Today, Royal Caribbean International takes delivery of the newest and ship in its fleet – Allure of the Seas. Allure is sister ship to Oasis of the Seas, which has the honor of being the largest cruise ships in the world. Last year I had the honor of seeing Oasis in port for her US debut as I was returning from a romantic Princess cruise with my husband.
Cruise afficionados can follow Allure of the Seas online at AllureoftheSeas.com as she sails from Finland to Port Everglades, Florida through daily webisodes documenting the trans-Atlantic journey. Updates can also be followed on Twitter @OasisandAllure.
Royal Caribbean’s strategic alliance with DreamWorks Animation, featuring new onboard parades, ice shows, aqua shows and experiences with the film studio’s beloved characters, along with the at-sea debut of the Broadway production Chicago: The Musical, and Royal Caribbean Productions’ new Blue Planet aerial production and Ice Games ice show, offer guests unparalleled entertainment options. Allure of the Seas also boasts 26 dining options, including the first ever Starbucks at sea; a new fine dining experience at 150 Central Park, created by The Culinary Institute of America alumna Molly Brandt; Samba Grill Brazilian steakhouse; Rita’s Cantina, a casual Mexican restaurant offering the widest selection of margaritas at sea; and the Boardwalk Dog House, an outdoor hot-dog specialty counter. Also making its maritime debut aboard Allure of the Seas is the GUESS Accessory store from one of the world’s most recognizable fashion apparel and accessories brands, as well as the first BRITTO Gallery at sea by pop culture artist Romero Britto. In addition, new technological innovations include complimentary guest service kiosks in the Royal Promenade – which guests can use to instantly view, print and email their SeaPass folio, as well as check-in for flights and print airline boarding passes – and 3-D movie screens in the ship’s Amber Theater located in the Entertainment Place neighborhood.
The official naming ceremony for Allure of the Seas will take place on November 28 during a one-night celebration to benefit the United Way chapters of Miami-Dade and Broward counties, among other charities. A special four-night sailing on December 1 will call at the cruise line’s private beach destination of Labadee, along the north coast of Haiti, and Allure of the Seas’ inaugural seven-night Western Caribbean itinerary will depart on December 5.