Coming Sunday: We’re Live From Allure of the Seas

July 29, 2011 | By | 16 Comments

We’re thinking big: This weekend, we’re heading to the Western Caribbean for a seven-night cruise aboard the 6,360-passenger Allure of the Seas. And you’re invited.

During this peak summer season sailing, we aim to sign a waiver and surf the FlowRider, dine frequently at the ship’s Boardwalk hot dog venue, take in a Broadway show (“Chicago”) and analyze the new service-charge-plus-a-la-carte dining initiative. We also expect kids to be bursting at the gunwales, which means we’ll be escaping to Allure’s foliage-filled and mostly adults-only Central Park and the glass-covered and allegedly kid-free Solarium.
Not all the action will take place onboard the world’s largest cruise ship. The island-sized Allure will be stopping in Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private resort peninsula in Haiti; Falmouth, the line’s custom-built port on the northern coast of Jamaica; and cruiser-favorite Cozumel, of snorkeling fame.
We have several scheduled reports, like counting calories at the Chef’s Table feast and counting mileage as we wander the nearly 1,200-foot-long ship for a week — we covered 17 miles over two days last November — but we want you to help shape the coverage, too. Post your questions, tips and comments and we’ll address as many as we can.
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    16 Responses to “Coming Sunday: We’re Live From Allure of the Seas”

    1. Debbie
      July 29th, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

      While you are on Allure, keep asking yourself, “Can a ship be too big?. Then give us your thoughts on that. Thanks!

    2. DMPicone (DEIx15x8 in the forums)
      July 29th, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

      Everyone knows that you can’t trust the crew when it comes to rumors but everyone wants to know about Project Sunshine. While you walking around ask as many crew member as you can what they think Project Sunshine will be.

    3. Bob Prinselaar
      July 29th, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

      The larger ships do not interest us, but they are beautiful in their own way.We would definitely NOT want a cabin looking down on “Central Park”, we can do that in town. When at sea we enjoy the sea and all of the life it contains such as flying fish and the Sea birds. We just love being on a ship not a replica of a town.

    4. Kelly
      July 29th, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

      We will be sailing on the Allure in October. We are sooooo excited!!! I just read that there are no Art Auctions. Can you see what, if anything is offered??? Have not heard of Project Sunshine – sounds interesting….

    5. Jim
      July 29th, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

      We were on the Oasis in June, and it was AWESOME!! We had a room overlooking Central Park, which was very nice. Not only did we have the park below, but also the sky above. However, the Oasis is actually the biggest cruise ship. The allure is 2″ longer, but the Oasis displaces more water, which means it’s heavier.

    6. BRYAN AND ROGER
      July 29th, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

      We haven’t been on them yet, but MY answer is NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Roger prefers the smaller ones. I can’t wait.

    7. Al and Nancy
      July 29th, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

      We went on the Oasis in December and it was the best cruise in 15 we have taken. Actually, we are going on the Allure in Dec 2012. There were so many different places to eat without during the Windjammer which is so packed at all meals. The Solorium on the Oasis is huge with tons of chairs and loungers.

    8. Joe
      July 29th, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

      My wife & I were on the Allure 2 months & back & gee we loved that ship, everything about it was perfect. We Loved looking down at the greenery of Central Park from our cabin window. The shows, the dining venues, the crew, all were supberb! The clever design of that ship with all its different venues & neighborhoods means it can be as big or as small as you want it to be. Cant wait to go again!

    9. Morry
      July 29th, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

      We sailed on Allure last Christmas, and it certainly is an incredible ship. Destination unto itself. No complaints (cabin overlooking the Boardwalk) and all facvilities truly mind blowing. For us though, been there, done that; and can say we prefer ‘smaller’ ships around 100k. Ft Lauderdale is a long way to embark from Oz!

    10. Ted
      July 30th, 2011 @ 1:17 am

      I was recently in Nassau, Bahamas on the NCL Sky and the Oasis pulled shortly there after. It was three times the size of the Sky. After looking her over I said, not interested, not even curious. These ships are just too big for my taste. I like Royal Caribbean and I will continue to cruise them. Bigger is not better in my world.

    11. Katherine
      July 31st, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

      Too bad you judge a ship by looking at it as it pulls into a port. To each his own. WE LOVE to Allure and how much it offers the passengers, the variety of nightlife, and the remarkable lack of crowded feeling despite the size. We cannot wait to sail again, this time B2B for a 2 week bonanza!

    12. Mary
      July 31st, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

      We leave on the Allure Aug 8. Let us know when Formal night is and and if the food is great in the dining room. If you try a specialty restaurant do a review. Have a great time.

    13. Frank L
      August 1st, 2011 @ 11:35 am

      We will be on the Allure in September and would like to know more about how the dining room food compares to Giovanni’s table and 150 Central Park.ow

      We would also like to know how the free central park cafe dining area compares to the main buffet area Windjammer?

      Grateful Thanks

      Frank L
      Burlington Ma.

    14. Mark
      August 1st, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

      THANKS for the LIVE reporting! So lucky on going in this cruise as we did the same cruise in June, 5th, it was SOOOO much fun! Bigger is BETTER and Jim the Allure “Is THE BIGGEST cruise ship on earth, it being 2″ longer, indeed makes it BIGGER then her sister ship, this is something Captain Johnny bragged about, it is BIGGER, same tonnage but longer…….
      Eating is good except the always jammed Windjammer, try other eating on this ship as some places are not that busy, have fun and happy reporting!

    15. Jules
      August 3rd, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

      Will be on the Allure come this December and was thinking about signing up for the Mystery Dinner Theatre. How is the food in Portofino and is it worth the $49.50? So looking forward to the cruise!! Whooohoooo! :-D

    16. Judy
      August 8th, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

      9 of us will be sailing on the Allure (my 2 adult kids, their spouses, 3 grandkids,my husband and myself in June 2012. Our first trip all together! Any ideas for something that would be fun to do together either day or night? Besides eating, that is!

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