Live From Allure of the Seas: 7 Things Not to Do on the World’s Largest Cruise Ship

On a ship with multiple time zones, its own Boardwalk and Central Park, and some 20 places to eat, passengers won’t get to do everything in a week. During a seven-night Western Caribbean voyage on the 6,360-passenger Allure of the Seas, we certainly tried, sampling bison and six table salts at the ship’s $40-a-head restaurant, […]

Live From Allure of the Seas: Know This About the Entertainment

Getting turned away from a “sold out” show at sea is almost unheard of. I’m used to third-full theaters with passengers wandering in and out during song-and-dance revues. But the Oasis-class pair (and Norwegian Epic, too) are entirely different dancing bears. Which leads me to Rick Crane, who asked this practical question on Cruise Critic’s […]

Live From Allure of the Seas: 5 Topics With an 8-Year-Old Allurean

He first cruised while in his mother’s stomach. (He was a stowaway.) He’s been on 16 other sailings since then, cruising with NCL, Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean. He wants to be an inventor and build robot legs for his grandfather. He’s Charles, an eight-year-old cruiser from South Carolina. I spoke to […]

Live From Allure of the Seas: Goo-Goo for Gaga

Sit long enough in Allure of the Seas‘ shopping mall-styled Royal Promenade, and Gaga may appear. Or at least there’ll be a class on how to dance like the sartorially inclined lady. “1, 2, 3, 4, and shake it, and twist the light bulb,” chanted the Jamaican dance instructor, Bjorn, who inspired a sassy confidence […]

Live From Allure of the Seas: 5 Bars With Killer Views

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 […]

Live From Allure of the Seas: Too Many Hot Dogs

I’ll wager Mr. Hot Dog, the suspiciously care-free wiener dressed in Hawaiian shirt, flip-flops and floppy hat, never thought he’d be under this much scrutiny. At Allure of the Seas’ no-cost Boardwalk Dog House, cruising’s only dedicated tubed-meat dispensary, passengers have their pick of seven sausages made of pig, cow and chicken, representing the greatest […]

Live From Allure of the Seas: Will You Remember Rita’s 3-Margarita Dinner and Dance-a-Thon?

Some nights in Allure of the Seas‘ Boardwalk, Rita hosts a party at her open-air cantina. It’ll cost you $20 to attend “Rita’s Fiesta,” a two-hour dance-, dine- and drink-athon that includes more quesadillas, flautas and fajitas than you can eat, and three margaritas to make you forget you’re wearing a mini-sombrero and strobe-light necklace. […]

On the World’s Largest Cruise Ship: You’ll Probably End Up in This Cabin

Welcome to my home, which I tried to clean for your visit. Of Allure of the Seas‘ 2,706 cabins, more than 2,000 are 180-odd foot rooms, give or take 20 square feet, which look very much the same on the inside. There are modest size variations, and along the corridors, the bed and couch alternatively […]

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