Sneak Peek at The World's Largest Ship - Allure of the Seas

Posted Sep 1st 2010 04:14 PMUpdated Sep 2nd 2010 04:48 PM


The 5,400 passenger Allure of the Seas will soon eclipse sister ship Oasis of the Seas as the world's largest ship. More or less.

That's the word from the STX Europe shipyard in Turku, Finland, where the newest Royal Caribbean behemoth is under construction, and where AOL Travel News was invited for a tour.

For now, Allure is a 225,282-ton ship, 1,187 feet long and 208 feet wide, which actually makes it the same size as Oasis. But some Royal Caribbean officials are saying Allure is actually 5 millimeters longer than its nearly year-old sibling.

Even if the size difference is not great, Allure is without question a ship for the history books.

Like its sister it is so big it will have actual neighborhoods – a Boardwalk with a real carousel and high-diving show; a Central Park with thousands of real plants and trees; a Royal Promenade as wide as a highway, lined with shops and including a bar that rises three decks; an Entertainment zone that includes an ice skating rink; and more.

The 16-deck deck ship will have as many as 8,460 people onboard when you combine full-capacity passengers and crew, certainly enough to declare Allure a city at sea.

Press wore hard hats and steel-toed shoes for a tour, with wires hanging, the smell of varnish in the air, cardboard covering carpets and plastic wrap protecting furniture.

While it may not look like it in the photos, much of the construction is nearly complete and officials say they will have no problem getting the ship to Fort Lauderdale in time for its pre-inaugural festivities in November and official debut Dec. 1.

Of course, it's odd to look at a zipline without the wire, a mini golf course without the holes, a basketball court without the court, not to mention all sorts of spaces without furnishings, but we're assured all will be in place soon.

New features on Allure include Shrek and other DreamWorks characters, who will make appearances in parades and at character breakfasts and pose for photos with passengers. An ice show and diving show will feature familiar characters as well.

In addition, the ship has a 3-D movie screen and rights to run DreamWorks movies at the same time they are in theaters – Allure passengers can see them for free.

On the entertainment front, the ship will also feature a 90-minute version of the Broadway show "Chicago: The Musical" (two lesser-known songs were cut) as well as a new Royal Caribbean-produced show with acrobats and aerialists.

Three new culinary additions are a Brazilian steakhouse, where endless meat and seafood will be served on skewers by waiters dressed as gauchos; a Mexican cantina; and a hot dog bar with all the toppings.

Two new shopping venues are a Guess store and a Romero Britto Concept store – the pop artist was on hand at the shipyard revealing a limited edition work that will be sold on the ship, featuring the blue Royal Caribbean anchor logo against a bright yellow background.

Additional ship features are still to be announced, so stay tuned. But also expect on Allure a lot of what's already proven popular on Oasis.

"We know the concept works," Royal Caribbean President and CEO Adam Goldstein told press at the shipyard.

The Allure of the Seas will cruise from Fort Lauderdale, alternating weeklong eastern and western Caribbean itineraries.

Top photo by Royal Caribbean, additional photos by Fran Golden

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lovely cruise man i really like this nice information

August 31 2011 at 3:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cruise to Nowhere!

November 12 2010 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Here's what I think of cruises:

November 12 2010 at 8:58 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Lifeboats for all ? Don't assume it's unsinkable.

September 03 2010 at 7:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The big oil tankers and container cargo ships are bigger than that.

September 03 2010 at 6:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tommy B


September 03 2010 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Will Sekzer

Why is it that posters who have NEVER been on the new huge ships make all the criticism remarks while those who have been on them love them?

September 03 2010 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rick Badman

On my cable TV program I showed what a world cruiser may look like. It is multi-hulled, measures ten miles long by three miles wide, has a main passenger section that is taller than the Empire State Building, has an airport, and has engines that are so large that a WW II submarine could go through the linear induction tubes and never touch the surfaces. Such a ship would be large enough to see from space. But we will have to wait for much better economic times before such a huge ship could be built which will have ships as large as cruise ships to ferry passengers to shore. At least the ship that would have more crew members and passengers than what live in Yonkers, New York uses nuclear reactors to provide the power since it would use more energy than a city the size of Indianapolis would use.

September 03 2010 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
faithful QM2 fans

Give me the QM2 anytime over this floating city. My wife and I like the attention given to us on the QM2.

September 03 2010 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to faithful QM2 fans's comment

I've traveled the QM2 3 times transatlantic with my dog . The first time was great , the second OK , the third , well , couldn't wait to get off ! The quality has suffered over the last few years because of the economy , and a lot of the craftmanship on the boat is a little suspect ( before you ask , I'm both a sailor and a boatbuilder ) . They tell the same old jokes , do the same old things , and it could be so much better . Also look at their pricing structure , everybody gets a discounted fare , which of course means there is no discount .

September 03 2010 at 8:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edward ODonnell

This ship may be the largest passenger liner in the world but does not compare in size to some super tankers. I was Master on the Bridgeton a ULCC Tanker.1200 feet long 230 foot beam and 406,000 DWT. The largest ship ever to carry the American flag.There are some tankers that surpass 500,000 tons.

September 03 2010 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply