By Jackie Roseboom
Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas is nicknamed the entertainment ship for good reasons. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll have a hard time seeing it all – even on a seven day cruise. But you’ll have fun trying.
While its sister ship, Oasis of the Seas, has “Hairspray,” the musical “Chicago” was brought to the Allure. It’s essentially the same performance as seen on Broadway. The huge ship affords a large stage, which allows plenty of room for the performances, including the full Chicago orchestra performing on stage, just like in the original version. The story of fame, fortune and heartbreak is located in the Amber Theater on select nights of each cruise. If you know “Chicago,” you know it’s a little risquÃ© and not recommended for children.
Blue Planet is an environmental experience on the Amber Theater stage. It transports you to all different parts of the Earth with music, dance and impressive set designs. Prepare to be wowed by heart-felt songs, energetic dances and things that may not be what they seem.
Oceanaria is billed as a mystical under-the-sea adventure. So it’s fitting for it to be performed in the AquaTheater, making full use of the pool, diving boards, trampoline and more. You’ll see aerialist, dancers and divers all choreographed to music. It’s a great show with a wonderful setting as you sit under a ceiling of stars. There are many performances throughout the cruise so you shouldn’t have to miss it.
Ice games is a one of two ice skating shows. This one brings the beloved game of Monopoly to life, mixing in scenes from the ship. As with the other ice show, it features world class skaters and can only be seen on the Allure of the Seas. You’ll join Hiccup and the gang in the adventure of “How to Train Your Dragon” on Ice. The mythical creatures are brought to life in a shortened version of the DreamWorks family movie.
Let You Entertain Me is a fun and energetic show located in the AquaTheater. It stars the characters from the Dreamworks family movie “Madagascar”. Alex, Gloria, and Mort need the audience’s help in bringing water back to the jungle. If you’re traveling with kids, make sure they see this production as well as the Move it! Move it! parade that happens right down the center of the Royal Promenade. This your chance to see all of the DreamWorks characters dancing, hooting and hollering down the street. Photo ops with the characters are also available most days.
In addition to the productions listed above, there are various other club shows and bands available, including the very popular Comedy Club. Be sure and check your Daily Planner for all the fun onboard activities.
It’s suggested you go online and reserve the shows you really want to see before your cruise. I would suggest you do so for shore excursions and specialty restaurants as well. The more popular ones tend to book up before the ship sails. But don’t worry, even without reservations, with a little patients, you can still get into the sold-out shows. At 10 minutes before showtime, they open up the doors for those standing by.
Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas sails out of Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale on seven night Caribbean cruises.