Play and relax on Odyssey of the Seas: Travel Weekly
On Royal Caribbean’s new Odyssey of the Seas, there’s something for all ages.
Lots of fun
More of everything is wrapped up in Royal Caribbean’s new Odyssey of the Seas. Here’s what to expect.
There may not be any waterslides except for very small guests in the children’s park area, but the 14th deck contains two resort-style pools adorned with bright Caribbean pastel colors. Guests can order drinks at The Lime and Coconut.
Like other Quantum-class ships, the Odyssey has the North Star Observation Tower, a pod attached to a giant arm that takes guests 300 feet into the air and allows for a magnificent 360-degree view. The North Star offered panoramic views of Royal Caribbean CocoCay’s private island in its entirety.
The SeaPlex Space is a multi-purpose center that offers bumper cars, virtual reality games, table tennis, roller skating and basketball. The basketball court is the largest indoor activity space at sea, says Royal Caribbean, which says the court is regulatory size. Overlooking the SeaPlex is the Playmakers Sportsbar & Arcade, which features a plethora of sports on 60 TVs.
The Sports Bar and Playmakers Arcade overlook the bumper cars of SeaPlex, the Odyssey’s two-level activity complex. Photo credit: Royal Caribbean
For those who want to relax, the Solarium is a glass-covered rooftop terrace that houses hot tubs and pools meant more for wading than swimming. There are countless lounge chairs and a bar and bistro nearby. The Solarium is only open to people aged 16 and over.
The Odyssey offers more than 25 restaurants and bars. Besides the main buffet, the food choices include everything from Italian and Mexican to Japanese and a steakhouse.
Perhaps one of the Odyssey’s most innovative features is the Two70 theater, which features six high-definition screens, each rotated by robotic arms that spin in sync with the streaming of the video. The combined configuration weighs around five tonnes.
The Teppanyaki Specialty Restaurant on Odyssey of the Seas. Photo credit: Omar Perez
Behind those screens is a 135-foot video screen that offers 270-degree views (Two70, do you get it?). The two-story screen, which is actually the aft windows of the ship draped in a projector projection, vividly presents video through 18 projectors that merge almost seamlessly.
When synchronized, the combination of monitors and displays delivers three-dimensional visuals with depth and panorama contrast. One of the highlights of the Two70 is the performance “The Book: Seven Chapters, One Adventure”, which mixes song, performance and dance with innovative visuals. Performers rise from the floor via platforms and descend from the ceiling through portals, coming and going throughout the performance.
Don’t be outdone, the Royal Theater presented “The Effectors”, the Royal Caribbean version of Marvel superheroes. Based on four evil-fighting superheroes, the performance wasn’t just for kids, delivering elaborate choreography, powerful vocal performances, and dynamic lighting before a flurry of lit drones flew past the crowd.
In the Royal Esplanade, where most of the stores are located, shopping leans towards the exclusive side with lots of high-end jewelry and watches. Photo credit: Omar Perez
Back on earth, the Music Hall, a two-level concert hall, is reminiscent of a House of Blues hall. A rock band played classic rock staples. At Boleros on the Latin theme, a quintet performed rhythmic jazz.
In the Royal Esplanade, where most of the stores are located, shopping leans towards the exclusive with lots of high-end jewelry and watches. Few stores sold inexpensive gifts like shirts and caps. So if you think your child isn’t quite ready for a TAG Heuer watch, you might find more variety at the CocoCay Island Market.