The 225,282-ton, 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas is the worlds largest cruise ship by five centimeters. (5,400 is double occupancy — the full load is 6,360.) It also has a famous near-twin, Oasis of the Seas, with which it shares roughly 95 percent of its DNA including a novel neighborhood concept, which divides the ship into seven distinct spaces that range from the foliage-filled Central Park to the Boardwalk, with its handmade wooden carousel, burger joint and candy shop. Like its sister, Allure also boasts the best kids program in cruising.
According to the shipyard, this is not intentional and such small differences in length may occur simply due to the temperature of the steel in a ship as big as this. The gross tonnage of the Allure is 225,282 and her displacement — the actual weight of the ship — is equal to that of Oasis, which is estimated to be around 100,000 metric tons, slightly less than that of an American Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Her steel hull alone weighs roughly 54,000 tons.
The ship features a two-deck dance hall, a theatre with 1,380 seats, and an ice skating rink. Many of the ship’s interiors were extensively decorated by muralist Clarissa Parish.
Before her launch from Port Everglades, Allure was fitted with an 80 kW solar array by BAM Energy Group which powers the shopping district. The system cost US$600,000 and covers an area of 2,000 m2 (21,530 sq ft). It uses Uni-Solar BIPV laminates designed to withstand foot traffic and marine conditions.
Allure of the Seas is packed with amazing new activities and adventures. Sip on a fresh brew from the first-ever Starbucks at sea, experience the exhilarating Broadway hit musical Chicago, or zip line nine decks above the ocean and across a replica of New York City’s Central Park – a lush garden and public area full of beautiful foliage and fine restaurants. The kids will have a blast going for a spin around a full-size carousel, or taking a dip in one of the largest and deepest freshwater pools at sea which transforms into a theatrical venue for night time acrobatic and fountain entertainment. With all of these amazing features, you’ll never have a dull moment onboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas!