The most awarded cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, is getting amplified and will cruise from Barcelona next summer!
There has been a lot of publicity recently surrounding the world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, but did you know that Allure of the Seas is one of her sisters? Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas are all Oasis Class ships, which are the largest cruise ships in the world. Allure of the Seas will receive a $165 million makeover and will have many of the same jaw-dropping facilities as her sisters. The best part about this amazing news is that Allure is sailing from Barcelona from May 2020!
Why choose to cruise on Allure of the Seas?
Allure of the Seas is the most awarded ship in the world – and that is before getting a $165 million makeover! I love Oasis Class ships, not only are the facilities superb, but there is something to suit everyone onboard. There are seven different neighbourhoods, each with their own distinctive vibe. The Royal Promenade is full of shops, bars and restaurants and comes alive at night-time with a party atmosphere. The Boardwalk reminds me of a seaside pier and has a hand-painted carousel, and the pool / sports zone is as you can imagine, full of non-stop action.
One of my personal favourite neighbourhoods is Central Park. There are a staggering 12,000 trees and plants there, it really feels like you are in a park, rather than on a cruise ship. There are great restaurants and bars in Central Park, including Chops Grille, Royal Caribbean’s signature steak house, and 150 Central Park, an upscale restaurant with a tasting menu and wine pairings.
There will be many new culinary additions to the amplified Allure of the Seas too. Giovanni’sSM Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar is bound to be a popular spot, I personally like the sound of the charcuterie station! The new Portside BBQ will offer American barbecue styles including brisket, pulled pork and home-style cornbread, or you can enjoy authentic Mexican fare at El Loco Fresh – suffice to say you will be spoilt for choice with the number of dining options onboard.
What will the entertainment be like onboard Allure of the Seas?
My advice is dine early, because you won’t want to miss any of the world-class nightlife! Allure of the Seas boasts the most bars of any Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Let the robotic bartenders make you a cocktail in the Bionic Bar, before you watch the best cover bands in the Music Hall.
The musical Mamma Mia is a must see, as are the Aqua shows in the open-air theatre. Watch acrobats walking tightropes, divers diving off 30-foot platforms and synchronised swimmers floating in the deepest pool at sea. The setting is remarkable with the backdrop of the ocean across the horizon.
If karaoke is more your style, you will love the brand new Spotlight Karaoke, and movie lovers can catch the latest blockbusters or watch international sporting events on the new outdoor screen.
What facilities will be onboard the amplified Allure of the Seas?
There is so much to do during the day too, in fact you might find it difficult to leave Allure of the Seas when you arrive into port! Enjoy thrill rides on the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, race down the Perfect Storm, Royal Caribbean’s trio of waterslides, or zipline across an open atrium, nine decks above the boardwalk, something I did on Harmony of the Seas.
If you like to relax when you cruise, why not chill out at the reinvigorated adult-only solarium or visit their award-winning spa? Allure of the Seas’ pool deck will be reimagined and will have a wider variety of seating, with cabana-like ‘casitas’, daybeds, hammocks and swing seats.
As with all Royal Caribbean cruise ships, kids will be spoilt for choice too. There are kids clubs from 6 months to 17 years with dedicated teen-only hang-outs. Allure of the Seas will have its teen zones revamped to give teens some freedom in their own exclusive lounge and outdoor deck. Complete with a secret speakeasy-like entrance, gaming consoles, music and movies, this is sure to keep even moody teenagers happy.
The splashpark, Splashaway Bay is perfect for younger children, while teenagers will love the trio of water slides. You will also find a multi-purpose sports court, FlowRider surf simulator, rock-climbing wall, glow-in-the-dark laser tag and the Royal Escape Room – Apollo 18 Lunar Landing, where you have to solve the puzzle before time runs out – doesn’t this sound like an interesting challenge? See more reasons to choose Royal Caribbean for family cruises here.
Where will Allure of the Seas cruise to in 2020?
Allure of the Seas’ seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises will sail from Barcelona and visit stunning cities in Spain, Italy and France. Stroll through the lavender fields in Provence, visit the chic city of Palma de Mallorca, explore the Italian cities of Florence and Rome, take a boat trip along the Amalfi Coast or visit the captivating isle of Capri. With flights from Dublin airport for €1 until the 12th of August, there has never been a better time to visit these stunning destinations, onboard one of the world’s largest cruise ships, Allure of the Seas.
Why choose Royal Caribbean?
Royal Caribbean International is the world’s largest global cruise line and has been delivering innovation at sea for more than 50 years. Royal Caribbean cruises to 260 destinations in 72 countries on six continents, and even has its own private island in The Bahamas: Perfect Day at CocoCay. Royal Caribbean has won numerous awards, too many to name them all, but in 2018 alone the cruise line won over 30 national and international awards including Best in Cruise, Best Cruise Line for Entertainment and Best Mainstream Cruise Company.
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This post was sponsored by Royal Caribbean International, but all views, as always are my own.