Wayne and I were able to cruise on one of the largest cruise ships in the world last week! We were attending a conference on the ship, so it was work. I know, I know, it’s hard to feel sorry for someone who is “working” while cruising. I don’t blame you.
We were on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas which is an Oasis class ship (the largest in the world – for now). It is a massive ship to say the least. You don’t realize how big it really is when you go to the different areas, because they did a great job of making it look a bit cozier than it really is. However, when you have to walk from the fore part of the ship to the aft part of the ship, you realize how big it really is.
Our first port stop was in St. Kitts. Our ship was longer than the pier! I didn’t even realize there was another ship in port until we got off, because our stateroom was well back from that other ship.
Looking at the ships from the front, you don’t realize how much bigger one is than the other. Yes, I could see the Allure of the Seas was taller, but that’s about it. When we were coming back to port from our excursion, that’s when we realized how much bigger our ship was than the Carnival Fascination! While the Fascination is an older ship, it is still looks big by itself.
There were over 6,000 passengers on our ship the week we were on it. I really was surprised that it didn’t feel crowded.