December 1, 2010 | By Donna Evans
The new Allure of the Seas is a sister ship to the mega cruiser, Oasis of the Seas. What a privilege to be able to preview this giant ship before it takes its first paying guests out to sea!
My check-in was flawless! Even with the capability of berthing over 6500 passengers, this ship does not seem over crowded. There are numerous elevators and uncrowded stairs. The organized layout of each of the main decks is so well done. Passengers have options and choices to be or go anywhere.
And the entertainment choices! Finding things to do won’t be a problem when activities range from Flow riders, miniature golf, rock wall climbing, ice skating, zip lines and gambling, to eating, drinking, swimming, relaxing in the hot tub and more. There are numerous types of shows, both day and night, including a Broadway production and a water show. For a carefree afternoon, the ship has a carousel, a park, a boardwalk and a promenade. Dreamworks characters like Shrek and Fiona are always wandering about the premises. There are also parades, a photo shop, and mores areas I didn’t even have time to explore!
For unique dining experiences, the ship has premium restaurants where you pay an additional charge as well as fine dining with wine pairing. For a more whimsical treat, there is an ice cream parlor, a cup cake shop and even a donut shop.
For night time amusements, the ship has several clubs and bars, (including a champagne bar!) To make sure you can stay healthy and connected, there are specialty restaurants, a gym, a spa, a walking/jogging track and a business center.
The options for dining, activities and enjoying a beverage are endless!
Staterooms can be inside, but most are outside cabins with verandas overlooking Central Park or the ocean. The ports of call are not important, since the ship is really your destination!
What did I miss? I am sure there are still more amenities (like the amazing coke machine with several different flavors of diet coke) that I have neglected to mention. You must see it for yourself to realize all this amazing ship has to offer.
Enjoy it all!