In a move which is sure to produce massive excitement from cruisers, Royal Caribbean have recently announced that one of their most iconic ships, the Allure of the Seas, will be available for cruises around Europe during the summer of 2015.
Even if the ship was first delivered to Finland, this marks the first time the world’s largest cruise ship has returned to Europe during her five years of exceptional service. Next summer, however, complete with a homeport at the wonderful city of Barcelona, Royal Caribbean’s flagship will be sailing a seven night itinerary across some of Europe’s finest ports.
From May 24th 2015, the Allure of the Seas will embark on a seven-night itinerary calling at Palma de Mallorca, Marseilles, Florence, Rome and Naples. Not only can sailings be taken from the homeport of Barcelona, but travellers can also embark on a seven-night roundtrip sailing from Civitavecchia. Due to the unique nature of this sailing, there’s no doubt that these cruises are going to be in high demand, especially since the Allure of the Seas is one of the best equipped cruise ships to sail in the last decade.
But why is it that the Allure of the Seas has so much, well…allure?
The 225,282 ton, 5,400 capacity cruiser definitely has pedigree in the size stakes – only the Oasis of the Seas reaches anywhere near the size of the Allure. Although the ship itself might be huge, the beauty of its design is that it creates distinct spaces that make sure you don’t feel like you’ve been swallowed up by the sheer scale.
From the lush green environs of Central Park to the panoramic views of the boardwalk, each district of the ship has its own special character. The experience of sailing on the allure is more akin to enjoying a resort hotel than just a cruise ship, with everything you could possibly want being catered for.
Although its sister ship, the Oasis of the Seas shares it’s DNA, the Allure has plenty to distinguish it from its sibling. In terms of dining, cruisers can expect some excellent, not to mention brand new restaurants. The Boardwalk Dog House is a fee-free dining venue which serves up sausages and bratwurst with a choice of delicious toppings, while Rita’s Cantina bring Mexican-Californian gourmet to the seas – serving up such delicacies as Chile Rellenos and shrimp ceviche tostadas.
As well as these brand new dining options, passengers can expect the very first Guess boutique and Starbucks as Sea, as well as a recently debuted Broadway production of Chicago. By the end of next summer, a lucky number of cruisers will have enjoyed these features and much more, having sailed on the pioneering European voyages of the Allure of the Seas. I’m not jealous. Honestly.