Bar-raising, gravity-defying, game-changing. That’s how Royal Caribbean describes Odyssey of the Seas, the latest ship in its adrenaline-fuelled, packed-full-of-fun fleet.
Odyssey of the Seas will become the second Ultra Quantum-class ship when it launches later this year, sister to the recently-launched Spectrum of the Seas and crammed full of the same features. Best of all, Odyssey of the Seas is coming straight to our doorstep, sailing cruises in Europe following its first season in the Caribbean.
Excited? You should be.
Royal Caribbean are the masters of adventure, the revolutionaries of fun and creators of ships that push the boundary of what you ever thought might be possible at sea. Odyssey of the the Seas takes things up a notch yet again with all-new features that throw the fun-factor sky-high. You’ll find the largest SeaPlex yet, featuring more virtual reality games than any other in the fleet for mind-flexing hours of escape. The indoor/outdoor area will also host glow-in-the-dark laser tag, bumper cars and a SkyPad bungee trampoline. Remind us again which bit of cruising is boring?
A redesigned two-deck area was made for days in the Caribbean, two open-air resort pools and four whirlpools surrounded by casitas and hammocks that scream Vegas pool party. Handily, the Lime and Coconut Bar brings the rum and the live music. And when it comes to refuelling, you’ll now find Teppanyaki amongst the 15 onboard eateries. Don’t worry; Odyssey of the Seas will feature your ocean-going adventure stations too, including the FlowRider surf simulator, RipCord by iFly skydiving, the North Star sky-high observation capsule, and a rock-climbing wall that hangs perilously close to the ocean below. Hang on!
Royal Caribbean cruisers are spoiled for choice on Odyssey of the Seas when it comes to food and drink. There’s a plethora of eateries for the tasting and there isn’t an appetite they don’t quite cover; we’re talking grab-and-go Mexican snacks at El Loco Fresh, Manhattan steakhouse style meats and music and Chop’s Grille, an opportunity to disappear down the rabbit hole at an Alice-inspired Wonderland. Izumi appeals to sushi fiends, while Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar is all about those indulgent days when only a huge bowl of pasta and a bottle of the good red will do.
When it comes to entertainment, Odyssey of the Seas goes as hard as its Royal Caribbean counterparts. The Bionic Bar will be back with its mechanical mixologists, as will the venue that blew us all away when it launched on the first Quantum-class ship; Two70 isn’t just another theatre, it’s another dimension.