On December 1, 2010 the sister ship of Oasis of the Seas will debut as Allure of the Seas.  She will share the title of the world’s largest and most revolutionary cruise ship with her sister ship.

Allure Of The Seas

An architectural marvel at sea, Allure of the Seas will span 16 decks, encompass 225,282 gross registered tons, carry 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and feature 2,700 staterooms.

Allure Of The Seas arrives at its new home in Florida

Allure of the Seas will tout Royal Caribbean’s exclusive neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, which will include Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone.

Royal Promenade

Casino Royale

A Standard-Cabin

Allure of the Seas’ inaugural voyage is a special four-night cruise, departing Port Everglades on December 1, 2010. The itinerary will feature two days at sea and a call at Labadee, Royal Caribbean private beach destination on the northern coast of Haiti.

Allure of the Seas will sail alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises every Sunday from her home port of Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale starting December 12, 2010.  The Eastern Caribbean voyages will call on St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Nassau.  The Western Caribbean Voyages will call on Falmouth, Jamaica’s new cruise port, Cozumel, and Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private beach on Haiti. Both itineraries will feature three days at sea.

A view of Allure of the Seas

“Allure of the Seas will offer guests a new set of onboard amenities and entertainment and dining options that will help make a most memorable vacation,” said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “Though Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas are sister ships, each ship’s distinctive onboard experience will offer guests a wide selection of choices that appeals to every age and lifestyle. Throughout, guests will also enjoy the Royal treatment, delivered by every member of our world-renowned friendly and engaging staff and crew.”

One of the 24 restaurants on the ship

Allure will have many of the same features as Oasis except for a few special amenities:

• Boardwalk Dog House

• Ipod docking station in every stateroom

• Chicago Musical

• 3D movie screen

• Rita’s Cantina (Mexican Food Restaurant)

The Boardwalk Dog House is an outdoor hot-dog specialty counter located where the donut shop is on Oasis of the Seas. Guests can choose from traditional hot dogs, wieners, brats, sausages and other delicious linked meats and a variety of toppings to split a long bun.

Each stateroom aboard Allure of the Seas also will be equipped with an Apple Ipod dock for guests to set their own personal ambience.

The ship will feature one of Broadway’s longest-running and most recognizable theatrical productions, Chicago: The Musical, which will headline in the ship’s Amber Theater.

The phenomenon of 3-D movies adds a new dimension to Entertainment Place, thanks to specially equipped 3-D screens in the ship’s Amber Theater.

The 1300-seat Amber Theater

Combining the best of classic Mexican beach bars and Southern California’s famed taquerias, Rita’s Cantina will be a vibrant new restaurant in the Boardwalk neighborhood. Adults and kids alike will enjoy some of their favorite Mexican fare, such as shrimp ceviche tostadas, warm tortilla chips with salsa and fiesta guacamole, as well as entrées, such as fajitas, fish tacos and Chipotle-style flautas. The more casual setting will be a favorite lunch, snack or dinner spot for guests seeking a flavorful fiesta. Rita’s Cantina also will boast some of the best and widest selection of margaritas at sea, offering both authentic and signature concoctions mixed with a choice from the extensive list of quality tequilas, served on the rocks or frozen in a variety of fruit-flavor combinations. In addition, Rita Cantina will introduce new nightlife to Boardwalk with live guitar music, drinks and dancing. Rita’s Cantina’s design will include large open breeze ways and an outdoor seating area complete with high top tables and stools.

The floating Starbucks Cafe is among a panoply of dining and entertainment options offered aboard Allure of the Seas. Coffee lovers looking for a bit of sea air flavor in their espresso or Frappuccino might want to sample the first Starbucks at sea

Starbucks aboard the ship

One of the world’s most recognizable fashion apparel companies, GUESS, also will debut its first flagship store at sea this December in Allure of the Seas’ Royal Promenade neighborhood. Guests will enjoy the latest stylish handbags, wallets, watches, shoes, jewelry, eyewear and perfumes in one of the largest GUESS accessory stores. The GUESS Accessory boutique will be located in place of Focus Photo Shop on deck six.

Guests also will enjoy new complimentary onboard conveniences, such as guest services kiosks in the Royal Promenade where guests can instantly view, print or e-mail their SeaPass folio or their personal calendar, or check-in and print airline boarding passes.


Have you ever dreamed of a perfect honeymoon getaway if money’s no object ?  Well, your dream can come true if you head down to Dolphin Island in Fiji.

Dolphin Island is a magical private island paradise just a 10 minute cruise off the Fijian mainland. Surrounded by crystal-clear, turquoise water, wafted by soft sea breezes with beautiful sunsets, and framed by palm trees, a Dolphin Island honeymoon has to be the ultimate honeymoon if you can afford to go there in the first place!

Dolphin Island

On Dolphin Island there are just two dwellings or Bures sitting side by side, both built using elements of traditional Fijian architecture and design. Being on an exclusive-use basis, you will be the only guests on the island at any one time. The maximum guest numbers is four couples.

The two Bures on Dolphin island

The two Bures are built up off the ground with wide spacious verandas to maximise the sea breezes and face the setting sun. One Bure is purely for dining and relaxing, whilst the other one has two completely separate double suites  with private bathrooms.

Unwind in this relaxing getaway

Both structures are air conditioned and utterly comfortable with views out to sea.

The bures have wooden beams hewn from local trees, and a dark local cloth covers the walls. The furniture is handcrafted.

Traditional Fijian warmth and hospitality is provided by the host couple Stanley and Dawn Simpson. They will look after you as little or as much as you want ensuring a supply of delicious meals, drinks and a cocktail (or two) are presented according to your taste. They have knowledge of Dolphin Island and the surrounding South Pacific ocean and coral reefs which you may explore using the lodge’s snorkelling equipment, kayak and catamaran. At low tide, try walking around the entire edge of the island for a close observation of reef life and remains of ancient Fijian fishing pools. A picnic area and sleep out room exist at the opposite side of the island where there is also a sandy beach with loungers for sunbathing.

To get to Dolphin Island, you have to get to Fiji first, which is an eleven-hour flight from Los Angeles, but only four hours from Auckland, Sydney, and Brisbane.

The least expensive option to get to Dolphin Island from Fiji is a two-hour drive around the coast to Rakiraki, followed by a 10 minute boat trip. Alternatively you can use helicopter or seaplane but these are expensive options.

Sounds great?  Then be prepared to cough up NZD $2,950  per day for one guest or two on a double room basis.