My wife, sister, and I sailed a Southern Caribbean Cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas in April. It was an 8-day trip to Coco Cay, Curacao, and Aruba from Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale.
An antigen test requirement was needed no sooner than two days before boarding, which was simple. Make sure you have absolute proof of who you are – a driver’s license or passport is good, and I believe it’s a good idea to have hardcopy proof of your negative Covid test. It was the quickest boarding we’ve ever experienced. Another mask-covid issue – upon boarding, masks were required. Once on board, masks were optional. I would say less than 20 percent of guests wore them onboard. But reflect for a second. Everyone was tested two days before sailing and had to be shown negative. If there was any place one was LEAST likely to contract Covid, it would be on this boat.
The ship departed port at approximately 5 pm. The Odyssey is everything as advertised in size and beauty. The ship is huge and has a lot of nooks and crannies to hide and feel a little more isolated, so as not to feel like you’re on board a boat with 5000 of your closest friends. The Library is one place. There are cabanas for rent. They are more expensive on sea days. We took advantage of relaxing and lunching at the Sportsplex, an activity center where machine games of all types are available and an open area for playing table tennis, riding bumper cars and playing basketball, among other things.