Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
Allure of the Seas was the world’s largest cruise ship until her younger sister, Harmony of the Seas came along. Allure of the Seas, built to the same specification as her sister-ship Oasis of the Seas, she did hold the title of “world’s largest cruise ship” by a mere 50mm (5cm) briefly.
Allure of the Seas is the epitome of a “city at sea” and modern-day cruising. She has everything on-board to sustain her and entertain her guests whilst voyaging on long cruises.
Although there are typically some 5,000+ passengers on-board there is plenty of space to absorb such a large number of passengers, and you can find yourself in moments of peace and solace in places such as Central Park or the adults only Solarium.
Allure of the Seas like most of the Royal Caribbean ships caters to all cruise passenger tastes. If you are a first time cruise passenger then you may feel slightly daunted when joining such a mammoth ship as Allure of the Seas, rest assured though your experience will definitely be a memorable one. For cruise veterans everything you are used to by way of impeccable service and facilities are met on-board Allure of the Seas. The focus on keeping people entertained (particularly children) while at sea is met with zeal on-board Allure of the Seas, there are plenty of shows to see, live acts and live music to discover, a multitude of bars and lounges and a wide-range of eateries to suit all tastes.
Amenities on-board are modern and stylish, with interactivity being a common theme throughout the ship, in your state-room you will have access to your account and booking services for shore-excursions, you’ll be able to play games such as bingo and of course watch your favourite TV channels or rent a movie. Throughout the ship there are interactive signs for those moments when you feel slightly lost and need to find your way back to your room.
Dining on-board covers all tastes, formal and informal, snacks, buffets, you name it, Allure of the Seas already has it sorted. Royal Caribbean signature restaurants are available; the Windjammer Café which makes an ideal place to have breakfast and meet new people. Johnny Rockets 50’s style American Diner is the perfect place to gorge on endless fries and onion rings whilst enjoying a burger to the sound of the swinging 50’s. Then, there’s the Samba Grill which serves perfect steaks and an assortment of grilled meats, you’ve only to walk passed and the smell will pull you in (sorry vegetarians!) Visit Rita’s Cantina where you can enjoy Mexican flair food in an open and bright decor setting. The main formal dining room on-board Allure of the Seas is the Adagio Restaurant, this is an enormous dining space. In-fact Adagio’s is the largest restaurant in the world with a 3,000+ seating capacity. You’ll find yourself inside a three-tiered, chandelier topped, decadent hall designed in a 1920’s style, and you’ll enjoy some 5-star service from Allure’s friendly and attentive staff.
Having stuffed yourself, which is hard to avoid even for the most waist-watching of guests, you’re likely to want to sit and relax some more, do try Vitality at Sea health spa, or trot off to the very peaceful Solarium. Or try Rising Tide’s Bar, sitting here you’re likely to notice that you are moving up and down the ships decks, Rising Tide Bar is the first moving bar at sea. Yet another first by Royal Caribbean! Do take some time to stroll through the Parkside Gallery, a huge on-board art gallery where you’ll find more inspiration and soul with a mixture of classic and contemporary artworks.
Staterooms on-board Allure are modern and bright, their size can feel cramped but the facilities they offer far exceed most ships. You’ll find as mentioned above, interactive TV/ Radio in all rooms, the obligatory survival hair-dryer and probably another first by Royal Caribbean iPod docks in all state rooms. State-rooms are kept in immaculate condition and have often over-looked luxury finishing touches such as Royal Caribbean’s unique logo embroidered onto sheets. Be sure to visit the Viking Crown lounge on-board Allure of the Seas, from the vantage point the Viking Crown gives you it really is quite something to behold.
|Cruise Line:||Royal Caribbean International|
|Ship size:||Large Resort Ship|
|Ship length:||363.0 m|
|Ship beam:||65.0 m|
|Ship draft:||9.3 m|
|No. of decks:||16|
|Service speed:||22.0 knots|
|Onboard currency:||US Dollar|
|Registry port:||Nassau (Bahamas)|
|Shipyard:||STX Europe, Turku, Finland|
|Build date:||December 2008|
|Build cost:||Approx £736.7 million GBP|
|Entered service:||November 2010|