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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 – Cruise Review
You can read all about our Christmas cruise on the Allure of the Seas here