Tweet (1:50 p.m. EDT) -- Cruise Critic was at the STX Turku Shipyard in Turku, Finland, today for a hard-hat tour of Royal Caribbean's under-construction Allure of the Seas. The 225,282-ton, 5,400-passenger vessel is the second in the Oasis class -- the largest cruise ships ever built -- and is set to debut in December.
Did we convince the cruise line execs on hand to eke out a few new tidbits? You bet:
Allure of the Seas will follow in the footsteps of recently launched megaship Norwegian Epic by introducing a churrascaria, or Brazilian steakhouse, onboard. The for-fee eatery, the Samba Grill, will take the place of the Solarium Bistro at night.
Two new ice shows in Studio B will include Ice Games, loosely based on the board game Monopoly, and a show based on the DreamWorks animated film, "How to Train Your Dragon." (Earlier this year, Royal Caribbean announced a partnership with the studio to bring new family-focused entertainment onboard.)
Get out your biggest ruler: Though nearly identical to its sister ship, Allure may actually end up being just a teensy bit longer -- five millimeters -- than Oasis of the Seas, trumping it for the biggest-at-sea title!
We've put together a slideshow showcasing Senior Editor Erica Silverstein's pictures and first impressions, plus additional fun facts about the ship -- be sure to check it out.
Join the conversation in our Allure of the Seas forum.
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Slideshow: Our Allure of the Seas Shipyard Cruise Tour in Photos!
September 1, 2010