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Monday, March 15, 2021 

Quantum class cruise ship 'Odyssey of the Seas' is now undertaking an extensive sea trial which includes technical and nautical trials on the North Sea.

Prior to departure, more people as well as necessary equipment and material went on board. Final interior work is underway on board to deliver the Odyssey of the Seas to Royal Caribbean in a few weeks.

Meyer Werft MD Thomas Weigend 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."

"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," said project manager Thorsten Kroes.

The safety concept with extensive protective measures on board includes, among other things, a task force to provide support on board in order to work out and implement further measures at short notice. The aim is to reduce the number of contacts even further. Antigen testing of the several hundred people on board continues to take place daily. New persons are only allowed on board if they can present a PCR test that is not older than 48 hours. All persons are required to strictly observe hygiene measures and distances on board and to reduce contacts to an absolute minimum.

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