I’m seeing double: my bloody Mary and a surfer who was just flipped off his board and shot backward on a jet stream of water. (He’s fine.) Of Allure of the Seas’ 20-odd bars and lounges, a number offer beers alongside views you won’t find anywhere else at sea. Beyond the FlowRiders, you can nurse a vodka tonic while you study tropical plants, trace a plummeting high diver or feel the air become thinner and thinner as you float upward. One tip before we begin: While your tolerance might low, bar prices at sea are high. So look out for the deals — 2-for-1′s, 25 percent off and such — listed in the Daily Compass.
The Wipeout Bar. This top-ship watering hole (pictured above) is situated between Allure’s two FlowRider surf simulators. There’s nothing unusual about the drink selection, but look port and starboard, and you’ll see boogie boarders and surfers, respectively, downed by the inevitable wipeout. Now face forward for unimpeded views over the stern. It’s easy to see why bar tenders, who rotate location every two weeks, covet this spot.
Rising Tide. Allure’s novelty bar floats up three decks form the Royal Promenade to Central Park and back down. Take-offs for this space pod-style venue occur every 30 minutes during designated hours (there’s a digital signage). The ride time is usually about 20 minutes, but the “driver” can adjust speed up and down.
The Trellis Bar. Amid Central Park’s tropical greenery is the spare Trellis Bar with the cross-hatched roof. Central Park is Allure’s alternative restaurant hub, with a quartet of venues serving steaks (Chops Grille), Italian (Giovanni’s Table), wine and tapas (Vintages) and a six-course degustation menu featuring ingredients like cranberry beans, basil seeds and bison (150 Central Park). At night the, the park lights twinkle and passengers idle at the Trellis Bar for a pre- or post-meal cocktail.
The Boardwalk Bar. If you haven’t snagged a seat for “OceanAria,” the AquaTheater’s acrobatics- and diving-laden spectacular, the Boardwalk Bar provides a back-row vantage. The views during the day aren’t any slouch either; you can watch spider monkeys navigate Allure’s 43-foot rock-climbing walls or zip-liners shoot diagonally from starboard to port nine decks above.
Dazzles. A party band regularly plays at this Deck 8 venue, situated between the Boardwalk (Deck 6) and Central Park (Deck 8). Even during theme parties, like 70′s night, the space never gets all that crowded. Isolation is to blame — without a cluster of alternative restaurants, bars and cafes to attract passengers, Dazzles is a bit of an island. But the picture-window backdrop won’t disappoint anyone who ventures there.
From a tour of his cabin to the 411 on sun deck hideaways and the for-fee steak in the main dining room, Dan’s been all over Allure. Missed any of his reports? No worries: They’re all right here.
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