Royal Caribbean’s new ship, the Odyssey of the Seas, has completed its first two maiden calls. The cruise line announced that it had successfully completed its first call to Barcelona and second call to Lisbon with no reported incidents.
Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas completed its first two maiden calls on September 5th and 6th. The ship will have a total of 830 staterooms, 24 restaurants, 13 bars, and 2 lounges.
After a year that saw Odyssey of the Seas relocate many times, delay, and alter itineraries more than Royal Caribbean would have liked, the company’s newest cruise ship has completed her first two ports of call, which is good news for the company’s newest cruise ship. The Odyssey of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship, spent the past two days in the Netherlands Antilles.
Odyssey of the Seas’ stops in the Southern Caribbean to Curacao and Aruba contribute to the reactivation of the islands’ tourist industries, which, like many other Caribbean islands, were severely impacted by the epidemic.
Aruba is one of the happiest islands in the world.
The Odyssey of the Seas set off from Fort Lauderdale on July 31 and landed at Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island, on August 3 after two days at sea. With just 1414 passengers and 1427 crew members, the 168,666 gross ton Odyssey of the Seas set sail. The number is significantly reduced to ensure that the vessel can adhere to the stringent health regulations in place aboard.
The Odyssey of the Seas is not the first cruise ship to dock in Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital (the Celebrity Millennium did it in July). Nonetheless, she is unquestionably one of the most important people to call so far.
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Aruba was the first official port of call for Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas. Two fireboats greeted her with customary water cannon salutes as she entered the harbor.
Aruba’s Odyssey of the Seas (Photo Credit: Aruba Ports Authority)
With more than 70 kilometers of beautiful white sand beaches, including the world-famous Palm Beach, Eagle Beach, and Instagram favorite Flamingo Beach, Aruba is one of the most cherished locations in the Dutch Antilles. The ship sailed to Curacao, a nearby island in the Southern Caribbean, after guests had the chance to tour the island from early morning until late evening.
Aruba anticipates additional seven cruise ship visits in August, including more Odyssey of the Seas calls as well as calls from the Celebrity Summit, Carnival Horizon, Star Breeze, and Celebrity Equinox.
Curacao’s First Call
Following its visit to Aruba, the Quantum-Ultra ship sailed to Curacao, where she arrived at 7 a.m. and moored in Willemstad, the island’s capital. A plaque ceremony was held with the Captain, Minister of Economic Development Ruthmilda Larmonie, Curaçao Ports Authority managing director Humberto de Castro, and other dignitaries, as is usual during a maiden call.
Curaçao’s Odyssey of the Seas (photo courtesy of Curaçao Ports Authority)
The Odyssey of the Seas is planned to visit Curacao many times this year as part of her first season of sailings throughout the Western and Southern Caribbean. After two more days at sea, passengers may enjoy all the ship has to offer before returning to Fort Lauderdale on August 8. The ship will make a last stop at the always popular Perfect Day at CocoCay before returning to Fort Lauderdale on August 8.
Odyssey of the Seas has had a rough start in the lead-up to her maiden voyage and first ports of call in Aruba and Curacao. Originally planned for a Mediterranean debut, the ship’s first season was shifted to Israel, where she would exclusively sail with Israeli passengers.
This changed when Royal Caribbean withdrew due to instability in the Middle East and relocated to Fort Lauderdale. When many staff members tested positive for COVID-19 aboard, the cruise ship’s maiden trip was postponed.
On July 19, the Odyssey of the Seas completed her test sailing and now seems to be well underway. Her next voyage will take her to the Caribbean, where she will stop at Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica, and Nassau, Bahamas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Odyssey of the Seas finished?
Whats included on Odyssey of the Seas?
The Odyssey of the Seas includes a number of activities for guests to enjoy. These include the Royal Promenade, Aqua Theater, FlowRider surfing simulator, rock climbing walls, ice skating rink, and more!
What is the sister ship to Odyssey of the Seas?
The sister ship to the Odyssey of the Seas is called the Queen Mary 2.
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