By Michael Coleman
Royal Caribbean’s latest ship — Allure of the Seas — will debut in December complete with 24 onboard dining venues to cater to any craving.
A sister ship to Oasis of the Seas, both vessels tip the scales as the largest and perhaps most innovative cruise ships afloat. And while each ship has a host of similarities, even in the dining arena, Allure is poised to roll out some added culinary options.
From a Brazilian steakhouse and a Mexican beach bar to a hot dog stand, the choices abound.
The Brazilian steakhouse will be a destination restaurant that comes to life for dinner service in the Solarium, featuring authentic Brazilian-style meats and seafood dishes, from Picanha cut sirloin steak to Atlantic salmon marinated with sea salt and garlic, served table-side and sliced straight off the skewer.
“As churrascaria concept restaurants gain popularity on land, Royal Caribbean is taking advantage of having a new ship to introduce a Brazilian steakhouse and bring a new dynamic and colorful nightlife ambiance for adults in the Solarium,” said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International.
“Guests onboard Allure of the Seas will have a new arrangement of dining experiences throughout the ship, from the Adagio Main Dining Room to new venues on the Boardwalk and Royal Promenade.”
Combining the best of classic Mexican beach bars and Southern California’s famed taquerias, Rita’s Cantina will be a vibrant new restaurant in the Boardwalk neighborhood.Â Adults and kids alike will enjoy some of their favorite Mexican fare, such as shrimp ceviche tostadas, warm tortilla chips with salsa and fiesta guacamole, as well as entrÃ©es such as fajitas, fish tacos and Chipotle-style flautas.Â The more casual setting will likely be a favorite lunch, snack or dinner spot for passengers seeking a flavorful fiesta onboard.
Rita’s also will boast some of the widest selection of margaritas at sea, offering both authentic and signature concoctions mixed with a choice from the extensive list of quality tequilas, served on the rocks or frozen in a variety of fruit-flavor combinations.Â In addition, the restaurant will introduce new nightlife to Boardwalk with live guitar music, drinks and dancing.Â
Also new to Boardwalk’s engaging scene aboard Allure of the Seas will be The Boardwalk Dog House, an outdoor hot-dog specialty counter located where passengers can choose from traditional hot dogs, wieners, brats and sausages.
Like its sister, Allure will feature Johnny Rockets, a ‘50’s-style diner with server-entertainers; 150 Central Park, a trendy, upscale and intimate restaurant with a tasting menu and customized wine pairings; Giovanni’s Table, an Italian trattoria with both indoor and alfresco seating featuring Italian classics served family-style; Park CafÃ©, an indoor/outdoor gourmet market featuring salads, sandwiches, soups, pastries and fudge; Vintages, a wine bar with pre-dinner tapas and cheeses along with a robust selection of fine wines and, among a host of other palate pleasing onboard locales, Chops Grille, Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse.
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