Posts Tagged ‘Allure of the Seas’

Don't Miss Royal Caribbean's AquaTheater: High Diving, Flipping, Whimsical Fun

Imagine watching a one-of-a-kind show with dramatic acrobatics, water ballet, trampolines and amazing feats of high diving artistry.

Now, imagine this unfolding in an open air arena, with the ocean as its backdrop?

Welcome to Royal Caribbean’s AquaTheater. The first of its kind, the deepest salt water pool at sea can be found on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class: Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas .

Aerialists and gymnasts will perform an exclusive production full of whimsy, flips and nail-biting feats of athleticism from two springboards and two 10-meter high dive platforms. Throughout the evenings, the AquaTheater pool will come alive with hundreds of water nozzles performing their own choreographed fountain show, programmed to music and lights.

On the Allure of the Seas, get the family together to watch Marty, Alex, Gloria and your other favorite characters from “Madagascar” carry out their own aquatic show, complete with acrobatics and diving stunts!

Show dates and times are different on each sailing so check your Cruise Compass and Daily Planner for up to date information. You can also conveniently reserve show times on the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas prior to sailing, up to 4 days before departure. Just visit your Pre-Cruise Planner to confirm this ahead of time.

Enjoying the AquaTheater was the highlight of my Allure of the Seas cruise. I got to experience each show from the privacy of my own balcony. That’s right, I was fortunate enough to cruise in a Boardwalk View Balcony. Located in the back of the ship, it was the  perfect location to get a glimpse of the ocean and  be able to catch the shows without worrying about seating or crowds.

So don’t miss out on the talented entertainers in the AquaTheater aboard the Oasis or Allure of the Seas, but just remember not to try any of the high dives yourself!

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Epic Excursions: 5 Things to Know Before you Brave the Zipline

Zip-lining is a popular shore excursion for the more adventurous cruise passenger. I mean, who wouldn’t want to soar high above the ground with only a rope between you and the ground and…well you know the rest.

I am juuust kidding, it is really a rewarding experience and I think almost everyone should try it, however, there are a few things to know before you go.

  1. There is usually a weight limit of 240 to 250 pounds. If you are above this weight you will not be allowed to participate.
  2. There is a minimum age, usually 8 years old. Maybe this would be a good time to have someone in your party stay back with the younger children so you can fully enjoy the experience.
  3. Pregnant women and guests with heart problems, knee problems, back/neck/shoulder injuries will not be allowed to join in the fun.
  4. Make sure you wear closed-toed shoes. You also might want to consider pants, and definitely bring some bug spray.
  5. There is some walking involved. You will have to walk between the different zip lines, and this does include walking up-hill which can be strenuous. Make sure you research the area to pick the best port of call for you to zip-line.

This is a thrilling excursion that will definitely be an adrenaline-filled memory. Be safe, have fun and zip-zip away!

If sailing down a zip-line through the trees sounds a bit daunting, maybe you could try it onboard your cruise ship? Yes, on Royal Caribbean’s revolutionary Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas you can actually zip-line through the Boardwalk Neighborhood…now that is WOW. Check out more here.

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Last Minute Cruises to Caribbean on recently reduced Allure of the Seas :Leave April 22nd

Revolutionary. Ground-breaking. Innovative. Grand. Majestic. Regal. Royal. Caribbean. Allure of the Seas.

We have just been notified of a recent rate reduction (save $100′s; hooray!) on the Allure of the Seas departing April 22nd, 2012 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida!

Sail to enchanting Labadee (Royal Caribbean’s Private Oasis); Falmouth, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico.

Getaway on the largest cruise ship in the world, bask in some rays, splash in some ocean—-all starting at just $799 per person!

Or if you feel adventurous, try out one of the Boardwalk View Balconies for just $1029 per person, have a view of the ocean for just $1149 per person and your own private balcony!!

These are the lowest rates yet for this brand spankin’ new haven of fun.

And there are additional reductions for Florida Residents and members of the Police and Fire Department!!

More information about this last minute cruise deal on the Allure of the Seas here.

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Wipe Out! 5 Things To Know Before You Ride the FlowRider®

What is a FlowRider?!

This is a surf simulator where you can either ride a boogie board, or if you’re really brave a surf board.

The complimentary FlowRider experience is offered 5 of Royal Caribbean’s ships…Freedom, Liberty, Independence, Oasis and Allure of the Seas. Oasis and Allure each have two FlowRiders!

I have personally ridden the waves on three ships. I took my first ride on the Freedom of the Seas back in May of 2006, it’s hard to believe it’s been almost 6 years already. It is sooo much fun.

The one thing I noticed, both while riding and standing in line, is that everyone cheers for the person riding the waves.  Everyone is involved and cheering you on. That’s what makes it even more fun! You don’t have to worry about if people are going to laugh, because they don’t….really!

The staff working on each ship was always helpful and encouraging.

Here are my Top 5 suggestions on how to brave the waves on the FlowRider:

  1. Take the time to watch other people do it before you get on a board. It’s fun to watch and you will see what to do and what not to do
  2. If you haven’t been on a surfboard before, I would not suggest starting here. I would suggest getting a feel for the waves on a boogie board, you won’t have far to fall!
  3. When it’s your turn, listen carefully to the staff member on how to hold your board and where to aim when hitting the wave. It can seem intimidating, but if you listen to what they tell you it’ll work I promise.   Thankfully, I have never wiped out upon entering the wave.
  4. The one thing they don’t tell you—you can’t see!! The water is splashing up in your face so you can maybe see 2- 3 inches front of you.  Just be prepared for limited visibility. This is important when you need to steer, which you do simply by leaning either to the left or right, forward or backward.  If you go too far back…BAM! You are wiping out!  But, you get right back up and do it again!
  5. My top thing to know before riding the FlowRider? WOMEN: wear a one piece or a t-shirt and shorts on top of a 2 piece.  MEN: make sure your strings are tied tight!   I don’t think I need to say any more on this subject!

Whatever you do…HAVE FUN!! KOWABUNGA!!


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Onboard Experience: Energizing Activities Offered on Royal Caribbean

Whenever I cruise, I believe I can safely say what I look forward to the most are the shows (okay…second to the food!).

Well, Royal Caribbean, in my humble opinion, has some of the BEST shows at sea!

I don’t even know where to begin with the value of entertainment onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise!

Let’s start with some of the extraordinary activities you will find on their innovative ships–

  • Every Royal Caribbean ship has their signature Rock Climbing Wall. They were the first cruise line to have such a thing!
  • All of their ships (except the Monarch and Majesty of the Seas) have a Putt-Putt Course, as RCCL is the official cruise line of the PGA and Senior PGA.
  • Then starting with the Voyager class ships, Royal added an Ice Skating Rink! Again, the first cruise line to offer this.
  • Also onboard the Voyager ships (Explorer, Navigator, Mariner, Voyager, Adventure) is an In-Line Skating (roller blade) Track.

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Central Park Neighborhood on Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class of Ships

Stepping onboard Royal Caribbean’s mega-ships, the Oasis or Allure of the Seas, could be intimidating for some. These ships are truly cities on water. There is so much to see and do it is hard to figure out just what to do first.

The Central Park Neighborhood on these marvels absolutely needs to be on your list of areas onboard to see first. You won’t be able to believe you are still on a cruise ship.

  • The first thing I fell in love with is all the greenery. Royal Caribbean brings the outdoors in with Central Park, a revolutionary design in which the center of the ship opens to the sky and features lush, tropical grounds spanning more than the length of a football field.
  • The sun shines down from above and there are so many quiet, tucked away places to sit and relax among trees, bushes, and tranquil gardens. This is a perfect place to read a book or just take a few moments to relax and enjoy some solitude.
  • This area also boasts some wonderful shops. My two favorite boutiques are Coach and the Britto Art Gallery. I must say I brought home a little something from both, my husband was thrilled ;) .Truly one of the most relaxing shopping experience I have ever had.
  • Two upper-scale specialty restaurants are also located in Central Park. Chops Grille is the first restaurant which offers a fabulous menu of steak and seafood dishes. I would recommend the Grilled Alaskan Halibut. This a one of a kind dining experience from the décor to the menu and service.
  • 150 Central Park, the most exclusive dining venue on the ship, provides an intimate dining experience. This warm setting offers a multicourse tasting-style menu which is paired beautifully with their wine tasting program. Whichever restaurant you choose, there is no way you can go wrong.
  • Also enjoy Vintages Bar, Trellis Bar, and Park Café. The Central Park Neighborhood is a wonderful place to unwind from a busy and eventful day.
  • I loved this area so much the next time I sail on the Oasis or Allure of the Seas, I will do so in a Central Park balcony (I previously sailed in the Boardwalk Balcony, what an experience!). These balconies actually look to the interior of the ship into the park. So you can enjoy this serene area even from your balcony.

originally posted 7/8/11

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Bustling Boardwalk Neighborhood on Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class of Ships

Royal Caribbean certainly did an outstanding job designing their two  mega-ships, the Oasis and Allure of the Seas. I was impressed, but not overwhelmed, with all of the entertainment and activities offered onboard.

The one area of the ship that always seemed alive and busting at the seams with excitement was the Boardwalk Neighborhood.

  • This area on the back of the ship is a modern-day, sea-going version of an amusement park reminiscent of Coney Island. With restaurants, shops, carnival games and fun memories to boot. The focal point of the Boardwalk is a traditional, full-size, handcrafted carousel, the only carousel at sea!
  • But I must talk about the AquaTheater first. The shows are absolutely amazing from water acrobats to high-diving aerial performances. It was almost terrifying how acrobatic the stunts were, and they’re on a moving ship! I mean they were diving from very high platforms and objects and making it look effortless.
  • My favorite part was I got to watch these mind-blowing shows from my own private balcony. I had an interior facing Boardwalk Balcony stateroom overlooking over the Boardwalk Neighborhood. The crazy part? You could watch all the action below, but as soon as you shut your balcony door…peace and quiet. Talk about great soundproofing!
  • This area is also an unbelievably fun place for the kids. They can take a ride on the carousel, or try one of the two rock climbing walls or if you look up you will probably see someone trying their luck at the zip-line that sails above the neighborhood. This was also quite amusing to watch from my balcony. Some folks looked absolutely terrified going across the sky.
  • The Boardwalk Neighborhood also boasts a ton of great dining options. Johnny Rockets is always a favorite for your good old burger and milk shake. Check out Rita’s Cantina for some spicy Mexican flavor, or the Seafood Shack, Ice Cream Parlor, Donut Shop, or Boardwalk Bar. This is a great area to grab lunch or dinner. Just remember, some of these spots charge a small fee.

I am lucky enough to have sailed on both the Oasis and Allure of the Seas and honestly there was nothing I didn’t enjoy, but I must say the Boardwalk Neighborhood was a favorite of mine. And remember if you like being in the middle of it all, consider a Boardwalk View Balcony.

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Receive $100 to Spend Onboard Oasis and Allure of the Seas!

CruiseNow.com has teamed up with Royal Caribbean to offer you a great deal—

Looking to sail on the brand new Allure of the Seas, or sister ship Oasis of the Seas?

Lucky you!

Would you like to have $100 to spend onboard?

No problem!

On sailings from March-May, book a balcony cabin in the serenity of the Central Park neighborhood or excitement of the Boardwalk neighborhood, and we will give you $100 per stateroom to spend onboard however you wish!

Just book by March 31st to enjoy this offer!

These two ships are like no other.

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The Alluring Allure of the Seas

Recently our agency was lucky enough to have our cruise guides set sail on the largest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. It gave them a great first hand experience of this phenomenal ship so they can pass that knowledge on to you! A few of our fantabulous guides were kind enough to tell us a little bit about their time on the alluring Allure of the Seas…

Amber Pressley– Personal Cruise Guide

Wow, I just got off the Allure of the Seas yesterday. What an awesome ship. I could go on and on about it for days and it is way too much to fit in one blog so I decided to tell you about the kid stuff on board. Before I start telling you all about the fun and exciting kiddy stuff I have to tell you it was the easiest boarding process yet. I know I get a lot of questions about the amount of people on board and won’t it take forever to get on and off the ship. Well I am here to tell you it was a breeze with zero waiting.
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Allure of the Seas Has Arrived!

The Allure of the Seas has arrived! The 225, 282 ton beauty has finally sailed into Port Everglades. She is one of the two largest cruise ships ever built, sister to the Oasis of the Seas which debuted last year.  The Royal Caribbean wonder will officially debut on December 1st and sail year round from Ft. Lauderdale, alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean 7-day sailings.

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The Allure and Oasis of the Seas are two of the most innovative and imaginative ships in the industry.  Entertainment areas have become neighborhoods at sea. Find a revolutionary public space combining nature with nautical in the Central Park neighborhood, hop onto a classic, full-sized carousel in the Boardwalk neighborhood. Visit the Pool and Sports Zone to explore an entire deck of pools, rock-climbing walls, basketball courts and more. And don’t forget the Youth Zone – where kids can be kids and parents can be worry-free. With a total of seven distinct onboard neighborhoods, everyone can discover a place for unique experiences. [Continue reading ⇒]

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