Royal Caribbean's mighty Allure of the Seas set sail on her maiden voyage in December 2010. This recently updated colossal cruise ship has 16 decks dedicated to bustling bars, sublime restaurants, fantastic shops and leisure activities. The innovative Allure of the Seas uniquely combines contemporary facilities and state-of-the-art entertainment, with all the cherished and traditional elements that comprise a wonderful holiday. Experience the majesty of your oceanic landscape via the Zip Line, which whizzes you a spectacular nine decks above the ship's boardwalk carousel. Savour the bistros, boutiques and tropical garden of Central Park - the ship's verdant, open-air neighbourhood. Relish family-time with West End shows, the AquaTheatre, a rock climbing wall and ice skating rink, or just relax in your contemporary stateroom after fine dining, delicious drinks and lively entertainment.
The aim of a cruise is to have the complete freedom of making your own holiday. On-board Allure of the Seas, you can enjoy drinks and sunshine beside the pools, ride the waves on the surf simulator, shop for some duty-free delights at Michael Kors and Kate Spade New York outlets, or watch films and sports on the colossal Outdoor Movie Screen. From babies to teens, youngsters are perfectly provided for too. Favourite characters come alive at the DreamWorks Experience, while the sun-soaked H2O Zone is filled with fountains and geysers. Also, the complimentary Adventure Ocean programme makes every day creative and entertaining. While the children are busy, why not rejuvenate your mind and body with luxury treatments at the aptly-named spa, Vitality at Sea? There's something for every shipmate on Allure of the Seas.
The complimentary dining on Allure of the Seas needs to be experienced to be believed. The international fare of the newly-expanded Windjammer Cafe offers a 24-hour grill serving up rotisserie chicken, all-day breakfasts and Philly cheese steaks, as well as a huge range of desserts and freshly blended juices. Boardwalk Dog House offers everything from traditional hot dogs to bratwursts with a variety of toppings in a fresh bun, while Sorrento's Pizza menu includes a huge list of authentic Italian dishes. For lighter bites, head to the Solarium Bistro for soups, crepes, fruits and salads, or Park Cafe for paninis, stir-fries and more. Relax indoors with a smoothie, speciality wrap or fresh fruit at the Vitality Cafe, or feast on burgers, sandwiches and ice cream at the Wipe Out Cafe.
Speciality restaurants on-board truly take dining to the next level. The 150 Central Park emulates chic New York City in every way with an intimate setting, six-to-eight course menus, paired wines and seasonal ingredients. Allure of the Seas' plush signature steakhouse Chops Grille boasts fine cuts of quality steak along with seafood and desserts, while the family-friendly Giovanni's Table has traditional Tuscan dishes and rustic ingredients to enjoy. Izumi serves up Japanese delights including a new teppanyaki menu, or go to Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar for Mexican meals, delicious tequilas and authentic Mexican beers. For a casual atmosphere, jukebox at each table and a 1950s-style décor, head to American diner Johnny Rockets. Perfect for lovers of fries, hamburgers and thick milkshakes. For guests in Grand Suites accommodation and Pinnacle members, there's an innovative fusion of Californian and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.
Not only is Allure of the Seas the perfect place to dine, it also offers some superb bars and lounges. The absolute must-do is Rising Tide Bar - an amazing, moving drinks venue that gently rises and drops over three decks. The Solarium Bar is perfectly-placed for hopping out of the whirlpool and grabbing a thirst-quenching refreshment, whereas the Globe & Atlas Pub is great for pints and performances. The Schooner Bar has an inviting nautical-theme and a wonderful drinks menu, but head to the Champagne Bar for a special toast with a glass of bubbles. Boleros Lounge features mojitos, caipirinhas and dance-inducing Latin music, while Blaze provides drinks and dancing until late.
Regardless of mood and preference, Allure of the Seas has something to enchant and captivate. Discover family-friendly fun at the stunning AquaTheatre featuring synchronised swimmers, diving acrobats, absorbing trampolinists, mesmeric light shows, and a wonderful 'sea and sun' backdrop. Comedy Live mimics a New York City subway station and delivers a host of snappy one-liners and witty anecdotes. World-class shows fresh from the West End rule the stage at Amber Theatre during your cruise, including firm favourite Chicago and a host of comedies. There's also choreographed ice shows, a bustling night club, live music throughout the bars, and jazz tunes at the 1920s-themed bar Jazz On 4. But if flexing your bluffing skills at the poker table or taking a spin of the roulette wheel are more your style, head to the Monte Carlo-inspired Casino Royale for blackjack and slot machines. There's no scope for boredom aboard Allure of the Seas.
Day 1: UK to Barcelona, Spain
Fly from your airport to Barcelona and be privately transferred to your five-star hotel for a three-night stay.
Day 2 – 3: Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is one of the most famous cities in the world. Located between the gleaming Mediterranean Sea and the Serra de Collserola hills, this cosmopolitan Spanish city is known for its diverse art and architecture. Walk the iconic Las Ramblas promenade and see quirky street entertainers or stop for a coffee at a pavement cafe. View some of Antoni Gaudi's most famous works including the Sagrada Família Church and the mosaic wall in Park Güell. Explore the winding streets of the Gothic quarter and sample tapas in a traditional bar or relax in the city's biggest green space — Park Ciutadel.
Day 4: Barcelona, Spain (Embarkation Day)
After check out, be privately transferred to the port to board Allure of the Seas for your seven-night Mediterranean cruise.
Day 5: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Palma sits on the south coast of Balearic island of Majorca and is the island's capital city. The streets of this vibrant port city are lined with an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, galleries, shops, and heritage buildings. Explore the narrow alleys and lanes of the old town, before spending time at the impressive Palma Cathedral. Indulge in retail therapy on Avenida Jaume III, Passeig de Born, and the streets around the Placa Major. Palma Aquarium, Bellver Castle and the Joan Miro Foundation are well worth a visit, too. The dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows at Marineland and Poble Espanyol — a collection of Spain's famous buildings in miniature — are great for family times. Or why not take a scenic train ride to the town of Soller or travel inland to the Caves of Drach?
Day 6: Marseille, France
Marseille sits on the Cote d'Azur on the south coast of France. Meander around the Vieux-Port and watch the fishermen land their day's catch, before heading uphill to explore the local artisan boutiques and art galleries in Le Panier old quarter. Pay a visit to Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Cathedrale de la Major de Marseille. Step back in time at Musee des Civilisation de l'Europe et de la Mediterranee (MuCEM) and Musee d'Histoire de Marseille. Spend some time enjoying the grand park, 19th-century water features, and museums at Palais Longchamp. Take a short ferry ride to admire the 16th-century Chateau d'If fortress.
Day 7: La Spezia (for Florence/Pisa), Italy
The port town of La Spezia is found in north-west Italy on the Ligurian coastline. Home to the country's largest naval base, La Spezia has a rich history and is an important cultural and commercial centre. You can enjoy the winding streets of its old town and relax in a trattoria before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cinque Terre — historic fishing villages dating from the medieval era. Discover sandy beaches and rocky coves, before visiting popular landmarks such as Castle of San Giorgio and the 13th-century Santa Maria Assunta church. Enjoy a selection of pasta and seafood dishes, local red and white wines, and cheese and salami platters at bistros and restaurants throughout and around La Spezia during your time here.
Day 8: Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy
History is around every corner in Rome. ‘The Eternal City’ is one of the world’s most historically significant destinations, home to the Pantheon, piazzas, and Vatican City’s Sistine Chapel. Discover cultural remnants of the Roman Empire, awe-inspiring Renaissance art, numerous historic landmarks, as well as the culinary delights of la dolce vita - the sweet life.
Day 9: Naples (for Capri), Italy
Naples sits proudly on the Bay of Naples on the Amalfi coastline of southern Italy. Visit Piazza del Plebiscito to admire the Royal Palace, Galleria Umberto and San Carlo Theatre. Step inside the Duomo to view the Cappella di San Gennaro or enjoy family-time at Acquario Della Stazione Zoological Di Napoli. Take a scenic boat trip to the beautiful island of Capri - where you can explore the magical Blue Grotto; indulge in retail therapy at the designer shops around the Piazzetta; take the chair lift to the top of Monte Solaro for island-wide views; or enjoy the idyllic botanical gardens at Giardini di Augusto.
Day 11: Barcelona, Spain to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be privately transferred back to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.