Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Allure of the Seas Arrives in Fort Lauderdale

Allure's Captain Zini about to Sail into Port Everglades
Thursday, November 11, 2010

For those in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area, your chance to see the largest ship afloat for the first time occurs today.  Head over Thursday morning to John U. Lloyd Beach State Park at 6503 N. Ocean Drive in Dania Beach.

From the jetty there, Allure is expected to come into view starting at around 8:00 am. By around 8:30 am, it is set to arrive at the mouth of the inlet, and at around 9:00 am, it is scheduled to pull into Terminal 18 at Port Everglades.

We have been following Allure of the Seas journey from Finland to its homeport in Port Everglades.   The ship behaved flawlessly.   Despite the massive hurricane, Tomas, which stood in its path, the ship made record time and was even able to make an unscheduled stop in the Bahamas to pick up a technician to do some early maneuverability testing.

In the following video the two captains that had the privilege of  sailing these new wonders across from Finland compare notes.  We learn from Captain Zini that the Allure is actually 5 mm (or about 2 inches) longer than the Oasis.    That being the case, the Allure of the Seas therefore becomes the largest ship afloat.

Video:  Two Views from the Bridge: Captains Tour Allure

The take out Captains of the two largest cruise ships in the world share their experiences as Allure of the Seas prepares for her Transatlantic Crossing.

I hope you have enjoyed the journey of the Allure's crossing along with us. We are counting the days until we will actually be onboard the largest ship afloat. Keep watching our Blog and Sign up for our Facebook page for more exclusive information about the Allure of the Seas.

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