Ship Review: “Allure of the Seas”


Professional Review for Allure of the Seas

Exterior

Allure of the Seas shares the title of the world’s largest and most revolutionary cruise ship with sister-ship Oasis of the Seas.

Allure of the Seas arrived at its home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on 11 November 2010, following a 13-day trans-Atlantic journey from Turku, Finland. The ship set sail from Fort Lauderdale on 5 December 2010 for its first voyage: a 7-night Caribbean cruise.

An architectural marvel at sea, Allure of the Seas spans 16 decks, encompasses 220,000 gross registered tons, carries 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and features 2,700 staterooms.

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

The Allure also features a new specialty restaurant for Royal Caribbean, the Samba Grill, a Brazilian-style churrascaria. The Solarium Bistro, housed in the adults-only Solarium, becomes 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 still serves lighter fare for breakfast and lunch on the Allure, but transforms into the churrascaria at night, with waiters in gaucho costumes serving grilled meat off skewers while live music is playing. Samba Grill carries a $25 cover charge. The venues 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—was added in the space that the doughnut shop occupies on the Oasis. The doughnut counter is next to the ice-cream shop on the Allure. The Boardwalk Dog House specializes 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 is the first Guess store at sea. The apparel shop is located on the ship’s Royal Promenade, where the Focus photo store is on the Oasis. The Focus store is in the photo gallery area on the Allure.

Another addition setting the Allure apart from the Oasis is 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 has a 3-D movie screen in its main theater. The 3-D screens also have been installed on the Oasis, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas.

The Broadway musical Chicago is the headline show in Allure’s 1,340-seat main theater. There also are 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 introduces 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 has four franchises between the musical, ice shows, diving shows and the Dreamworks character entertainment, which also includes parades and character meals as well as first-run 3-D movies.

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

Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas are both home-ported at Port Everglades. The terminal has been expanded to allow passengers to debark and embark the ship simultaneously.

Ship Profile for Allure of the Seas Cruise Ship

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
Ship Type: Cruise Ship
Registration: Bahamas

Year Built: 2010 Gross Tonnage: 225,282
Year Refurbished: Length (ft): 1187 ft
Deck Quantity: 16 Beam (ft): 208 ft
Passenger Capacity: 5,400 Speed (knots): 22
Number of Inside Cabins: 496
Number of Outside Cabins: 2,210

Nationality of Officers: International
Nationality of Crew: International Number of Crew: 2,394

Number of Indoor Pools: 1 Spa: Yes
Number of Outdoor Pools: 4 Casino: Yes

Dining
Opus Dining Room
Room Capacity: 3056

Windjammer Marketplace
Room Capacity: 719

Chops Grille
Room Capacity: 130

Entertainment
Amber Theater
Description: Prodcution shows
Capacity: 1380

Viking Crown Lounge
Description: Lounge
Capacity: 171

Studio B
Description: Ice shows
Capacity: 775

Dazzles
Description: Live music
Capacity: 222

Blaze Nightclub
Description: Nightclub
Capacity: 193

Comedy Live
Description: Lounge
Capacity: 120

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