Published in: June 2011 Features > Cruising Allure (Page 1 / 6)

Cruising Allure

Board the largest passenger ship ever constructed, Allure of the Seas, with us for an exclusive look at her charms

Too often we are so preoccupied with the destination, we forget the journey
- Anonymous.

One glimpse on board the US$1.5-billion Allure of the Seas – the world’s largest cruise ship – and it is easy to flip this well-known adage on its head.

With a neck-straining 16 decks, 20 restaurants and 21 swimming pools and Jacuzzis, the journey on the Royal Caribbean’s newly launched ship fast becomes the destination itself. Little wonder that the vessel is already a magnet for celebrities, from Katie Holmes and her daughter Suri Cruise to Adam Sandler and Taylor Swift. It is even the focal point of short films starring veteran actor James Brolin and Jenny McCarthy.

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It is only 11.30 this morning, and I have already had a game of table tennis, survived a ride on the Zip Line – where you ‘fly’ along while attached to a cable high above the lively Boardwalk – and stood up on the FlowRider, an ingenious, never-ending wave that allows you carve a Malibu board while taking in the views at the back of this 360-meter-long behemoth currently a few miles from the Miami skyline.

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