Allure of the Seas is not just a ship; it’s a destination

It hits you as soon as you emerge from the gangplank of Allure of the Seas and enter the activity-filled Boardwalk.  This ship is not just bigger, it’s truly different.

Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas docked in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Instead of arriving on a lower deck to scuttle down a bare hallway to your cabin, you enter the ship at its busiest spot on deck five and immediately get caught up in the Never-Never Land of this fantastic place.

Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Allure of the Seas, has crossed the line from mere transportation to being a resort itself.  Docking at ports along the way may become purely incidental.

It’s a concept that’s hard to comprehend until you experience it.  Allure is the world’s largest ship (accommodating 5,400 guests and more than 1,200 crew), but it is quite manageable once you get the hang of the seven neighborhood concept—and when you learn how to use the interactive lighted signage that will direct you wherever you want to go with the push of a couple buttons.

Once onboard you may never want to leave, no matter what ports the ship stops at on its seven-day Eastern or Western Caribbean itineraries. What makes this ship different?

Boardwalk on Allure

Boardwalk on Allure of the Seas

Let’s start with the neighborhoods. There’s never a dull moment along the Boardwalk which includes an Aqua Theater, hand-carved carousel, two rock-climbing walls, several dining and shopping facilities—and six suites and 221 balcony staterooms overlooking all the action.  Parades take place on the Boardwalk, DreamWorks characters stroll here, and musicians entertain.

Central Park offers the serenity of themed garden spaces with a variety of tropical foliage plants and flowers.  Impressive “green walls” rise five decks high; the Pergola Garden and Sculpture Garden are cozy areas to sit and enjoy views of the Park. Stroll the paths at night to spark a bit of romance.

The Royal Promenade contains a variety of dining and entertainment venues, including the first Starbucks at Sea and boutique shopping. A 3-D movie theater, the fabulous Amber Theater, jazz and nightclubs, and Dazzles lounge are part of Entertainment Place. Vitality at Sea Spa and the Fitness Center offer massages, beauty salon, youth spa, and 158 cardio and resistance machines.  No excuses for not staying in shape on this ship.

While you’re thinking fitness, check out the pool and sports zone—two FlowRiders (surf simulators), Zip Line, miniature golf course, whirlpools, and enough bars to keep you happy.

Bringing the kids? The Youth Zone featuring the DreamWorks Experience, imagination studio, workshop, theater, science lab, playroom and game room cater to younger guests.

Aqua Theater water show

Performers rehearsing for Aqua Theater show

There’s more: Dancing water displays, full-size progressive carvings depicting creation of carousel horses, a 1970s disco party on the Boardwalk, parades, lights and more lights (spectacularly colored at night), sculptures and paintings—all provide amazing sensory delights, if not a bit of overload. Water shows, musicals, ice skating, specialty dining experiences, and plentiful shopping opportunities fill days at sea.

Rock wall

Climbing the rock wall on Allure of the Seas

Wonder how to fit it all in on a week-long voyage? Your inclination is to skip sleep—until you remember that this is a vacation and the purpose is to return home refreshed and relaxed, not zombied out from sampling every activity on Allure of the Seas. Best option? book your next voyage, so you can experience whatever was missed on your first resort-at-sea experience.