel cutting ceremony in February 2019, but delivery was delayed due to the impact of the global health crisis.

Odyssey of the Seas construction photo update - November 16, 2020

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17Nov2020

There is a new Odyssey of the Seas construction photo shared with the public, although there are quite a bit of objects blocking a view of the ship.

November 16 photo

Royal Caribbean's next new cruise ship is under construction in Hall 6 of Meyer Werft shipyard. 

The photo was released by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

Odyssey of the Seas is scheduled to sail in Spring 2021, with newly added sailings in April from Southampton and Barcelona.

November 10 photo

Once Odyssey completes these new sailings, she will spend her summer in Rome offering sailing Eastern Mediterranean cruises.

Finally, Odyssey will head to the United States for her North American debut in November 2021. There she will continue her inaugural year in Fort Lauderdale, FL with 8- and 6-night Caribbean itineraries.

Delivery still on schedule

Royal Caribbean has confirmed that Odyssey of the Seas is on schedule for her 2021 delivery.

While she was originally scheduled to begin sailings this month before construction delays impacted the timeline, Odyssey of the Seas is on scheduled to join the fleet for a Spring 2021 delivery.

The ship's current delivery date appears to be accurate, as Royal Caribbean Group confirmed this week in its third quarter earnings report that Royal Caribbean Group has allocated funds for delivery of Odyssey of the Seas during the first quarter of 2021.

Some cruise fans have also noted the fact Royal Caribbean added earlier sailings from Southampton and Barcelona to be a positive sign that the ship is going to be delivered on time.

Odyssey will differentiate herself from other Royal Caribbean cruise ships by offering a "next generation SeaPlex" that will have the addition of this venue’s first Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade with club-level views of the competition below; a reimagined Adventure Ocean kids program and a maxed-out teen lounge with gaming consoles, music and movies.

Dining on Odyssey of the Seas will be top notch as well, with the ship offing Teppanyaki and Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar.

Odyssey of the Seas construction photo update - November 10, 2020

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10Nov2020

It is a new week and with it comes a new Odyssey of the Seas construction photo to share.

Meyer Werft shared a new webcam image of Odyssey of the Seas in Hall 6 of the shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

November 10 photo

Meyer Werft is back to updating its webcam just about once every week to show off the progress being made on Royal Caribbean's next new cruise ship.

Odyssey of the Seas will be the second Quantum Ultra Class ship in the fleet, and the first to sail from North America and Europe.

Odyssey of the Seas is scheduled to sail in Spring 2021, beginning with a couple of early sailings in Southampton & Barcelona, and then spending the summer in Rome offering sailing Eastern Mediterranean cruises.

After her European opening, Odyssey will transition to the United States for her North American debut in November 2021.

There she will continue her inaugural year in Fort Lauderdale, FL with 8- and 6-night Caribbean itineraries.

While she was originally scheduled to begin sailings this month before construction delays impacted the timeline, Odyssey of the Seas is on scheduled to join the fleet for a Spring 2021 delivery.

Royal Caribbean Group confirmed in their third quarter business update that funds have been allocated for delivery of Odyssey of the Seas during the first quarter of 2021.

Odyssey will differentiate herself from other Royal Caribbean cruise ships by offering a "next generation SeaPlex" that will have the addition of this venue’s first Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade with club-level views of the competition below; a reimagined Adventure Ocean kids program and a maxed-out teen lounge with gaming consoles, music and movies.

Dining on Odyssey of the Seas will be top notch as well, with the ship offing Teppanyaki and Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar.

Odyssey of the Seas construction photo update - November 2, 2020

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02Nov2020

It is a new week, and with it comes a new Odyssey of the Seas construction photo to share.

The Meyer Werft shipyard shared a new webcam image of Odyssey of the Seas in Hall 6 for everyone to check out the progress being made.

November 2 photo

The webcam caught more of the AIDAcosma under construction than Odyssey of the Seas, but the placement of the webcam does change now and then.

October 30 photo

Just about every week, Meyer Werft updates its webcam to showcase a new photo of the ship and progress being made.

Odyssey of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean's next new cruise ship and begin sailings in Europe with cruises from Southampton and Barcelona in early April 2021.

Odyssey will then transition to Rome, where she will sail Eastern Mediterranean cruises for the summer.

After her inaugural season in Europe, Odyssey will then continue its inaugural year in Fort Lauderdale, FL with 8- and 6-night Caribbean itineraries.

What makes Odyssey of the Seas different?

Odyssey of the Seas will be the first Quantum Ultra Class cruise ship to sail from Europe and North America, giving a new audience the opportunity to experience this class.

Royal Caribbean always takes steps to ensure its newest ship comes with a variety of new features that stand out, and Odyssey of the Seas will be no exception.

In Europe, Odyssey will offer longer stays in every destination and overnights across select Mediterranean cities.

Royal Caribbean has not revealed all of her amenities, but here is what we do know about Odyssey:

  • SkyPad bungee trampoline experience 
  • SeaPlex - the largest indoor space for recreational activities at sea
  • Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade with club-level views of the SeaPlex
  • Reimagined Adventure Ocean kids program and a maxed-out teen lounge with gaming consoles, music and movies
  • Teppanyaki restaurant
  • Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar
  • Two-level pool deck will feature two open-air, resort-style pools and four whirlpools with shady casitas and hammocks
  • FlowRider surf simulator
  • Skydiving with Ripcord by iFly
  • North Star glass capsule
  • Robot bartenders at Bionic Bar

Odyssey of the Seas construction photo update - October 30, 2020

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30Oct2020

Here is one last Odyssey of the Seas construction photo to share before the month of October ends.

Royal Caribbean's next new cruise ship is under construction in Hall 6 of Meyer Werft shipyard.

The photo was released by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

Odyssey of the Seas is scheduled to sail in Spring 2021, with newly added sailings in April from Southampton and Barcelona.

Once Odyssey completes these new sailings, she will spend her summer in Rome offering sailing Eastern Mediterranean cruises.

Finally, Odyssey will head to the United States for her North American debut in November 2021. There she will continue her inaugural year in Fort Lauderdale, FL with 8- and 6-night Caribbean itineraries.

Delivery still on schedule

Over the last few weeks, Royal Caribbean has confirmed that Odyssey of the Seas is on schedule for her 2021 delivery.

She was originally to debut in November 2020, but delays at the shipyard due to the global health crisis changed plans.

Nonetheless, her current delivery date appears to be accurate, as Royal Caribbean Group confirmed this week in its third quarter earnings report that Royal Caribbean Group has allocated funds for delivery of Odyssey of the Seas during the first quarter of 2021.

Some cruise fans have also noted the fact Royal Caribbean added earlier sailings from Southampton and Barcelona to be a positive sign that the ship is going to be delivered on time.

Royal Caribbean adds new Odyssey of the Seas cruises from England & Spain in 2021

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21Oct2020

Royal Caribbean has added two new sailings on Odyssey of the Seas ahead of her published schedule to sail out of Southampton, England in 2021.

A 3-night Weekend Getaway Cruise from Southampton is available on April 2, 2021, which will include stops in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Following that sailing, Odyssey will have a 5-night repositioning cruise between Southampton and Barcelona, Spain.

In addition, Royal Caribbean added new sailings from Barcelona ahead of her previously scheduled cruises from Rome.

The Barcelona sailings include a 4-night cruise on April 26 and two 5-night sailings out of Barcelona on April 12 and 21.

Prior to these newly added sailings, Odyssey of the Seas was scheduled to debut in Europe with cruises from Rome in April 2021.

Odyssey will then spend her inaugural season sailing Eastern Mediterranean cruises from Rome, before arriving to the U.S. in November 2021.

The next new Royal Caribbean cruise ship was originally to debut in November 2020, but delays at the shipyard due to the global health crisis changed plans.

The Quantum Ultra Class ship will tout game-changing, technological innovations like the next generation SeaPlex, the largest indoor space for recreational activities at sea, which will see the addition of this venue’s first Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade with club-level views of the competition below; a reimagined Adventure Ocean kids program and a maxed-out teen lounge with gaming consoles, music and movies.

Guests onboard Odyssey can enjoy all-new dining, including Teppanyaki, serving East Asian flavors in a traditional Japanese style; and Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar with rustic Italian dishes and a contemporary flair. Odyssey’s vibrant, two-level pool deck will feature two open-air, resort-style pools and four whirlpools with shady casitas and hammocks.

The ship will also feature guest favorites, including FlowRider surf simulator; skydiving with Ripcord by iFly; the iconic North Star glass capsule that boasts 360-degree views from 300 feet above sea level; and robot bartenders at Bionic Bar.

Odyssey of the Seas construction photo update - October 20, 2020

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20Oct2020

It has been a few weeks, but we have an updated construction photo to share of the progress being made on Odyssey of the Seas.

October 10 photo

The Meyer Werft shipyard webcam was updated this week, following a nearly month-long absence of new photo updates. However, the new photo is labeled as from October 10, so it may simply be a "not as old as the previous photo" update.

September 22 photo

This new photo is from the other end of Hall 6, with a good look at the bow of Odyssey of the Seas.

In a SEC filing last week, Royal Caribbean indicated that Odyssey of the Seas will be delivered within the planned time frame. The new ship has been delayed once due to the impact of the global health crisis.

Odyssey of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean's second Quantum Ultra Class cruise ship, and first to sail from Europe and North America.

She will debut with European cruises out of Rome in Summer 2021.

After her inaugural season in Europe, Odyssey will then continue its inaugural year in Fort Lauderdale, FL with 8- and 6-night Caribbean itineraries.

What is special about Odyssey of the Seas?

Like all new Royal Caribbean cruise ships, Odyssey of the Seas will feature some new changes and enhancements that make it stand out from the fleet.

When she debuts in Europe, Odyssey will offer longer stays in every destination and overnights across select Mediterranean cities.

In terms of features onboard, Royal Caribbean has not revealed the full extent of entertainment or things to do onboard, but here is what we do know about:

  • SeaPlex - the largest indoor space for recreational activities at sea
  • Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade with club-level views of the SeaPlex
  • Reimagined Adventure Ocean kids program and a maxed-out teen lounge with gaming consoles, music and movies
  • Teppanyaki restaurant
  • Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar
  • Two-level pool deck will feature two open-air, resort-style pools and four whirlpools with shady casitas and hammocks
  • FlowRider surf simulator
  • Skydiving with Ripcord by iFly
  • North Star glass capsule
  • Robot bartenders at Bionic Bar
  • SkyPad bungee trampoline experience 

Odyssey of the Seas construction photo update - October 8, 2020

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08Oct2020

While the official Meyer Werft shipyard webcam has not been updated in over two weeks, the shipyard did provide a new photo of Odyssey of the Seas elsewhere.

In a promotion for tours resuming of the shipyard, a new construction photo has been posted of Royal Caribbean's next new cruise ship.

Meyer Werft's visitor center attracts 250,000 visitors every year, and is home right now to Odyssey and AIDAcosma from AIDA Cruises.

The building dock can be viewed from the 3,500 square meter visitor center on the shipyard site. 

Odyssey of the Seas is under construction in Hall 6 of the German shipyard and this new photo provides a great look at the front of the vessel.

Odyssey of the Seas is due to be delivered to Royal Caribbean in Spring 2021. 

Once complete, Odyssey of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean's second Quantum Ultra Class cruise ship, sailing from Rome in Summer 2021.

After her inaugural season in Europe, Odyssey will then continue its inaugural year in Fort Lauderdale, FL with 8- and 6-night Caribbean itineraries.

Odyssey has been under construction since the steel cutting ceremony in February 2019, but delivery was delayed due to the impact of the global health crisis.

Royal Caribbean looks to take live cruise ship acts to new heights with drones

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22Sep2020

Royal Caribbean is going to take their live shows on cruise ships to new heights, according to a recently shared video.

Nick Weir, Senior Vice President of Entertainment for Royal Caribbean International, shared a video on Twitter of a demonstration of the cruise line's drone technology for an upcoming show on its newest cruise ship, Odyssey of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean has used drones in shows in the last couple of years, but Mr. Weir characterized this drone performance on Odyssey of the Seas as, "most complex technology yet."

A total of 48 drones are being used in the technical rehearsal with a performer in the middle of them, appearing to command the drones around him.

Royal Caribbean has already used drones on at least two ships, including Symphony of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas.

The new show is being developed for Odyssey of the Seas, which is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard.

Royal Caribbean has not yet revealed the entertainment for Odyssey of the Seas, but Mr. Weir enjoys showing off brief teases on what we can expect to see.

September 22 photo

The shipyard released a new construction photo this week of Odyssey of the Seas, which is due to be delivered in Spring 2021.

Once complete, Odyssey of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean's second Quantum Ultra Class cruise ship, sailing from Rome in Summer 2021.

After her inaugural season in Europe, Odyssey will then continue its inaugural year in Fort Lauderdale, FL with 8- and 6-night Caribbean itineraries.

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