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Keel layed for Odyssey of the Seas

03 May 2019
Matt Hochberg

A keel laying ceremony was held today for Royal Caribbean's next new cruise ship, Odyssey of the Seas, at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

The ship's keel is the first block, and was officially lowered and put into place. This block weighs 970 tons and is one of a total of 79 blocks for the new cruise ship. The keel laying ceremony marks the official start of construction for Odyssey of the Seas. The ship will have a gross tonnage of about 169,000.

The first steel parts for Odyssey of the Seas were cut to size in the Meyer Werft Laser Center already back in February 2019. 

Representatives from Royal Caribbean International and Stephan Schmees, Executive Board Member Project Management at Meyer Werft, placed the lucky coin under the block of the new ship before it was lowered into position. 

“With the keel laying for Odyssey of the Seas at Neptun Werft it becomes clear again, how well our teams at the different locations are working together. It is our great pleasure to build these innovative ships for Royal Caribbean International and to continue our long-standing business relationship”, said Stephan Schmees.

Odyssey of the Seas is scheduled to be delivered by Meyer Werft in Papenburg in autumn 2020. 

Odyssey of the Seas’ deployment and itineraries will be revealed later this year.