I love sailing on a cruise ship. There’s just something peaceful and inspiring about being out on the open water. Cruising today is not what it once was. With mega ships like Royal Caribbean’s Allure and Oasis of the Seas, NCL’s Epic, and so many more – cruising today offers everything you would want and more than you can possibly take in while afloat.
The Allure of the Seas weighs in at 225,000 tons, has 2,706 staterooms and 2,176 staff members cater to the needs of up to 6,318 guests weekly. Allure’s 16 decks and 24 elevators whisk guests all over the ship. You would think you could easily get lost, but not so thanks to the interactive touch screen maps found on the walls. Although the Allure is a sister ship to the previous Oasis of the Seas, several improvements in entertainment and dining do set them apart.
Royal Caribbean has truly mastered the art of mega cruising. That being said, here are 5 things that I absolutely love about the Allure of the Seas.
The Allure of the Seas has it all. There is no shortage of activity aboard this ship. What I love the most is that I can find plenty of nooks to sit with a glass of wine and read a book or if I want to go zip-lining (yes, you read that correctly), I can! We all know that you can rock climb aboard all RCCL ships, but what about surfing? Other activities include ice skating, miniature golf, basketball, and ping pong.
This is definitely the ship for teens and active families. But what I love about it is that it caters truly to every personality.
When mega ships began putting in promenades, malls and parks – I thought, really? But having been on several different ships that feature these great spaces, I have definitely become a fan. Probably one of the best things to come from spaces like these are interior balconies. This ship has 70% balconies, largely in part to the newest type of interior staterooms. If you are a people watcher – than this is for you.
Allure of the Seas features seven different neighborhoods, but by far my favorite is Central Park. What makes this section so great on the Allure is that I often miss the green of land, and Royal Caribbean has done a great job at capturing that spirit. Lined by five decks of balcony staterooms, Central Park is open to the sky, has numerous trees, vines and flowering plants arranged along winding paths. It’s the perfect space to bring a book and sit among the flowers, go shopping at several stores, or grab a bite to eat. You can dine ‘al fresco’ at Giovanni’s Table ($15 charge) or for an upscale dining option, try Central Park ($35 charge).
With 26 restaurants and 24 hour room service to choose from, there is definitely no shortage of dining options aboard the Allure. Of course, there’s the 3,000 person dining room, but those experiences for the most part are always fun. What really separates cruise lines and ships from each other are the smaller establishments, many of which are an additional $25 – $35 per person. I love dining in the specialty restaurants.
Allure of the Seas has several options that are included as well as for an additional charge. I always look forward to dining with my husband at one of these special restaurants. Allure offers restaurants from the casual Johnny Rockets($4.95), Izumi ($4.95) and Rita’s Cantina ($7.95) to the Samba Grille($25), Giovanni’s ($15) and Chops Grille ($25). The most upscale restaurant is 150 Central Park ($35), which offers six courses which is in vogue in Italy. Needless to say, not a single meal at any of these establishments will disappoint.
The Allure features some of the best accommodations afloat, especially the two floor lofts. With so many staterooms, this ship has the ability to offer several different options for suites. My favorite are the expansive modern lofts that do not feel like you are in cruise ship stateroom.
While the Allure has many various room types to choose from, no room can compete with the open feeling of the loft floor plan. You can choose from three types of Loft Suites – Crown (504 sq ft), Sky (725+ sq1 ft) and Royal (1600 sq ft). Each has a contemporary urban feel to it and has expansive 2 story windows in addition to a balcony. You will get all the perks of being in a suite, with an unparalleled view.
Now I am not famous for going to all the shows onboard a cruise. But the Allure has a level of entertainment un-matched in the cruise industry today that makes a fan even out of me. Their Broadway like production of Chicago is spectacular. The breathtaking high-diving feats in the Aqua Theater are mind boggling on land, let alone a cruise ship. And of course, not to be outdone, you can attend beautifully choreographed shows on ice in Studio B as well. This is in addition to 3D movies, breathtaking views from several bars and vistas, Jazz and Disco clubs and a comedy club. What I love the most – entertainment to suit everyone!
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