Royal Caribbean's 220,000-ton, 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas will be the largest ship afloat when it launches in December 2009, and not surprisingly, it's the cruise topic of the year. But sister ship Allure of the Seas, debuting in fall 2010, is hot on its heels -- and today, the cruise line announced inaugural season itineraries for the second ship in its record-breaking Oasis class.|
Like Oasis, Allure of the Seas will sail alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Ft. Lauderdale -- more specifically, from Port Everglades' newly renovated Terminal 18 -- starting December 12, 2010. Allure's itineraries are pretty much identical to those of Oasis of the Seas. The Eastern Caribbean voyages will call on St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Nassau. The Western Caribbean voyages will call on Falmouth, Jamaica's new cruise port; Cozumel; and Labadee, Royal Caribbean's private beach on Haiti. Both itineraries will feature three days at sea.
The only key difference? Day of departure. Allure will sail on Sundays, while Oasis of the Seas will continue to offer Saturday turnarounds.
Members of Royal Caribbean's past-passenger program, the Crown & Anchor Society, will get first crack at inaugural season bookings. Diamond and Diamond Plus members of the Crown & Anchor Society can book starting April 2, 2009, and all Crown & Anchor Society members can book from April 8. General bookings will open on April 13.
--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor
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