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 Miami, Florida
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Miami, Florida. Be transferred to the four-star Courtyard by Marriott Miami Airport Hotel for a mandatory pre-night stay.
Day 2: Miami, Florida
After check-out, be transferred to the port of Miami to board Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Sea for your Eastern Caribbean cruise.
Day 5: Philipsburg, St Maarten
The ship drops anchor today at St Maarten's Dutch capital city - Philipsburg. Stroll along the shops on bustling Front Street or enjoy a couple of hours’ beach time on Great Bay beach. Fly through the trees at the Fly Zone at Loterie Farm or explore the island by quad bike. See local plant and animal life at St Maarten Zoological and Botanical Garden, and caterpillars and butterflies at the Butterfly Farm. You can also swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery Anguilla or admire heart-stopping views in the Pic du Paradis hills.
Day 6: San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan is the capital of and the largest city on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Explore the cobblestoned buildings of Old San Juan with its 16th-century El Morro and La Fortaleza fortresses, San Juan National Historic Site and Spanish colonial buildings. New San Juan is awash with tropical beaches, luxury hotels, world-class dining and designer shopping. Pay a visit to Casa Blanca Museum, Museo del Nino and Galeria National. Make a whistle-stop tour of the sights on the free trolley bus or take a scenic stroll along Paseo de La Princesa. Learn about the art of rum making on the Bacardi Distillery Tour or enjoy the tranquillity of San Juan Botanical Garden.
Day 7: Labadee, Haiti
Labadee is situated on the north coast of Hispaniola. This 260-acre private beach resort is just waiting to be explored; discover the coastline on a jet ski, see the spectacular views from the sky on the thrilling Dragon's Breath Flight Line, or ride through the dense island foliage on the Dragon's Tail Coaster alpine coaster. Enjoy water-based fun galore at Arawak Aqua Park and on the Dragon's Splash Waterslide or simply relax on the beach or in a private cabana.
Day 9: Miami, Florida to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. After disembarkation, be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.