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The Allure of Vacation

May 16, 2011 11:46 am

About a week ago we booked our summer vacation: a cruise on the brand-new Allure of the Seas from Royal Caribbean.  This ship is HUGE and amazing.  It’s currently the largest cruise ship in the world (a scant 5cm longer than her twin sister, Oasis of the Seas).  Here are some of the WOW features we’ll experience:


  • A maximum passenger capacity of 6,318
  • 16 decks high
  • Seven “neighborhoods,” including longer-than-a-football-field Central Park with live plants and trees, and a Boardwalk area with a full-size carousel
  • The DreamWorks® Experience (cavort with  favorite characters from Shrek®, MadagascarTM, Kung Fu PandaTM and How to Train Your DragonTM)
  • A 3D movie theater
  • Cantilevered whirlpools over the ocean
  • Two FlowRider® surf machines
  • A thrilling zip-line over the Boardwalk with views of the ship and sea below
  • The first Starbucks at sea
  • Official Guess and Coach stores
  • The Broadway musical Chicago
  • An Aquatheater at the stern of the ship with aerial acrobatic shows (on a moving ship in the ocean!)
  • An ice-skating rink
  • Two rock climbing walls
  • So much more! 

We leave later this summer, so prepare yourself for plenty of Malstrom family adventure posts when I get back!  The biggest worry my teens have expressed about the cruise is getting bored.  Yes, really.

A few years ago we sailed on Mariner of the Seas out of Los Angeles.  This ship holds half as many passengers as Allure, yet seemed absolutely ginormous to us.  The kids would have been less bored on that ship if the Swine Flu hadn’t re-routed us from the Mexican Riviera to the Alaskan Riviera (California coast up to Victoria, Canada and back).  It was too cold to be in the pools, which they love.


Here’s a video of some of the highlights of that trip:



4 Responses to “The Allure of Vacation”

  1. Craig says:

    This ship is huge. I can’t wait for the blow by blow descriptions and the interesting people you will encounter. Bored? Come on.

  2. Leah says:

    1:42 HA:) & 2:33

  3. Clay Morgan says:

    I’ve always wanted to try a big cruise ship, but that’s one experience I’ve never had. Be sure to plan some fun crossover blog stuff and you’ll have plenty of material for an entire month. Looks like a blast!

    • jonmalstrom says:

      I think you would love cruising. It’s so much fun! And yes, I will definitely be blogging about the entire experience. If I can get Blogsy to work on my iPad, there might even be some real-time post!


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