We’ve talked about the Sun Terrace that is situated high atop Odyssey on Deck 11. That is the location with tiered banks of double sun loungers for sun worshippers and those who just like to relax, listen to their iPods and read.
Just aft of the Sun Terrace is the Retreat, a multi-activity piazza that features all kinds of deck sports for those who want a little more activity. It will be a great place for early morning yoga and fitness classes in the open air.
Two classic shuffleboard courts are located there, as well as cues and pucks. Nobody really knows when shuffleboard went to sea and became the iconic deck activity for ocean voyages. It dates back over 500 years as a popular pastime, and among its many landlocked advocates was England’s King Henry VIII, who prohibited commoners from playing, and is recorded to have paid off a lost bet at the game he called “shovelboard” from the royal petty cash account.
One of the key features of the Retreat is a contoured, nine-hole golf putting course. Far from the flat, featureless carpet that often suffices at sea, this ocean-going green has humps and hills, curves and slopes that are sure to give golfers healthy doses of humility and the sort of addictive fits of frustration that evidently sustain their interest in the game.
Also located there is a giant chess board, with XXL chess pieces to match, that will provide stimulating mental exercise and even some moderate physical activity for players, meanwhile turning the contest into a spectator sport.
And speaking of spectators, on evenings when the skies are clear, we plan to have stargazing sessions at the Retreat under the guidance of one of our trained celestial navigators.