Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas

Take a closer look at Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas.
By: Donna Marino Wilkins
Related To:

When Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas hit the waters last year as the largest cruise ship afloat, it was simply the latest manifestation of the industry's "build it bigger and they will come" philosophy. Towering 16 stories with 2,700 staterooms, the ship became its own port of call with separate "neighborhoods," 26 dining options, name-brand retail shops, a merry-go-round and even an onboard park.

Allure has a wealth of wow factors that would be tough to offer on a smaller boat. Take a ride on the hand-painted, full-size carousel in the Boardwalk neighborhood, where you can pick up vintage candies you may not have seen for sale for 40 years. Or a zip-line ride, where guests are suspended 9 decks high and speed diagonally across the ship's open-air atrium.

The Allure's jaw-dropping interior "Central Park" space fools you into thinking you're outside with a mock sky above, a walkway flanked by trees, flowers, park benches, several bars and patios to stop for a drink or bite, including the line's fine-dining restaurant, 150 Central Park, and its Vintages wine bar. Meanwhile, there are a bedeviling number of stateroom types (37). With such an array of features, megaships like Allure are well-suited to multi-generational family travel (a growing trend) and mixed-group sailings.

It's appeal stretches across a wider demographic group, one that previously might have splintered off to multiple ships and that gives it a fighting chance to fill those 4,000 rooms.

 

Next Up

Royal Passage to Asia

Royal Caribbean International expertly plans guided cruises through Asia.

Spring Break Cruises

Cruise expert, Jason Leppert, from PopularCruising.com, dishes about some of the best spring break cruises to set sail, including details about adults-only amenities on family cruises.

Exciting Theme Cruises

Pick the perfect cruise for you!

SeaDream Yacht Club

Here are our 10 favorite things about sailing with the crew of this ultra-exclusive and ultra-indulgent ship.

Guide to Disney Cruise Line

Set sail with our guide to Disney cruise lines.

New Cruise Ships

See what new cruise ships are setting sail for surprising adventures on the high seas, including the Norwegian Breakaway.

The Appeal of Megaships

The growth of so-called megaships started in the late 1980s.

Eastern Caribbean

Since the islands of the eastern Caribbean are fairly close to the United States, this is one of the most popular routes for cruise ships in the Caribbean.

5 Best Cruise Lines for Families

Five cruise lines for the perfect family vacation.

Super Excursions

Get ready to disembark; we're taking you on 5 fabulous excursions.
More from:

Cruises

What's New in Interests

Shop Our Favorite Travel Gear

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss Travel Channel in your favorite social media feeds.