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Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas

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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 2010 Age Restrictions: One person in each
Year Refurbished: N/A room must be 21 years old or older
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Assigned or My Time
Guest Occupancy: 5,400 Dining Hours: 6:15 pm or 8:30 pm
Crew: 2,150 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 222,900 tons Bars/Lounges: Yes
Length: 1,184 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 154 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 22 knots Swimming Pools: Yes
Decks: 16 Hot Tubs: Yes
Ship's Registry: Bahamas Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes Rock Climbing Wall: Yes
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: Yes
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes
 

Overview
Allure of the Seas launched in December of 2010. She is the sister ship of Oasis of the Seas, matching her as being the most feature-packed and largest cruise ships in the world. For more information about the Oasis-class ships, please click here to view our information on Oasis of the Seas.


Destinations & Itineraries
Allure of the Seas will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2012: 7-night Eastern & Western Caribbean (sailing round trip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
2013: 7-night Eastern & Western Caribbean (sailing round trip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida), Bahamas


Staterooms
To view stateroom information about Allure of the Seas please view our information on Oasis of the Seas, her sister ship.


Dining
The following includes a variety of the dining options that will be available on board Allure of the Seas:

THE BOARDWALK

Rita's Cantina: A casual yet vibrant indoor/outdoor restaurant exclusively on Allure of the Seas' Boardwalk, caters to families by day, and adults by night; traditional Mexican fare, comprehensive selection of margaritas and live guitar music and dancing for evening entertainment
Boardwalk Bar: The main bar on the Boardwalk; offering fruit, salads and sandwiches
Boardwalk Donut Shop: A classic haunt for casual snacks and delicious treats
Ice Cream Parlor: A variety of ice cream flavors and toppings take center stage against a backdrop of 1950s kitsch
Johnny Rockets: '50's-style diner with server-entertainers

CENTRAL PARK

150 Central Park: A trendy, upscale and intimate restaurant with a tasting menu and customized wine pairings created by Molly Brandt, winner of the Allure of the Seas Culinary Challenge co-hosted with The Culinary Institute of America, as well as Food and Wine's 2006 best student chef
Giovanni's Table: An Italian trattoria with both indoor and alfresco seating featuring Italian classics served family-style
Park Café: An indoor/outdoor gourmet market featuring salads, sandwiches, soups, pastries and to-die-for fudge
Vintages: A wine bar with pre-dinner tapas and cheeses along with a robust selection of fine wines
Chops Grille: Royal Caribbean's signature steakhouse with views of Central Park, and premium cuts or quality meats

POOL AND SPORTS ZONE

Exclusive to Allure of the Seas, the new churascarria, styled after popular Brazilian steakhouses, is an interactive experience where guests choose from a variety of meats, chicken and seafood brought table-side by servers, ready to slice and serve upon request
Solarium Bistro: A health-conscious dining option for breakfast and lunch
The Wipe Out Café: A casual self-service buffet with pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches and fresh salads
Izumi Asian Cuisine: Featuring mouthwatering flavors and a sushi bar with hot-rock cooking

ROYAL PROMENADE

Sorrento's Pizzeria: Featuring New York style pizza, with both made-to-order pies and by the slice
Café Promenade: Offering Seattle's Best coffee, fruit shakes, pastries and sandwiches all day
The Cupcake Cupboard: Featuring fresh-baked gourmet cupcakes as well as parties and design classes

VITALITY AT SEA SPA AND FITNESS CENTER

The Vitality Café: Offering healthy snacks, sandwiches, wraps, fruit and smoothies

THE CLASSICS, Royal Caribbean hasn't forgotten the classics of its fleet:

Adagio Dining Room: The ship's main restaurant features a three-tier venue with a 1920s Art Deco style; flexible My Time Dining and traditional assigned seatings, as well as the highly anticipated DreamWorks Character Breakfast
Windjammer Marketplace: A casual buffet fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner
In-Stateroom Service: Order from the complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, or choose an original Johnny Rockets hamburger or Ghirardelli chocolate cookies from the new Dine In Delights menu


Onboard Features
To view information concerning the onboard features of Allure of the Seas please view our information on Oasis of the Seas, her sister ship.


Dress Code and Attire
While onboard the ship the following is considered by Royal Caribbean to be typical attire, for indoors or outdoors: shorts, t-shirts, slacks, trousers, casual skirts, blouses, and sundresses. Don't forget to bring bathing suits for the pools and hot tubs. Pretty much, it's casual during the day.

For dinner, there is a certain dress code in place. Depending on the night, there may be a casual, smart casual, or formal dress code recommended. On a Royal Caribbean cruise there will be at least 1 formal night. The number of formal nights on your cruise depends on the length of your cruise. Please be aware that the number of nights are subject to change at the ship's discretion. Formal night clothing is considered to be cocktail dresses for women. For men, suits and ties (or tuxedos) are good. Smart casual is considered dresses or pantsuits for women, and jackets for men.

Here's a general guideline that Royal Caribbean provides for its nightly dining types:
Cruise Length Casual Smart Casual Formal
3-Night 2 0 1
4-Night 3 0 1
5-Night 3 1 1
6-Night 4 0 2
7-Night 4 1 2
8-Night 4 2 2
9-Night 5 2 2
10-Night 6 2 2
11-Night 7 2 2
12-Night 7 3 2 or 3
13-Night 8 2 3
14-Night+ 9 2 3


Children Programs
Royal Caribbean offers babysitting in group settings, and on an individual basis in your stateroom (based on the staff's availability). Children must be at least 1 year old for babysitting services. If you want to have in-stateroom babysitting you must reserve that service at least 24 hours in advance (just call the main desk while onboard, as it cannot be arranged for prior to boarding the ship). The current (subject to change) rate is $8 per hour for one or two children of the same family. It is $10 per hour for three children of the same family.

Adventure Ocean® is Royal Caribbean's youth program. Their program is divided into groups, by age: Aquanauts (3-5 Years), Explorers (6-8 Years), Voyagers (9-11 Years), Navigators (12-14 Years), and Guests (15-17 Years). Every member of the Adventure Ocean® staff has a college degree in education, recreation, or related field and has experience working with children ages 3-17. There is a Teen Center that is open from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am.

Royal Caribbean has Fisher-Price programs for younger children as well: Aqua Babies (6-18 months), and Aqua Tots (18-36 months).

There is a ton of kids and teens facilities on deck 12. For example, there is a video arcade, featuring both old and new games. The Teen Disco is also there; it's a great place for teens to meet, dance, and hang out. Adventure Beach is an area with a kids' pool with child-sized furniture.


Tipping and Gratuities
Royal Caribbean recommends the following gratuity guidelines:
Suite Attendant: $5.75 a day, per guest
Stateroom Attendant: $3.50 a day, per guest
Dining Room Waiter: $3.50 a day, per guest
Assistant Waiter: $2 a day, per guest
Head Waiter: $0.75 a day, per guest

These gratuity rates apply to guests of all ages. Please be aware that a 15% gratuity charge will be automatically added to your bar bills. Gratuities for the room service, casino and spa staff is at your discretion.

You can pay for your gratuities by one of the following ways:
- In cash (at the end of your cruise)
- Having the cruise line add them to your SeaPass (onboard) account
- Pre-paying them (by having your travel or booking agent add them to your reservation)


Alcohol Policy
The official minimum drinking age on all Royal Caribbean cruise ships is 21. However, on cruises departing from European and South American countries, where the legal drinking age is typically under 21, a parent that is sailing with their 18 to 20 year old son(s)/daughter(s) may sign a waiver allowing them to consume alcoholic beverages.

Guests are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages onboard. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports of call or from the onboard shops will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of sailing.


Gambling Policy
The official minimum gambling age on all Royal Caribbean cruise ships is 18 years old. Guests under 18 are not even allowed to be inside the casino. Proof of age is required. On Alaska cruises you must be at least 21 years of age to gamble. All gaming operations are performed in U.S. currency.


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