Review of Odyssey Of The Seas deck 4 (Lobby-Shops)
The Royal Theater (upper orchestra level 2 of 3)
The Royal Esplanade (lower level) is similar to RCI’s “Royal Promenade” design concept of a shopping/entertainment district. This is a huge, 2-decks high interior area designed to resemble a street. It runs almost the full length of deck 4 (mezzanine level on deck 5) and has no natural light. There are lined up multiple lounges, bars and restaurants (most with outdoor seating), luxury boutiques and shops selling duty-free merchandise. The Royal Esplanade features impressive design and decoration (incl original artworks), innovative multimedia technologies, live music, fun demos, alcohol tastings, characters meets-greets, Port Shopping (daily talks on shopping options in all ports of call in the ship’s current itinerary).
Retail Shops (lower Esplanade level 1 of 2) is a duty-free shopping arcade lined with shops and name-brand boutiques. Their list includes The Shop (Royal Caribbean logo merchandise), Korean Beauty (make-up products), Bling! (jewelry), Michael Kors (designer handbags, watches, shoes, clothing, accessories), Swarovski (jewelry), Kate Spade New York (designer bags, clothing, shoes, accessories), Trunk Show (best buys, day specials merchandise), Regalia (watches and jewelry shops), Sundials (luxury sunglasses and watches), Prince and Greene (designer clothing/accessories), Impulse (perfumes, beauty products), Sundials (luxury sunglasses and watches), La Mer (Body and Beauty / skincare and body products). Port Merchants is a general store selling conveniences, also liquor and tobaccos.
Diamond Club (open 24-hours) is an exclusive lounge & bar for Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club passengers (by the RCI’s loyalty program). The lounge offers concierge service (between 8:30-11:30 am, and between 5-8:30 pm). The amenities and services provided include: personalized stationery, served Continental breakfast (8-10 am), Hors d’oeuvres and petit fours (served, respectively, before and after dinner), complimentary self-service bar (free drinks), reservations (specialty restaurants, shore excursions/tours, Beach Cabanas), Salon/Spa appointments, show ticketing assistance, media borrowing (music and movies on disks and DVDs), business services (faxing, copying), private party arrangements. The lounge also has Internet-connected computers.
"Music Hall" is a show lounge for live music shows and dancing served by its own bar. It has pool tables, a large dance floor and a stage for live band performances and tribute acts (incl rock bands performances) in the evenings. When bands are not performing, a DJ plays Top 40 music selections. This lounge offers a late-night show (named “Mamma Mia! After Dark”) and Rockaoke (karaoke singing accompanied by the band). Another RCI signature night show presented here is called “Wink”. The experience is defined as a combination of cabaret-style entertainment (by The Royal Theatre staff), premium brand spirits and adults-only night club party life. During the day, Music Hall is generally used for dance classes (incl ballroom dancing, rock ‘n’ roll) and for comedy acting workshops.
Leaf and Bean is a quick-food eatery (Cafe Restaurant / Patisserie / Coffee Shop / Tea Room) open 24-hours for light snacks and drinks. The Cafe offers traditional beverages and snacks, authentic teas, coffee drinks, fresh-baked pastries and gourmet desserts. Among the displayed foods are croissant sandwiches (mini), fresh-baked pizzas (in slices), biscotti, chocolate-based sweets, bonbons, truffles, Danish pastries, cookies, cakes, muffins, cheesecake (Lollipops), ice cream, Starbucks drinks (Coffee, Mocha, Americano Latte, Tazo Tea, Vanilla Steamer, Soy Milk, Hot Chocolate, White Chocolate Mocha, Caramel Macchiato).
Sorrento’s Pizzeria (open between 11:30 am - 3 am) is a complimentary restaurant with plenty of seating (both indoor and outdoor / on the Esplanade). It offers fresh, oven-baked pizzas (3 slices at a time) and pies for lunch, dinner, and late-night. The decor features brick walls and a wood-fired oven. The pizzeria’s menu has traditional items (with meat, cheese, vegetables, gluten-free, incl Hawaiian, Florentine, pepperoni, barbeque chicken, four-cheese), custom-made pizza/pie, daily specialties, antipasti (olives, mozzarella, grilled vegetables), desserts (biscotti, gelato ice cream, raspberry mousse, amaretti, chocolate panna cotta). Drinks are at extra charge.
Cafe Promenade (menu) is a complimentary, quick-food eatery (patisserie-brasserie-cafe bar) open 24-hours for snacks and drinks. Among the displayed foods are croissant sandwiches (mini), fresh-baked pizzas (in slices), biscotti, cookies, pastries, muffins, cheesecake (Lollipops), ice cream. Free of charge beverages are coffee, tea, water (dispenser). Starbucks drinks cost extra (payments via Starbucks cards / phone app are also accepted). Starbucks coffee prices are as follows: cold drinks (Coffee $4,25, Mocha $4,75), Iced Cafe (Americano $2,75, Latte $3,75, Mocha $4,25), Tazo Tea (Shaken Iced $2, Latte $3, Hot Tea $1,75), Vanilla Steamer ($2,75), Soy Milk ($3), Hot Chocolate ($2,75), hot coffees (at $3,50 – Americano, Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha), White Chocolate Mocha and Caramel Macchiato (each $3,75).
Starbucks Coffee Bar (menu, open 7 am - 11 pm, 56 seats) is a la carte-priced bar for specialty coffee drinks and snacks. The Starbucks bar menu is the same as on land, offering frappuccinos, smoothies, lattes/mochas, refreshers, iced coffee/tea, sweets. Ordering is also the same as in the land-based bars. Starbucks is located near the Luckey Climber (kids play area, aft) and is served by trained baristas. The bar has limited seating, a walk-up bar and several stools lined by its wall. Payments can be also made via Starbucks cards (or the phone app). Starbucks coffee prices are as follows: cold drinks (Coffee $4,25, Mocha $4,75), Iced Cafe (Americano $2,75, Latte $3,75, Mocha $4,25), Tazo Tea (Shaken Iced $2, Latte $3, Hot Tea $1,75), Vanilla Steamer ($2,75), Soy Milk ($3), Hot Chocolate ($2,75), hot coffees (at $3,50 – Americano, Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha), White Chocolate Mocha and Caramel Macchiato (each $3,75). Starbucks Coffee Bar is not available on European cruise itineraries.
Boleros Lounge is the RCI’s Latin-themed lounge-bar-nightclub. The lounge has comfortable seating, a large dance floor, a stage for Latin band music performances (salsa and merengue) in the evenings. The cocktails menu has an extensive list of mojitos, margaritas, premium tequilas and rums. After 10 pm, the Boleros Lounge transforms into a disco nightclub with DJ programming. During the day, here are hosted game shows and popular quiz games.
Guest Services is the ship’s Reception Desk for 24-hour staff assistance, information, bookings/reservations (via iQ tablets), luggage and cashier services.
Dining Room Restaurant (capacity 1844 seats, upper level 2 of 2) is a complimentary restaurant with waiter service. The restaurant serves cuisine specialties with a la carte menu. Menus rotate each day of the voyage. Dining Room Restaurant is open for Breakfast (7:30-9:30 am / port days, 8-10 am / seadays), Lunch (12-1:30 pm / seadays only) and Dinner (5:30-9:30 pm).