Odyssey of the Seas Review

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First time on Quantum class, not sold.

Review for the Southern Caribbean Cruise on Odyssey of the Seas
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2024
Cabin: Ocean View with Large Balcony

We wanted to go to the southern Caribbean to insure we found warm weather in early January. Also we had never been on this class of ship in our previous 35 cruises on Royal Caribbean and wanted to give it a try. We were successful in our quest for warm weather and enjoyed making our comparison to the other four classes of RCL ships we had sailed on over the last 22+ years.

Much has changed with RCL since we first sailed on Explorer of the Seas in 2002. Royal made us feel special throughout our first cruise because that is what they did for everyone. From our room attendant to our waiters in the main dining room to the Captains Champaign welcome aboard reception on the promenade, it was special. Unfortunately that special feeling is gone. Royal now limits room attendant service to once a day, the multi course dining experience has been reduced to “eating” with selections made from essentially a fleet wide standardized menu, you meet the captain only if you attend the “Captains Corner” on the last at sea day of the cruise. Finally the up charges are every where and excessive, paying more for a meal in a “speciality restaurant” than you would in all but the finest big city restaurants. Finally the only ones Royal really seems to care about are the folks who occupy the suite class cabins. Royal has even decided to all but ignore their most loyal customers, the upper tier Crown and Anchor members, reducing the perks once provided those who have the past been lauded for being “loyal to Royal” over the years. Royal continues to water down the experience for the masses, adding more cabins while reducing access and space for all but the “whales”. While this may sound like class envy it absolutely is not. We stayed in junior suites more than a few times and could afford to do it again if we felt it was really worth it.

As for the comparison of Odyssey to the other ships, it is definitely a newer vessel with a lot of high tech and one of the most fabulous lounges, Two70, we have experienced. The ship is very clean and well maintained and the crew is very attentive. The layout and design of the ship lends itself to make the ship fell very crowded with flow patterns actually causing passengers to walk through venues or restaurants when going from the theater to almost anywhere. There is no Promenade. The “Royal Esplanade” is poorly designed with most of the passageway blocked by permanent kiosks selling “stuff” when not in port. The space given to Starbucks is almost twice that given to Sorrentos pizza and Cafe Promenade combined while it has less than half the foot traffic than these two venues that, by the way, are the only place to find complimentary food after 9pm. In 8 days we never saw the Starbucks venue with more than a few people seated there. Another wasted venue is the Two70 Cafe. After 5pm there is no food service and the only thing you can get is a speciality coffee for a charge. Another wasted space that, if open later would provide a possible relief to the crowding on the Esplanade. While thinking about snacks, in an effort to be more “green” someone has deemed that there will be no to-go coffee cups where ever complimentary coffee is provided. Thus you see people walking with small coffee mugs, spilling coffee as they go, while Starbucks coffee and other speciality drinks are served in throw away containers with lids to prevent spillage and keep the coffee hot. Go figure.

Cabin Review

Ocean View with Large Balcony

This is by far the best standard balcony cabin on any RCL ship we have ever been on. The storage space is outstanding, easily accommodating everything we brought with room to spare. The storage space above the bed is a game changer.

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