Last updated: 02:41 PM ET, Thu May 21 2015

Allure of the Seas Debuts in Europe After Renovation

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Royal Caribbean International | Theresa Norton | May 21, 2015

Allure of the Seas Debuts in Europe After Renovation

PHOTO: Allure of the Seas now has several new restaurants and suites. (Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)

Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas just emerged from an 18-day dry-dock revitalization that added an array of new restaurants and suites. The work was completed as the world’s largest cruise ship prepares to spend the summer and early fall sailing in the Mediterranean.

The 225,282-ton, 5,400-passenger ship now has 18 restaurants onboard, including several new ones. The Izumi Japanese eatery was reimagined as Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, offering a full teppanyaki menu as well as sushi rolls and sashimi.

Also new is Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar, which serves authentic Mexican dishes, including guacamole hand-made tableside. A curated beverage menu offers a variety of tequilas, mezcal, Mexican beers, sangrias and tableside-mixed margaritas.

Coastal Kitchen, which served California cuisine with Mediterranean influences, is exclusively for suite guests and those who have achieved the highest Pinnacle level in the loyalty club. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Allure of the Seas has 10 new suites — two Royal Suites, six Grand Suites and two Royal Family Suites. Guests who book suites have access to new amenities such as an exclusive lounge, a new sun deck area, and the Coastal Kitchen.

The ship also added new boutiques from Michael Kors and Kate Spade.

Allure of the Seas will be homeported at Barcelona, Spain, through October for the first full Oasis-class Europe season. In November, it will return to Fort Lauderdale to operate alternating seven-night Western and Eastern Caribbean itineraries every Sunday.


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