It may not have been exactly as Royal Caribbean originally planned, but Odyssey of the Seas has arrived home.
The newest cruise ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet sailed into Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, which will be her homeport until at least next summer.
Port Everglades welcomed the massive new cruise ship as she pulled into port on Thursday.
Odyssey of the Seas arrived around 7am, and was met with a traditional maritime welcome of water canons.
Odyssey of the Seas will offer roundtrip cruises from Fort Lauderdale beginning on July 3, 2021.
Assuming the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approves her sailings, she will offer six- and eight-night Caribbean cruises through 2022.
Before she can start cruises, Odyssey needs to conduct test cruises to prove to the CDC the effectiveness of safety protocols developed to prevent onboard spread of Covid-19.
The 16-deck vessel is 1,138 feet long can accommodate 4,180 guests at double capacity.
Many thanks to Trent Kelly for sharing this video of Odyssey of the Seas sailing into Port Everglades.
Welcome @RoyalCaribbean #OdysseyOfTheSeas to @PortEverglades. Brand new ship stopping at its new home port for first time. Will begin sailing w/ passengers next month. @JamesVanFleet @theRCLblog @NewsfromRCgroup pic.twitter.com/9JxfEGZYx4— Trent Kelly (@TrentKellyWPLG) June 10, 2021
Odyssey is the first Quantum Ultra Class ship to cruise from the U.S., which features SeaPlex - the largest indoor and outdoor activity complex at sea - and a vibrant, Caribbean-inspired pool deck