How Long Is the Allure of the Seas?


My Allure of the Seas Bridge Tour Invitation

 I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found the invitation for the Allure of the Seas Bridge Tour.

My Bridge Tour Invitation for Allure of the Seas

Our concierge Dexter, met us in the forward lobby on deck 12.  Security came and checked us for any concealed weapons, and made it clear that under no circumstances were we allowed to take video footage.

View from the Bridge onboard Allure of the Seas

The atmosphere on the bridge was very calm and relaxed.  The Captain wasn’t there but the First Officer, Fernando, kindly posed for an ‘action’ shot while the Quartermaster, from Philippines looked on in amusement.

Looking over the helipad from the Bridge on the Allure of the Seas
Incredible views of the ship that you couldn’t see anywhere other than the bridge.

Allure of the Seas Behind the Scenes tour of the bridge

The Second Officer was Estevan from Argentina.  He gave us a tour of the bridge and talked through the amazing feat of engineering behind the Allure of the Seas.  Facts and figures are coming up, so bear with me.

Allure of the Seas Behind the Scenes tour of the bridge

I spent most of my valuable bridge tour time listening intently to Estevan, with the theme tune from “An Officer and A Gentleman” playing over and over in my head.

Allure of the Seas Behind the Scenes tour of the bridge

Who wouldn’t want an office view like that?  A great place to sit and relax for the crew during a long shift.  After all, with that amount of space, you need to put a bit of furniture in it right?

Allure of the Seas Behind the Scenes tour of the bridge

Allure of the Seas Behind the Scenes tour of the bridge

The “Not-So” Technical Bit

It looks a long way down from deck 12, especially when you are extended over the side of the ship.  It is very convenient for the crew when ‘parking’ though.

Allure of the Seas Behind the Scenes tour of the bridge

Allure of the Seas Control Panel and Instruments

So, for those of you who don’t know how things are done on the Bridge, this is what I learned in Layman’s terms.  There are three sets of controls.  You have the main console that faces the front of the ship and two smaller consoles, one on the left of the bridge and one on the right.  The main console has the exact same instruments and controls that the two side consoles have and more.  The reason for this is so that whoever is manouvering the ship, can have a clear view of the area they are navigating.  This add to the views they have on the cameras which you can see in the image below.

Allure of the Seas Behind the Scenes tour of the bridge first officer

I promised you some facts and figures from my Allure of the Seas Bridge Tour didn’t I?  Well the lovely First Officer Fernando, was kind enough to give me a Pilot Boarding Card.  Probably due to the fact that I was so busy writing notes that I hadn’t realised I was the only guest left on the Bridge, and that this was the only way they could politely point it out.

How Long Is The Allure of the Seas?

Every details about the ship can be found in the pilot boarding card. The best keepsake you could give to a  cruise ship enthusiast.

Allure of the Seas Pilot Boarding Card

Allure of the Seas Ship's Particulars

 

Allure of the Seas Ship's Particulars

Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas Maneuvering Characteristics

Allure of the Seas Bridge Tour Pilot Boarding Card

Allure of the Seas Maneuvering Speeds

Allure of the Seas Bridge Tour Pilot Boarding Card

Allure of the Seas – Cruise Review

You can read all about our Christmas cruise on the Allure of the Seas here

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2 comments

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Some cruise lines offer a ‘Behind The Scenes’ tour of the ship and this can include a tour of the Bridge. Check to see if it is pre-bookable online through your cruise planner. If not, speak to Guest Relations onboard as soon as you can to see if they offer one.

      I hope this helps.

      Flavia

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