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Royal Caribbean pushes back Odyssey of the Seas debut until April 2021

Odyssey of the Seas Cruise Ship Debut Pushed Back To April 2021

Royal Caribbean's next new cruise ship will not begin sailing until April 2021.

On Tuesday, the cruise line confirmed Odyssey of the Seas would have all of its sailings cancelled between November 2020 - April 2021.

In a statement to travel agents, Royal Caribbean said the decision to delay Odyssey's arrival was due to issues at the Meyer Werft shipyard, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically, all sailings between November 5, 2020 - April 17, 2021 are now cancelled.

Overhead view of Odyssey of the Seas

Guests that had cruises booked on any of the cancelled sailings have the choice of a 125% Future Cruise Credit, 100% refund or Lift and Shift to another sailing next year.

Odyssey of the Seas is Royal Caribbean's second Quantum Ultra Class ship, and first to sail from North America.  The ship will have a 4,200 passenger capacity and was scheduled to initially sail from Port Everglades, Florida.

With today's announcement, it is possible she may debut first in Europe, with 2021 summer sailings from Rome scheduled.

Odyssey of the Seas will not sail until at least April 2021

In addition, Royal Caribbean noted two other changes coming to the ship: The Sky Pad will require guests to be at least 7 years of age to jump, and at least 13 years old to jump and wear a virtual reality headset. Additionally, the Trapeze School will not be offered in the SeaPlex.