What began a dream, has become an innovative reality that must be experienced to be believed. Royal Caribbean’s revolutionary Central Park neighborhood on Allure of the Seas and its sister ship Oasis of the Seas is unlike anything ever seen before in cruise ship design, seamlessly combining natural with nautical.
As you stroll through the urban oasis, down winding pathways nestled by flower gardens and canopy trees, listening to the sound of birds chirping in the distance, it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of the ocean onboard the world’s largest cruise ship. It all feels too peaceful…too fresh…too real.
Located at the center of the ship, the ground-breaking Central Park design opens to the sky and features lush tropical grounds spanning more than the length of a football field. There are nearly 100 different species represented in the more than 12,000 total trees, plants, vines, and flowers – each carefully transferred from a nursery on shore to its precise location onboard the ship.
As the real Central Park is to Manhattan, the Allure of the Seas’ Central Park is at the ship’s heart. It’s a place for guests to gather, socialize, stroll, and unwind.
Central Park’s central piazza is the ship’s “town square.” By day the atmosphere is tranquil and peaceful, while in the evening the vibe is livelier, with guests enjoying alfresco dining and entertainment, from concerts to street performances. Adding to the city park authenticity, it’s flanked by a wall of balcony staterooms rising five decks high with views of the park below and the open sky above.
Though it’s just one of seven remarkable neighborhoods onboard Allure of the Seas, Central Park is a truly wondrous space that guests find themselves returning to again and again during their stay. It takes what you thought you knew about cruise ships and opens up another world of possibility.
Central Park Neighborhood At A Glance
Location: Deck 8
Dimensions: 62 feet wide and 328 feet long
Flora: 98 different species comprising more than 12,000 individual trees, plants, vines, and flowers
Staterooms: 334 overlooking the park, including 254 with balconies
Tree Canopy Height: 2 ½ decks tall at its peak
Continuing Education: An on-site horticulturalist provides educational classes for guests seeking to learn more about the park’s flora.
Dining Options: The neighborhood contains five restaurants, ranging from casual indoor/outdoor gourmet market Park Café to the ship’s signature fine dining establishments 150 Central Park and Chops Grille. For drinks, there’s the popular wine bar Vintages, Trellis Bar, and the spectacular levitating Rising Tide Bar.
Shopping: Central Park features the first free-standing Coach luxury leather boutique as well as two specialty art galleries.