Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas is undergoing sea trials and the vessel’s final interior work is underway
Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas is undergoing extensive sea trials, according to a statement by shipbuilder Meyer Werft, with a programme that includes technical and nautical trials on the North Sea.
The new cruise ship is expected back in Bremerhaven after the test programme has been completed.
The final interior work is underway on board to deliver the Odyssey of the Seas to the shipping company in a few weeks, Meyer Werft said.
"Odyssey of the Seas will be the third cruise ship we deliver during the pandemic. This is a tremendous achievement that is only possible due to the far-sighted and responsible actions of all people at the shipyard and on board," Meyer Werft managing director Thomas Weigend said.
"The current situation shows how important it is to act quickly and transparently. We have prevented the virus from spreading and can therefore now start the sea trial. All of us on board are glad that we can now take this important step. With the experience gained in the last few days, we are now even better positioned to counter the virus," Meyer Werft project manager Thorsten Kroes said.
Extensive protective measures imposed by the shipyard on board the newbuild cruise vessel include, among other things, a support task force dedicated to devising and implementing further safety measures as needed and at short notice in order to limit contact in case anyone involved with the project contracts Covid-19.
Antigen testing of the several hundred people on board continues to take place daily, Meyer Werft said. New persons are only allowed on board if they can present a PCR test not more than 48 hours old.
Meyer Werft added “All persons are required to strictly observe hygiene measures and distances on board and to reduce contacts to an absolute minimum. The shipyard, its suppliers and the shipping company work very closely and intensively with the authorities in Bremerhaven.”
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