Royal Caribbean International recently announced details on the newest Quantum Ultra Class ship Odyssey of the Seas.
Odyssey of the Seas is the 27th vessel to join the Royal Caribbean International fleet and looks like it is going to have the most action-packed top deck to date.
Amazing features for Odyssey of the Seas include a two-level pool deck with two open-air resort-style pools and four whirlpools. The new design has plenty of space for guests to soak up the sun and also provides shady casitas and hammocks to relax and cool off.
The two-storey Lime & Coconut has a tropical vibe with pool-front views, which replaces the old style pool bar. This will be a great place to hang out during the day or to enjoy a sunset cocktail in the evening.
El Loco Fresh, serves poolside authentic Mexican food, from tacos and burritos to quesadillas and fresh salsas. This provides guests with a convenient food option without having to leave the poolside.
Splashaway Bay features waterslides, fountains and water cannons, giving kids hours of fun.
The Adult only Solarium has an exclusive space on the top deck, offering a retreat for some quiet time, with dedicated swimming pools and whirlpools. Daybeds and hidden nooks will be the ultimate place to relax whilst sipping on a drink from the full-service bar.
Adventure Ocean will have a whole new layout, so that young cruisers can choose their very own immersive experiences.
The teen lounge will be maxed-out with gaming consoles, music and movies, which will provide endless hangout options.
Entertainment across the ship will include Royal Caribbean’s signature theatre productions and mind-blowing high tech shows in the innovative Two70.
Boasting 270-degree panoramic windows with sweeping ocean views at the aft of the ship, the expansive open area living room transforms into a 135-foot-wide and 22-foot-tall screen. At night, the iconic venue becomes a multidimensional theatre – where six Roboscreens come to life in sync with the music, special effects, live performers and aerialists.
I recorded this video onboard Anthem of the Seas in Two70. It was an afternoon show, which I will never forget.
The Music Hall provides the perfect place for a variety of live performances.
The Bionic Bar with robot bartenders allows you to order from an iPad, choosing your favourite drink from the menu, or design your own cocktail.
Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade will be found in the SeaPlex. Sports fans can follow all the sports action, with TVs at every angle. The club-level views will offer great vantage points of the competition below. Guests can enjoy an ice-cold beer and order a range of bar food including the Playmakers Burger, buffalo wings and sliders. There will be a selection of classic board games available, trivia quizzes and pool tables. For an extra special experience, guests can reserve the Owner’s Box VIP area.
Odyssey of the Seas will have diverse dining to suit all tastes.
Serving Far East flavours, Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant will make its first appearance in North America.
Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, will serve rustic Italian dishes with a contemporary flair, from hand-tossed pizzas fresh out of the oven and made to order, to charcuterie delights including a wide selection of wines and limoncellos, from many of Italy’s well-known regions.
Onboard restaurants include Izumi, Chop’s Grille, Chef’s Table and Wonderland.
Fun For All The Family
Odyssey’s top deck SeaPlex is the largest indoor activity space at sea, offering fun for all the family. Drive the only bumper cars at sea, soar from a flying trapeze at circus school or battle for survival in a glow-in-the-dark laser tag arena.
The upper level of SeaPlex will be dominated with the most interactive arcade at sea. Virtual Reality games offer individual and group play, with augmented reality walls and floors, for high-tech competitions and family experiences.
There is plenty on offer for thrill-seekers including the FlowRider , Rock Wall, RipCord by iFly and SkyPad.
The iconic North Star boasting 360-degree views, will share a whole new perspective of some of the world’s most legendary shores from 300 feet above sea level.
Starting November 2020
The ship’s inaugural year starts in November 2020 in the Caribbean sailing from Fort Lauderdale. Ports of call include Curaçao, Aruba, Grand Cayman and Mexico, sailing six and eight-night itineraries. Prices start at just £643pp
Odyssey of the Seas will sail to her homeport of Rome in May 2021 for the summer season. This will make her the first Quantum Ultra Class ship to cruise in Europe. Travellers will be able to explore breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which include the ruins of Ephesus and the Acropolis of Athens.
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