Allure of the Seas promises plenty to lure guests

Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, will sail its first week-long itinerary in the Eastern Caribbean, leaving from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 5, 2010.  Allure of the Seas joins sister ship Oasis of the Seas as the world’s two largest (carries 5,400 guests) and most innovative cruise ships.  Unique entertainment performances, culinary concepts, retail venues, and technology advances make Allure of the Seas a truly amazing ship
As for Oasis, Allure of the Seas features the seven neighborhood design concept, the most lovely and 

Central Park under construction on Allure of the Seas

unique being Central park.  It’s a gardener’s dream with live plants including coastal and highland sub-tropical species like calla lilies and rabbit foot ferns and towering Cuban laurel and Black Olive specimens.

“Green” walls span 25 feet and soar five decks high with a variety of flowering vines.  Accent plants like birds of paradise and Thumbergia grandiflora change periodically to keep the scene fresh and enhance the Park’s natural beauty.  Charming pathways lead guests along the Pergola Garden trail, through the Sculpture Garden, and over a bridge spanning a river of plants.

Dedicated horticulturalists will share gardening techniques and provide lessons on the unusual ecology of Caribbean plants. A custom-designed irrigation and drainage system and micro-climate control techniques give Mother Nature a little help in this special environment. The design throughout Central Park promotes tranquility and as guest wander the midst of a tropical garden at sea.

Other themed neighborhoods include Boardwalk, Royal Promenade, Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place, and Youth Zone.

Passengers can experience Allure of the Seas on a five-day cruise to Labadee, Haiti on December 1.  Regular seven-day cruises start on December 5, 2010 with inside cabins going for $879.  For a spectacular Christmas, book a cruise departing December 19.  The ship will alternate between an Eastern and Western Caribbean itinerary.  Check sailings and destinations for 2011 at

I’ll be on a special media excursion of Allure of the Seas later in November and will provide first-hand reports about cabins, amenities, entertainment, and environmental and safety features.

Photo courtesy RCCL