Odyssey Of The Seas accidents and incidents

Odyssey Of The Seas cruise ship


Length (LOA)
347 m / 1138 ft

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  • 2021 - delayed delivery (due to Coronavirus)
  • fires - 2020 (during construction at Meyer Werft Shipyard, Papenburg Germany)
  19 July 2020Structural and Technical Issues

On July 19, 2020, the shipbuilder Meyer Werft announced that due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the shipyard in Papenburg will be closed for 6 weeks (suspends operations from July 20 through August 30). The announcement mentioned that to stay afloat, Germany's largest shipbuilding company needs to save ~EUR 1,2 billion (~USD 1,4 B) over the next 5 years.

Eventually, Odyssey OTS' entire itinerary program was cancelled through April 12, 2021 (including), with the maiden voyage rescheduled for April 21 (5-day "Spain France and Italy Cruise" roundtrip from Barcelona).

  06 July 2020Structural and Technical Issues

On July 6, 2020, the shipbuilder Meyer Werft released photos from the Papenburg Shipyard showing the cruise ship Odyssey OTS being moved ~150 m (490 ft) to the front of Building Hall 6. According to Meyer Werft, the vessel was repositioned to make space for the construction of Aida Cruises' liner AIDAcosma (originally planned for delivery in May 2021).

Odyssey OTS was moved after the drydock was flooded and the vessel was positioned into a wetdock for outfitting.  At the time, at the Papenburg Shipyard worked ~3500 employees. In late-June, a large prefabricated section of the AIDA ship Cosma was pushed out of the drydock via tugboats.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis (see for details below), the Royal Caribbean Odyssey ship's delivery was delayed by ~5 months and all departures planned between November 5, 2020, and April 17, 2021, were cancelled.

Note: In mid-July 18, 2020, Royal Caribbean Group (via its subsidiary Royal Caribbean Cruises Asia) announced that due to delayed delivery from the shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, France), Wonder of the Seas' China debut (planned for 2021-Q2) is postponed "until further notice".

  June 2020Fire Accident

In May and June 2020, during cruise ship's construction, the shipbuilder (Meyer Werft, Papenburg Germany) reported two fire accidents. As result, the Odyssey of the Seas project (yard number 713) was further delayed, in addition to the Coronavirus pandemic for which the shipyard suspended temporarily operations in April-May. According to the shipbuilder, the fires caused expensive property damages and led to further construction delays.

The first fire (on May 28) was in a hallway on the vessel's Deck 8 and affected several passenger staterooms. The second fire (on June 24) involved insulation materials stored on Deck 2.

Odyssey OTS' inaugural cruise (roundtrip from Port Everglades / Fort Lauderdale, Florida) was scheduled to depart on November 5 (4-day Bahamas itinerary to Nassau and CocoCay). However, due to the delayed delivery, a total of 25 departures were cancelled and the liner was rescheduled to start operations in April 2021, with voyages in Europe (Eastern Mediterranean) leaving roundtrip from homeport Civitavecchia-Rome on 7-9-12-day itineraries to ports in Greece, Turkey, Italy and Israel. The Transatlantic repositioning cruise to the USA (Port Everglades) was rescheduled for October 28, 2021.

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