STX delivers world’s largest cruiseship

03 Nov 2010
‘Allure of the Seas’ running her sea trials

‘Allure of the Seas’ running her sea trials

The world’s largest cruise ship, the ‘Allure of the Seas’, was delivered by STX’s Turku shipyard to the American shipowners Royal Caribbean International.

This vessel is the sister ship of the Oasis of the Seas delivered a year earlier and, like her, the Allure of the Seas is 361m in length, with a maximum breadth of 66m and height from sea level of 72m. The gross tonnage of the ship is 225,000, while its maximum capacity is 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew. The ship features 16 passenger decks and 2,704 staterooms.

The 97MW diesel electric power plant comprises six Wärtsilä 46 engines; three 12-cylinder and three 16-cylinder Wärtsilä 46 engines in V-configuration. It drives three ABB Azipods to give a service speed of 22 knots. In addition, four 5.5MW Wärtsilä bow thrusters are provided for manoeuvrability.

The Allure of the Seas offers a comprehensive selection of activities and experiences and features numerous restaurants, shops and a 3D movie theatre. As a special feature, the vessel has the first onboard interactive gallery and sales outlet of pop artist Romero Britto. The newbuilding will cruise on the Caribbean Sea and its home port will be Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

The two Oasis class cruise ships are the most expensive individual export products ever delivered from Finland. It has been calculated that the Allure of the Seas project has provided the shipyard and the maritime cluster a total of 12,000 man-years worth of employment.

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