Is the Odyssey of the Seas the Largest Cruise Ship?

By Alice Nichols

The Odyssey of the Seas is an upcoming Royal Caribbean cruise ship, set to debut in 2021. It will be the 25th ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, and is expected to be the largest cruise ship in the world. With a capacity of 6,680 passengers and 2,500 crew members, it will dwarf its predecessor, Harmony of the Seas.

The Odyssey of the Seas is being built at STX France Shipyard in St. Nazaire and will have a length of 1,138 feet (347 meters). It will feature an outdoor pool deck with two waterslides, a zip line, FlowRider surfing simulator and skydiving experience.

Inside there will be a two-level family suite complex with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as an interactive “SeaPlex” with basketball courts, bumper cars and roller skating. The ship also features five different dining venues including Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver.

The Odyssey of the Seas will sail from Fort Lauderdale to destinations such as Nassau in The Bahamas; Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico; Philipsburg in St Maarten; Oranjestad in Aruba; Willemstad in Curacao; Kralendijk on Bonaire; San Juan Puerto Rico; Labadee Haiti; George Town Grand Cayman; Cartagena Columbia; Port Canaveral Florida; Key West Florida.

Environmental Impact
Royal Caribbean has made sustainability a priority for the Odyssey of the Seas by installing advanced technologies such as exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) which reduce sulfur oxide emissions from engine exhausts by up to 98%. The company also plans to use advanced waste management technologies that reduce waste production by up to 40%, as well as LED lighting throughout the ship that helps reduce energy consumption by up to 20%.


The Odyssey of the Seas is set to become the largest cruise ship on earth when it launches in 2021. With its cutting-edge design features and environmental sustainability measures, it promises to be an impressive addition to Royal Caribbean’s fleet.

There’s no doubt that this new vessel will make its mark on cruising history as one of the most innovative ships ever built! Is it indeed? Yes – The Odyssey Of The Seas is indeed set to become the world’s largest cruise ship!