Ed. Note: As of today, after speaking with Royal Caribbean, I was informed that the Royal Amplification for Allure of the Seas was not done as planned, pre-pandemic. The cruise line has not determined when the drydock will occur.
Read on to learn what to expect when Allure of the Seas finally does go into refurbishment, a.k.a Royal Amplification.
Royal Caribbean’s fleet “Amplification” project continues. Next up is the 5,400 passenger Allure of the Seas refurbishment scheduled during a nearly-two month dry dock event in Barcelona next spring.
The Allure of the Seas refurbishment is scheduled over a 58-day drydock to the tune of $165 million dollars.
Allure of the Seas Refurbishment Includes…
You’ll see the biggest change at the waterparks. First, they’re adding the tallest slide at sea called the Ultimate Abyss. Then they’ll also add the Perfect Storm and its trio of dueling waterslides. The kids’ water park will also be enlarged with more splash areas.
There will be Splashaway Bay kids’ aquapark, with twin drench buckets, three waterslides, fountains, pools, water cannons and a Splash Pad for toddlers.
The Lime & Coconut bar will be included in the reimagined pool deck. Cabana-type daybeds, hammocks and swing seats will be added. New whirlpools on the top deck plus a refurbished, adults-only solarium.
Adventure Ocean, Royal Caribbean’s youth programming is being amped up, too. There will be more interactive activities and immersive experiences. Teens will also get a new area to hang out with gaming consoles, music, movies and a new outdoor deck.
Clash in the Crystal City is the new glow in the dark laser tag. The Royal Escape Room – Apollo 18: Lunar Landing will challenge guests ability for puzzle solving before time runs out.
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Allure of the Seas refurbishment will see changes to existing dining venues as well as some new, already popular eateries.
- Giovanni’s casual Italian restaurant will see a change, and be called Giovanni’s Table and Wine Bar. It will still offer their hand-tossed pizzas and other long-time favorite dishes. Plus, there will be a new charcuterie station and a larger wine list and selection of limoncellos.
- Portside BBQ will offer similar fare BBQ fare found on other cruise ships. Brisket, pulled pork, chicken, cornbread and more.
- El Loco Fresh will serve casual Mexican “street fare.”
- Sugar Beach with over 220 types of candy and ice cream.
- Bionic Bar by Makr Shakr shakes up classic cocktails and custom drinks by two robot bartenders.
New Nightlife Venues
Music Hall, already on Quantum Class ships, will feature live music with revolving setlists and cover bands, two-level lounge seating and a huge dance floor.
Spotlight Karaoke is a dedicated karaoke bar with a main stage and a private room. Playlist will have thousands of songs to choose, plus music trivia and theme nights.
Amplified Allure 2020 Itineraries
When the Allure refurbishment is completed, the ship will sail from Barcelona, Spain on May 10, 2020 for seven-night western Med cruises. In November 2020, Allure of the Seas returns to Miami for seven-night eastern and western itineraries.
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Sherry Laskin says
Thank you for reading the Allure of the Seas article. I am about to update the post today after I spoke with several people at Royal Caribbean to get the answers. Allure has not undergone the cruise line’s Royal Amplification program. The last refurbishment was in 2015. At that time, changes and upgrades were made to many of the restaurants, Diamond Club, and the Solarium. They added more staterooms and there were upgrades to staterooms and suites as well.
As of today, no date has been set for when the ship will go into drydock for the Royal Amplification. Thank you for taking the time to comment and happy cruising!
Sherry Laskin says
Hi Patty, sorry for the late reply. According to three people I spoke with at Royal Caribbean, their Royal Amplification for Allure that was supposed to happen was postponed. The ship has not been refurbished since 2015. No date has been set for when the ship will get a refurbishment. I hope this is helpful. Thank you for reading my article and taking the time to write. Happy cruising!
Bernadette Kunz says
Did they refurbish Allure of the Seas recently. 2021 through now?
Patty Ernberger says
Did ALLURE of the Seas Actually receive a Refurbishment, or was it ‘halted’,, because of COVID??? Were the Balcony rooms updated in 2020???
Did they do the refurbishment on the Allure of the Seas and did they update the cabins – specifically Junior Suites?? We have JS8236 booked for 12/2022. Thanks, hoping they did.
Marjorie Elkins says
I would have liked to have seen them add the WOW bracelets, It is the perfect idea for kids. 😢
Cant wait for the other changes.
Sherry Laskin says
Thank you for writing. This snippet is directly from Royal Caribbean’s website:
“Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate Abyss® water slide is the tallest slide at sea, plummeting thrill-seekers 10 stories into the mysteries of the deep.” And that description is still there.
It must have been an old description. And you are right. It is a dry slide. Thank you very much for pointing this out and I will correct it in the article. Much appreciated.
Happy New Year!
Kelly White says
The Ultimate Abyss is not a waterslide. It’s a dry slide.