Odyssey of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest and fifth Quantum Ultra Class ship, reached a new milestone with her arrival on January 14. Take a test drive. This is another step towards Odyssey of the Seas becoming one of the few ships in the world to make its maiden voyage to Israel in May.
The sea trial is always one of the last items on the shipyard’s list before the ship is officially handed over to the cruise line. The various sea trials are closely followed by both Royal Caribbean and Meyer Werft. Technical tests and trial runs shall be carried out.
Trial runs at sea give the shipyard an idea of how the ship will perform and whether it will stay within the limits of the design. There are hundreds, if not thousands of tests that are conducted during test runs. These include the main engine endurance test, the steering test and the crash test.
The tests can last from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the performance of the vessel at the time of the test. The Odyssey of the Seas can now be tracked on our cruise ship tracking website as she sails the North Sea between Denmark, Germany and Sweden.
The intention is for the ship to return to its berth in Bremerhaven after the trial run. Work continues on board, with hundreds of people doing the final work on the interior.
The shipyard says the work is going well and the atmosphere on board is positive. The shipyard expects the vessel to be delivered in the coming weeks:
The atmosphere on board is good and the teams from the shipyard, the suppliers, the shipping company and the classification society work hand in hand to bring the ship to a successful conclusion.
Only a few weeks will pass between the end of the construction work and the transfer of the Royal Caribbean ship by Meyer Werft, which will take place at the end of March 2021. This follows significant delays due to the pandemic. The ship was originally not scheduled to join the fleet until 2020.
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The cruise line will be happy with the choice of one of the shipyards that did not suffer too many delays during the pandemic. The shipyards themselves understand this, according to Thomas Weigend, managing director of Meyer Werft:
Odyssey of the Seas will be the third cruise ship we deliver during the pandemic. This is a considerable achievement, which was only possible thanks to the visionary and responsible actions of everyone at the shipyard and on board.
photo courtesy of : Mayer shipyard
Once delivered, Odyssey of the Seas will sail a full season in the Mediterranean between Israel, the Greek islands and Cyprus starting next May. Cruises are offered as 2 or 3 day cruises and 4 day cruises for Israeli customers only.
Royal Caribbean will offer the first fully vaccinated yachts, with crew and guests over the age of 16 vaccinated against COVID-19. Details of other health and safety measures taken by Israel and the Royal Caribbean Organization will be announced at a later date.
As you can see, the Odyssey of the Seas is off to a great start. She will be one of the few ships in the world to sail regularly to Singapore with her sister ship, Quantum of the Seas.
frequently asked questions
What will Royal Caribbean’s new ship be in 2020?
Talk about an adventure on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship. Here’s what you can expect in November 2020. Odyssey of the Seas will be the first Quantum Ultra Class ship to depart from North America, with unforgettable adventures like the North Star and simulated skydiving.
Is the Odyssey of the Seas still under construction?
Read more: Why are new cruise ships still being built? The Odyssey of the Seas is a 169,000 gross ton ship, 347 feet long and 41 feet wide. Once the Odyssey of the Seas is handed over to Royal Caribbean, it will begin offering cruises from Israel in the summer of 2021.
Where are the Royal Caribbean cruise ships now?
The Quantum of the Seas is currently Caribbean Royal’s only ship in commercial service. One of the ships in the Asia-based fleet offers a program of short cruises to nowhere from Singapore. After a technical check-up in Port Canaveral in January, Enchantment of the Seas is currently berthed in the Bahamas.
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