Allure of the Seas Arrives into Port Everglades
Cruise fans and ship aficionados gathered at John U. Lloyd Beach Park this morning for the arrival of Royal Caribbean's newest ship, the Allure of the Seas.
A local marching band played the National Anthem, and many in the crowd waived American flags in honor of Veteran's Day, as the ship passed by.
Upon leaving, I couldn't help but wonder if big ship cruising is losing it's "Allure." Despite the fact that the Allure of the Seas shares the esteemed title of the "World's Largest Cruise Ship" with the Oasis of the Seas, attendance for this event was considerably less than the arrival of the Oasis, just one year ago.
Will smaller crowds translate into less bookings? Royal Caribbean's stakes are high, as they took a gamble and pulled out all ships offering 7 day cruises from South Florida in 2011, and left just the Oasis and the Allure of the Seas as options. Prices for these two ships are higher than your average Caribbean cruise, but thus far we can report that the Oasis has booked a record number of cruisers this past year, so time will tell if the Allure will do the same.
I will be on board November 26th for a two night sailing, and share with you the latest videos, photos and more.