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 - Miami, Florida
Fly from your selected UK airport to Miami and make your way to the 4* Colony Hotel Ocean Drive.
Day 2-3: Miami, Florida
Be spoilt for choice on how to spend your time here. This vibrant city stretches from the serene Everglades to the stylish haunts of the rich and famous on Miami Beach. Indulge in retail therapy at Lincoln Road Mall or enjoy a touch of culture at Wolfsonian-FIU museum. Escape to the idyllic Miami Beach Botanical Garden or chill out on the white sand of South Beach. Explore the art galleries and elegant eateries at Miami's Design District or visit the historic and bohemian Espanola Way. If you're travelling with children, spend time at Jungle Island zoo and Miami Children's Museum.
Day 4: Miami, Florida
Check out the hotel and make your way to the cruise port where you will embark on board Allure of the Seas.
Day 14: Malaga, Spain
Nestling at the heart of Spain's Costa del Sol, Málaga is a chic and cosmopolitan city. From its lively port and historical buildings to the mouth-watering cuisine and stylish shopping streets, Malaga offers something for everyone. Enjoy the panoramic vistas from Gibralfaro Castle and explore Picasso's birthplace, found in Plaza de la Merced. Unwind in the idyllic Jardin Botanico Historico La Concepcion, or view the paintings at the Picasso Museum. Explore the majestic cathedral or shop on the traffic-free Calle Marques de Larios. Relax with a coffee at Plaza de la Constitucion or spend the morning on La Malagueta beach. Venture further afield and admire the stunning Alhambra Palace in Granada or the amazing underground caves in Nerja.
Day 16-17: Barcelona, Spain
Disembark in Barcelona and make your way to the 4* H10 Marina Barcelona for your 2 night stay. 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 18: Barcelona – UK
Check out the hotel and make your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK.