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Updates on New Sailings of the Odyssey from Florida


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This is the only  the information received on itinerary:  
Our original plan for Independence of the Seas was to begin offering sailings departing from Miami beginning July 2021. However, Odyssey of the Seas will now take its place and sail from Fort Lauderdale. Unfortunately, this means your sailing will be cancelled.

However, the good news is, Odyssey of the Seas will offer similar itineraries, so we’ll automatically move you to the corresponding Odyssey of the Seas sailing beginning June 6th, 2021 to help make the transition easier. This way, you’ll still have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful destinations you were looking forward to!

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I was supposed to be on Independence on Oct 3rd out of Miami. If they automatically move us to Odyssey, I would be just fine with that. However, how do they pick a cabin for you? We are booked in a Junior Suite and book as high and forward as we can. Do they try and match as close they can?

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1 hour ago, UNCFanatik said:

 

I would think that you couldnt automatically switch over because of lift and shift pertains to sailings in 2022

What i think you would have to do, and I will yield to other posters who have more experience, is to book the Odyssey sailing. I dont think you could get refunds or FCCs in time to apply to new Odyssey sailing.

And i heard a rumor that admittedly I havent seen confirmed that Royal is already switching certain sailings over to Odyssey. Dont take that as Gospel. 

Yes, existing Independence Sailings are being moved to Odyssey, which is why they're not up on the website for sale so they can move everyone over 1st.

I have heard MEI can see the new sailings in Cruising Power (TA Site) so maybe contact your TA if you have one?

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13 minutes ago, Josh C said:

Yes, existing Independence Sailings are being moved to Odyssey, which is why they're not up on the website for sale so they can move everyone over 1st.

I have heard MEI can see the new sailings in Cruising Power (TA Site) so maybe contact your TA if you have one?

I checked with my TA and they were not loaded to her. When she called in the person she spoke with said they weren’t selling odyssey yet. 

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15 minutes ago, barjpoe said:

Does anyone guess/know if that incudes September sailings. I've got a 6 nighter on Indy out of Miami departing the 19th

I would think so, I know October bookings on Indy are being moved to Odyssey - but Royal is sending emails with all the details.. ymmv on how fast you get it tho. 

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23 minutes ago, Josh C said:

I would think so, I know October bookings on Indy are being moved to Odyssey - but Royal is sending emails with all the details.. ymmv on how fast you get it tho. 

Our friends that we're sailing with got an email. We did not. Maybe my TA did.?

As always, late breaking news at the end of the day on Friday?

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2 hours ago, blaue said:

I was supposed to be on Independence on Oct 3rd out of Miami. If they automatically move us to Odyssey, I would be just fine with that. However, how do they pick a cabin for you? We are booked in a Junior Suite and book as high and forward as we can. Do they try and match as close they can?

We're booked on the same date. We've got a spacious promenade view interior which is a unique room (304sq ft) that Odyssey doesn't have equivalent so I'll be interested to see what we get. 

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1 hour ago, Josh C said:

I would think so, I know October bookings on Indy are being moved to Odyssey - but Royal is sending emails with all the details.. ymmv on how fast you get it tho. 

Just curious, what were the itineraries on the Independence? 7 night sailings? Ports?

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9 minutes ago, UNCFanatik said:

Just curious, what were the itineraries on the Independence? 7 night sailings? Ports?

I want to say they were similar to Odyssey.. 6 & 8's.. as a matter of fact, I want to say that Odyssey was going to replace Indy in November when Indy moves to 3/4 nighters from Port Canaveral

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Longtime lurker here but I'm just to excited! looks like the first two sailings on Odyssey are available for bookings!

I have a cruise on Indy in October and my Cruise planner now says

IMPORTANT UPDATE

We’ve been diligently preparing for our Royal Comeback. As we update our itinerary plans, we’ve decided to reposition certain ships in anticipation of our return to cruising. Unfortunately, this means your sailing is being cancelled. The good news is your booking will be automatically moved to a new ship with the corresponding sailing to help make the transition easier. Or, you can opt in for a full refund. Learn More
Regardless of whichever option you choose, pre-purchased Cruise Planner items - like internet, beverage, dining, shore excursions and more, will be refunded to your original form of payment.

 

 

This might be the most excited I have been since the shutdown began!!

 

-Neil

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I have never been on an inaugural sailing but I've been around the boards long enough to know that it's a big deal for many of my "board buddies". So I am just curious how those of you who were booked on the initial inaugural that subsequently got shortened and now is apparently no longer an inaugural feel about this latest move? Will any of you want/be able to go on the new inaugural? 

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8 hours ago, smokeybandit said:

1375 Odyssey crew got vaccinated today. Man they really were behind in Haifa

Well they did have to dump a bunch of crew that didn’t have US visas and pick up new crew that did. But still that’s a lot of vaccines 

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4 hours ago, FionaMG said:

I have never been on an inaugural sailing but I've been around the boards long enough to know that it's a big deal for many of my "board buddies". So I am just curious how those of you who were booked on the initial inaugural that subsequently got shortened and now is apparently no longer an inaugural feel about this latest move? Will any of you want/be able to go on the new inaugural? 

This latest inaugural is the 7th or 8th or 9th version of an inaugural concept, or may be higher.

How do I feel?  I am disappointed with every cancelled cruise regardless if it is a new ship, old ship, inaugural, new destination or one I've sailed many times.    It is what it is and the changes are not my doing or Royal's doing from anything within their control.

The good news is the previous U.S. inaugural in November 2021 has good pricing for us that booked it earlier.

I have booked on the latest iteration of the first revenue cruise with passengers.  However until the first revenue cruise on Odyssey occurs I'm not even certain July 3rd will be the inaugural and I'm okay with that.  

If there is a test cruise that the public is invited to those guests will be able to brag they were on the first cruise with guests.  

If July 3rd proves to be the first revenue cruise those guests will have bragging rights for being the first true cruise with guests.  

Anyone who books before she heads to Europe as planned can brag they sailed on Odyssey's inaugural season.  

It's all good.  Let's cruise!

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12 hours ago, Biggiojr said:

Longtime lurker here but I'm just to excited! looks like the first two sailings on Odyssey are available for bookings!

I have a cruise on Indy in October and my Cruise planner now says

IMPORTANT UPDATE

We’ve been diligently preparing for our Royal Comeback. As we update our itinerary plans, we’ve decided to reposition certain ships in anticipation of our return to cruising. Unfortunately, this means your sailing is being cancelled. The good news is your booking will be automatically moved to a new ship with the corresponding sailing to help make the transition easier. Or, you can opt in for a full refund. Learn More
Regardless of whichever option you choose, pre-purchased Cruise Planner items - like internet, beverage, dining, shore excursions and more, will be refunded to your original form of payment.

 

 

This might be the most excited I have been since the shutdown began!!

 

-Neil

We're on the Nov 1st Indy 4 nighter out of PC... Kind of hoping we get to keep that one. Even though the Odyssey is newer, the room type we've got is unique and pretty perfect for the family.

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