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Allure of the Seas enters drydock for minor repairs

Posted by RCI fans on February 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (1)

The mammoth vessel, Allure of the Seas, has entered drydock for the first time since her launch in 2010. 


Allure of the Seas, part of the Oasis-class of ships, had been suffering from propulsion problems since early November 2013. 


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William D. Baumgartner, senior vice president of Marine Operations for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. explained, "While Allure could have continued to sail at a reduced rate of speed, we felt it was important to fix the problem as soon as possible. We explored numerous repair options. Unfortunately, there was no satisfactory solution that did not involve taking the ship temporarily out of service."


The ship is currently undergoing repairs to her azipods at the Grand Bahama Shipyard, in Freeport, Bahamas.

Allure of the Seas to be based in Barcelona in 2015

Posted by RCI fans on February 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Allure of the Seas will make the Mediterranean its home in 2015.


Offering seven-night cruises, Allure of the Seas will call Barcelona its home port from 3 May 2015 until October 2015. 




Earlier in the year, Royal Caribbean annouced that Oasis of the Seas would sail a micro-season from Europe in late 2014.


Oasis class ships feature amazing WOWs from zip-lining, an outdoor park, aquatheatre, carousel and Chicago The Musical. 


"At Royal Caribbean International we have always delivered the unexpected and enjoyed behaving in a way that no other cruise line can. Not only are we increasing our European deployment, but we are doing it in impressive style." Stuart Leven, managing director, Royal Caribbean International, UK and Ireland explains. "News that Allure of the Seas will enjoy a full season based in the popular Mediterranean port of Barcelona is brilliant for agents – they have the opportunity to sell cruises on the world’s most high profile ship closer to home.


"We will be supporting our agent partners extensively in ensuring that they get to learn more about this ship when sister-ship Oasis of Seas calls into Southampton later this year. We’re urging agents to forget what they think they know about European cruises – Allure of the Seas will change the face of selling Mediterranean cruises, especially for a family audience."


Another new Royal Caribbean ship will also sail European waters in 2015. Anthem of the Seas will sail European itieraries from Southampton from spring 2015.


Allure of the Seas will offer seven-night cruises from Barcelona calling at Palma de Mallorca, Marseilles for Provence, La Spezia for Florence and Pisa, Civitavecchia for Rome and Naples. Alternatively, guests will also have the option to travel to Rome and join the ship in Civitavecchia.


Cruises go on sale from 12th February 2014 for Crown and Anchor members and general sale from 18th February. 

UK Olympian, Tom Daley, makes a splash on Allure of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on January 29, 2014 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

British Olympic icon, Tom Daley, takes to the high board to help kick off Royal Caribbean’s "Caribbean Cup" – a new programme designed to promote the cruise line’s new line-up of Caribbean sailings.



The star of diving show 'Splash!' currently showing on ITV, along with Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe and American gymnast Gabby Douglas, took part in a variety of athletic challenges including surfing, rock climbing and dodgeball on board Allure of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship.



Join Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas on a seven-night Western Caribbean fly/cruise from £1,249 per person (based on two people sharing an interior stateroom).

 

Price includes £100 discount, flights from London Heathrow, one night pre-cruise hotel stay and a seven-night cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale (Florida, USA) and calling at Labadee (Haiti), Falmouth (Jamaica) and Cozumel (Mexico) before returning to Fort Lauderdale; meals and entertainment onboard and all relevant cruise taxes/fees.

 

Price is based on 22 March 2014 departure.

Allure of the Seas leaves lifeboat behind

Posted by RCI fans on December 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The world's largest passenger ship, Allure of the Seas has reportedly left lifeboat number 1 behind in Nassau after a mechanical failure. 


A passenger currently on board told the Cruise Critic message boards that Allure of the Seas was over 2 hours late leaving the port of Nassau due to an issue with the lift cable of lifeboat number 1.


One of the cables which hauls the lifeboat in and out of the water appeared to have snapped whilst crew were conducting a lifeboat drill.


After speaking to the Royal Caribbean headquaters, shipyard and Bahamas authorities, Allure of the Seas left the lifeboat behind, which the ship will be picking back up on it's way back, once they have repaired the cable.  


Cruise Critic member, Lukkie, posted a picture of the lifeboat left tied up alongside the dock...



Allure of the Seas to drydock in February

Posted by RCI fans on November 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has announced that it will be drydocking their largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas after it experienced propulsion problems.




Allure of the Seas will under go repairs at the Grand Bahama Shipyard, in Freeport, Bahamas on 24th February 2014 resulting in the 23rd February sailing being cancelled. 


Guest who have already booked on the 23rd February cruise will recieve a full refund or the option to sail on other itineraries for the same rate.


Adam Goldstein, CEO of Royal Caribbean commented on the decision, "We sincerely regret that we will be unable to deliver the Royal Caribbean cruise vacation that our guests were looking forward to. We understand that our guests' vacation time is very precious and can assure you that we did not take this decision lightly. But it was very important to us that we bring Allure back up to speed so that she could continue to deliver the amazing cruise vacations our guests expect."


William D. Baumgartner, senior vice president of Marine Operations for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. explained, 

While Allure could have continued to sail at a reduced rate of speed, we felt it was important to fix the problem as soon as possible. We explored numerous repair options. Unfortunately, there was no satisfactory solution that did not involve taking the ship temporarily out of service."

Royal Caribbean considering to dry dock Allure early

Posted by RCI fans on November 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

After suffering from a propulsion problem over the last couple of weeks, Royal Caribbean is considering an early drydock for the gigantic vessel, Allure of the Seas according to Travel Weekly.




Allure is currently to enter drydock in 2015, however Richard Fain, Chairman and Chief Executive of Royal Caribbean said the schedule may have to be accelerated.


“We’re considering it, sure,” he said while onboard Vision of the Seas for a one-night media cruise to showcase its recent renovations.


“We’re in the process of trying to assess [whether] we move up the drydock, and if it makes sense we will.”


An option could be to replace Oasis of the Seas' drydock slot and let Allure take its place instead. However regulations state a ship must enter drydock for routine maintenence at least every 5 years and as Oasis was built in 2009, it will have to enter drydock before December 2014.



Propulsion problems affect Allure of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on November 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Propulsion issues are affecting the world's largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas.



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Royal Caribbean International is reporting that a significant reduction in the ship's speed has caused delays and shortened calls during its past two Eastern Caribbean sailings.


Cynthia Martinez, Director of Global Corporate Communications, said "Allure of the Seas currently has a small restriction on her top speed. All equipment is fully operational, and there is no impact on the maneuverability of the ship or on the safety of our guests and crew."


Due to the speed reduction, the cruise line has had to shorten stops in Nassau and St Thomas for the past two sailings. 


Royal Caribbean also had to reduce the time in the ports during the October 27 - November 3 sailing. Nassau's cal was shortened by 1 hour, where as the stop in St Thomas was shortened by 3 hours. 


Cynthia went on to explain that the company is "currently exploring various options that would fix the problem."


"The plan is to get Allure back up to top speed."

Allure of the Seas coming to Europe?

Posted by RCI fans on October 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

A port schedule site has possibly 'leaked' information regarding Allure of the Seas visiting Europe.




According to the Port of Rome Cruise Schedule, Allure of the Seas will make a call into the Italian port on 1st October 2015, en-route to Naples. 


Oasis of the Seas will be sailing around Europe in 2014 before she enters drydock in Rotterdam. Allure of the Seas will need to enter drydock for routine checks sometime in 2015, similar to Oasis of the Seas.


It is likely Allure of the Seas will also make several cruises around Europe, before her drydock period.


Cruise lines usually have to secure a berth with a port authority months, even years in advance, which is sometimes why these 'leaks' occur.


Royal Caribbean has not commented on the matter.

2 crew members from Allure of the Seas arrested for smuggling cocaine

Posted by RCI fans on October 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Two crew members from Allure of the Seas were arrested in Port Everglades, Florida this past Sunday for allegedly smuggling cocaine.


 

The two  men were stopped during a routine inspection of Allure of the Seas as they were attempting to disembark. Allure of the Seas was returning from a Western Caribbean cruise to Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico.


 

Inspectors noticed something during an x-ray scan in one of the men's backpack. Both of the men removed various electronics and a wallet from the backpack and then told security agents the backpack did not belong to them, according to the investigative report.


 

Royal Caribbean's security personnel contacted the Broward Sheriff's Office deputies and Customs and Border Protection to investigate. A police dog alerted to something in the backpack which was then field-tested. The substance inside tested positive for cocaine and both men were arrested. More than one kilogram of cocaine was found, which was trafficked from Jamaica.


 

In its statement, Royal Caribbean said it maintains a strict zero-tolerance policy regarding illegal drugs on its ships. "We take various steps to prevent the transport of illegal narcotics, including working closely with law enforcement in all of our ports of call."

Passenger overboard on Allure affects itinerary

Posted by RCI fans on September 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

A female passenger on the worlds largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas, went overboard Sunday night as the 5,400-passenger ship was sailing to Nassau.

 

In a statement, Royal Caribbean said another passenger witnessed the 21-year-old American, who was alone in her cabin at the time, go overboard at about 9:25 p.m. EDT. "The ship's Captain immediately stopped the ship, turned around, and alerted the U.S. and Bahamian Coast Guard," read the statement.

 

The line said a review of Allure's closed-circuit camera footage also showed the passenger going over the side. The location of the ship at the time the passenger went overboard was marked on the ship's GPS system. Two other ships in the area, Carnival Fascination and Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas, assisted Allure with the search.

 

At 3:30 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard assumed control of the search and released the cruise ships. The passenger has not been found.

 

Because of the time spent searching, Allure was unable to make its scheduled port of call to Nassau, Bahamas, on Monday, September 17. The ship will instead spend the day at sea and will arrive in St. Maarten on Wednesday, September 19, as scheduled.

 

Allure is sailing a seven-night Caribbean itinerary that departed Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on September 16, with ports of call at Nassau; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

 

This is not the first reported overboard on Allure. In February, Kenneth Gemmell jumped over the side while the ship was sailing off the coast of Cozumel.