Last word in luxury travel is the MS Allure of the Seas, an Oasis Class cruise ship. It is the largest ever passenger ship to have sailed the seas being 1187 feet long, 215 feet wide and 213 feet high above the waterline with a top speed of 22 knots and weighing 100,000 tons. It has 16 passenger decks, 24 passenger elevators, 2706 staterooms and a total accommodation for 6318 guests and a crew of 2384.
MS Allure of the Seas and its twin Oasis of the Seas (2” shorter in length than ‘Allure’) was built by the Finnish ship builder STX at the Perno shipyard in Turkey, Finland for the cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises of Nassau, Bahamas. The ship was delivered at its home port of Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA in November 2010.
The ship was formally christened, with the name picked from entries to a contest for the same, by its godmother Fiona (a character from the animated movie franchise, Shrek, voiced by Cameron Diaz). The cruiser sailed on December I, 2010 on its maiden voyage.
The ship is a miniature city of luxury with two dance halls, a theater to seat 1380, a skating rink, seven different districts for shopping, entertainment and 25 different choices for dining including the first-ever floating ‘Starbucks’ coffee shop. These zones are powered by an 80KW solar array installed at a cost of USD 600,000.
Have a look at these behind-the-scenes pictures for an idea of what it takes to run this massive floating hotel-city,
1) Salad preparation : Photograph by eatababy on Reddit [ via ]