The last of the Oasis-class sisters is getting her new party dress.
Royal Caribbean is planning a two-month, $165 million overhaul of Allure of the Seas in 2020 that will give the ship that debuted in 2010 some of the same iconic features as on the other three Oasis-class ships.
That includes the 10-story dry slide The Ultimate Abyss and the three-slide Perfect a Storm water park.
Allure of the Seas held the title of world’s largest cruise ship from 2010 to 2016, incrementally larger than 2009’s Oasis of the Seas and, in turn, slightly smaller than 2016’s Harmony of the Seas and 2018’s Symphony of the Seas.
The latter two Oasis-class ships brought a slew of new features that Royal decided to retrofit onto Oasis this year for its 10th birthday and on Allure next year for its 10th year of sailing.
The 58-day overhaul will take place in March and April 2020, ahead of the ship’s summer sailing season in the Mediterranean.
Currently based in Florida’s Port Everglades, Allure of the Seas will reposition to PortMiami in November 2020.
The ship is getting other upgrades as well, including the Splashaway Bay kids water park, a redesigned pool deck with two locations of the line’s new Lime & Coconut concept bar, the addition of glow-in-the-dark laser tag and an Apollo 18-themed escape room.
For food, the ship will get a unique version of the line’s rustic Italian restaurant, Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar. It will also get new concept Portside BBQ, and welcome its own versions of recent Royal Caribbean mainstays Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, El Loco Fresh, Sugar Beach and robotic arm bartender favorite Bionic Bar.
Portside BBQ will first debut on Oasis of the Seas, before Allure. The casual pool deck eatery’s menu will include smoked marbled brisket, pulled pork and chicken, beef ribs, burnt ends, mac and cheese, cornbread, baked beans, coleslaw and desserts such as a brownie-cookie concoction and an item called the Banana Dream.
The two-deck Music Hall entertainment venue that debuted on Quantum-class ships and features cover bands will make its way on board, as well as a karaoke bar with both a main stage and private rooms.
Younger cruisers will have revamped spaces with an overhaul of Adventure Ocean for kids, as well as a teen space.
With the overhaul, all four existing Oasis-class ships will feature similar offerings. Each of the class of ships features the seven distinct neighborhoods, such as the Boardwalk and Central Park, the open-air green space in the middle of the ship. They can only home port at select terminals that can handle their size, including PortMiami, Port Everglades and Port Canaveral.
Two more Oasis-class ships are set to debut in 2021 and 2023.
The cruise line currently sails 26 ships, including the new Quantum Ultra-class Spectrum of the Seas that debuted in April. It has three ships on order, with one more Quantum Ultra ship and the two Oasis ships. The oldest in the fleet is the 48,563-gross-ton Empress of the Seas, which debuted in 1990.
The $165 million investment into Allure of the Seas is the same as the Oasis investment, the most so far for any one ship in the cruise line’s $1 billion, 10-ship Royal Amplified program. This is the same program that put recent upgrades on Miami’s Navigator of the Seas as well as Port Canaveral’s Mariner of the Seas.
— Orlando Sentinel (TNS)