Review of the Allure of the Seas

Professional Review for Allure of the Seas

ExteriorWhen she launches in December 2010, Allure of the Seas will share the title of the world’s largest and most revolutionary cruise ship with sister-ship Oasis of the Seas.

The ship’s first voyage will be a 7-night Caribbean cruise that sets sail from Fort Lauderdale on 5 December 2010.

An architectural marvel at sea, Allure of the Seas will span 16 decks, encompass 220,000 gross registered tons, carry 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,700 staterooms.

The Allure of the Seas will not be a carbon copy of its sister ship. The Allure will be distinctive primarily in its Boardwalk neighborhood, where Rita’s Cantina, a Mexican restaurant with Southern California flair, will take the place of the Seafood Shack. Rita’s, which at $4.95 per person will cost less than Seafood Shack’s $8.95 cover, fits with the ship’s Western Caribbean itineraries to Mexico. It will also bring some nightlife to the neighborhood, with live guitar and dancing.

The Allure also will feature a new specialty restaurant for Royal Caribbean, the Samba Grill, a Brazilian-style churrascaria. The Solarium Bistro, housed in the adults-only Solarium, will become the Samba Grill at night, a change from Oasis of the Seas.

On the Oasis, the Solarium Bistro serves healthier choices for all three meals, and by night offers dinner and dancing under the stars for a $20 cover charge. The Solarium Bistro will still serve lighter fare for breakfast and lunch on the Allure, but will transform into the churrascaria at night, with waiters in gaucho costumes serving grilled meat off skewers while live music is playing. Samba Grill will carry a $25 cover charge. The venues will also offer a vegetarian option—an extensive salad bar for $15.

In order to give families more all-inclusive food options on the Boardwalk, a specialty hot dog counter—the Boardwalk Dog House—will be added in the space that the doughnut shop occupies on the Oasis. The doughnut counter will be next to the ice-cream shop on the Allure. The Boardwalk Dog House will specialize in wieners, bratwursts and other sausages, with many toppings to choose from. The hot dog counter adds a free food option. The area’s other restaurants, Rita’s and Johnny Rockets, both carry surcharges.

Another addition to the Allure will be the first Guess store at sea. The apparel shop will be located on the ship’s Royal Promenade, where the Focus photo store is on the Oasis. The Focus store will be in the photo gallery area on the Allure.

Another addition setting the Allure apart from the Oasis will be kiosks in the Promenade enabling passengers to view, print and e-mail their bills and onboard schedules (such as spa appointments and dining reservations). The kiosks are similar to the Totems on Costa Cruises ships.

And playing on the latest fad in film, the Allure will have a 3-D movie screen in its main theater. The 3-D screens will be installed on the Oasis, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas by January 2011.

The Broadway musical Chicago will be the headline show in Allure’s 1,340-seat main theater. There will also be two ice shows in Studio B: Ice Games, a performance inspired by the board game Monopoly, and a performance based on the DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon.

The ship also will introduce a new water show, Let You Entertain Me, in its outdoor AquaTheater. The show features the characters of DreamWorks’ Madagascar and a new diving show called Ocean Aria.

In all, Allure will have four franchises between the musical, ice shows, diving shows and the Dreamworks character entertainment, which will also include parades and character meals as well as first-run 3-D movies.

Central Park on the Allure will lay claim to a first, as well: Miami-based artist Romero Britto will have a gallery on the Allure, his first at sea, that will feature his original artwork, posters, books and a specially designed Britto teddy bear that will retail for $70.

Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will be home-ported at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The terminal has been expanded to allow passengers to debark and embark the 5,400-passenger ship simultaneously.

-Star Service Online

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