Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas, is set to arrive at Port Everglades this week. The vessel was originally planned to debut in November 2020, but several delays have pushed the debut back to June 2021. 

Like so many well-laid plans in 2020, COVID-19 derailed this schedule. The delivery timeline then changed to April 2021, having the Odyssey begin services from Civitavecchia for the summer before redeploying to Port Everglades in November 2021.  

Plans then changed again in March to have the Odyssey debut in May 2021 from Haifa, Israel. The ship would be carrying Israeli residents, ages 16 and up, who had been fully-vaccinated for COVID-19. Any passengers under the age of 16 would need to pass a COVID-19 screening. At the time plans were announced, Israel was the leading nation in COVID-19 vaccinations, and it was also announced that Odyssey’s crew would receive COVID-19 vaccines. 

Unfortunately, plans changed again due to developments in world events. As soon as the Odyssey began sailing to Haifa, airstrikes broke out between Hamas and Israel, forcing Royal Caribbean to change plans and have the vessel debut in Florida as originally planned.

Currently, Port Everglades will be hosting the ship at Terminal 18. Its arrival is being streamed live on the Port Everglades’ Facebook page

The Odyssey’s first passenger service is scheduled for July 3, 2021. The vessel will sail on six- and eight-night Caribbean voyages throughout the remainder of 2022.   


If you have been injured on your cruise, on a wet and slippery deck, down a poorly lit staircase or steep gangway, in port on an excursion, or on a tender boat- it is important that you speak as soon as possible with a lawyer who specializes in personal injury claims against cruise lines. Most cruise lines, including CarnivalRoyal CaribbeanCelebrityNorwegianMSCDisneyHolland AmericaPrincess, Costa, Regents Seven Seas and Oceania require that claims against them be pursued in a very specific place under very strict deadlines. Failure to comply with each individual cruise lines deadlines can result in a complete loss of any and all legal rights. 

Aronfeld Trial Lawyers is a personal injury firm located in Miami, Florida since 1991.  We have fought hard to hold cruise lines accountable when they put their profits ahead of passenger safety.  We are available 24/7 and encourage you to contact us even if you are still on your cruise. The sooner we can begin our investigation and preservation of key evidence, such as the CCTV footage of your trip and fall, slip and fall, assault or other type of injury the more likely we will be able to understand and prove how the incident occurred. Remember, the cruise lines have the most aggressive and well-funded defense lawyers in the world- protecting their profits.  You need an experienced legal advocate in your corner who will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for lost wages, medical expenses, transportation reimbursement and pain and suffering.  Call us today and speak with a cruise ship claims lawyer about your potential claim- toll free 1-866-597-4529305-441-0440, or by email. We are ready to help. 


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