First Look at Royal Caribbean Odyssey of the Seas
Today we’ll be taking a closer look at Odyssey of the Seas, the newest ship from Royal Caribbean. Odyssey is Royal Caribbean’s first ship to be homeported at Israel, sailing from Haifa from May to October, and will run Mediterranean itineraries to Cyprus, Mykonos, Athens, and more. Following this stint in the Med, Odyssey will relocate homeports to Fort Lauderdale, Florida – and from there will run itineraries around the Caribbean. Royal Caribbean are famous for pushing the guest experience to the max, so a new ship often means new inventions and innovations. Some first-look images of the interiors of Odyssey were recently released by Royal Caribbean – today we’ll be taking a look at these alongside the hospitality experience provided on board.
Odyssey will feature a host of flavours from around the world, ranging from hand-rolled sushi at Izumi, to Far East fare at Teppanyaki (above), to Italian classics at Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar.
Alongside classy evening dining, Odyssey provides relaxed eateries for poolside lunch, including tacos and burritos at El Loco Fresh, New York-style pizza at Sorrento’s, or a classic buffet at Windjammer.
One culinary highlight is Wonderland , peddling ‘Imaginative Cuisine’ for an extra-ordinary meal. At Wonderland, a cruiser can choose dishes based on five natural elements – Earth, Sea, Fire, Ice, and Sun. The Fire section provides spicy and smoky flavours, such as Buffalo chicken eggs or crispy shrimp kataifi with scotch bonnet pepper. For something chilled and refreshing, the Ice section serves up dishes such as red and white tuna sashima, or oceanic citrus with yuzu granite. The Sea and Earth sections provide heartier meals, such as liquid lobster served with bone marrow and caviar, branzino prepared with tamarind spice emulsion, and Berkshire pork belly paired with apples and crackling. Illustrating the close attention paid to detail on Odyssey, the dishes appear on the menu after being brushed with a wet paintbrush.
With an extra nine bars and lounges, the cruiser won’t go thirsty either, with choice ranging from a traditional English pub to the Bionic Bar, where a robotic bartender will fix you a drink.
Royal Caribbean cruises are all about recreation and fun – no stuffy refined luxury here. For basketball and bumper cars, head to SeaPlex (below), the largest indoor and outdoor activity space at sea. For unbeatable views, the North Star elevates the cruiser up to 100 metres above sea level. Holding a Guinness World Record for the tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship, the North Star gives the cruiser a 360-degree view of the world around them. Similarly adrenaline-raising, but slightly closer to deck, is RipCord by iFLY, an onboard sky-diving simulator.
If free-falling isn’t what you’re after, a set of pool tables might be more up your street. Traditionally a difficult game to play on a cruise ship due to the nature of gravity, Royal Caribbean have upped the game with the first gyroscopic, self-levelling pool tables at sea. Alternatively, a 20.4m2 outdoor film screen provides a pool-side cinema for outdoor film nights.
As is natural with Royal Caribbean, the fun doesn’t stop there. Featuring an Arcade, Casino, Solarium, multiple pools, a rock climbing wall, a multitude of classes (jewellery making, language lessons, folding artistry, and more), the Flowrider surf simulator, table tennis, game shows, pool parties, live bands, the Sky Pad virtual reality trampoline, laser tag, a music hall, and the Two70 entertainment space, Odyssey of the Seas delivers the fun.