Odyssey of the Seas is the fifth Quantum-class luxury cruise ship developed for Royal Caribbean International.
It is Royal Caribbean International’s second Quantum ultra-class ship to join its sister ship Spectrum of the Seas, the first Quantum ultra-class cruise ship that entered service in April 2019.
The first steel of the cruise ship was cut at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, in February 2019. The vessel was delivered via a virtual ceremony in March 2021.
Odyssey of the Seas embarked on her maiden voyage from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US, in July 2021, becoming the first cruise ship in the Quantum ultra-class to sail in the US and Europe.
Odyssey of the Seas design and features
The ship design features a striking stern architecture with large, glazed areas offering 270-degree views.
Vessels in the Quantum ultra-class are designed to be smart ships equipped with dedicated satellite communications to enable round-the-clock connectivity.
In addition, Odyssey of the Seas features air lubrication systems to reduce friction between the hull and seawater and decrease fuel consumption. The ship is equipped with advanced wastewater purification system capable of purifying 264,172 gallons of water per day. Other features include reverse osmosis/desalination plant and a ballast water treatment system.
The vessel also features a selective catalytic reduction system to remove up to 98% of sulphur emissions and an advanced NOx removal system.
The cruise ship measures 347.1m long and 41.1m wide and has a gross registered tonnage of 169,300t. The vessel has 18 decks and can accommodate 4,284 passengers and 1,551 crew members.
Staterooms aboard Odyssey of the Seas
The ship has 2,137 passenger cabins and features four different types of staterooms, namely the Interior, Ocean View, Balcony and Virtual Balcony.
The Interior staterooms provide guests with various amenities, while the Ocean View staterooms offer views of the sea and nearby landscapes. The third deck includes Ocean View staterooms that cover an area of 119ft² and can accommodate up to four guests.
The Balcony staterooms offer guests with ocean views from their balconies. Meanwhile, travellers opting for the technology-equipped Virtual Balcony staterooms can experience views with real-time floor-to-ceiling displays.
Odyssey of the Seas also features the Royal suite class accommodation divided into three categories, namely Sky, Sea and Star, each with their unique services and amenities.
Odyssey of the Seas offers a range of dining options, providing guests with different culinary experiences.
The onboard dining options include the Teppanyaki, serving oriental dishes cooked in traditional Japanese style. Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar serves rustic Italian dishes, with the menu including options such as hand-tossed pizzas, charcuterie products, wines and limoncellos.
Passengers can also choose to have a luxury five-course meal at Chef’s Table and steakhouse classics at Chop’s Grille. Other options aboard the ship include Wonderland, Sorrento’s, El Loco Fresh, Windjammer, and Izumi.
Entertainment on Odyssey of the Seas
Odyssey of the Seas features SeaPlex, an indoor space for recreational activities with an interactive arcade on the upper level. The arcade features VR games and augmented reality walls and floors.
The Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade within SeaPlex offer laser tag and other competitions held on the lower level while allowing guests to watch sports on television or play arcade games. Guests can also access a two-level pool deck that includes two open-air, resort-style pools and four whirlpools.
The cruise ship also features the FlowRider surf simulator, VR headset-equipped SkyPad bungee trampoline, and RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator. Meanwhile, the North Star glass capsule is designed to provide panoramic views from 300ft above sea level.
The Music Hall includes a dance floor and an area for music lovers to enjoy live band performances. The Two70 venue acts as an open area living room with 270-degree panoramic ocean views during the day and will transform into a multimedia theatre at night.
The Splashaway Bay is an aqua park aboard the ship, with attractions such as waterslides, water cannons and fountains. The ship also features the Bionic Bar and the Solarium, an exclusive space on the top deck with swimming pools, whirlpools, daybeds, and a full-service bar. The bar employs robot bartenders to serve its guests.
The vessel is powered by six main engines, including two Wärtsilä 12V46F, two Wärtsilä 16V46F and two Cat 3516C HD. Propulsion power is provided by two ABB Azipod XO thrusters and four Brunvoll FU115 bow thrusters.
With 67,200kW of total engine power and 41MW of propulsion power, the vessel can attain a speed of 22 knots.