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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Princess to get two new ships – their largest ever

The Carnival Corporation & plc has signed a memorandum of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of two 3,600-passenger cruise ships for its Princess Cruises brand.

The new ships — which will have an all-in cost of approximately €155,000 per lower berth — are scheduled to enter service in spring 2013 and spring 2014. At 139,000 tons each, the as-yet-unnamed ships will be the largest in the Princess Cruises fleet.

The agreement is subject to execution of a definitive contract, financing and other customary closing conditions. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest cruise vacation group in the world, with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe and Australia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, The Yachts of Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Ibero Cruises, Ocean Village, P&O Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia.

Together, these brands operate 95 ships totaling more than 184,000 lower berths with 11 new ships scheduled to be delivered between March 2010 and May 2012. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon.

World’s largest cruise terminal opens at Port Everglades, ready for Oasis of the Seas

From left to right: John Foglesong, Broward County Director of Public Works, Department Seaport Engineering & Construction Division; Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman; Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Sr. Vice President of Land Operations Craig Milan; Hollywood, FL City Mayor Peter Bober; Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Chairman Richard Fain; Royal Caribbean International President Adam Goldstein; Port Everglades Director Phillip C. Allen; Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter; Royal Caribbean International Vice President of Port Operations Juan Trescastro; Broward County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger; and Broward County Commissioner Lois Wexler.
From left to right: John Foglesong, Broward County Director of Public Works, Department Seaport Engineering & Construction Division; Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman; Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Sr. Vice President of Land Operations Craig Milan; Hollywood, FL City Mayor Peter Bober; Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Chairman Richard Fain; Royal Caribbean International President Adam Goldstein; Port Everglades Director Phillip C. Allen; Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter; Royal Caribbean International Vice President of Port Operations Juan Trescastro; Broward County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger; and Broward County Commissioner Lois Wexler.

The largest cruise terminal in the world to serve the two largest and most revolutionary cruise ships in the world officially opened at Port Everglades yesterday (Nov. 6, 2009), one week prior to the arrival of Royal Caribbean International’s 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas.

Local county and city officials, as well as Royal Caribbean executives, were on hand for the opening celebration. The event also featured Royal Caribbean dancers, who performed a number from the Hairspray musical.

“We finished building Cruise Terminal 18 on time and under budget, which is a demonstration of government at its best,” said Port Everglades Director Phil Allen. Port Everglades, located within the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Dania Beach, Fla., is governed by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. “There may be bigger terminals that service two ships at the same time, but Terminal 18 was constructed specifically to handle one Oasis-class ship at a time.”

At 240,000 square feet (5.5 acres), Cruise Terminal 18 is more than three times larger than it was just 22 months prior to opening when Royal Caribbean Cruises reached an agreement with Broward County to homeport both of the new Oasis-class of ships at Port Everglades.

“We are very appreciative of the efforts of Director Phil Allen and his team at Port Everglades to create a state-of-the-art facility that will provide a seamless experience for our guests,” said President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International Adam Goldstein. “Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas will present an unprecedented vacation to guests and Terminal 18 is an integral part of delivering that offering.”

To accommodate these revolutionary cruise ships, the Port invested approximately $75 million to build Cruise Terminal 18. The terminal’s mega-size will accommodate the more than 5,400 cruise guests and their luggage so that both arriving and departing guests can go through processing procedures simultaneously. Each Oasis-class ship is projected to generate approximately 584,000 passenger movements annually at Port Everglades. The first of the 225,282-gross-registered-ton ships, Oasis of the Seas, is scheduled to begin sailing year-round from Port Everglades in December 2009, with the second sister-ship, Allure of the Seas, to begin year-round sailings one year later.