Katie Holmes and Adam Sandler at Home on World's Largest Cruise Ship

Posted Nov 22nd 2010 09:27 AMUpdated Nov 22nd 2010 11:44 AM


Invited guests on a preview cruise of the newest world's largest cruise ship, the 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas, got unexpected glimpses of Hollywood A-listers. Yes, that was Katie Holmes and adorable little daughter Suri Cruise that AOL Travel News spotted on the ship's merry-go-round, and Adam Sandler catching a close-up look at DreamWorks characters including Shrek.

Sandler and Holmes are stars of the movie "Jack and Jill," which has been filming on the soon-to-debut Royal Caribbean cruise ship for several days in Fort Lauderdale. Al Pacino co-stars too but was not onboard (he will do his work in a studio). The Columbia Pictures film is set to come out in 2011.

Passengers on the two-day cruise-to-nowhere – mostly journalists and travel agents – had been advised there would be film production locations around the 225,282-ton ship, and that some areas might have limited access at times.

But the celebrities, taking a day off from their work schedule, and already at home on the ship, could be spotted all over the giant vessel on Sunday.

The ship is so big it has neighborhoods including a mall-like Royal Promenade with shops and cafes and a Central Park with real trees. Activities include miniature golf, ice skating, a rock-climbing wall and simulated surfing.

Holmes and entourage – including several kids – hit the family-friendly Boardwalk neighborhood, which is done up to look like Coney Island, the actress wearing a casual black outfit accented by 4 ½-inch Christian Louboutin cutout ankle boots.

A couple of beefy body guards kept onlookers at a distance, and after the carousel ride they closed down the ship's nearby ice cream parlor so the entourage could have a treat.

Holmes is staying in the Allure's top suite, the Royal Suite, which sleeps four and has a Baby Grand piano, floor-to-ceiling windows that lead to a large outdoor balcony and a Jacuzzi facing the sea.

A more accessible Sandler mingled with passengers on the ship's basketball court and came to a DreamWorks character party with his kids.

Unrelated to its role as a film locale, the Allure of the Seas debuts Royal Caribbean's new partnership with DreamWorks, and Shrek, Fiona and Po (the "Kung Fu Panda") are among costumed characters onboard making appearances at shows and character breakfasts and posing for photos.

How big a deal is the partnership? DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg was onboard to get a preview of the ship too.

Passengers on the preview cruise, including kids, were being asked to serve as extras in "Jack and Jill," which films on the ship until Tuesday. Locations include the ship's giant pool deck.

The Allure of the Seas, which also debuts such features as the first Starbucks at sea, got attention from Oprah late last week too when it was named to her annual "Favorite Things" list. Guests on Friday's "The Oprah Winfrey Show" received a free seven-day cruise on Allure of the Seas, among other gifts.

A sister ship to the year-old Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas officially begins Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 1.

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You folks should know that Oprah does not "give away" anything herself on her shows---it all comes from her sponsors as part of their sponsorship package. All gift reciepents are also responsible for a 40% gift tax to the IRS too.

November 22 2010 at 8:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The mafia, also known as the I.R.S., always gets apiece of the pie. In this case, it would be part of someone's winnings from the Oprah show.

November 23 2010 at 1:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It really is nice that an audience can get such nice gifts. If I had money to put towards someone's happiness, I would put it towards building a special type of group home for the elderly. A place that is better than home when they need a little assistance without the unfriendly environment they may otherwise be left to endure.

November 22 2010 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Adam Sandler still gets work? Didn't he become Will Ferrell?

November 22 2010 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oprah, can I go with them?

November 22 2010 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tammy Ordway

Oprah you are so wonderful to your guests. Hopefully one day I will
be able to be in your audience. It is just alittle far from Florida. I would
love it if you could do a show in Florida. Have a Great time.

November 22 2010 at 6:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
liz jones

sounds like those lucky winners will have a ball wish was I one of them

November 22 2010 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wanted to go too Oprah. If you have any extra tickets my husband and I can be packed and ready to set sail in a jiffy. Tickets should have Warnings: Once on a cruise vacation, your hooked! Love Royal Carribean and can't wait to see the new ship. Have a awesome time to all the lucky winners.

November 22 2010 at 6:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply