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Travel writer Jo Kessel has filmed fascinating footage of life aboard Royal Caribbean’s new ship, the Odyssey of the Seas, including a trip to the highest observation deck at sea for a glimpse of a two-story suite that costs $ 70,000 (£ 52,000) per week. The video also features breathtaking shows and the best places to eat when hunger strikes.
Odyssey of the Seas is impossible to be bored, as I discovered when I boarded for the ship’s recent christening ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Florida followed by a five-night trip to the Bahamas .
My mission was to film everything Odyssey has to offer, a large order for a ship of this stature – it can accommodate 5,498 guests – but I think I succeeded.
Travel writer Jo Kessel, pictured, filmed fascinating footage of life aboard Royal Caribbean’s new ship, the Odyssey of the Seas
“It’s impossible to be bored on Odyssey of the Seas,” says Jo, pictured
THE ODYSSEY OF THE SEAS IN FIGURES
The Odyssey of the Seas, built in Meyer Werft, Germany, is Royal Caribbean’s third Quantum Class ship. It is 41 m (135 ft) wide and 347 m (1,138 ft) long – and weighs 167,704 gross tons. Guests can sail 16 decks, eight of which feature cabins with balconies overlooking the sea. The ship can accommodate 5,498 guests and there are 1,550 international crew on board.
Odyssey is big and bold with tropical vibes. The video begins by exploring the upper deck of the passenger ship, with its extended open pool area and aft area offering so many exciting activities that there is no chance of apathy from young or old.
There is a climbing wall, a surf simulator, a bungee trampoline basket, bumper cars (watch out for whiplash) and an indoor skydiving tube.
I wanted to try the latter, but a recent injury ruled it out and my daughter Nathalie tried it instead.
She gets dressed and, for a few minutes, feels the sensation of free fall. “It was intense, crazy and amazing to fly like a bird,” she told me.
All of these activities are included, including the record-breaking North Star, a glass observation capsule in which I soared to a vertigo of 300 feet (92 m) above sea level.
First, the capsule hovers above the ship, and then it swivels sideways so that passengers hang over the ocean – certainly not for people with vertigo.
The Odyssey’s two-story pool bar, The Lime & Coconut, offers a cocktail of the same name. We watch a bartender shake one – think heaps of Malibu coconut rum with guava syrup – then taste it. Sweet, but delicious!
Next, we take a look at Odyssey’s new spanking booths.
Jo says Odyssey of the Seas is “big and bold with tropical vibes”
Odyssey of the Seas features include surf simulator, pictured, climbing wall, bungee trampoline basket, bumper cars, and indoor skydiving tube
This photo from footage of Jo shows her trying a cocktail at the ship’s two-story pool bar, The Lime & Coconut
The film offers a glimpse of the fanciest and most expensive accommodation on offer: the Royal Loft Suite (pictured)
The Royal Loft Suite, pictured, sleeps six and has a floor space almost ten times the size of most cabins
They are modern, stylish and spacious and refreshing. After a quick tour of my balcony cabin, the film offers a glimpse of the fanciest and most expensive accommodation on offer: the Royal Loft Suite.
This two-story cabin can accommodate six people and has a floor space almost ten times the size of most cabins.
In addition to a dining room and a cinema room, it has a gargantuan panoramic balcony with hot tub and a second, smaller balcony equipped with a swing.
Other touches include a decadent freestanding tub, jewelry boxes for bling, and a “Genie” (aka personal concierge) to make your every wish come true.
Book for Christmas or New Years and it’s yours for $ 70,000 (£ 52,000) per week.
In addition to a dining area and a cinema room, the Royal Loft Suite has a gargantuan panoramic balcony with hot tub and a second, smaller balcony equipped with a swing.
Jo’s movie shows where to head when hunger strikes
The incredible three-level dining room of the Odyssey of the Seas
The focus then shifts to cuisine, from the poolside Mexican cantina (top pick) to the main dining room buffet and more expensive specialty restaurants, like Japanese Izumi.
In addition to serving standard sushi and sashimi, it makes inventive California-style buns topped with a champagne sauce.
Finally, the film heads inward, discovering the state-of-the-art solarium and Playmakers – the largest sports bar at sea – before taking a seat in the theater.
The Odyssey of the Seas, built in Meyer Werft, Germany, is Royal Caribbean’s third Quantum Class ship
Guests can sail 16 decks, eight of which feature cabins with balconies overlooking the sea. The ship can accommodate 5,498 guests and there are 1,550 international crew on board. This video still shows Jo pacing the upper deck race track
From May to October 2022, Odyssey will be in the Mediterranean, sailing to Greece and Turkey from Rome
A June 2021 photo showing Odyssey of the Seas first arriving at its homeport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
Odyssey of the Seas to make Caribbean trips from Fort Lauderdale, Florida through April 2022
On stage exclusively for Odyssey, two new shows – The Effectors and The Book. Both use aerials and sophisticated robotic and lighting technology to create breathtaking, multidimensional spectaculars.
The video finale includes clips from these groundbreaking shows.
A fitting end to a breathtaking ship visit.
For more videos of Jo, visit her YouTube channel – Go with Jo.
Odyssey of the Seas will be making Caribbean voyages from Fort Lauderdale, Florida until April 2022. From May to October 2022, Odyssey will be in the Mediterranean, sailing to Greece and Turkey from Rome.
For more information: www.royalcaribbean.com.