Odyssey of the Seas is the name given to the Quantum Ultra-class ship by Royal Caribbean International.
At the naming ceremony for the 4,284-passenger vessel on Saturday in the US port of Fort Lauderdale, the line’s CEO Michael Bayley commended Richard Fain, the outgoing CEO of the line’s parent business, for his efforts during the pandemic.
At the opening of the event, Fain led the godmother procession onboard, strolling onto the pool deck with the ship’s godmother, Bahamian para-athlete Erin Brown.
President and Chief Executive Officer Bayley remarked of Fain, who announced his retirement from the Royal Caribbean Group this week after 33 years as CEO: “It’s your steady hand that set the course for our successful comeback.”
“Even when the sea was anything but calm, you held the helm. It’s your steady hand that set the course for our successful comeback. Thank you on behalf of the Royal Caribbean family.
“It’s a beautiful day to name this ship and celebrate the return of cruising.”
Fain stated: “It’s an emotional moment – but we are back. It’s really a privilege to be here today and welcoming all of you on this amazing vessel.
“This is an unusual time and any time we do one of these inaugural events it’s an opportunity to examine a spectacular ship to see the beautiful architecture, art and technology. All of the things that make the ship special.”
“I would really like to focus on the future not the past. Today, we get to show the world what imagination and determination look like when they come together in one dynamic enterprise. This ship is an example of that convergence.
“I am very appreciative of our new-building team. The dedication, the focus and the partnership has made these things [ships] so successful. I am really appreciative of that.”
Bayley is a “strong visionary” and “trailblazer,” according to Fain, who is “extremely proud” of Royal Caribbean’s efforts to launch Odyssey despite the pandemic’s hurdles.
Before a Champagne bottle was slammed against the hull of the Quantum Ultra-class yacht, he stated Bayley had advanced the values the company “holds so important.”
After sailing a series of Caribbean trips out of Fort Lauderdale this winter, Odyssey of the Seas will begin a combination of Greek Islands voyages out of Civitavecchia, Italy, in early May.
The vessel, which took three and a half years to build, has more than 25 dining and drinking establishments.
The ship is connected to a country’s national grid electricity supply and has shore power connectivity, which decreases CO2 emissions when in port.
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