Entertainment is a big Allure to Royal Caribbean’s newest ship

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 risqué 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.

The Dreamworks characters from “Madagascar” come to life. Let You Entertain Me has Alex and Gloria trying to return the water to their jungle.
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.

Ship Review: World’s largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas makes her debut

You can really tell the size of Allure of the Seas when you're on the pool deck. Central Park area runs down the middle of the ship. Photos by Matt Roseboom

Royal Caribbean’s newest ship has launched. The Allure of the Seas is being dubbed an “Entertainment Ship”. There are so many things to do onboard, it’s hard to know where to start.

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Follow us onboard the new world’s largest cruise ship – Allure of the Seas

The Allure of the Seas is shown here with her sister, Oasis of the Seas. Allure is mere centimeters longer than Oasis.

Cruise News Weekly staff will be boarding Royal Caribbean’s brand new Allure of the Seas on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 for a special two-day voyage and you can follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

We’ll be posting live photos, videos and information right from the ship (Internet access willing) as we check it out. Look for a full review of Allure in the coming weeks.

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Twitter: Twitter.com/CruiseGuide
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Alluring restaurants to debut at sea

Allure of the Seas, presently under construction, will debut in December. An architectural marvel, the 225,282 ton ship will span 16 decks, carry 5,400 passengers at double occupancy in some 2,700 staterooms. She will also feature 24 onboard dining opportunities morning, noon and night. The vessel will offer Caribbean sailings from her home port in Fort Lauderdale. Image courtesy Royal Caribbean

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. 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 entrées such as fajitas, fish tacos and Chipotle-style flautas. 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. In addition, the restaurant will introduce new nightlife to Boardwalk with live guitar music, drinks and dancing. 

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 Café, 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.

On the web: royalcaribbean.com

New Florida Lottery Scratch-Off game offers a chance to sail on Oasis or Allure

The Florida Lottery today announced a new Royal Caribbean themed Scratch-Off game: Cruise for Cash. With ticket sales beginning today, the $5 game offers Lottery players the chance to win up to $200,000 instantly. And, a second chance promotion on the Lottery’s website offers players the chance to win a seven-night Caribbean cruise vacation for two aboard one of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas or Allure of the Seas. The new game is available at Florida Lottery retailers statewide.

“Tourism is a vital part of Florida’s economy, and this partnership between the Florida Lottery and Royal Caribbean International is a unique opportunity to bring together Florida’s public and private sectors to promote one of the state’s greatest tourist industries – cruising,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Leo DiBenigno.

Florida is home to the top three cruise ports in the country: Port of Miami, Port Canaveral and Port Everglades. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, the North American cruise industry generated $35.1 billion in 2009, with Florida port embarkations growing by nearly three percent – making up 59 percent of the U.S. total.

“We are pleased to be working with the Florida Lottery on the Cruise for Cash game, which helps raise additional funds for education,” said Vicki Freed, Senior Vice President Sales and Trade Support & Services, Royal Caribbean International.

“We expect Cruise for Cash to have a wide appeal among Floridians and visitors to our great state, helping us maximize sales for the enhancement of public education,” added Secretary DiBenigno.

In addition to four $200,000 top prizes, Cruise for Cash also features more than 1.6 million cash prizes ranging from $5 to $2,500. The game’s overall odds of winning are one in 3.87. The game is the latest themed Scratch-Off in the Lottery’s game portfolio, offering players instant cash prizes and additional chances to win via a second chance promotion on the Lottery’s Web site.

Beginning today, players may enter their non-winning Cruise for Cash tickets in five Royal Caribbean International Cruise Package Second Chance drawings to be held from Oct. 6 to Dec. 15, 2010. Each cruise packages include seven nights aboard the Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas or another Royal Caribbean cruise ship sailing select itineraries. Winners of the second chance drawings will tour their respective Caribbean destinations in a balcony stateroom, with an ocean view for two. Cruise winners also will receive $1,000 in ship credit and premium accommodations for two at a deluxe hotel prior to departure. There will be a total of 112 cruise packages awarded with this game.

The Florida Lottery offers more than 50 Scratch-Off games at any given time through instant ticket vending machines (ITVMs) or on-counter displays at more than 13,000 retailers statewide. Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, making up approximately 53 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $396 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2009-10.