Allure of the Seas

March 24, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Cruise Ships


MS Allure of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International. As of April 2016 the Oasis class were the largest passenger ships ever in service, and Allure is 50 millimetres (2.0 in) longer than her sister ship Oasis of the Seas, though both were built to the same specifications. Designed under the name “Project Genesis”, she was ordered from Aker Finnyards in February 2006 and her construction began at the Perno shipyard, Turku, Finland, in February 2008. She was named in May 2008 after a contest was held to name her and her sister. The keel of Allure of the Seas was laid on 2 December 2008, shortly after the shipyard had been acquired by STX Europe.

Upon her launch in November 2009, she became the world’s largest passenger ship, taking the place of Oasis of the Seas. She was eclipsed by her sister ship, Harmony of the Seas, upon its launch in June 2016. Harmony has an overall length of 362.12 metres (1,188.1 ft).

While the design length of Allure of the Seas is the same as that of her sister, 360 metres (1,181 ft), she is actually 362 metres (1,187 ft) long and is some 50 millimetres (2 in) longer than Oasis of the Seas. According to the shipyard, this is not intentional and such small differences in length may occur simply due to the temperature of the steel in a ship as big as this. The gross tonnage of Allure of the Seas is 225,282 and her displacement is equal to that of Oasis of the Seas, which is estimated to be around 100,000 metric tons, slightly less than that of an American Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Her steel hull alone weighs roughly 54,000 tons.

Launch of Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship Allure of the Seas.
Allure of the Seas leaving Fort Lauderdale.

The ship features a two-deck dance hall, a theatre with 1,380 seats, an ice skating rink, 7 distinct “neighborhoods”, and 25 dining options, including the first Starbucks coffee shop at sea. Many of the ship’s interiors were extensively decorated by muralist Clarissa Parish.

Before beginning service from Port Everglades, Allure of the Seas was fitted with an 80 kW solar array by BAM Energy Group which powers the shopping district. The system cost US$600,000 and covers an area of 2,000 m2 (21,530 sq ft). It uses Uni-Solar BIPV laminates designed to withstand foot traffic and marine conditions.


Class and type: Oasis-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 225,282 GT 242,999 NT 19,750 DWT
Displacement: Approximately 100,000 tons
Length: 362 m (1,187 ft)
Beam: 47 m (154 ft) waterline 60.5 m (198 ft) max beam
Height: 72 m (236 ft) above water line
Draught: 9.322 m (30.6 ft)
Depth: 22.5 m (74 ft)
Decks: 16 passenger decks
Installed power: 3 × 13,860 kW (18,590 hp) Wärtsilä 12V46D 3 × 18,480 kW (24,780 hp) Wärtsilä 16V46D
Propulsion: 3 × 20 MW (27,000 hp) ABB Azipod, all azimuthing 4 × 5.5 MW (7,400 hp) Wärtsilä CT3500 bow thrusters[2]
Speed: 22.6 knots (41.9 km/h; 26.0 mph)
Capacity: 5,400 passengers at double occupancy 6,296 maximum
Crew: 2,384 as of July 2012
Notes: 50 mm (2.0 in) longer than Oasis of the seas