With Captain Hernan Zini at the helm, Allure of the Seas joins sister-ship Oasis of the Seas as the world's largest and most revolutionary cruise ship. Fans and enthusiasts are invited to follow her trans-Atlantic crossing through daily onboard webisodes on www.allureoftheseas.com, and also by following@OasisandAllure on Twitter.
Among the Allure's first guests will be Adam Sandler and Al Pacino, who will cruise with the ship during the filming of Jack and Jill movie.
The official naming ceremony for Allure of the Seas will take place on November 28 during a one-night celebration to benefit the United Way. A special four-night sailing on December 1 will call at the cruise line's private beach destination of Labadee, along the north coast of Haiti, and Allure of the Seas' inaugural seven-night Western Caribbean itinerary will depart on December 5.
She spans 16 decks, encompasses 225,282 gross registered tons, carries 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and features 2,700 staterooms. Allure of the Seas alternates a Western Caribbean with an Eastern Caribbean seven-night itinerary from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Additional information is available at www.allureoftheseas.com.
More than 3.3 million multi-day cruise guests sailed to and from Port Everglades during fiscal year 2010 (October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010) compared to 2.8 million in FY2009. Port Everglades Director Phil Allen says, "By 2012 we expect to be the Number One cruise port in the world once both Oasis-class ships are sailing for a full year and with our new agreement with Carnival."
Port Everglades is the cruise ship capital of the world with 15 cruise lines and more than 50 cruise ships: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Discovery Cruises, Holland America Line, ISE (Semester at Sea), MSC Cruises, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, ResidenSea, Royal Caribbean International, Silversea Cruises and the Yachts of Seabourn.
PORT EVERGLADES WELCOMES NEW CRUISE SHIPS FOR 2010-2011
In addition to the Allure of the Seas, four other newly built cruise ships will debut at Port Everglades this season. Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam will be homeported at Port Everglades through the winter beginning November 7, 2010. Seabourn Cruise Line will celebrate the United States' debut of theSeabourn Sojourn on November 15, 2010. Cunard Line's newQueen Elizabeth will call at Port Everglades on January 16, 2011. And, P&O Cruises will have three cruise ships calling at Port Everglades for the first time, including the line's new Azura,which is scheduled to arrive on December 20, 2010. The other P&O Cruise ships coming to Port Everglades for the first time areAurora, arriving on October 26, 2010, and Ventura, arriving January 4, 2011.
Getting cruise guests where they want to go smoothly is something Port Everglades has down to an art.
Customer service and first-class facilities have been the driving force behind Port Everglades' success. The cruise lines that call Port Everglades home benefit from access to two full-time Cruise Service Managers who serve as on-site liaisons between port operations and cruise lines. No other port provides this service.
People picking up returning cruise guests now have a free, convenient place to wait for their friends and family members who are returning from a cruise. The new cell phone waiting lot is located at the Port Administration Building at 1850 Eller Drive (first building on the right side past the security checkpoint at the main entrance to the Port off of I-595) on Saturdays and Sundays.
Free Internet service, WiFi, is now available in all cruise terminals as a service of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. This WiFi service is especially useful for guests arriving early to board their cruise ship and for those who want to research things to do in the area upon returning from their vacation.
Port area maps are located outside cruise terminals, by elevators and along walkways to help guide you to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the beaches, nearby restaurants, stores and other conveniences.
Electronic directional signs are located at all Port entrances and cruise terminals, in addition to printed signs along the roadways.
Learn more about Port Everglades at www.porteverglades.net