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Royal Caribbean + DreamWorks = Smart

allure of the seas + dreamworks[trip style = cruising] As if a rock-climbing wall, flowrider surf-simulators, zip line and aqua theatre weren't enough, Royal Caribbean has to go and partner with DreamWorks Animation to offer themed activities on their upcoming mega-ship: Allure of the Seas.  They had me at hello--I mean--flowrider.

Sisters & Siblings The Allure of the Seas follows in the footsteps of its older and almost identical 'twin' sis, the Oasis of the Seas, a 5400-passenger behemoth and the biggest cruise ship to ever set sail. The Oasis has been sailing since November, 2009. The Allure of the Seas sets sail in December 2010, and will journey to East and Western Caribbean out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Dreamworking Royal Caribbean's recently-announced partnership with DreamWorks is intelligent on multiple levels: 1) likely taking market share away from Disney cruises 2) enticing kids to hang out with their favorite animated characters 3) equally enticing to parents, knowing their kids will be engaged day and night 4) good time to announce the partnership [Shrek--highest grossing animated feature of all time--is hot and in theaters right now] 5) providing an experience that partially mimics Disneyland's with shows, activities, parades, photo opps (no rides, yet lots of non-animated activities for parents with babysitting provided!)

Allure of the Seas Video

The Skinny dreamworkingRoyal Caribbean's partnership with DreamWorks will debut with the Allure of the Seas, but quickly advance into the ranks of some of their other ships: Oasis, Freedom and Liberty. The partnership will extend into the following areas of cruise life: character meals, parades and photo opportunities, 3-D theater for DreamWorks movies and one-of-a-kind aqua theater and ice shows. I'm pretty sure this partnership---3-D movies, aqua theatre and ice shows---will appeal to the kid in all of us.

In on the Action If you want to get in on the action and pre-book an Allure of the Seas getaway in the Eastern or Western Caribbean, you can do so here. Prices aren't that bad, in fact, they start in the low-mid $700s/person for an interior room.

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[photos by Nick Hobgood and rccl/dreamworks]