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Is a Small Difference a Big Deal? Share Your Opinion!

Do you remember the old cigarette commercial that said its cigarette was “a silly millimeter longer?”  Well, according to the laser measurements that our classification society DNV recently conducted in Turku, Allure of the Seas is 50 millimeters longer than Oasis of the Seas.  In relation to something that is 362 meters long, the relative differential between the ships is much, much less than one millimeter was to a cigarette back in the day (do you remember cigarette commercials at all?).  In fact, a 50-millimeter differential is certainly within the building tolerance for such a ship construction project.


But here in the 21st century, any advantage is one worth pressing, so Captain Hernan Zini and the officers of Allure of the Seas find it rather obvious that they are responsible for the new and undisputed largest cruise ship in the world.  While the officers of Oasis of the Seas have confidence in DNV, they are nevertheless threatening to get NASA involved in making more precise measurements.  In the alternative, as the lawyers say, Oasis’ officers say, “Who cares about 50 millimeters?”

Other than the above controversy, Allure’s delivery ceremony was flawless.  I have been stating in recent entries that the ship was unusually ready.  Having now witnessed its condition as well as the readiness of the crew with my own eyes, I’m confident to say we could have taken paying guests right from the shipyard on a real cruise.  However, there are so many new features on Allure (DreamWorks elements, Chicago: the Musical, Blue Planet, Samba Grill, Rita’s Cantina, Boardwalk Dog House, Guess store, Britto art store and Starbucks just to name the major ones) that I’m sure our team onboard will make good use of their “alone” time.  Speaking of which, Lisa Bauer will now commence her guest blogging from Allure as it makes its way across the ocean for Port Everglades for its November 11th arrival.

On behalf of Royal Caribbean, I would like to express our appreciation for the fantastic work that the STX Shipyard team and its subcontractors have done to make Allure of the Seas the beauty she is and to deliver her more than two weeks ahead of the original building schedule.  While we do not have any more ships on order at this time, we certainly look forward in the future to continuing a mutually beneficial relationship that dates back to the construction of our first ship Song of Norway that the Turku shipyard delivered to us 40 Octobers ago.

5 responses to:
“Is a Small Difference a Big Deal? Share Your Opinion!”

  1. Owen

    Hey Adam,
    My Sweetie and I will be looking forward to sailing on her, After our upcoming cruise on Liberty…..

    • Adam

      Owen, we know you will absolutely have a great time onboard Liberty of the Seas. We also hope you are as excited as we are about Allure of the Seas. It is an amazing ship that we are extremely proud of, and we are very confident that it will deliver the WOW factor once you are onboard.

  2. jackie

    Well Adam, I am old enough to remember that commercial. I just think that the captain and crew will have fun with this bragging right. Does this mean that for our November 13th cruise aboard Oasis, we will be able to see Allure somewhere nearby? That would be wonderful to see both ships beside each other. Can’t wait only 12 days.

    • Adam

      Hi Jackie, it’s nice to know others remember the commercial as well. Allure of the Seas will in fact be close to Oasis of the Seas, thus further building the excitement. We’re looking forward to having you onboard Oasis of the seas on November 13th.

  3. John CUrran

    Adam –

    While a nearly imperceptible difference, it does seem appropriate and traditional that the newer ship is larger (and you certainly wouldn’t want it the other way around – Capt. Zini would have to weld a spar onto the front personnally rather than face such a fate… ;-)

    We’re very much looking forward to being aboard the Allure on the January 2nd sailing!


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