As on Oasis of the Seas, the public areas on
Allure are grouped into seven "neighborhoods."
Four of the neighborhoods - - the Pool & Sports
Zone; the Vitality at Sea and Fitness Center; the
Entertainment Zone; and the Youth Zone - - are
functional groupings, i.e., they encompass venues
that all have a similar functions.
However, there are also three neighborhoods that
transcend function. They include shops, bars,
dining venues and entertainment facilities. Each
of these neighborhoods has its own atmosphere.
They are intended to be "urban communities."
This page seeks to show something of the
atmosphere of each of these neighborhoods.
The Promenade is a fantasy street. The lighting changes during the course of the day to
give it many moods.
Central Park is the home of the more
sophisticated side of Allure's
personality. It is the location for the
ship's top specialty restaurants, the wine
bar, the Coach store and the store
dedicated to the works of Brazilian artist
Romero Britto. The overall feel is
cosmopolitan and tranquil.
This area is a product of Allure's split
superstructure. Passenger cabins rise up
six decks above the park on either side
while the forward and aft ends are
bounded by the ship's atriums.
Into this 21,000 square foot open space,
RCI has placed some 12,000 living plants
giving the area a unique tranquility.
Whimsical artwork punctuates the street. A bronze couple
dances, a little boy peers out from behind a lamppost
(above right) and Ben Twiston-Davies Three Harlequins
are always performing (above).
Meanwhile, the Rising Tide Bar levitates between the Royal
Promenade and Central Park. When it is in the up
position, the area it occupies on the Royal Promenade
becomes a fountain (right).
A signature feature of the larger RCI ships is
a street-like area running down the centerline
for most of the length of the ship called the
Royal Promenade. Like a city street, it
has shops, bars, places to eat and
entertainment areas. The more recent ships
have also had a replica of a classic car parked
in the Royal Promenade. On Allure, it is a
1936 Mercedes Benz 540K (above).
A feature of the Oasis-class ships is a globe
that opens out to make a cantilevered bridge
across the promenade for performers to
appear on during events such as street parties
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There is also live
entertainment on the Royal
parades and street parties.
However, there are also more
including a lone bag piper
playing before dinner (left).
A city street often has some
foliage and on a fantasy
street what would be more
appropriate than a canopy of
bronze trees with crystal
studded hummingbirds and
red and golden roses
(right). These sculptures
were created by artists
Carlos Betancourt and
The Park's wildlife includes Carmel Mooney's flying birds are made of blue Murano glass (above left). Overhead underneath the
bridge that links the two halves of the split superstructure is an installation of acrylic domes with LED lights by Grimanesa
Amoros (below left). Computer-controlled, they change intensity and color to give a variety of moods to the "living walls" of
plants that ascend either side of the Park.
Indeed, while the Park provides a quiet retreat during the day, it takes on a magical feel when the lights come on in the
The third neighborhood, the Boardwalk, has a yet again different atmosphere. Designed to recall a 1950s American pier, the
feeling is one of a carnival. With the possible exception of the Aqua Theater that anchors the aft end of the area, nothing too
serious takes place here. The food outlets emphasize fun food - - hamburgers, hot dogs, doughnuts, ice cream. The shops appeal to
children and the young at heart.
A sea-going carousel anchors the forward end of the Boardwalk. Although
handcrafted using traditional methods, weight was an issue and so various
methods were used to make it lighter. Even so it weighs 11,000 pounds. At the
entrance to the Boardwalk there is a display of carousel horses in various stages
of completion, showing how the carousel animals emerge from a block of wood.
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