Allure of the Seas:
Owner – Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Builder – STX Shipyards Turku, Finland
LOA – 1,181’
Beam – 154’ at Waterline
Draft – 31’
Engines – 6 Wartsilla Diesels, 130,079 HP
Drives – 3 Asea Brown Boveri Azipods
Gross Weight – 225,282 Tons
Maximum Speed – 22 Knots
Sixteen passenger decks with a large open space in the center reduce the number of interior passenger cabins. The arrangement not only adds cabin value but provides a space for passengers to escape from buffeting winds and spray found on perimeter decks of cruise ships.
Power is provided by six Wartsilla Diesel Engines driving three Azipods. Azipods are self contained drive units which are able to rotate the entire mechanical portion of the drive to allow excellent maneuvering capabilities on large ships. The power is transferred from engine to drive through a rotary hydraulic system that is able to use vegetable based oils. Biodegradable vegetable oils are less regulated than petroleum products and in case of a leak there is little environmental concern.
The crew of the Allure of the Seas is listed at 2,165. Most are involved in service, although with a crew of that size occasional rowing is practical. Read about cruising on the sister ship Oasis of the Seas