Monday, November 22, 2010

Allure of the Seas has got that Oprah !

Oprah loves cruise ships, and she shared her new favorite, the Allure of the Seas, on her recent Ultimate Favorite Things list. What's not to love about a floating five-star luxury hotel? If someone knows luxe, it's Oprah, and there are even special deals for the Allure of the Seas going on as we write.

Oprah gave Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas seven-day cruise packages to her viewers on last Friday's studio audience giveaway, rounding the package out with other gifts like cashmere sweaters, diamond-studded watches, five-year Netflix subscriptions, Nikon cameras, and custom-built closets. After presenting trips on the world's largest cruise ship, Oprah said to the audience "Cruising, of course, is one of my favorite things. And you are going to have the time of your lives."

So what makes Allure of the Seas so special? The boat might have capacity to carry over 5,000 passengers, but reviews quickly demonstrate that specialty service is brought to each and every person. There is an astonishing choice of 37 cabins on the boat, including balcony suites and eight-person family suites. And those "balcony suites"? They overlook a "central park" area filled with live greenery, great for people trying out their sea legs for the first time.

While paying customers haven't taken their first voyage, the press was already invited to have a spin around the ocean on the 225,282-ton ship. Their notes? We've summarized some of the high points for your browsing pleasure, but to sum it up, this luxury cruise ship has it all!

*The DreamWorks parade streams through the Royal Promenade with colorful costumes and music galore, and you can even see the Kung-Fu Panda himself. It's surprisingly popular with adults, so if you have kids, it'll be even better.

*The chef at the top Allure of the Seas' restaurant, 150 Central Park, is a Culinary Institute of America graduate and spent hours dreaming up and testing recipes. Crispy Duck Cigar? Shellfish Bloody Mary? The six-course set menu is just as luxurious as the meals we'd find in a fine hotel's restaurant.

*The Amber Theatre presents Chicago with a full orchestra and a great cast on the Allure of the High Seas. If you were trying to choose between a New York vacation and a relaxing cruise, then you'll have the best of both worlds.

*Just some of the extra cruise features include the Royal Promenade's Cupcake Cupboard, a tropical garden called the "Neighborhood," plenty of in-room iPod docks, a Coach store, a wine and tapas bar, and the Aquatheatre.

Don't you wish you were on the first Allure of the Seas trip on December 1st? If you're dreaming of a vacation at sea, the Allure of the Seas sounds like a magnificent ship to sail on. Just don't forget your camera, whatever you do! It sounds like Oprah's gift recipients will have their new Nikon to take along, but you can bring your trusty digital along instead.


  1. Sounds great- Some people are very lucky to have been an Oprah viewer!!

  2. Fantastic post thanks for the information was very intersting